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30 Best Educational iPad Games for Kids in 2024 (Free and Paid)

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Educational iPad Games for Kids including Stack the States and Sight Words Ninja

Tablets are a regular part of most kids’ routines these days, and teachers and parents can use that to their advantage. There are a lot of terrific iPad games for kids that are designed for learning but disguised as fun! Here are some of the best that cover reading, math, science, social studies, and more for kids of a variety of ages.

Free iPad Games for Kids

Screenshot from Duolingo with a sentence in Spanish and English

The earlier kids start to learn new languages, the better. When we’re young, our brains are more receptive to learning language in general. Duolingo no longer has a specific version just for kids (though they do have a reading program; see below). But the general app itself is still great for kids by upper elementary or so. It’s completely free, and offers more than 40 languages to explore. Teachers should check out Duolingo for Schools , too.

Duolingo ABC

Duolingo ABC screen shot

Ages: Pre-K to Grade 1

The foreign language learning company has brought its same philosophy to teaching kids how to read. The entirely free lessons focus on phonics, phonemic awareness, fluency, and reading comprehension, all the skills emergent readers need. The lessons increase in difficulty as children progress, with tailored reviews to help kids strengthen skills they struggle with. It’s aligned with Common Core standards too.

PBS Kids Games

Screen shot from PBS Kids Games app for iPad

Ages: Pre-K to Grade 2

You know you can trust PBS to provide safe, fun, and educational iPad games for kids. Their collection features stars from popular shows like Daniel Tiger and the Wild Kratts, with hundreds of games on just about every subject. This is one iPad app every parent and teacher needs, especially since it’s all entirely free (and available in Spanish too!).

iCivics Games

Icons for iCivics' suite of iPad games for kids

Ages: Middle and High School

iCivics has a suite of terrific social studies games that kids will truly enjoy playing. They’ll feel like they’re right in the action as they try to get a new law ratified, run in an election, or try a case in court. These apps are all free, and their website has lots of excellent accompanying resources for teachers.

Bedtime Math

Screenshot from Bedtime Math iPad app

Ages: Pre-K to Grade 3

Bedtime stories are a longstanding tradition, but what about bedtime math? That’s what this free app, along with its accompanying books , aims to do. Each day, the app adds a new fun math problem for parents and kids to do together. (Teachers could also use them as daily problems in the classroom.) Each math problem has three levels of difficulty, and many offer challenge questions too.

Little Alchemy 2

Screenshots from Little Alchemy 2 iPad game

Ages: K to 12

Starting with just a few basic elements (air, earth, fire, and water), players mix these to create dozens of new items, both real and imaginary. For instance, mix water and earth to get clay, then mix clay and fire to make bricks, add brick to brick to build a wall, and so on. This robust free game is completely engrossing, and it encourages both creativity and logical thinking.

World Geography Quiz Game

Screenshots from World Geography Quiz Game

Ages: Grades 3 to 12

This isn’t one of those iPad games for kids full of animated characters and flashy graphics. It’s a straight-up geography quiz game and a very good one. Kids who are into maps and globes will enjoy checking their knowledge of flags, capital cities, statistics, and much more. The game is free to download and play; you have the option to buy “hints,” but they’re not necessary to enjoy the fun.

Sushi Monster

Screenshot of Sushi Monster iPad game for kids

Ages: Grades 2 to 6

Looking for a fun way to practice math facts? Check out this free app! Sushi Monster is hungry. Feed him the sushi plates to make the correct goal number and practice addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.

Lyrical Letters

Screenshot from Lyrical Letters iPad game

Ages: Pre-K to Grade 12

Combine music with spelling and vocabulary in this charming game, enjoyable for anyone at any age. Listen to the sequence of notes, then play them back to spell the right word. You can also simply play around with the keyboard and synthesizer functions, composing tunes just for fun. Lyrical Letters is free to download and play; you can remove the in-game ads for $1.99.

Screenshots from SpellTower iPad game

Ages: Grade 4 and up

Build vocabulary and work on spelling with this innovative word game. As you connect letters to make a word, they disappear from the board, collapsing others around them. New letters are always rising from the bottom, though, so you’ll have to think quickly to stop them from reaching the top and ending the game. The game is free to download, but many reviewers note that it’s ad-heavy; pay $4.99 to unlock the full version.

