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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What kid doesn’t love watching balloon animals take shape? Creating the things, on the other hand, can be a bit daunting for small hands to manage, but with Balloonimals, creating your own balloon creatures is as easy as blowing into your iPhone’s mic or tapping your iPod touch. A huff, puff, or touch later, you have a beautifully designed, goofily adorable Balloonimal all your own, from a fish to a friendly T-rex. You can even touch your Balloonimal to make it do tricks – although you can’t save your creations, so don’t get too attached. As whimsical diversions go, this is a fun way for anyone to pass the time in lines and waiting rooms – and that goes for you, too, Mom and Dad.
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