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Best Apps for Kids 2019

Best Apps for Kids

We are so excited to bring you the app list, featuring the best apps and games for kids to keep them engaged and entertained.

Our selection of apps for kids is packed with new apps for all ages, and remember: all kids learn through play, so be sure to check out our handy skill key located on the bottom of each page, which shows you exactly which skills and developmental benefits kids can gain from each app on our list.

Apps that enhance kids’ knowledge of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) can help turn intimidating subjects into fun play experiences.

We spent countless hours testing all of these amazing apps so you can be sure you’re making the best decisions for the kids in your life. We've also compiled lists of the best preschool apps , as well as the best iOS apps and best free iPad games for the kids to enjoy.

Check out our selection of best apps for kids for all age groups across iOS and Android before spending any money to see if they are appropriate for your child.

Best Apps for Kids

Curious World is an early learning app inspires kids ages 2-7 by giving them the freedom to explore their interests and build their self-confidence - through hundreds of books, games and videos. Curious World: Play Learn Grow is packed full of different types of activities to entertain and educate children. From videos to sit back and watch, to suggested craft activities that require rolled up sleeves and a bit of mess, this app provides a great source of inspiration and learning for children.

Curious World: Play Learn Grow is a mix of children's TV channel, children's library, activity pack and a source of creative ideas. As such, children can sit back and watch, pick a book to read, explore an interactive activity or gain some ideas for making something in the real rather than the virtual world. The Parents Dashboard provides a summary of your child’s activities, preferences, and the learning areas they’re gaining the most exposure to within Curious World.

Available on iOS

Colouring in is calming, enjoyable and prompts creative thinking.  PicoToONs brings the experience of physical colouring books to electronic devices and adds some extra graphical flourishes to distinguish it from the paper versions.

PicoToONs brings the experience of physical colouring books to electronic devices and adds some extra graphical flourishes to distinguish it from the paper versions. The provides the kids with a vast collection of drawing tools such as Pencil, Crayon, Brush, Spray, Marker, Bucket and sparkling Glitter Paint tool. Children can also decorate their drawings with a set of beautiful stickers and paint the drawings with colours or customizable patterns.

Available on Android , iOS

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is an interactive pop-up app, featuring characters from the book. It consists of a number of games and puzzles, which can help young children practise counting, sorting, and memory skills. The app can also help them discover facts about caterpillars and other animals, and learn about healthy eating. The beautiful illustrations and reward badges will motivate children to keep on playing.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is an interactive pop-up app, featuring characters from the book. It consists of a number of games and puzzles, which can help young children practise counting, sorting, and memory skills. The app can also help them discover facts about caterpillars and other animals, and learn about healthy eating. The beautiful illustrations and reward badges will motivate children to keep on playing.

Available on Android , iOS

English Apps for Kids

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

Read with Phonics is a phonics based app that helps young people to learn synthetic phonics in a colourful and interactive way. It improves letter sounds recognition and is a great stepping stone to help your little ones on their reading journey! This is a fantastic app that has been extremely well developed by professionals proficient in not only the topic of phonics but also with a very good understanding of the education and classroom setting.

The phonics app follows the curriculum and all synthetics phonics programs. Practice segmenting and blending skills, grapheme recognition, pseudo words, word comprehension and more.

Practicing your phonics sounds for just 5 minutes a day is proven to be the best way to improve reading skills, whether in the car on the drive home from school, snuggled up on the sofa or sitting outside in the garden on a nice summers day! The positive reward system the game offers is very motivating and the different ways the app challenges a child to think about each letter; from recognising the grapheme to putting it into a word is impressive.

Available on Android , iPhone, iPad

The Teach your Monster to Read 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. 

Available on Android , iPhone, iPad

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.

DoodleMaths is an easy-to-use and engaging math app for children ages 4-14. DoodleMaths is a maths programme that supports maths learning in homes and schools. It identifies children’s weaker areas in learning and adapts a programme to that child.

Children are motivated by earning DoodleStars which can be used to buy accessories for their robot, pet, or coach. You can get involved with your child's maths and help motivate them every step of the way through the Parent Dashboard, which includes a weakness analysis, email reports, plus more!

Available on Android , iOS

DragonBox+ Algebra is an innovative kids maths app that through gameplay teaches kids concepts relating to solving algebraic equations.As they progress through the game, they must solve different puzzles that require them to collect, cancel and balance terms. Children are introduced to different algebraic rules as they unlock more levels and are guided through step by step. Progress is illustrated with the birth and growth of a dragon for each new chapter.

The app is simple enough for young children to pick up but deep enough for middle school students. DragonBox+ sets a new standard for math apps.

Available on Android , iOS

Games for Kids

Get your kids excited about learning with our collection of educational games. With various activities, your kids will build foundational skills in everything from counting to reading comprehension, fractions to basic coding, and much more. Ditch the dry lessons and let learning games transform study time into an adventure kids will want to go on again and again!

Toca Hair Salon 3 is an open-ended game lets kids get creative with a seemingly endless supply of characters and styling options. Kids have more characters to choose from, more cutting and styling tools to use, more coloring options, more hair types and textures, and more accessories.