More Great Educational iPad Games for Kids

Screenshot of Pok Pok iPad game for kids

Think of this collection of iPad games for kids as your personal set of Montessori activities on the go. From busy boards and blocks to music sequencers and a marble machine, the youngest learners will find plenty to keep them engaged as they develop key skills. Pok Pok is subscription-based ($6.99/month or $45.99/year), with a free 7-day trial.

Hands-On Equations

Screen shot from Hands On Equations iPad game for kids

Ages: Grades 4+

The Hands-On Equations iPad games teach algebra skills in a fun and engaging way. There are three levels available, plus Hands-On Equations Lite, a free version you can try to see if you like it. Level 1 covers the basics of equations, while 2 and 3 build up the difficulty to include order of operations and negative numbers. Levels 1, 2, and 3 range in price from $2.99 to $3.99 each.

Endless Alphabet

Screen shot from Endless Alphabet iPad game

Ages: Pre-K

This iPad game has been around for awhile, but parents and kids both continue to love it. Kids build their vocabulary and alphabet knowledge through interactive games and fun animations. They’ll also enjoy the adorable monsters that join in on the game! Get Endless Alphabet for a one-time purchase price of $8.99.

Screenshots from the App Store for ABCmouse iPad game

ABCmouse is one of the most popular educational iPad games for kids who are learning to read, count, and more. They offer thousands of learning activities across the curriculum, including hundreds in Spanish. It requires a subscription ($12.99/month or $45/year), but you can try it for free for 30 days to see if you like it.

Adventure Academy

Screenshot from Adventure Academy iPad game

Ages: Grades 3 to 8

Adventure Academy is ABCmouse’s older cousin. Upper elementary and middle school students can learn math, science, language arts, and more. They’ll create their own avatar and make their way around a fully interactive school environment, learning as they go. It has the same subscription rates as ABCmouse ($12.99/month or $45/year).

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Screenshot from My Very Hungry Caterpillar iPad game

Ages: Pre-K to Kindergarten

Everyone’s favorite caterpillar is now available in an app! Play games to match colors and shapes, put together puzzles, and learn to take care of plants and animals. The app is free to download, but it costs $4.99 to unlock all of the available activities.

Screenshot from Math Bingo iPad game

Ages: Grades 1 to 5

Solve math problems and try to get five Bingo Bugs in a row. Be careful, though, because wrong answers will affect your end score. High scores earn you your very own Bingo Bugs for your collection! There are five modes: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and mixed. Math Bingo costs $2.99 to download and play.

Screenshots from Mad Libs iPad app

Ages: Grades 3 and up

Everything you love about Mad Libs in an app! Kids will get sneaky practice in learning the parts of speech, while creating zany stories that make everyone laugh. You get a limited number of Mad Libs for free, with the ability to buy more packages starting at $1.99.

Sight Words Ninja

Screenshot of Sight Words Ninja iPad game

Ages: Grades 1 to 4

This is such a fun way to practice sight words! As various words appear on the screen, slice through the target word as fast as you can to score points. At only $1.99, this game is a terrific bargain and one that students will beg to play.

Screenshot from Dino Tim iPad game

Wee ones will love helping Tim and his family as they learn colors and shapes. The game is available in multiple languages, so you can also use it to help kids learn basic words in Spanish, French, and more. Dino Tim is free to download and $2.99 to unlock all content.

Presidents vs. Aliens

Screenshot from Presidents vs. Aliens iPad game

Ages: Grade 3 and up

Learn more about U.S. presidents while you battle aliens in this silly but informative game. As you answer the questions and beat each level, you add a new president to your collection. Then, you can fling these presidents at the aliens to help defend the planet! The app costs $1.99 to download but has no in-game ads and doesn’t require any additional purchases to play. Kids will need to be able to read to play on their own.

Screenshots from MathTango iPad game

Ages: K to Grade 4

This subscription-based iPad game for kids promises to make learning math fun and engaging. Kids set out on missions to earn monsters by solving math puzzles. This is a program that can grow with any child, starting with very basic counting skills and building through to multiplication and division. After a 7-day free trial, the program costs $7.99 a month or $49.99 annually.

