Best Kids Apps

Fling Free

A simple board-clearing strategy game
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  • Age: 4+ |

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flingfreeFling Free is the no-cost version of a fun and challenging app called Fling, and a great way to try before you buy.   The object of this addictive game is to “fling” the fuzzballs into each other across your iPhone screen and knock them off the grid until there is only one remaining.

Like puzzling over challenging mind games to which there is only one solution?  This is the app for you.

Why we like it:
The undo button is a fantastic and essential feature–it allows you to go back and try different scenarios when you get stuck.  An untimed mode for people like me who don’t enjoy racing against the clock. 

Gameplay is over way too quickly, even at the most difficult setting!  We understand that the developers want us to buy the full version, but only four levels?  Would it have killed them to include another level or two?  This app will leave you wanting more, which is the whole point.

We tested version 1.1.3, which is compatible with the iPhone (OS 3 or later) and the iPod touch. Developer Candy Cane. Read our disclosure policy.

Paper Toss

A fun, free aiming and shooting app
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  • Age: 4+ |

  • free

Paper-TossPaper Toss is exactly what it sounds like:  a dumb but harmless virtual office app where kids can try their hand at lobbing crumpled balls of paper into what one hopes are recycling containers on the iPhone screen.

A fan blows at varying speeds from the left and right to keep things interesting, but it’s a pretty one-dimensional game.  There’s a little skill to it, but not much.

Why we like it:
Funny background noises (phones, colleague cat calls, and typing at the office, and boarding announcements at the airport) .

There are ads across the top of the page, but your kids probably won’t notice or click them.  Still, it’s probably worth telling them not to (you can buy an ad-free version for $.0.99, but we don’t recommend it).  Your score is a function of how many shots you nail in a row, so it’s all too easy to go back to zero.

We tested version 1.3, which is compatible with the iPhone (OS 2.2 or later) and the iPod touch. Developer Back Flip Studios. Read our disclosure policy.

The Best Free iPhone Apps of 2009 for Kids

Have a good time without spending a dime

Free apps and lite versions are a great way to sample fun iPhone and iPod touch games for kids without spending a dime.  Ready to back up the truck and start downloading?  Here are a few of our favorites:

tweezzles-lite1.  Flashlight

Forgot your book light?  Lost a toy under the couch?  This handy and free utility app will save your bacon.

2.  Tweezzle Lite

A simple, but addictive puzzle game that challenges kids to see patterns and clear the board.

3.  Chicktionary Lite

A funny, educational word search game with hints and 12 free levels.

4.  Fling Free

The lite version of one of the most original puzzle games in the iTunes store.  Only four levels, but better than nothing.

5.  Paper Toss

Ready, aim, and fire crumpled balls of paper at trash cans in various office environments.

6. Touch Physics Lite

An educational app that teaches and entertains, provided your kids don’t get so frustrated they throw your iPhone at the wall.