Best Kids Apps

What makes a bestselling app?


Some apps just have star quality.  These are usually multi-level, big budget games that make kids want to kill kiwis or persecute pigs into the wee hours.


The good news is that they’re usually affordably priced.  The bad news is that you’re going to like them too.


There goes your productivity.

10 Kids Apps to Download Now

Three wonderful starter sets of apps for kids of all ages

At the end of a year spent playing and reviewing hundreds of apps, it’s fun to look back and call out a few favorites.

We haven’t listed prices because frankly, they change a lot, especially this time of year.  Click through to the App Store for more information if any of these catch your eye!


1.  Little Fox Music Box 

2.  Letter School 

3.  ABC Zooborns 

4.  Princess Fairy Tale Maker 

5.  Peekaboo Barn

6.  Interactive Alphabet

7.  The Going to Bed Book

8.  Elmo Loves ABCs for iPad

9.  Fish School HD

10.  Memory Train



1.  Scribblenauts remix

2.  Toca Tailor

3.  Sprinkle Junior

4.  Word Wizard

5.  The Singing Alphabet

6.  Math Bingo

7.  Toca Hair Salon 2

8.  Barefoot World Atlas

9.  Doodle Fit

10.  My First Classical Music App



1.  Stack the States

2.  Khan Academy

3.  Granny Smith

4.  Hidden Object Crosswords HD

5.  Math Doodles

6.  Beat Sneak Bandit

7.  Temple Run

8.  Clueless Crossword Party

9.  Jumbline 2

10.  Doodlecast for Kids


Oh, the joy of finding a really good new word game
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  • Age: 9+ |

  • $0.99/1.99

W.E.L.D.E.R. for the iPhone and iPad takes a little getting used to, but man, is it ever worth it.

The object of the game is to form as many vertical and horizontal words as possible on an 8×8 grid.  No backwards and vertical words allowed!  As you advance through the levels, you unlock new swapping skills, such as the ability to jump, reverse and group tiles.

Why we like it:

Gorgeous graphics and sound effects and a completely scalable and replayable game.   If you love Boggle, Text Twist, and Bookworm, you’re going to love this app.

Words with Friends gets lots of publicity these days, but you know what?  I don’t want to play with my friends.  But maybe that’s just me.

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We tested version 1.11 which is compatible with the iPhone and the iPad (OS 4.0 or later).  Developer Ayopa Games LLC.  Read our disclosure policy.

Tiny Wings

Help a baby bird learn to fly before night falls
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  • Age: 4+ |

  • $0.99

Tiny Wings is a sweet app in which you teach a baby bird to fly by helping him run down the hills to get enough momentum to soar, collecting coins along the way.

Why we like it:
Touch the screen to “tuck” the baby birds’ wings in.  This helps him go faster downhill and gain momentum.  Don’t tuck on the uphill stretches though, or he won’t make it to the end of the level before nightfall.

Speaking of nightfall, it’s no big deal.  The bird falls asleep.  No death or drama that will upset sensitive kids.  This is a very cute app at a nice price.  We can see why it easily went to the top of the charts.

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We tested version 1.1.0, which is compatible with the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad (requires OS 3.1 or later).  Developer Andreas Illiger. Read our disclosure policy.