Where’s My Water?

Screenshots from Where's My Water? iPad games for kids

Ages: Kindergarten and Up

Swampy lives in the sewers under the city, but he loves to stay clean! His shower is constantly getting stopped up, though, so kids need` to dig through the dirt and avoid obstacles to guide the fresh water to Swampy. This game is a lot of fun, but it’s based on real physics and the movement of water, so they’ll learn while they play. This Disney game costs $1.99 to download and includes additional storylines for purchase.

Stack the States 2

Screenshot from Stack the States iPad game

Ages: Grade 3 and Up

Learn U.S. geography the fun way by answering questions and building your own collection of states. Kids master state capitals, cities, landmarks, flags, and more. The app costs $2.99 to download and play, with no ads or other in-app purchases to worry about.

Teach Your Monster to Read

Screenshot from Teach Your Monster to Read iPad game

They say the best way to learn something is to teach it to another. That’s the idea behind this popular iPad game, where kids “teach” a monster to read while learning the skills themselves. It covers early reading skills, from letter recognition through phonics and word-building. Download and play for $8.99.

Monster Physics

Screenshot from Monster Physics iPad game

Kids who love to tinker will get a real kick out of this game. They can design and build their own inventions, then see how (and if!) they would work in the real world. There are 50 different missions for them to invent and conquer alongside their own monster avatar. At only $1.99 to download, with no in-game ads, this one is definitely worth a look.

Cut the Rope

Screenshot from Cut the Rope iPad game

Ages: Kindergarten and up

This game has been around for a while, but it’s popular for a reason. The concept is simple: arrange the objects on the screen and then cut the rope to release the candy into the hungry monster’s mouth. The laws of physics apply here, so kids will learn without even knowing it. The levels get progressively more challenging as you play. Cut the Rope costs $1.99 to download, with the ability to buy hints, solutions, and more puzzles in the app.

Slice Fractions

Screenshot from Slice Fractions iPad game

Ages: Grades 1 to 6

Learn fractions in an interactive environment as you slice through ice and lava to clear the mammoth’s path. There’s no reading involved in this game, so kids can focus purely on numbers and fractions. Slice Fractions costs $3.99 to download and play.

Screenshot from Lightbod iPad game

Ages: Grades 2 to 12

You don’t need any coding experience to play this game; you’ll learn as you go. Solve puzzles by guiding a robot to light up tiles with basic commands. Multiple players can save their progress on the same device, so this one’s great for classrooms or families. Some reading is required, but otherwise, even little ones can play on their own. Lightbot costs $2.99 to download and play, without the need for in-app purchases.

Reading Raven

Screenshot from Reading Raven iPad game for kids

This well-reviewed app teaches basic reading and writing skills, starting with letter recognition and tracing. As their skills advance, so do the challenges, until they’re able to practice reading aloud using voice recording. Reading Raven is a one-time cost of $3.99 to download and play, with no in-game ads.

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These fun, sweet, thoughtful apps make it even easier to get a little break.

Need a second to finish making lunch? Or just one moment to complete a sentence without being interrupted by your energetic 3-year-old looking to you for round-the-clock entertainment? Truth be told, tablet time saves the day for all parents sometimes. The best iPad games for your 3-year-old are ones that will keep them busy and if they reinforce things your child has learned with you or in preschool, like letters or numbers, well, that’s a bonus.

There are so many apps for 3-year-olds, it can be almost overwhelming to try to pick one to download, especially if your kid is hopping around under foot. From a sea of plentiful app options for kids, we love these 13 apps best of all. From amazing, interactive apps for kids like ABC Mouse, for example, that encourages children to complete puzzles, songs, and games to earn points (with over 2,000 activities to choose from) to lighter fare (see Ballon Pop). And of course, most people know of Khan Academy, which is a go-to ‘educational’ app for preschoolers that kids seem to love, regardless of just how much learning they may or may not be really doing. Most of all, though, screen time is screen time, and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) themselves say that about an hour of screen time for kids between the ages of 2 and 5 years old is just fine. So, don’t worry too much about making iPad app-based screen time “educational.” If you need a little break, hand your kid a fun app and take it, guilt-free. Bring on the tablet time!

