20 Free Apps for Kids Recommended by Families
Have you been looking for free apps for kids for your smartphone or iPad? Here's a list of 20 free apps and games for children recommended by Mykidstime Parents and Kids
Teach your toddler or preschooler how to use touchscreen interface with these eight simple games.
"My 2 & 3 year olds love it. teaches how to use touch screen plus matching and counting :) oh, and it's FREE!"
Talking Tom (iPad, iPhone, iPod touch)
Tom is your pet cat, that responds to your touch and repeats everything you say with a funny voice. You can pet him, poke him or grab his tail.
"Both my 6 and 10 year old loved this game, everybody including Mum & Dad were in fits especially hearing Dad's voice repeated!"
MeeGenius! Kid's Books (iPhone, iPad)
A library of over 300 kids' books featuring many of your favorite titles.
"I really like it there are some funny books! Can I read another one?" - 5 yr old
Temple Run (iPhone, iPad)
From the makers of the award-winning best-seller Harbor Master® comes the most exhilarating running game on the App Store. Test your reflexes as you race down ancient temple walls and along sheer cliffs.
"My two love it"
Smurfs' Village (iPhone, iPad)
PLEASE NOTE: Smurfs' Village is free to play, but charges real money for additional in-app content. You may lock out the ability to purchase in-app content by adjusting your device’s settings.
"A big hit here"
Kids Socks (Android)
Your kids will enjoy matching socks! Kids drag the sock with the same colors and pattern to do a match.
"My 4 year old loves this game"
Save the Pencil (iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad)
Using a pencil you complete levels by joining dots & avoiding enemies like paperclips, rulers etc.You get stars when you complete a level & unlock more chapters.
"It's a cool adventure, I like the enemies & the pencil" - 7 yr old
"It's great! It's a fun & exciting game" - 11 yr old
Lego Instructions (iPhone and iPad)
NOTE: This app was created by fans of LEGO® and is not an official LEGO product. LEGO® Instructions is a fan-built application for those who is fond of creating with their Lego pieces.
"I like the Frog best and it's good to have it tell you what to do step by step" - 8 yr old
Lego Photo (iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad)
What would your child’s smile look like made of LEGO® bricks? Or your pet hamster? Capture your child’s moments of brilliance in LEGO bricks.
"My 2 year old loves the new free Lego app!"
Cúla Caint (iPhone and iPad)
This App brings you over 100 fun Irish language words and images for pre-school kids or learners. The words include Weather, Animals, Vehicles, and Parts of the Body
"Brill for the help with the Irish and it's free."
"Great good sound and photography! Makes the littles laugh! All good, cúpla focal fréisin."
Wooo (iPhone and iPad)
It is, quite simply, a button that says "Wooo!"
"I like it it's fun" - 6 yr old
"what's the point in that?" - 10 yr old
Poke a Penguin (iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad)
See how many penguins you can poke in a race against the clock!
"that's really fun because the penguins are funny" - 6 yr old
"it's ok" - 10 yr old
Tiny Tower (iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad)
Build a tower and manage the businesses and people in it<
"it's fun choosing to buy items for your building and pushing people up the elevator" - 6 yr old
"really enjoyable it's cool to build the tower and watch the people" - 10 yr old
Pocket Frogs (iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad)
Discover, collect, trade, and breed over 15,000 unique frogs on your iOS device, anytime, anywhere!
"It's fantastic - it's exciting to see the results of breeding a yellow frog with stripes with a blue frog with spots" - 10 yr old
Peg Solitaire (iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad)
The famous board game Peg Solitaire in your iPhone. It is a board game for one player involving movement of pegs on a board with holes. All you have to do is try to leave just one peg left in the board.
"good but hard" 6 yr old
"boring" 10 year old
Dinosaurs: The American Museum of Natural History Collections (iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad)
A mosaic of 1,000 images with each individual interactive photo has information on the fossil - where it was found and who discovered it
"Brilliant!!" - 6 yr old
"Fab, love the zoom in and then you can see all the info for each individual dinosaur picture" - 10 yr old
Toca Doctor Lite (iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad)
Let your kids be a doctor for a day! Examine a patient and solve fun puzzles and mini-games that take place in the human body. Beautiful artwork and fun sounds guides your kids through 5 different puzzles!
"My 3 year old loves Toca Doctor, she always asks to play it"
Doodle Sprint! (iPhone and iPad)
It's a running & jumping game where you try to get a high score.
"Like the jumping & tumbling" - 7 yr old
"It's a good athletic game" - 11 yr old
Tom & Ben news (iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad)
You need a microphone to use this game. Tom & Ben repeat what you say in a strange accent and you can get them to do different actions.
"It's really funny" - 7 & 11 yr old
Cupcake+ (iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad)
Make cupcakes, pick your flavour, topping, decorations then "eat" your cupcake!
"It's so cool, I love this game and the best bit is when you eat it" - 6 yr old
"My four year old loves Doodle Buddy and Make Me A Princess lite (iphone)"
Abby Painter Star, Abby Preschool - Shape Puzzle, Abby Alphabet Laptop
"He's only 3 and loves them"
"Dora Lite, Charley Bear, Talking Tom, Tozzle Lite (free puzzles), Tozzle, Cupcakes, Wheels on the bus and Sonic Racing are the biggest hits here!"
If you have a favourite free app that your kids love, let us know in the comments below!
Some great suggestions here. My kids & I, thank you!
We've just downloaded loads of these. All very good recommendations! Thanks :)
Thanks for this list! It is difficult to find apps that are safe and educational at the same time.