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Best iPad Apps of 2010 for Kids

10 iPad Apps that prove bigger really IS better
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.

So you’ve got a brand new iPad and kids who are clamoring to play on it.  What you need now are a handful of high quality apps with good replay value.   You don’t have time to slog through the entire iTunes App Store looking for them though.  Who does?

We do.  We’ve tested more apps than we can count.  We’ve got iPad apps for preschoolers iPad apps for toddlers, and now here are some of the best iPad apps for elementary school-aged kids.

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BEST IPAD APPS FOR KIDS1.  CUT THE ROPE

Grade: A- | Age rating: 4+

Oh, what a cute story this game presents!  An adorable green monster arrives by mail and it’s up to your kids to cut a series of ropes (negotiating the laws of physics and gravity) to feed it candy.

The graphics are perfect, the music and sound effects are appealing, and the game play is very challenging.  What more could you ask for?  Search us.

BEST IPAD APPS FOR KIDS2.  ANGRY BIRDS

Age rating: 4+ | Price: $0.99

Another silly story line that we just can’t help loving.  Evil green pigs have stolen these birds’ eggs and are now hiding out in their castles.  It’s up to your kids to wreak revenge on the pigs using (of course!) little red, black, blue, and yellow birds and a giant sling shot.  Huh?

Different birds have different powers.  Some are bombs.  Some are speed birds.  Some multiply mid-flight.  We’ve lost hours and hours of our lives to this game at our house.  Addictive doesn’t even begin to cover it.

BEST IPAD APPS FOR KIDS3.  FRUIT NINJA

Age rating: 3+ | Price: $1.99

Using their finger as a blade, kids swipe various pieces of fruit that fly up in the air, chopping them in half.   In classic mode, they also have to avoid the bombs.  This game is fun, easy, and very hard to put down.

We like the fact that you get all the action with none of the violence.  If your kids are the stress-y type, have them play in Zen mode.

BEST IPAD APPS FOR KIDS4. DOODLE JUMP

Age rating: 5+ | Price: $1.99

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The most downloaded iPhone app of all time is even better on the iPad—get ready to jump and jump and jump again in this insanely addictive game.  Tilt the iPad left and right to jump from platform to platform.

You can also get a boost from jetpacks, propeller beanies, and springs, but watch out for monsters!

Good luck tearing yourself away from this app once you start playing — you’re going to need it.

5. PLAYTIME THEATER

Age rating: 5+ | Price: $2.99

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PlayTime Theater is a customizable, interactive castle play set that gives kids characters, props, and sound effects and invites them to create and record short shows.

This truly innovative app delivers what so many others promise (but don’t quite deliver): free play.  In a crowded field, this app stands out as the single best use of touch-screen technology that we’ve ever seen for kids.

BEST IPAD APPS FOR KIDS6. CHUZZLE

Age rating: 4+ | Price: $4.99

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A fun, addictive and appropriate for all ages. Kids slide google-eyed chuzzles across the iPhone screen trying to group 3 like-colored chuzzles together. When they do, the chuzzles explode with a giggle, sending fur and eyeballs flying.

I’ve played this game on the PC, the iPhone, and the iPad and the iPad is head and shoulders above the rest.  I’ve lost hours of my life to it.

BEST IPAD APPS FOR KIDS7. SLIDE-A-MA-JIG

Age rating: 4+ | Price: $0.99

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Thirty wacky creatures are divided into five slideable parts on 20 backgrounds. Kids can mix and match them—with accompanying zany sound effects—to their hearts’ content.

Playing it on the larger screen will make this silly app more accessible to even the youngest of comedians.  You know, your kids.

BEST IPAD APPS FOR KIDS8.  BOOKWORM

Age rating: 5+ | Price: $4.99


An intuitive, educational word search game for new readers, rabid wordsmiths, and everyone in between. Younger kids may need a little help, but they’ll soon be hooked too.

Link letters left, right, up, and down on your iPhone screen to build words and earn points with this fun app.  Make too many short words and you get burning tiles, which can literally blow up in your face.

BEST IPAD APPS FOR KIDS9. WEET WOO

Age rating: 2+ | Price: $3.99

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This is one of our all time favorite iPad apps. It is a one-stop parent-curated video browsing gadget for kids.

