Best Kids Apps

Here a puzzle, there a puzzle…

 

By definition, a puzzle is a problem that tests the ingenuity of the solver.  We’ve got jigsaw puzzles, hidden picture puzzles, match-three puzzles and more.

 

Kids of all ages can get a mental workout and you may find yourself picking up these fun apps after they’ve gone to bed.

  • Kids Maps

    Geography for the short set.

  • Fling!

    A think-ahead strategy game that's lots of fun.

  • Fling Free

    A simple board-clearing strategy game.



Doodle Fit

Like Blokus? Have we ever got an app for you
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  • Age: 5+ |

  • free/$0.99/$1.41


Doodle Fit is a polished puzzle app that challenges kids to fit a set of colored blocks into a given shape.   It gets harder s-l-o-w-l-y, which is good for kids.  We dig the cheerful soundtrack too!

Why we like it:
Many puzzle apps count how many turns it takes you to solve a level, but not this one.  Kids can just keep experimenting and rearranging until they nail it.

One very nice feature of this app takes some getting used to.   When you “grab” a piece, it sort of zips away from your finger and hovers about half an inch from your fingertip.  This is so you can see what you’re doing puzzle-wise.

One of my favorite Android apps so far!

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We tested the Android version of Doodle Fit on the Kindle Fire.  It’s also available for the iPhone and iPad.  Developer: Gamelion Studios.  Read our disclosure policy.



Quell

A quietly challenging puzzle app with a Zen soundtrack
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  • Age: 5+ |

  • free/free/$0.99


Quell is a peaceful puzzle game in which kids slide a droplet of water around a board to collect pearls and advance through a series of levels.

Compared to other popular puzzle apps such as Doodle Jump and Toy Balls, this one actually seems to lower blood pressure instead of raising it.

Why we like it:
Early levels are easy to solve, but then things get interesting.  Kids have to think really hard to keep advancing, and to tackle traps, hazards, and conundrums along the way.

When they get stuck — and they will — they can spend coins (which they earn by completing levels) on hints or solutions.

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We tested the Android version of Quell on the Kindle Fire.  It’s also available for the iPhone and iPad, and requires iOS 3.1.3 or later.  Developer: Fallen Tree Games.  Read our disclosure policy.