Best iPhone apps for a 4 year-old girl? Reader Q&A

A little birdie tells me that you might be a good person to ask for educational and child-friendly apps. I’m helping my boss sort out his iPhone and he has a four year old girl. I have a list that includes Cookie Doodle, Cut the Rope, Drawing Pad, Bloom and Angelina Dress Up.

Can you think of maybe 5-10 must-haves apps for her? -Gil

Gil, why what a smart little birdie that was! Indeed, I’ve got two girls, 3 and 5, and between them I’d imagine their favorite iPhone apps might be just the ticket for your boss’s 4 year-old.

1. PaperTown Friends (above)
This artfully lovely paper doll app is a huge favorite with my girls, and with our readers’ kids. Best of all? It’s quiet.

2. Pictureka
I like to play this Where’s Waldo-esque game too. Graphics are wonderful, and it’s not easy at all.

3. Cupcakes!
Nobody doesn’t like Sara Lee. And no girl doesn’t like the make-your-own Cupcakes! app.

My Underwear by Todd Parr

4. My Underwear by Todd Parr
This recent release from the prolific children’s book author is great fun, particularly if the thought of underwear makes your daughter giggle.

5. Fish School
This sweet educational app has great graphics and cute sfx to help kids learn basic preschool skills like shapes, numbers and letters.

6. Readeez
Now that Readeez has gone mobile, kids can work on reading skills anywhere. Our readers are big fans.

7+8 Tales 2 Go and Children’s Storybook by Ruckus Media
You can never have too many storytime apps and these are both terrific. Especially when it’s Meryl Streep reading to your kids when you can’t.

9. Talking Tom
I reluctantly share this one with you. In fact, I put it on the list and took it off again about three different times. It’s my girls’ favorite, and it’s my least favorite. Enough said.

If you’re ever looking for new ones, the website Moms With Apps is a wonderful resource too. They’ve yet to steer me wrong. -Liz

What did we miss? What are your preschoolers favorite mobile apps?

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  • Reply January 21, 2011

    Julie C.

    The Readeez link doesn’t appear to work and it doesn’t come up in the iTunes Store. Would you clarify, please?

  • Reply January 21, 2011


    My 3.5 year old girl loves MeeGenius, Super Why, Matching Zoo, and Talking Carl (similar to Talking Tom)

  • Reply January 24, 2011


    Any app suggestions for a Droid?

  • Reply January 24, 2011


    my 3yo daughter Oliva loves the 7wonderlicious app, we have been having fun and talking about the important topics discussed around girl empowerment


  • Reply January 24, 2011

    Monica Goldberg

    We love ‘Zanny – Born to Run’. It’s such a cute story and has some fun hidden sound and movement things, like things move with gravity and there’s a really fun page where you can fling a bunch of frogs around that ribbit. It’s a book abut a kid with hyperactivity, but my 4 yo daughter is an Aspie and it totally applies to her as well.

  • Reply February 13, 2011


    Duck duck moose so some great apps, Fairies light and I agree – Talking Carl is a hit.

  • Reply March 4, 2011


    Math Ninja and Star Walk are HUGE favorites around here :-)

  • Reply July 7, 2011

    John Tubbs

    I would also recommend parents to pay attention to such an educational iPhone app for their kids as Kinder Hangman – 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!

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