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We love the concept behind this beloved PBS kids app. All of your kids favorite characters, and games for every level of motor skill ability, it’s an easy favorite. Oh, and it’s free. Get it on Apple or in the Google Play store.

Bluey: Let’s Play!

There’s a Bluey app, and your kid loves Bluey. Therefore, your kid will love the Bluey app. It’s simple math, really. Just do it, you won’t regret spending a little more time with Bandit, Chilli, Bluey and Bingo. Available on Google Play and Apple .

Khan Academy Kids

You may be more familiar with the name Khan Academy from your own high school days, but the educational company now offers online learning tools for children, and they're free. Khan Academy Kids (for ages two to five) was designed with the Stanford Graduate School of Education and provides dozens of activities across multiple subjects while kids collect bugs, hats, and toys as rewards.

Metamorphabet

Kids and parents alike seem to adore Metamorphabet , and alphabet-focused app for 3 year olds. What kid wouldn't enjoy poking, prodding, dragging, and spinning each of the 26 letters to "reveal surprising and luminous transformations." It costs $5, but the rumor is that it’s worth way more than that.

Peekaboo Barn Life

Your child is likely already obsessed with farm animals, now they can work on learning their names and sounds by playing Peekaboo Barn. For just $1.99 in the Apple app store, this sweet game as they tap to find out what an animal is called. With darling animation and super easy to navigate format, even the youngest users can take on this app on their own.

LeapFrog Academy

Whether it's math or STEM skills you're wanting your little one to develop, look no further than LeapFrog Academy . This app offers a variety of interactive games for children ages 3 to 6. Yes, it requires a subscription, but this is a tool you'll be able to use for a few years.

Balloon Pop

The concept of Balloon Pop is mind-numbling simple: Pop the floating balloons on the screen. But you might be surprised to find yourself stealing the iPad away from your 3-year-old so you can have a go on the free app. Regardless of your age, this game is wonderfully mesmerizing.

The Platypus' Search

This $3 interactive book is all about diversity and friendship. Children must take Platypus through the woods on an adventure meeting all kinds of unique characters along the way. As the app's YouTube page explains, kids help the main characters find their lost objects using a flashlight "to look even in the darkest corners. Then they can join the party in the wood, creating a real music band, getting all the characters in the story to play, sing and dance together."

Designed for children ages two to eight, ABC Mouse is a free app that some teachers even recommend. Kids create their own kid avatar and then explore the ABC Mouse classroom. If they complete certain games, they can earn points to go shopping. It’s fun, and your kid just might learn a thing or two.

Toca Doctor

For $4 you can help your curious child (ages 3 and up) start to explore and learn about the body with Toca Doctor . This app lets kids see what it’s like to be a doctor without the need for a voluntary patient (ahem, you!). They can apply bandages, erase scratches, and even squirt eye drops into their eyes.

Bingo ABC is a song-based game app that uses music to teach and entertain kids for free. That means your child will get an introduction to phonics concepts while singing along to classic nursery rhymes and playing games on a colorful animated farm .

Animal Sounds!

With more than 100 animal sounds, this completely free app should give you at least a few minutes to finish writing an email. And you can write it guilt-free, knowing your kid isn't just mooing at a screen, but really learning about animals (critters are divided into farm, Savannah/desert, jungle, insects, ocean, forest, mountain, city/countryside and dinosaurs sections).

Busy Shapes 2

Busy shapes and colors — which is available in both the Apple app store and on Google Play — offers 3D puzzles and 100 colorful levels. We love it as a great distraction for kids during travel, say on a plane or in a car.

Occasional iPad app time truly doesn’t hurt. It’s the same as all other screen time you might use to give yourself, or your kid, a little rest. Enjoy the break, and keep up the great work.

This article was originally published on March 25, 2020

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30 Teacher-Recommended IPad Educational Games for Kids

May 5, 2023 //  by  Brittany Ray

There is no doubt that tangible technology has more than made its presence in schools over the last two decades. Most toddlers know how to work a smartphone in all of its functions by the time they reach kindergarten. So if you are interested in growing your child’s cognitive, reading, math, vocabulary, or any other type of brain skills, check out these iPad educational games below!

