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Top 50 iPhone Apps for Kids


About a week after I began using my iPhone, I was in love. I had a calendar with me at all times, and I was able to stay on top of my family's schedule - even though there are six of us! I had email access while I was out, so I wasn't constantly playing catch up with PTO business in the evening. Then I discovered apps! There are many apps to help busy moms manage their lives, but there are also just as many exclusively for kids. My children can watch videos, interact with their favorite characters, and practice letter-writing and math. No matter where my family goes, they can be entertained and I can have peace of mind knowing they're learning even while they're having fun.

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In January 2009 I began a website, The iPhone Mom, dedicated to helping moms find apps that could do the same for them and their children. Since beginning the site, I've seen both the quantity and quality of useful apps for kids grow.

Babble.com asked me to put together a list of my Top 50 iPhone Apps for Kids. Here, in descending order, are my favorites and the ones I think you'll find most useful.

--Heather Leister


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Fish School by Duck Duck Moose

Top 50 iPhone Apps for Kids: Fish School by Duck Duck Moose
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Fish School is an educational app for preschoolers from Duck Duck Moose, the developers behind the hit app Wheels on the Bus. Fish School features several different activities, all played out on the screen by a school of fish. In the activities, you’ll be able to watch the fish swim around and form letters, numbers and shapes. When the fish work with colors, you can change the color of the entire school with a simple tap. In another activity, the app also helps your preschooler work on spotting differences between the fish. A matching game turns the fish into memory cards. Finally, the play mode gives your preschooler a chance to move the fish around on the screen and make them bigger and smaller. Fish School is extremely well done: the graphics are sharp and the fish are adorable.

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32 thoughts on “Top 50 iPhone Apps for Kids 2010

  1. pgib says:

    For babies and toddlers, check out the app I made for my daughter: Baby Buttons:

    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/baby-buttons/id324535487?mt=8

    It works on the iPhone and iPad.

    This 5-star review sums it up well:

    Our baby has been playing this app on her mama’s phone since around the age of 10 months. She’s 18 months now and still loves it. It doesn’t hold her attention forever, but it’s definitely good for a solid 5-10 minutes, which is more than most of her toys. She comes back to it over and over.

    The app itself is pretty simple, when you hit a button it makes a funny noise, cycling through several different noises. Every 8th one or so it also vibrates the phone. If you shake the phone it will rearrange the buttons. The sounds make our baby smile from across the room, so they seem to be very good for keeping her entertained.

  2. Chris Cowden says:

    While TapTot (http://taptot.com/) was only released a few days ago we believe it deserves a spot in everyone’s Top 50 list (or any top list for that matter… but hey, we’re biased, right?)

    TapTot teaches core Pre-Kindergarten cognitive, motor, and memorization skills in an interactive game-like format… in other words, it makes learning fun! Kids will learn their Shapes, Colors, Letters, and Numbers as they respond to simple auditory cues in the learning levels as well as when they play the matching game.

    TapTot is currently at the top of the New & Noteworthy list in Education in the iTunes App Store and made it into the top 100 Paid Apps in Education in its first 3 days! Thank you to everyone who has supported us!

    Go to http://taptot.com/ to see more or go straight to iTunes to get TapTot now! :)
    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/taptot/id413618046?mt=8&uo=4

  3. Kristina Mazzola Gargani says:

    Sweet… apps for kids (educational too)

  4. Kristina Mazzola Gargani says:

    LOVE this website…a must see! Tons of fun stuff (www.babble.com)

  5. rhovs says:

    My favorite is this nice app for teaching good habits to kids – Little Steps to Good Habits.

    For iPad : http://itunes.apple.com/in/app/little-steps-to-good-habits/id411404110?mt=8

    For iPhone : http://itunes.apple.com/in/app/little-steps-to-good-habits/id415863237?mt=8

  6. Maciek Saganowski says:

    You seem to have missed Little Ears – Sounds for Toddlers. My 2 year old can’t stop playing and giggles when she gets applause. I mean this one –> http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/little-ears-sounds-for-toddlers/id406644866?mt=8

  7. Macrow Willson says:

    Hi,

    We developed ‘iReactive’ with Pedagogy aspects in mind. Its interesting
    for kids between 6 – 16. It enables them to experiment with sensors and
    various output possibilities. They can create their own mini “Reactlets”
    and store them. Its adjusted to daily use of a mobile phone but also
    allowing simple fun and engaging them for challenge.

    First application of its kind : iReactive : http://bit.ly/ireactive4iphone

  8. Lucica says:

    Nice to see that so many of these apps we have already reviewed on http://kids-apps.mobi/ and most of all happy to see Dr. Seuss apps scoring so high- how about the Little Critter serie from OceanHouse Media? Anyone familiar with these stories?

  9. Anonymous says:

    Hi!!!
    I love an app call touchybooks! A Free app with interactive childrens stories……..and two free stories! my kids are obseesed

  10. sumendala says:

    here have some good kids apps for iphone and ipad
    http://www.popkidsapps.com

  11. DJ Europe says:

    This is the most fun our little ones have had in ages. We, on the other hand, have resorted to cotton wool in our ears!! http://www.idiotic.eu

  12. Hans Koenig says:

    You could also check out Wimmel App Funfair

    It is an awesome app for children and the whole family. Explore the funfair and search for animals and people. Once you found a character, tap on it and you will see fabulous animations.

    iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/seek-find-book-funfair-high/id437259572?mt=8
    Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7aOwcROX8M

  13. Giggle Ster says:

    Another app that is simple and helps kids with monster fears, or likes to play and catch monsters, is Go Away Monster 3000. Designed by kids between 4 and 8. Parents control when a monster can be found, this app becomes part of your bed time routine and your kids can make a room monster free. During the day, your kids will run around looking for monster in places you never knew they existed.

