Best Kids Apps


A fun pass and play game for 3, 5, or 7 people. Game night!
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  • Age: 5+ |

  • free

StoryLines is a creative app that encourages interpersonal, non-competitive play.  More importantly, it’s an app that made me and my kids laugh really hard.

Here’s how it works:  Player One types a well known phrase, such as “Lie down with dogs, get up with fleas.” Player Two illustrates the phrase with a fingertip drawing. Player Three captions Player Two’s drawing without seeing the original phrase. And so on.

Why we like it:

It’s a lot like that telephone game we all played when we were young, and absolutely hilarious.  Especially in my family, where we totally lack the art gene.

Watch out for:

It’s actually surprisingly challenging to think of well known phrases.  Once you’ve done, “the early bird gets the worm” and “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree”, you may get stuck.  Not to worry, because you can get suggestions from the app.  They’ve thought of everything.

There is an option to play online with friends over the internet.  Obviously this is a no-no for kids, so explain that to them before handing it over.

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

Toca Tailor

Design wacky outfits for four funny (and opinionated!) characters
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  • Age: 4+ |

  • $2.99

Toca Tailor is another great kids’ app from a company that just seems to be rolling in hits.

Kids can choose one of four characters and create an outfit using as much or as little detail as they want.

Why we like it:
As usual, there is no reading required to dive into this fun, creative, and open ended app.  Want a purple shirt?  Fine.  Want to design your own fabric using included patterns or even a photo of your kitchen rug?  You can do that too.

The characters’ positive, surprised, and sometimes lukewarm reactions to various combinations are all part of the fun.  Once you’ve nailed the outfit, it’s time to accessorize with hats, sunglasses, jewelry and shoes.

You might think, as a dress up app, that this is a girly app.  Not so!  Toca deftly keeps things gender neutral, as usual.

Watch out for:
Nothing!  This app is a steal at a dollar, and worth full price too.

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