30 Ipad Games to Increase Learning

1. zebrainy – abc kids game.

This game was initially designed for children between two and six years old. Zebrainy has over 700+ educational activities for kids that develop many different skill sets. Even better, the language this app uses aligns with what is taught through the Common Core State Standards.

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The Noggin app features digital games with all of your child’s favorite characters with a learning boost. Download games easily for that long car ride so they can still play basic math and letter games on the road. This app features anything from interactive videos to silly stories with their favorite pig.

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3. HOMER Learn & Grow

The HOMER Learn & Grow app focuses on the entire list of things you would want your child to be practicing. This app features math games, social and emotional learning activities , and reading skills-building games .

Learn More: Homer

4. Preschool & Kindergarten Learning Games

I have used this app with my kindergartener, and we love it! This app allows us to have bonding time working through different games together. Your child will practice observation skills by recognizing shapes and colors, cognitive skills through various puzzles, and vision through finding differences between scenes. Build your children’s brilliant brains with these cute characters and games.

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5. Dino Fun – Games for Kids

Elementary school kids are at the age where they like to start taking care of themselves. The Dino Fun app is the perfect game for kids where they can brush their Dino’s teeth, take care of them at the salon, and even potty train their dinosaurs! Also, the educational kid’s games here practice motor skills through learning to tie a virtual shoe and logical thinking skills with math games! One big plus about this app is that there are no pesky game ads!

Learn More: Avocado Mobile Inc.

6. Math Brain Booster Games

Ages: 4 – adult

If you want an educational game for kids and adults alike, then download the Math Brain Booster app. This game lets you practice everything from basic multiplication and addition to more complex math problems . Give yourself or your children regular quizzes on math concepts to help sharpen the mind. This app even allows time limits on certain activities to practice speed with different things, such as multiplication games.

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7. Water Sort Color Puzzle

Your children will love the interesting challenge of sorting all colors so that one single color exists in each tube. This game also has the familiar sounds of pouring liquid which makes this app one for kids who enjoy sensory-type activities .  What’s even better is that this app is free!

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8. State the States and Capitals

Ages: All Ages

Whether you teach preschool or high school, all kids need to know the states and capitals! There is an entire generation of kiddos needing this knowledge! Click on the state to see its name, the capital cities, state abbreviation, flag, famous landmarks, and more.

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Your child can use this app to learn all about the great unknown from rocket ships to shooting stars. The NASA app features news and stories on space, over 20,000 space images, interactive 3D models, and other educational learning activities with soaring user reviews. Both children and adults can enjoy these enjoyable space learning activities .

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10. Wordle!

This app is all the rage with my students and my older children. Teasers on this app are challenging and will help take complex thinking skillset to the next level. Also, Wordle features a variety of puzzles to keep anyone entertained!

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11. Jigsaw Puzzles Game

My family loves puzzles. One thing I hate is constantly having to track all the puzzle pieces down. With this charming game, you will never lose another puzzle piece again. You can challenge your kid’s critical thinking skills by choosing puzzles with many pieces vs. only a few. The Jigsaw Puzzle app also has many puzzles to choose from.

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Nothing says arcade-style games like Tetris. This classic video game challenges anyone’s thinking skills and is fun to play. Take the basic shapes and maneuver them to fit just right to fit this puzzle and keep from hitting the top of the play screen.

Learn More: Play Studios

13. Vocabulary Builder by Magoosh

This is not your classic vocabulary game . The vocabulary builder allows your child to build their skill level with various vocabulary words to build an overall higher level of reading. This app is free and allows you to start at a basic level and work your way up.

Learn More: Magoosh

14. 1st Grade Math Learning Games

Help your child learn the basics of counting with Splash Math! Your child can also practice addition and subtraction , word problems , and more. The learning process is easy for your child and they will use strategic thinking skills in solving various problems.

Learn More: Study Pad, Inc.

15. Trace Letters & Sight Words

Letter recognition is the first step to being a successful reader. Have your child learn their ABCs in real-time by tracing the letters with their fingers, then sounding out the letter. Child developmental specialists also recognize the importance of recognizing sight words in conjunction with early reading success.