    Website http://www.goawaymonster.com
    or on iTunes http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/go-away-monster-3000/id381349793?mt=8

  14. John Tubbs says:

    I would also recommend parents to consider such educational iPhone app for their kids as Kinder Hangman – http://sharkfuel.com/kinderhangman.html it is an interesting iPhone game that is helpful for child development and allows kids to learn new words quickly and effectively. Learning process is organized as an interesting game with graphical themes and animations. This game is recommended for kids of 5-10 years. Great app!

  15. JJMary says:

    You may want to check out Turtle Island. It’s great for kids!

  16. Anonymous says:

    Misty Baby – Best iPhone Apps for Kids

    The Unlimited Fun on your iPhone. The misty chilling babies will make you crazy. You will ever stop laughing, its all fun fun fun A perfect companion for each and everyone Misty baby makes you relax, laugh and have crazy fun

    Facebook page
    https://www.facebook.com/mistybabyiphone

  17. Ashok Puttur says:

    Misty Baby – Best iPhone Apps for Kids

    The Unlimited Fun on your iPhone. The misty chilling babies will make you crazy. You will ever stop laughing, its all fun!!!

    Facebook page
    https://www.facebook.com/mistybabyiphone

  18. John says:

    Best memory match for my kids is “Super Kids”, they really enjoying playing with it, it is really helping my kids in learning alphabets, Numbers, Colors and simple Objects, check it out in App Store.

  19. Anonymous says:

    I would like to recommend my children’s e-book Through Heaven, app for iPad and iPhone.

    It’s about out-of-body and near-death experiences. This book is one of a kind, because there’s not much going on in the ‘spiritual’ app world for kids. Children have out-of-body and near-death experiences too, and it’s not easy for them to talk about it. Communication about these experiences becomes almost effortless thanks to appealing, concise text and breathtaking, clarifying photos. There’s music in this book: sounds of nature and beautiful tunes kids will like. Furthermore: kids can draw in this e-book.

    Here are the direct links to the iTunes Store:

    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/thruheaven/id475711612?ls=1&mt=8

    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/thruheaven/id475719749?ls=1&mt=8

    The supporting website is: http://www.throughheaven.com

    Thanks,

    best,

    Constantia (Sten) Oomen

  20. Stacy says:

    you should really try GooGoo:

    http://itunes.apple.com/app/googoo/id485282209?ls=1&mt=8

    My son (2 years old) loves it

  21. Ivano says:

    “50 FRIENDS” – great educational app with very funny animals!! My son likes itt solo much!
    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/50-friends/id498455884

  22. Anonymous says:

    Kickstarter.com has a great new app for assisting parents with lost iPods or iPhones. Last Alert helps you find a lost iDevice – even when the battery is dead!

    Read about it here: http://kck.st/yLvOs2

  23. ismarty says:

    i found out some promo codes of new educational iPhone/iPad game iSmarty
    http://itunes.apple.com/app/ismarty/id501983900
    https://market.android.com/details?id=com.ada.ismarty

    codes:
    6M3HAE4EHEFK
    XEP4LHNLPWKP
    KTMKNWX7NLLH
    4PEAWF7PE6W3

  24. Are We There Yet KIDS iPhone Ap says:

    Take a look at this new cool iPhone application, it translates time to a visual process children understand…
    http://arewethereyetkids.com
    or on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/are-we-there-yet-kids/id486408435?ls=1&mt=8

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  26. Anonymous says:

    Thanks,

    I think you missed up a good app for kids which is iLearn colors.

    Want to teach your kid colors? What about letting him discover them? iLearn Colors for kids let your child touch colors, interact and remember them

    its iTunes link is:

    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ilearn-colors/id509904287?ls=1&mt=8

  27. Milla says:

    Have a look at Playground mini – I guess this is the best kids App in 2012 (or ever). It covers 11 games for kids and all of them are absolutely awesome!!
    iTunes link: link:http://itunes.apple.com/app/spielplatz-mini/id500670414.
    Lite Version: http://itunes.apple.com/de/app/spielplatz-mini-lite/id510643653?mt=8
    Review: http://www.theiphoneappreview.com/2012/03/playground-mini-iphone-app-review/

  28. Sumurai says:

    Check out Sumurai – the most challenging mobile math puzzle game ever, for kids and adults. It requires just basic two digit arithmetic, but the levels range from very easy to extremely challenging.

    See the video review at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GY4slXiOiDo

    Download a free version on iOS at https://itunes.apple.com/app/id657668626 and on Android at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rcanand.corona.sumurai

    Thanks!

  29. Biby Michael says:

    Csharks Games & Solutions Pvt. Ltd., a leading mobile game developer in India, released their new Android/iOS game, Jungle Cafe. This is a job game or a time management game which takes place in the jungle. The theme is about running a fruit cafe where customers & owners are monkeys, hence the name Jungle Cafe. The job is to skillfully run the cafe by timely delivering the items demanded by the walk-in customers.

    Store URLs are
    Google Play : https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.com.csharks.junglecafe
    iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/jungle-cafe/id790214256
    Flash Version: http://onlineindiangames.com/oig/game/2778/Jungle-Cafe.html

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  30. Martina says:

    The best math app for my kids is “Math Ocean”, really cute! – they really enjoy playing with it, it is really helping my kids in practicing addition: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/math-ocean-learning-practicing/id741987339?l=de&ls=1&mt=8

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