A Selection of Tablet Apps for Kids - dummies

A Selection of Tablet Apps for Kids

By Amy Lupold Bair

Have you finally given in and agreed to share your tablet with your children? The next step is to locate the best apps to download so that every member of your family is happy. Here are some of the best apps for kids from the huge assortment of games and tools currently available.

  • Peekaboo Barn: Perfect for babies, this app includes friendly farm animals peeking out from inside a little bouncing barn. You can use this app to help teach your children animal names and sounds.

  • Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Animal Sounds: This app for children six months and older offers two levels of play and focuses on animal names and sounds.

  • Counting with the Very Hungry Caterpillar: Using the familiar images from the classic Very Hungry Caterpillar, this app helps teach infants and toddlers basic number and counting skills.

  • Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Play at Home with Daniel: This app allows children to interact with various everyday experiences of Daniel Tiger, the popular PBS character.

  • Drawing Pad: This app allows kids (and adults!) to select a variety of tools from crayons to chalk and “draw” all over the tablet screen. It’s an easy and creative way to pass the time!

  • Dr. Seuss’s ABC: The focus of this app is building early reading skills through interactive Dr. Seuss stories.

  • Where’s My Water?: This incredibly popular puzzle game requires kids to help water get to Swampy the Alligator for his bath. The pitfalls along the way require kids (and even adults) to think creatively.

  • Kidomatic Camera: This camera app allows kids to edit photos with fun frames, stickers, and more.

  • Temple Run: This wildly popular app requires the user to run for his life after stealing the cursed idol from the temple.

  • Magic Piano: Simulating a piano, this app guides kids through the steps to play the melody of popular songs, both classical and current. They can then share their performances via social media or even text message.

  • The Night Sky: The Night Sky app allows kids to use their tablets to identify the constellations above them.

  • HowStuffWorks: This app for older kids answers the question, “How does this work?”

  • HomeWork: For older kids, this app helps kids track their homework as well as schedule time to study for exams.

  • Fun Math Tricks: This app teaches kids 25 math tricks to help with math homework or just for fun.

  • Words With Friends: Words With Friends allows kids to play a word game with friends and other social media users.

  • Word A Day Visuals and Audios by VocabAhead: This app improves vocabulary by helping kids learn a new word every day for a year.

  • WordWorld: Fun with WordFriends: Another PBS favorite, this app features word learning games and allows you to track your children’s progress.

  • Grammaropolis: This app helps children learn and practice various parts of speech through a series of games, videos, interactive books, and puzzles.