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16. Little Stories: Bedtime Books

I know my little one loves to read stories before bedtime, and this app has so many cute ones. Your children can choose the story they want, have you read it, or have them read it to you. One great feature of this app is that the stories can be put into “story mode” where the app will read to your child.

Learn More: Diveo Media

17. Flow Free

This popular puzzle game will have your child challenging their motor skills in an interactive environment. Kids will match and pair colors, and race against the clock to solve various puzzles!

Learn More: Big Duck Games LLC

18. Scrabble GO!

Nothing says family game night like a game of Scrabble Go! This app is free and has a few pesky game ads. Also, the learning process for Scrabble has never been easier than with this app. Put your vocabulary skill level to the test with Scrabble GO!

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19. June’s Journey: Hidden Objects

June’s Journey is one of the best and most challenging hidden picture games in the app store. Find the matching objects, follow the story, and search for hidden objects and clues. Also, I love object searches because they are challenging and test various skill levels.

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20. Candy Crush Saga

All of you self-proclaimed shape gurus can potentially attest to the challenging concept of this game! My little one loves playing this game with me. This matching game allows my child to match colors, shapes, and sequence patterns. While this game does promote in-app purchases, you do not have to purchase anything to play.

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21. The Oregon Trail

The Oregon Trail was an essential childhood rite for Millenials! This adventure game allows your child to learn the history of those traveling across the U.S.A in a covered wagon, all while having a ton of fun.

Learn More: Gameloft

22. US History Trivia 

Learn about American History in a fun and challenging way with this trivia app. Whether you have a history test coming up, or you just want to know about the founding fathers a little bit better, this is a fun and engaging trivia app.

Learn More: Google Playstore

23. Project Makeover

Learn self-care and individual style through this fun digital makeover app. Let your creative whims of fashion take you wherever you would like by styling various characters.

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24. Pizza Maker Cooking Games

While the age says 4+, I believe this is a toddler-friendly app. Your child will have so much fun creating their pizza by virtually chopping ingredients, putting together their pizza, and eating it.

Learn More: Pazu Games Ltd

25. Google News

Have your older child understand the world by having them look at Google News Daily Headlines. This app will keep both you and your child up on current events and allow them to have a greater understanding of influential societies around the world. Check out our list of teacher-recommended reading websites for kids .

Learn More: Google LLC

26. Idle Human

Learn amazing facts about the human body with the Idle Human app. Your child will learn about all the bones, organs, and even how bacteria and viruses can affect the body.

Learn More: Green Panda Games

27. Shapes! Toddler Kids Games

Calling all children who are shape gurus, they will love the engaging challenge of finding and learning new shapes.

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28. QuizzLand. Quiz & Trivia Game

Solve puzzles, compete against others, and complete your mission. This game will certainly challenge your knowledge retention.

Learn More: MNO Go Apps Ltd

29. Piano Academy

If you are wanting your child to learn piano, then download this app. It is totally free and your child will feel like they have an entire recording studio to compose their musical masterpieces.

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30. Schulte Table

Have kids speed read, challenge their vision skills, and increase their mental agility with this speed reading app. The lightning-fast challenges in this app will make your child smarter and faster.

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Some of the Best Online Learning Games for Kids

Two young children sitting on a couch, using a learnign app on a tablet, from our review of the best educational apps and learning games for kids

To find our favorite learning apps and games for kids, we spent more than 40 hours researching and testing 50-plus apps recommended by educators, experts, and parents. If your family has a tablet and you want it to be more than a game-playing and video-watching device, or if you’re trying to find apps for your smartphone that will do more than keep your kids occupied in a pinch, we have some great suggestions.

As with our guides to STEM and learning toys, we didn’t test scores of apps to try to find the “best” ones. Rather, most of the apps here have been chosen by teachers for their students in classrooms, used by Wirecutter parents and their kids, or recommended by the experts and educators we spoke with. (For details, read more about how we selected the apps in this guide.) The apps we cover in this guide are great learning apps not because they’re designed to make kids smarter, to drill facts, or to replace in-school learning, but because they each offer something fun, unique, and interesting for kids and adults.

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These math games don’t simply drill facts or make kids memorize but rather use visuals, narratives, and storylines to help kids discover math concepts and build their skills. We like these apps because they offer games and exercises tailored to different ages and skill levels and because they encourage adults and kids to play together.

