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Best Android Apps for Kids

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Jamie Pearson. and work as an Freelance writer, a mother of two, and the publisher of two popular-ish websites: Best Kids Apps and Travel Savvy Mom. at BestKidsApps.

Those of you who didn’t jump on the iPhone and iPad bandwagons are finally being rewarded for your patience.  The Android Market has finally gone online. Internet heavyweight Amazon.com has gotten in on the action too with their own Appstore for Android, which offers a free app of the day every single day.

Looking for the best free, fun, and educational Android apps and games for kids, toddlers and preschoolers?  Here you go.

Android Apps for Kids1. ABDUCTION!
Grade: B+ | Age rating: 2+

Buy on the Android Market

Imagine for a moment that you are a cow and your cow friends have been abducted by aliens.  Now it’s up to you to save them! Follow the platform trail as you hop ever higher upwards into space, grabbing power-ups and rescuing friends as you go. Watch out for parachute bombs and other hazards.  Destroy the mothership if you can, and make sure you don’t fall.

Best part of Abduction?  You can set it to kids mode which prevents the cow from ever falling.  Why don’t more platform games do this?  It’s great for frustration-free learning.

 

Android Apps for Kids2. FRUIT NINJA
Grade: A+ | Age rating: 3+

Buy on the Android Market

Use your finger as a blade to swipe and slice various pieces of fruit that fly up in the air in this juicy action game.   In classic mode, you also have to avoid the bombs.  It’s very simple, but the best things often are — also no gore and questionable ethics!

At the end of every round, you are served a Sensei’s Fruit Fact such as “In some parts of the world, trained monkeys are used to harvest coconuts!”  Sweet.

Android Apps for Kids3. JEWELLUST
Grade: A- | Age rating: 4+

Buy on the Android Market

A connect-three puzzle game with an ancient Egyptian flavor.   Swap and line up matching jewels to burst them and collect tiles before time runs out.  Advance through 30 levels in 7 pyramids and choose from survival and story mode.

Compete on leaderboards, if that’s your thing, or just entertain yourself and your kids when you have a spare moment.

Android Apps for Kids4. DOODLE JUMP
Grade: A | Age rating: 4+

Buy on the Android Market

The insanely addictive platform jumping game is now available on Android.  Tilt your device left and right to make the Doodler jump from platform to platform, avoiding the brittle brown logs that break and make you plummet earthward.  You can even exit the right side of the screen and come in on the left.

Jump, jump, jump your way to the top and try not to think about the many hours you’re spending doing it.  This too shall pass.

 

 

Android Apps for Kids5. GEOCACHING
Grade: A | Age rating: 4+

Buy on the Android Market

Geocaching is hands down the most fun you can have with a smartphone.   People hide small trinket-filled boxes all over the world, and upload the coordinates to a website.  You use your phone to navigate to the hidden boxes (called caches).  When you find one, take a trinket and leave a trinket and sign the log.

Sound easy?  Sometimes it is.  Other times not so much.  It’s not a cheap app, but it’s the most fun you can have for $10 and you’ll use it over and over again.  What kid (or adult, for that matter) doesn’t love a treasure hunt?  Try it.

Android Apps for Kids6. LABYRINTH
Grade: A- | Age rating: 5+

Buy on the Android Market

The classic maze-navigation game of your youth has come to the Android.  Control a steel ball by tilting a wooden labyrinth, but don’t fall in the holes along the way.  It has over 1,000 levels, so you won’t run out of gameplay options anytime soon.

Try the free lite version first, to see if your kids warm to it.  If they do, download the paid version.

 

Android Apps for Kids7. MONKEY PRESCHOOL LUNCHBOX
Grade: A- | Age rating: 1+

Buy on the Android Market

Introduce your toddlers to colors and letters from home well before preschool. Young children will think this is a game, but moms and dads will feel good in knowing it’s completely educational too.

In each individual game a monkey asks you to complete short tasks like counting fruit, touching the corresponding word that the monkey asks for and matching cards with fruit on them. The goal is to finish these and fill the monkey’s lunch box. When you complete a game the monkey flips and squeals, then sends you on to the next game.

Android Apps for Kids8. ONE FISH TWO FISH RED FISH BLUE FISH – DR. SEUSS
Grade: A- | Age rating: 1+

Buy on the Android Market

This delightful and much beloved classic comes to life with a few choice interactive touches.  Dr. Seuss still poses such ridiculous and enchanting questions as:  “Did you ever fly a kite in bed? Did you ever walk with ten cats on your head?” and kids still love it.

They’ll have so much fun, in fact, that they probably won’t even notice they’re learning to read.

