Best Kids Apps


An iPhone app for practicing math, spelling, time, and money
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  • Age: 4+ |

  • $0.99 per topic

best educational iphone apps for kidsSchoolhouse is an educational app for kids in kindergarten through 5th grade who need or want a little extra (and fun) practice with math, spelling, time, and money.

Why we like it:
There are great graphics and the app reinforces a positive attitude every time the student stops by telling your child that they “rock”.

Parents will need to play the app first and set the customizable settings for their child before they play. Why? Under some settings the child can only move forward if they get the answer correct (spelling) and on other occasions the test moves forward even when the kids answer incorrectly (math) – so they wouldn’t find out which problems they missed on. But parents can fine tune settings and set to their expectations.

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We tested version 1.1 which is compatible with the iPhone (OS 4.0 or later) and the iPod touch. Developer BizzyTime LLC.  Read our disclosure policy.

MathGirl Number Garden

Don't look now, but your daughter is doing (and liking) math
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  • Age: 5+ |

  • $1.99

Best education iphone apps for kids for mathMathGirl Number Garden is a sneaky educational app masquerading as a fun game tailor made for girls.  They might think they’re earning points to redeem for rainbows, flowers, and bunnies, but really they’re practicing arrays (a visual, right brain math exercise).

Why we like it:

The garden theme and pastel colors are so darn cute.  Girls will be falling all over themselves to play for points and then redeem them in order to decorate their gardens.  We especially liked “unlocking” the various high ticket items like soccer balls, tire swings, and ponds. 

You can only buy one of each item.  It’s a minor thing, but I kind of wanted to decorate my garden with 15 pink rabbits.  Maybe that’s just me though.

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We tested version 1.0, which is compatible with the iPhone (OS 3.0 or later) and the 2nd generation iPhone touch. Developer Icanology. Read our disclosure policy.

Math Bingo

A fun, educational math app for the iPhone and iPad
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  • Age: 4+ |

  • $0.99

Best education iPad and iPhone Apps for Kids: Math BingoMath Bingo is exactly what it sounds like: math meets bingo.  Luckily for your kids, this is also one of those games that’s greater than the sum of its parts.  This fun app was developed by an elementary school teacher, and it shows.

Why we like it:
Kids choose a name, an avatar, a math skill, and a difficulty level.  When they answer questions correctly, a “bingo bug” appears on that bingo board space.  If they’re wrong, they hear a buzzer.  The game is timed, but not obnoxiously so.  The app keeps track of high scores, so kids can work toward improvement.

Even the easiest level is pretty challenging and the hard level is impossible (at least on multiplication and division).  There’s no “go back” button to return to the main menu once you start a game, and there should be.

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We tested version 1.1 which is compatible with the iPhone (OS 3.0 or later), the iPod touch, and the iPad. Developer  Read our disclosure policy.