Channels include Animals, Fun Shows, Learn, Music, People, and Places and developers have listed hundreds of hours of kid-friendly programming with everything from funny kitten videos to a Discovery Education short biography of Ludwig van Beethoven.

If you’ve ever wished you could just let your kids watch YouTube while you got some things done around the house, this is the app for you.

BEST IPAD APPS FOR KIDS10. MORON TEST

Age rating: 6+ | Price: $0.99

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I sort of hesitate to include this one, but my kids love it, so yours probably will too.  It’s not so much an IQ test as a game of reflexes and quick thinking.

It’s actually stylish and fun and very, very entertaining—too bad about the name.  My kids compete for family high score regularly and laugh while they play.

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45 thoughts on “Best iPad Apps of 2010 for Kids

  1. Alex Green says:

    We have a 2 year old girl and were looking for preschool apps on the iPad. There were some free ones that were ports from the iPhone, the only one we ended up buying specifically for the iPad was Preschool Playmat. Teresa just loves it, mainly making the animal noises! Could use a few more activities but the site says they are releasing more activities every few weeks.

    She also really enjoyed the standard photo app, especially the new stacks behaviour. :)

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  3. Jane says:

    iTouchiLearn Words for Preschool Kids features high definition, entertaining animations and engaging word games that teach toddlers and preschool kids a series of words, spellings and associated actions. Players receive virtual rewards for correct answers. Definitely worth buying for $.99! http://bit.ly/bkWRC4

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  6. Sarita says:

    In Floating Memory the tiles are moving. It’s a wonderful idea, to take the classic game and turn it into something completely new with just one little adaptation: to make the tiles move around softly. Very addictive, and beautifully done. Love the marine theme.

  7. Jennifer says:

    Check out “Tale of Peter Rabbit” for iPad http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-tale-peter-rabbit-special/id364790003?mt=8

    It’s listed as a Staff Favorite at iTunes Store!

  8. Linda says:

    This may be a silly question: If you already own an app for iPhone or iPod Touch, do you have to buy it again to use it on an iPad?

  9. Mae Buzen says:

    I think you can go ahead and check Duck duck moose apps for this age group. For older ones, I would suggest downloading puzzle games. There are tons of free ones. If you have tried Tetris or Bejeweled, it might interest you to know that there is a better option for these – StarFaces – certainly one of the best iPad app. I had played this game on my iphone for a while and now I have it for ipad and its great! Love the photos option

  10. Fabumom says:

    I bought the superwhy app for my two year old and she loves it. I feel like it’s something that can grow with her because it has four games. It cost around 4.99 but was worth every penny!

  11. Celeste says:

    I really like Soundbingo, mostly because my kids will play it together for ages (quiet, at the same time!). But more practically, it has a range of difficulty levels and best of all you can customize the photos, sounds and game channels for whatever your kid likes, or you want them to learn.
    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/soundbingo/id366675690?mt=8

  12. steven broman says:

    Check out the iPad app “Mothers Day Cards”. Not so much for little kids, but a great app to express appreciation for a Mom.

  13. Kris says:

    Drawing Den is great coloring app
    - it works great on the ipad, it’s a free a app where more coloring sheets can be purchased:
    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/drawing-den/id343532880?mt=8

  14. Carlos says:

    We have a 2 year old girl and were looking for preschool apps on the iPad. There were some free ones that were ports from the iPhone, the only one we ended up buying specifically for the iPad was Preschool Playmat. Teresa just loves it, mainly making the animal noises! Could use a few more activities but the site says they are releasing more activities every few weeks.
    +1

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  17. Christopher says:

    Great list of apps here — thanks for the post. In case your readers are still looking for more great kids iPad apps, we thought we’d share another list — it includes a number of top kids apps not covered here and is also a bit more focused on apps with educational content, versus just entertainment.

    http://theikidsblog.com/blog/2010/06/14/top-10-educational-ipad-apps-for-kids/

    Enjoy!

  18. Tracy says:

    A great list! I will definitely get them for my little one. My little girl’s fav is Baby Explorer for the iPad. The cute sounds and vibrant colors makes her really happy!! Here’s the link:http://punflay.com/baby-explorer-appstore.html

  19. Sammie says:

    There is also a great new Mother Goose app. They rhymes really help language skills and it has shape games.
    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mother-goose-reader/id381023287?mt=8

  20. jessica says:

    As a mother, I am very selective about the information, which my 4-year-old son gets exposed with. I understand a good app should offer a combination of both, play and learn.