Android Apps for Kids9. ANGRY BIRDS
Grade: A | Age rating: 4+

Buy on the Android Market

Did you think we were going to skip Angry Birds?  No such luck.  This hugely popular app has become part of the collective consciousness and with good reason.

First of all, we love the silly story line.  Evil green pigs have stolen the birds’ eggs and are now hiding out in their castles.  It’s up to your kids to wreak revenge on them using (of course!) little red and blue birds and a giant sling shot.  Huh?

There are almost 200 levels of gameplay, so it’s unlikely your kids will ever run out of fortresses to assault.  Once they conquer a level, they can re-play it to improve their score.  In the (very likely) event they don’t conquer a level on their first try, they can just try again!

Android Apps for Kids10. WORD MIX
Grade: A | Age rating: 5+

Buy on the Android Market

Remember the anagram-style word games we all used to play as kids before school vacations?  Teachers would hand around dittos that challenged us to make as many words as we could out of a phrase like “Happy Holidays”.

This app does the same.  You get a random set of letters and a set amount of time to form as many words out of them as you can.  Not only is it fun, it builds vocabulary too.

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20 thoughts on “Best Android Apps for Kids

  1. rose says:

    My daughter loves Angry birds. That has to be her all time favorite game. She also enjoys my TV Everywhere app. I work and subscribe at DISH Network and have the app through them. She loves to be able to watch her favorite shows live wherever we are. She can access all our subscription channels from anywhere we are at. It’s great for when we travel or even at the grocery store. It is such a life saver sometimes.

  2. Susan says:

    Great list of apps – I was trying to find a list for Android games for kids but couldn’t find any lists!

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  4. Catherine says:

    My kids like to play this app https://market.android.com/details?id=com.dwinch.NumberTeachFree

    It has good images so they like learning numbers.

    It does have adverts though, but you can play offline and not receive any.

  5. Great post! Check our app Kid Mode out too. You can add all your kids’ favorite Android apps to Kid Mode and our Child Lock feature keeps them in the app! The app also comes with hundreds of fun, educational games, books, and videos for kids 8 and under.

  6. Natalie says:

    My daughter and niece loves playing the quiz section from the app – Kids opedia. You get the scores and detailed report at the end. They love to see who gets a better score.

  7. Alice says:

    Look at this new game “Remember the pictures”.
    It’s cool game and at the same time it’s educational cause it can help your kid to improve their memory skills.

    https://market.android.com/details?id=air.com.ngflex.RememberPictures

    market://details?id=air.com.ngflex.RememberPicturesLite

  8. Hello I hope it’s okay if I add my app to your list! It’s a cute and fun Kids app for learning Spanish: InstaSpanish Kids for Android. I couldn’t add it for free because it cost money to develop, but I hope to add a lot of new lessons if sales pick up some. The slideshow about my app is here:

    http://www.instaspanish.com/no

    The Android Market listing is here:

    https://market.android.com/det

    I’d be happy to make a review copy available to you.

    I hope you find the app worthy of a listing!

    warm wishes
    Stacey

  9. Alyanna says:

    FYI: There is a great free geocaching app for Android called c:geo. You can find it here: https://market.android.com/details?id=cgeo.geocaching

  10. Grant says:

    There are a lot of good educational games on the market now. My son is getting better at his multiplication tables with this game: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.diespiderdie.mathdefense

  11. Bruno says:

    Our toddler loves “Puppy dog”, its a storybook that he reads again and again:

    https://market.android.com/details?id=arvid.knappar.test&hl=en

  12. Mav says:

    I really like the apps made by ElliesGames. They are bright, colorful, cheap – and some of them are on Android AND iOS!

    Color Dots: http://goo.gl/jLZll

    Dot Collector: http://goo.gl/ceHIf

  13. Nicole says:

    My kids love “Kids Learn Animals”. You can tap on the animals and hear sounds.
    http://bit.ly/yXgCVl

  14. Jennifer Dechanel says:

    My daughter simply loves the easter game Bogga Easter. Great fun going egg hunting, decorating and using a magic wand. Cute!
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.boggaeaster

  15. app_mommy says:

    all apps by this developer are great:

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=Russpuppy

    my son loves them!

  16. Christine says:

    We just found this app that makes it so my kids can only see their apps!
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tster.kidscare

  17. Paul says:

    My kids love “Learn Coloring”, is a free application for painting and coloring, which has educational content and educational challenges. I like also because it is an entertainment and encourages them to learn many things.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mobimind.aprendecoloreando

  18. Andrey Fidrya says:

    All these apps are very useful for child development. For parents, who search for good educational kids android apps, I would recommend to pay special attention to Shape Puzzle – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=biz.ideus.puzzler

  19. WOW just what I was looking for. Came here by searching for android

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