A family math app: Bedtime Math

A screenshot of Bedtime Math from our review of the best educational apps for kids, showing the "Math Problem of the Day" screen within the app

Bedtime Math (iOS and Android)

Bringing math home.

This free app makes math a part of daily family life, like a bedtime story. A peer-reviewed study showed that it not only helps improve kids’ math performance but also makes parents feel more comfortable with math.

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How it works: Bedtime Math ( iOS and Android ) seeks to do for math what the bedtime story does for literacy, by turning math into an enjoyable bonding routine between child and caregiver.

The free app offers a daily word problem for children to solve together with an adult during bedtime or anytime. Each exercise centers on a short narrative or interesting fact and poses questions at four difficulty levels, from pre-K through elementary school.

Why it’s great: Bedtime Math is one of the few children’s educational apps that have been evaluated in a peer-reviewed study . This particular study demonstrated that students who used the app significantly boosted their math scores; it also showed that Bedtime Math can help parents mitigate their own math anxiety , a phenomenon that can negatively affect their children’s attitudes toward math and their ability in the subject. Teacher Jennifer Auten told us she liked that the questions were written at a middle-school reading level, meaning an adult must facilitate the discussion but you have a choice of four levels of difficulty based on the child’s age and math level.

Apps for visual math: DragonBox Numbers and DragonBox Big Numbers

A screenshot of DragonBox Big Numbers from our review of the best educational apps and learning games for kids, showing a screen of addition and subtraction equation practice

DragonBox Numbers (iOS, Android, and Amazon)

Visual numeracy.

Cute Nooms help kids visualize and conceptualize numbers and arithmetic operations.

educational games for 3 year olds on ipad

DragonBox Big Numbers (iOS, Android, and Amazon)

More-complex arithmetic.

Kids follow characters called Nooms on adventures, solving long addition and subtraction equations in the process.

Ages: 4 to 8 and 6 to 9

How it works: DragonBox Numbers ( iOS , Android , and Amazon ), aimed at kids 4 through 8, introduces number sense, addition, and subtraction through cute characters called Nooms. (The characters are designed to resemble Cuisenaire rods , math learning aids that introduce kids to arithmetic operations in a hands-on way.) Kids feed, slice, and sort the Nooms, developing familiarity with addition, subtraction, fractions, and ranges. In DragonBox Big Numbers ( iOS , Android , and Amazon ), for kids 5 through 9, players follow the Nooms on more complex adventures, solving long addition and subtraction equations in order to gather and trade resources.

Why it’s great: The Nooms function as digital versions of what classroom teachers call math manipulatives , physical learning aids that help young children understand theoretical math concepts in a concrete way. For older kids, the DragonBox series continues on with algebra and Euclidean geometry.

Many great apps teach coding to kids as young as preschool and progressing through upper elementary grades. We’ve highlighted four of these apps because they’re particularly easy to get started with and don’t require reading or, for the child or the parent, a coding background. Regardless of what app they use, parents should think of coding apps as a family activity, said Pat Yongpradit of Code.org . “You will rarely have such a rich media experience as you can when coding with your kid,” he said.

Coding puzzles for beginners: Lightbot and Lightbot Jr

A screenshot of the educational app Lightbot, showing a screen that explains to the user how a particular command within the app works, from our review of the best educational apps and learning games for kids

Lightbot (iOS and Android)

Coding puzzles.

The app’s simple puzzle challenges are easy to jump into for kids and adults with no previous coding experience.

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Lightbot Jr (iOS and Android)

Coding puzzles for younger kids.

A slower-paced, easier set of puzzles for kids as young as preschool.

Ages: 9 and up (Lightbot); 4 to 8 (Lightbot Jr)

How it works: In Lightbot ( iOS and Android ), kids solve a series of simple puzzles by lining up commands that make a robot advance over obstacles and light up squares. As they master basic concepts, they add more-complex commands, such as conditionals, loops, and nested statements. Lightbot Jr ( iOS and Android ) follows a similar structure but at a slower pace and with simpler challenges that focus on reinforcing the basics. A minimal amount of reading is required, so pre-readers may need adult help at the beginning.