Kids can try on an endless number of hairstyles, colors, types, and more. They'll use their imaginations to create realistic or totally crazy looks as they discover what their own preferences are.

Available on iPhone, iPad

Sago Mini Friends lets kids touch, try, play, experiment, and observe. The characters and graphics are warm, appealing, and welcoming.

Kids can learn about playing well with others -- taking turns, sharing, and getting along with friends. They'll learn about cause and effect, seeing the impact their taps and touches have on the toys and characters.

Available on iPhone, iPad

Toca Block is an open-ended creative play app designed to nurture a child’s imagination and analytical skills. They can also get silly as they use blocks to build worlds that stretch their imaginations and add infinite personal touches that express their unique sense of creativity. Any stories kids tell about the world they create or the characters who explore that world takes learning even further. Toca Blocks features open-ended exploration that lets kids practice using technology to build and create.

Available on iPhone, iPad

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.

Thinkrolls is a preschool-friendly physics platformer that is delightfully fun for all ages. Kids start by choosing a ball, or Thinkroll, from several spunky choices. They then work their way through the game, which has a dozen or so levels for each chapter, rolling the ball along the path and getting through various obstacles.

Thinkrolls packs solid science concepts and important learning skills into a beautifully designed game kids will want to play over and over.

Available on Android , iOS

Creature Garden by Tinybop is an imaginative play app where kids can create their own animal menagerie by combining more than 100 animal parts to make new creatures. Once kids create a creature, they can name it, feed it, groom it, and test its abilities. 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 promotes imagination, creativity and playfulness. As kids use their creativity to build creatures and design the landscape in the garden, they are making new creations and exploring part-whole relationships.

Available on iPhone, iPad

This app is incredible and provides hours of fun interactive entertainment as well as high quality educational content. It lets kids get a peek inside the body with seven models that highlight important structures such as bones, lymph nodes, the heart, and the intestines.

Younger kids can simply use free play to see what happens when they tap, swipe, or move elements on the screen for example, eating food and brushing teeth.

Available on iPhone, iPad

Drawing 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.

Start With Art By Madcap Logic, LLC is a great art educational tool that is curriculum based and offers high quality animated videos and learning activities through four lessons. The app features three fun characters – Furnace, Ruby and Tickles - that help children learn about the world of art and creativity. The app meets the National Standards for the Visual Arts, and for all the content that you get it is very good value for money.

What we liked about the Start With Art is that it suggests activities outside the app and that encourages learners to find more about art and explore the subject. This is a multi award winning app and a joy to play and learn with it. Don’t let the price discourage you from trying this app! It’s totally worth it!

Available on Android , iPhone, iPad

Music Apps for Kids

Loopimal is a seriously fun app that allows kids to explore sequences, loops, and music as they try to animate a bunch of cute animals. Children have endless opportunities to create rich compositions and explore loops and computer sequencing within an easy-to-use pre-programming framework.

Kids can learn about components of music such as beat, rhythm, melody, tempo, and so on. As they create patterns of up to eight musical blocks that repeat endlessly, kids experience visual and auditory loops and sequences.

Available on iPhone, iPad

Note Quest is one the best piano apps which helps kids of all ages to learn and review or drill all the notes needed to become a competent piano or keyboard player. Through levelled sequences of fun and enjoyable piano practice games, the app helps the user to learn the notes of the keyboard quickly and successfully.

The app is highly engaging and simple to use and although the graphics are more suited to a child user it would be extremely useful for anyone who is learning the piano. It could be used as an introduction to the notes of the keyboard, an aid for practice between lessons or for use by a piano teacher as a resource within lessons.

Available on iPhone, iPad

Musilla Musical School is one of the best music app for kids (6 to 11 years of age) in which they learn the basics of music. This beautifully presented app explores the adventures of the Mussila band on a musical journey. Help them find instruments, costumes and create your own music. The app is based on a music curriculum and the player progresses through skill building levels such as recognising instruments, instrumental sounds, rhythm and melodies.

Join the Mussila band on their musical journey to help them find their lost instruments and costumes. The app allows you to record your own music and play piano notes.

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.

Available on Android , iPhone, iPad

Match & Find has been created for children with special educational needs. Both its activities and the nature of its design are specially designed to create an environment and a learning experience suitable for these children to enjoy developing their understanding.

Match & Find is designed to help develop young children’s memory, matching, searching and sequencing skills. Working memory is very important for the development of language and numeracy, and the carefully designed activities in this app can help children train and improve their auditory and visual working memory.

Available on iPhone, iPad

‘Coding Games for kids’ is a unique application that teaches sequential visual coding. The app comes with an array of free games and encourages children to solve problems, improve logical thinking and increase their memory in a fun and interactive environment.

The Home screen shows a number of coding features. The application has over 1000+ levels, however, this is the paid version and not the free version which has its limitations. The app covers the following coding topics: sequences, loops, functions and arrays.

Available on Android , iPhone, iPad

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