50 Best iPhone and iPad Apps for Kids
You love your iPhone, and for good reason. It's your social calendar, your family organizer, and your connection to the best friend you haven't seen since your first year of college. Your kids love your iPhone, too, but for them, it's all about the sheer fun of messing around with Mom's apps. When you consider that the iTunes Store has launched more than 500,000 apps to date, there's plenty of fun to be had!
For Babble's roundup of the top 50 iOS (Apple's operating platform) apps for kids, we looked at some basic criteria that you and your family might also consider before downloading an app. Every app we tested had to have received Apple's age-appropriate "4+" rating. We also considered whether the app allowed parents to participate in, or at least oversee, whatever their kids were doing onscreen. And, even if the apps were designed to do nothing more than keep the kids busy while you're in line at the store, there had to be some positive or educational element to it.
We've broken down our top 50 apps by category, price and age range. (Though many of these apps have a free edition, these "lite" versions often include ads or limit the number of features you can use.) Apps that are labeled "HD" are exclusive to iPad, but nearly all of the apps we selected can be used on any iOS device you own. We hope you have as much fun checking these out as we did testing them. And if we missed one, be sure to tell us about your favorite apps! - Aaron Burgess
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In this sequel to the popular app Stack the States, your grade-schooler can flex his or her geography muscles in a physics-style puzzle game (think Tetris with a higher purpose) that combines learning with doing. You answer topical questions about specific countries – from queries about landmarks to pop quizzes on national flags – and with each correct response, a country drops onto your platform. The more right answers you get, the more countries join the pile. The challenge comes in rotating each country to ensure a snug fit with the one that’s about to drop onto it. Fun as the basic game is, Stack the Countries is even more impressive for the information it packs in for kids to discover when they leave the game. You can choose continents and explore their nuances to your heart’s content – the bonus being that the more information you learn on your own, the more ammo you can bring to the game next time.