Best Kids Apps

WWF Together

Extraordinary, inspirational, innovative and -- wait for it -- free!
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  • Age: 3+ |

  • free

WWF Together, the animal conservation app from the World Wildlife Fund, is the only app we’ve ever tested that made us wish we could award more than five stars.  It’s that good.

Also, it’s free, so go download it right now.  We’ll wait.

This educational app is like nothing you’ve seen before.  At the most basic level, it showcases the animals that the World Wildlife Federation is fighting for.  But there’s so much more than that.

Why we like it:
Choose an animal to learn about, and you’re presented with a photo of it.  Zoom in, and each of the nine tiles offers a different interactive experience from Facetime (a narrated video) and conservation facts to captioned photos and a species snapshot (which tells you population, habitat, and how far away you live from these animals).

The acoustic guitar soundtrack is a nice accompaniment, and the origami paper video effects are amazing.  Very young kids will need a parent to navigate, but this makes a really good bedtime story.

Watch out for:
Currently there are eight species to explore.  If you want to be notified when rhinos, gorillas, sharks, and jaguars come online, be sure to set up an email notification.

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

Word Wagon

The world's most adorable French mouse helps kids learn to spell
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  • Age: 3+ |

  • $1.99

Word Wagon is a popular educational app that lets preschoolers have f-u-n as they learn to spell words with the help of a beret-wearing mouse named Mozzarella.

Mozz and his best friend Coco jump over objects on a conveyor belt. When kids see an object they would like to spell, they tap on it to stop the conveyor belt, and then drag letter tiles to spell the matching word.

Why we like it:

As kids move up the four levels, they move past learning letter names to learning letter sounds. Coco reads back the words they spell by sounding them out phonetically.

It’s hard not to love Mozz and Coco. If kids need a break from spelling, they can tap on the two characters to hear funny conversations about cheese, pickles and chocolate soufflé.

Watch out for:

This app doesn’t store players’ information, so kids have to earn new reward stickers every time they play.

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