Best Kids Apps for 2017

What you see here are fine examples of the most inventive, illuminating, and engaging children's apps you can find on the Android and iOS stores.

It's that time of the year again where we round up our favorite apps for kids for the first six months! So far this year we saw developers push the boundaries of what an app can contribute to a child's education and development.

Teachers can find best kids apps for almost any subjects like Math, English, Science, History, Geography, Languages, Arts, Music and Coding that will be of great help in the classroom. Teachers can also find apps aligned to curriculum and lesson plans for the apps created by our expert educators in our Teacher App Library.

Parents can find educational apps for their kids and children that will help them be part of their learning at home. Educational App Store helps busy parents find best educational apps for kids to learn in a fun way after school or during holidays. These apps help kids develop important skills needed in school and promote bonding between parents and kids. Explore our Parent App Library to search, discover and share the teacher recommended apps and app guides created for busy parents.

So without further ado, here are our Best Apps for Kids 2017.

Math Apps for Kids

Whether you're trying to teach a young kid how to count or struggling through an advanced college math class, there are several apps that can make math less painful. From counting and basic operations to algebra and trigonometry, our selection of math apps cover essential math skills in unique and engaging ways.

Best App to Learn Basic Math Concepts: Endless Numbers

Endless Numbers

Endless Numbers is one of the best math apps to introduce basic math concepts such as counting, ordering and addition to pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. Designed to be be fun and stress free, the game presents numbers 1 through 100. Animated Endless Monsters help visualize counting and add a dose of humor to the app. Kids love Endless Numbers and there aren't any quizzes.

Download Endless Numbers app

Best App to Learn Times Tables: Hit the Button Maths

Hit the Button Maths

Hit the Button an interactive maths game from the TopMarks website, are useful in the early stages of learning on multiplication (e.g. times tables)  and division facts.

Download Hit the Button Maths app

Best App to Learn Shapes: Busy Shapes

Busy Shapes

Busy Shapes is a digital playground filled with geometric shapes and corresponding holes invites exploration by the toddlers to support cognitive development, including shape, size and color matching. It cleverly sets forth logical thinking challenges that get progressively harder. 

Download Busy Shapes app

Literacy Apps for Kids

Educational App Store have selected a bunch of the best English apps that teach reading, writing, the alphabet, words, spelling and phonics. These popular apps are perfect tools to help kids learn spelling, grammar and vocabulary and have fun doing it!

Best App to Learn Alphabets: Endless Alphabet

Endless Alphabet

Endless Alphabet is an app designed to teach letter sounds and new vocabulary. The child drags the correct letter into a word and the letter takes on a personality and makes the sound as the child drags it to it correct place in the word. 

Download Endless Alphabet app

Best App to Learn Reading: Teach Your Monster to Read

Teach Your Monster to Read

The Teach your Monster to Read application is an award winning app that teaches children to read in a fun and simplistic manner. The app covers the first two years of reading, from matching letters and sounds to enjoying books. The app has been designed in collaboration with academics at Roehampton university and Complements Phases 2-5 of UK Government-approved Letters and Sounds and other major systematic synthetic phonics programmes. The app is free form in-app purchases and adverts.

Download Teach Your Monster to Read app

Science Apps for Kids

Science is awesome, and with these apps your kids will learn that too! Take a look at our list of apps for teaching kids about science to get started.

Best App to Learn Underwater Animals: Octonauts

Octonauts

Octonauts is focused on 3D-animated exploration and features the main characters from the award-winning preschool series. It includes mini-games and missions, and also lets children interact with underwater creatures and learn about the undersea world.

Download Octonauts app

Best App to Learn Creatures: Creature Garden by Tinybop

Creature Garden by Tinybop

In the app, kids can create wonderful, incredible, fantastical creatures with 100s of different hooves and horns, wings and beaks, paws and claws, and more. Kids can also make a wild garden to play and race their creatures in, keep track of their creatures’ best stats, and even cross two creatures to make new breeds. Creature Garden by Tinybop is lovely app that promotes imagination, creativity and playfulness. Creature Garden by Tinybop is easy to use and safe for kids.