    I am not sure about others, but I am very impressed with star walk and Hello Hello Kids ipad apps. Both the apps offers good educational materials like knowledge of solar systems and basic mathematics explained with good animations and displays.

  21. Chris says:

    My 2 and 4 year old really enjoy Match 10. It’s a concentration game where you can use your own pictures. The two year old just enjoys seeing our family members pop up. The four year old really likes making her own games out of our photo library. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/match-10/id374111609?mt=8

  22. allie says:

    we really like Smarty Shortz for our 4,6,7 year olds…quick lessons and games to keep their minds on school subjects…but all 3 of them love Scrabble too, which is great!

  23. laterdais says:

    We like those 2 as well Allie-thanks for the recommendations!

  24. Jessica says:

    Awesome list!You should also have a look at ABC Numbers for the ipad. This cute app has two screens, one for numbers and another one for alphabets. Check it out-http://punflay.com/abc-numbers.html

  25. Abby says:

    I just downloaded this game called “ispy…”. It’s like the game I spy with my little eye something… My kids having playing it for hours now in the car! As a mother that makes me very happy :-)

  26. Tanya says:

    Check out Number sense HD. This cute Math app will make learning Math fun- http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/number-sense-hd/id384369598?mt=8

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  29. Why is my iPad taking more than 5 hours to back up?!? It has been slow before, but this beats everything!! Cupertino, are you listening?

  30. Alina says:

    You may also try We Search HD – unique game to improve your memory and hand-eye coordination in easy form.

    http://agilescreensavers.com/index.php?page=ig_WeSearch

  31. Mila says:

    Our daughter and I love ABC Expedition. It is a great mix of entertainment and education, and it’s beautifully designed.
    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/abc-expedition/id417310661?mt=8&ls=1

  32. Lyla says:

    My kids love Teddy’s Day and Teddy’s Night! The Teddy apps are super cute and highly interactive, my girls really can’t get enough http://bit.ly/fmFHcj

  33. Ron J. says:

    Try iChores. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ichores/id398902259?mt=8

    It teaches your kids how a job and a checkbook work. It also makes it easy to track their chore money.

  34. Steve J. says:

    Bear-Eco has released Princess Ph.D. It’s a learning app for girls ages 3-5. It’s free and created only for the iPad.

    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id424501650?mt=8

  35. Good list of stuff, I am hoping to find an equiv for free apps.

  36. I’ll def check out princess PHD. Thx.

  37. Daniel says:

    These apps above are just ipad games of which there are thousands and any kid would sit down to play them. This site is a waste of time. I am looking for high quality learning apps for kids NOT games. What a lazy list this is.

  38. joan symonds says:

    I love this site. I enjoy seeing what’s new and exciting for kids. Am always searching for the best for my grandkids who love the ipad! Me too! For the wonderful way it is teaching children. When I watched my 2 1/2 year old granddaughter play with the Disney puzzle games – and be able to figure them out within seconds astounded me. When I heard how autistic children were entranced and stayed focused for 7 minutes watching Halloween Doggy, I had to ask myself – does it ever get any better than this. Thanks Apple! For elevating all of our lives! And thank you Best Ipad Apps for Kids for taking the time to point all of us to the best of the app world.

  39. Peter Michael says:

    Our 1 and 3 year old kids love the animal match game called Animemory. The game has great graphics and funny extra elements like falling fruit and really nice sounds!

    Animemory: http://itunes.apple.com/tw/app/id452678156?mt=8

  40. Gregg says:

    We just recently got math game for iPad called Math Evolve, and our kids are loving it. Its a great learning game that the kids actually want to play. Its awesome, check it out: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/math-evolve/id482475948?ls=1&mt=8

  41. Eva says:

    My 3 year old loves Little Miss Muffet by Tantrum Solutions. It’s a wonderfull little app.

  42. Daddy says:

    My little girl loves Kandoobi – Animal Edition! We put it on the ipad last week and she won’t stop playing it. :) http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/kandoobi-animal-edition/id494150216?ls=1&mt=8

  43. kumar says:

    Alphakids iPad application is a colorful and interactive approach for learning alphabets,pronunciation of Alphabets, Numbers , Story telling and Handwriting pad for kids.
    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/alphakids/id506291014?mt=8

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