Category: Fun Apps for Kids

Tiny Builders construction app: All the fun of digging and excavating without the travel delays

Road construction is one of those travel hitches we all want to avoid, unless you’re one of those toddlers and preschoolers who think those giant machines are the coolest ever. Now they can get their fill of drilling, paving, and bulldozing with the brand new Tiny Builders construction app, without the need to rubberneck on the highway. A lot of the “things that go” themed apps we try here don’t quite make the cut for us, but this one from German developer Wonderkind is really engaging, coupled with illustrations that feel like a classic children’s picture book. Kids can explore every part of the construction scene,...

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A fun Easter app for kids to keep them busy while you hide the eggs

It’s only the beginning of our Easter spring break mash-up weekend, and my kids are already getting antsy. Don’t they know that I, er, the Easter Bunny have things to do? So if you’re like me and have exhausted the Easter crafts, and Easter egg coloring pages, I found a fun little Easter app for kids to add to your arsenal of activities this weekend. I actually own a few of the puzzle apps by Tropisounds and my younger kids love them, with their Wood Puzzle Easter Colors app being no exception, which is full of easy puzzles like the actual...

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9 fantastic gender-neutral apps for kids around themes that traditionally weren’t. Because girls like robots and boys like styling hair.

This week I was reading a post from one of our favorite app developers, Toca Boca, about how actively they try to create gender-neutral apps, and I was really impressed learning just how much effort they put into it. Like the sketch they featured in developing the updates to Toca Robot Lab, which shows how making the robots a little more colorful and a little less tin-cans-and-rust just open up that world to more kids.   While girls and boys do play differently, and I acknowledge and embrace those differences, I never want to limit my kids — or yours — in terms of app recommendations...

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The new Masterpiece app for Osmo helps turn kids into brilliant artists. (Berets not necessary.)

So rad. Honestly, those were the first words that popped out of my mouth when I saw this crazy-cool new drawing experience called Masterpiece. It is the latest offering from Osmo, the groundbreaking, iPad-powered gaming device built by two young dads out of Stanford and Google, who wanted to bring more hands-on toys for kids to the tablet. We raved about Osmo last spring, and now here comes the Masterpiece app for Osmo to help young users create, well, masterpieces in a very innovative way. How it works is pretty simple, but the results are simply spectacular. Snap a pic with an iPad, then...

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HeyHey Hurry: The new app that’s just for fun

My iPad has dozens of educational apps loaded on it, and I usually feel better about letting my kids have screen time if they’re learning something. The new app HeyHey Hurry from Belgian street artist Bué has none of that. And I’m okay with it. Because sometimes kids need time just to have fun. (Gasp.) It’s true that this app involves hand-eye coordination. And decision-making skills. Oh, and they’re being exposed to a new artist who’s starting to garner some serious attention worldwide.   So, here’s how the story goes: Oscar the dog sleeps at night and dreams of being a pilot. Your job is...

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The new YouTube Kids app. For parents with children who love YouTube. AKA all children everywhere.

I cannot tell you how excited I am about the new YouTube Kids app that just launched today. Over the years, we’re continually asked how to find great videos for kids on YouTube by parents, and while we’ve shared various safer YouTube apps as well as our own favorite YouTube channels for kids and funny YouTube videos for kids (just to name a few), you can now find all of that good stuff in one handy place. Whoo! This new free app for Android and iOS users is designed specifically for kids to use themselves, not necessarily for parents to use and then hand...

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The City Nights app will put kids to sleep…in a good way

My house is filled with readers. If it’s made of paper, we’ll probably read it. So it may seem strange that I’m very excited about a brand new interactive book app. But once you see the new City Nights app for iPad from Tidepool Publishing, I think other book lovers will join in my excitement, too. There’s something special about this simple book app. It’s calm. It’s quiet. And it had my two youngest children, ages 4 and 7, mesmerized from start to finish. The City Nights app, written by Christy Goerzen, explores the sounds of a busy city as night falls and everyone...

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Anorak: The happy magazine for kids goes digital with a fun app.

Not all kids’ magazines are created equal, and one that’s risen to the top of our reading list lately is Anorak. The art is modern and cool, the stories interesting, and the jokes witty. And now this British mag. known as “The Happy Magazine,” is available in the most appropriate format for the digital native generation: in a new Anorak magazine iPad app.   Just like the print magazine, the app has stories, silly comics for pre-readers, games, coloring pages, word finds, toy and clothing recommendations, book recommendations, and interesting articles for mid-grade readers, mostly focused on that months’ topic. The app’s...

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Pepi Ride: A fun intro to driving games

To be honest, I was a little hesitant when I first downloaded the Pepi Ride app. But then I turned it over to my 5-and-half-year-old son, and this doubting mama loved his reaction. Pepi Ride is a fun intro to video games. There’s no real educational piece to it, but that didn’t really bother me. Just watching my kid getting excited and cheering for himself as he steered his souped-up car through volcanos and deserts and all the other terrain on Pepi Island was good enough. Listen, the little guy literally yelled: Mom, this is so. much. fun! Kids can choose one...

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Sponsored Message: Peppa Pig’s new apps are free and loaded with fun

This is a sponsored message from Entertainment One Family   Preschoolers can’t seem to get enough of Peppa Pig, one of the coolest new cartoons to hit the tube in the last ten years. Probably because Peppa Pig likes a lot of the same things your own kids do, from dressing up and playing games, to exploring outdoors and jumping around in muddy puddles. So of course Peppa Pig’s two new, free apps for kids — Peppa’s Paintbox and Peppa’s Activity Maker for both iOS and Android — also put an emphasis on good, but sometimes messy, fun. The free Peppa’s Paintbox app helps...

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