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5 Ridiculous Apps that Kids Just Love

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.

It’s no secret that there’s a wide chasm between what kids think is funny and what adults think is funny.   While you obviously can’t measure silly, these 5 fun apps will make you wish you could –  you’ll be rolling your eyes, while your kids are rolling on the floor.


fun apps for kids who need to laugh out loud1.  FACE MELTER
An absolutely hysterical photo deforming app.
iPhone, iPad | Age: 3+ | Price: $1.99

All these years later, this is still one of the funniest games in the iTunes Store.  I’ve shown this app to dozens of people (kids included), and every one of them laughed out loud.

You take a picture of your face or your friend’s face with your iPhone (or import one from your photo library), and then deform your features by dragging your fingers across the screen.   Once you’ve finished stretching your nose halfway across the screen or giving yourself basset hound eyes, you can animate your new self portrait by touching the movie reel icon (this is when first-timers usually scream with laughter and/or wet themselves).


fun apps for kids who need to laugh out loud2.  TALKING CARL
Talk, sing, and play with a little red creature.
iPhone, iPad | Age: 2+ | Price: $0.99

The App Store is bursting to the seams with fun apps with interactive characters these days: talking cats, talking birds, and even a talking bacteria (bacterium?).  Red, squarish Carl is the original, though, and still the funniest.   Tickle him, and he’ll giggle.  Pinch him, and he’ll growl.  Strike him with lightning, and… well, you’ll see.

Parents will appreciate baby mode, which when activated will make all the buttons disappear so very young children can’t accidentally exasperate themselves by navigating away from Carl.


fun apps for kids who need to laugh out loud3.  ELFYOURSELF by OFFICE MAX
Dancing elves.  Enough said.
iPhone, iPad | Age: 5+ | Price: $2.99

No list of fun apps could be complete without this version of the hilarious, seasonal website by Office Max that we all know and love.  Snap or upload photos of yourself and your family or friends, spend waaaaaay too much time adjusting their faces so they fit just right under the pointy green and red hats, and laugh yourself silly when you finally premiere the video.

While the app itself is free, additional dances are available as $0.99 in-app purchases.  If that bothers you, be sure to go into your phone or tablets settings and disable them.


fun apps for kids who need to laugh out loud4.  MY TALKING PET
Make a video of your cat talking.
iPhone, iPad | Age: 3+ | Price: $0.99

This is a perfect, perfect example of an app that my kids love and I just don’t get.  You take or import a photo of your dog, cat, or hamster (or just use a picture of any animal if your own pets aren’t cooperating), identify the eyes, mouth, and chin, and then record a voiceover.  Once that’s all done, you press play and watch your pets “talk”.

Maybe it’s because this app lends itself to scatalogical humor that I haven’t warmed to it.  Who knows?  It’s really mostly funny for older kids who can email the results to someone or post them on Facebook.  In any event, it won’t take long for them to figure out they can dub funny sayings onto photos of their siblings, and from here it’s a short journey to total chaos.


fun apps for kids who need to laugh out loud5.  CLONE BOOTH
Put your face on every face in a group picture.
iPhone, iPad | Age: 3+ | Price: $0.99

From the makers of the iconic You Don’t Know Jack franchise comes this opportunity to take your face, and put it on every face in a funny group picture.  It’s sort of hard to explain why this made our list of fun apps, but it totally did.  Have you ever wondered what you would look like as a baby in the 1800s?  Or a 60s prom attendee?  Me neither.

Kids can choose from couples or group shots, take a quick self-portrait, and mash the two up.  It’s not good for endless entertainment, but it will keep them laughing for awhile.

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One thought on “5 Ridiculous Apps that Kids Just Love

  1. Eleanor says:

    I’m sure my kids would absolutely love the My Talking Pet app – I already pity the cat!

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