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Best Adventure App: James' amazing adventures: learning games for kids

James' amazing adventures: learning games for kids

James’ Amazing Adventures is essentially a fun but educational adventure game with a delightful story line, that will capture the imagination of any pre-school child and their parents. The purpose of the game is to find all the instruments of an undersea orchestra that have been accidentally scattered across the world by a sneezing whale. The application has been developed in conjunction with a number of early years’ experts.

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Art and Music Apps for Kids

Looking for fun apps that foster creativity in kids? Check out these top-rated art, music, imagination-play, and creative-thinking apps for kids of all ages.

Best App to Learn Drawing: Artie's Magic Pencil

Artie's Magic Pencil

Artie's Magic Pencil is a cute app that gets kids learning the fundamentals of drawing with his pulling a magic pencil out of a stone. The drawing adventure starts with a fun and interactive adventure story ideal for preschool-aged kids. Kids join the little hero by controlling his movements and tracing geometric shapes he draws. It features colorful artwork, a cast of funny characters, and a simple and intuitive interface. Downloadable drawing worksheets allow kids to extend their creative time away from the screen to develop creativity and fine motor skills.

Download Artie's Magic Pencil app

Best App to Learn Art: ExplorArt Klee – The Art of Paul Klee, for Kids

ExplorArt Klee – The Art of Paul Klee, for Kids

Paul Klee might not be an artist that you have considered covering in the classroom. This superb app makes it clear that you should.

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Best App to Learn Piano: Piano Maestro by JoyTunes - Piano practice

Piano Maestro by JoyTunes - Piano practice

Piano Maestro by JoyTunes is an interactive piano practice app for kids. As kids play on an electric or acoustic piano or on the in-app keyboard, the app uses the iPad's touchscreen or microphone to gauge the player's accuracy and gives instant visual and auditory feedback.

Kids can learn and hone beginning piano skills as they practice simple songs and hone their sight-reading skills. They can practice techniques as they play with each hand and then both hands together, and they can ramp up to more intermediate skills such as chords and arpeggios. Kids can also learn consistent practice habits as they earn stars and level up based on their performance.

Download Piano Maestro by JoyTunes - Piano practice app

Other Apps

Best App to Learn Lifestyles and Culture: Toca Life: City

Toca Life: City

Toca Life:City app is rich and varied enough with so much to explore about diversity in places, people and lifestyles. This app provides opportunities for kids to notice urban amenities and lifestyles.

Kids can learn through imaginative and creative pretend play. They'll experiment with self-expression, routine interactions such as shopping or getting food at a restaurant, and social situations. By being in charge of what happens in their city, kids can feel empowered to try out different roles, practice different actions, or simply enjoy getting to call the shots.

Download Toca Life: City app

Best App to Learn Coding: Hopscotch: Coding for kids, a visual programming language

Hopscotch: Coding for kids, a visual programming language

Hopscotch provides a scaffolding learning for coding. This app empowers the students to experiment and create their own coding. Students need to be independent readers and can access the many levels in the Levels section to solve coding problems. Once these have been mastered students can create their own coding programming stories.

The app provides excellent, quirky graphics that look like old school arcade games. The in-app platform and instructions is an excellent resource for students to explore other coding programs that have been uploaded to the Hopscotch community learning hub. This is by far one of the best coding app available.

Download Hopscotch: Coding for kids, a visual programming language app

Best App to Learn Countries: Stack the Countries™

Stack the Countries™

Stack the countries is an educational geography game teaching and testing students on the countries of the world and their shapes, neighbours, landmarks, capital cities, languages, flags, and other geographical facts. The game supplies world maps and flash cards with country facts that can be studied before playing the game portion of the app. Gameplay involves reading questions and choosing from four different countries or country shapes as the answer. The game is not timed. If the player answers the question correctly, they get to drop the country onto the waiting pelatform. Students keep dropping countries on the platform, moving or rotating them as desired before dropping, until enough are stacked up to reach the checkered line. The player then receives a random country that gets placed on the chosen map. Once students receive 20 countries, a second game called Map It is unlocked. After 50 countries, a third game called Pile Up is unlocked. Six different profiles can be saved in the game, and there is also a guest player option.

Download Stack the Countries™ app

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