Why it’s great: Project Lead The Way (PLTW), a nonprofit educational organization that promotes and develops STEM curricula and resources, told us, “The best apps for young students without previous experience are those that teach and help build logic and reasoning skills [and] critical thinking skills, and provide brain teasers.” PLTW’s curriculum writers like the Lightbot and Lightbot Jr apps as ways to get kids as young as 4 started with the basic concepts and logical structures of coding.

A creative coding app: ScratchJr

A screenshot from ScratchJr, showing the creation environment, from our review of the best educational apps for kids

ScratchJr (iOS, Android, and Amazon)

Visual programming.

Using graphical coding blocks, ScratchJr lets kids animate characters and create storylines.

Ages: 5 and up

How it works: In ScratchJr ( iOS , Android , Amazon ), kids select characters and backdrop scenes and drag graphical programming blocks, which snap together like puzzle pieces, to make animation sequences and storylines. Although the app has some written cues, the programming blocks largely use symbols (such as arrows and stop signs) to indicate what they do (such as move the character forward or make them stop). As kids become familiar with how to structure the code, they can create multi-scene stories.

Why it’s great: ScratchJr isn’t lesson-based (though you can consult a variety of curricula and tutorials for the app) but rather designed to give kids a sandbox in which to experiment, learn, and create through trial and error (the app offers sample animations as well). Pat Yongpradit of Code.org , which recommends ScratchJr among other coding apps and games, noted one particular benefit: “It’s very free-form; you’re not basically being directed down a particular path.” Younger kids will need an adult or older child to guide them as they get familiar with ScratchJr .

An app for hands-on coding: Osmo Coding Awbie

A child using the Osmo app on an iPad, complete with the base and colorful game tiles, from our review of the best educational apps and learning games for kids

Osmo Coding (iOS)

Tangible coding.

The Osmo system uses physical game pieces in conjunction with the device’s screen, making scripting and coding tangible and accessible for pre-readers.

Ages: 5 to 12

How it works: Osmo Coding Awbie requires a base system—a stand and a mirror that attach to the device’s camera and that are compatible with other Osmo games —for the iPad , iPhone , and Amazon Fire . The system allows players to use physical pieces to interact with the screen-based game. Kids use bricks marked with commands, arrows, numbers, and loops to create scripts that direct a silly character through mazes and challenges, picking up prizes such as strawberries.

Why it’s great: Teacher Jennifer Auten, who uses Osmo Coding Awbie and other Osmo games in her classroom, said the fact that it combined an app with physical pieces made kids more patient and thoughtful as they worked through the challenges: “When something is purely on the screen, kids will sometimes end up just tapping as fast as they can, randomly guessing. With the manipulatives, it slows their thinking down.” Auten also noted that the physical pieces made it easier to play the game with multiple people, fostering discussion, collaboration, and group problem-solving. She also likes that Osmo Coding Awbie is open-ended: “Kids can explore and create their own paths.”

In this category we chose these three apps—focused on anatomy, the natural world, and space—because they offer kids unique, open-ended ways to explore science topics. Each app encourages kids to meander, linger, and dive deeper at their own pace.

An app to see what’s inside: The Human Body

A screenshot from The Human Body, one of our picks for best education app and learning games for kids, showing screens for both the digestive system and the heart

The Human Body (iOS and Android)

Seeing what’s inside.

The Human Body offers a visually and aurally interesting way to wander through the body’s organs, systems, and functions.

How it works: In The Human Body ( iOS and Android ), kids explore anatomy by jumping around to different organs and systems—for example, watching a mouth chew food and swallow drink, sliding into a stomach breaking down food, and following flashing nerve signals as they race up to the brain.

Why it’s great: The Human Body focuses less on teaching kids specific anatomical lessons and more on sparking wonder and fascination toward the body and what it can do. The app’s engaging visuals are neither cartoonish nor graphic, and the thoughtful sound effects are as compelling and instructive as the animations: Gurgles, wooshes, creaks, and spurts give kids a visceral sense of what’s happening inside them. You can toggle on or off the text labels that identify the systems and organs, but no reading is required to get deep into the app, making it equally accessible to pre-readers.

An app for discovering nature: Toca Nature

A screenshot from Toca Nature, showing one of the screens of a landscape that users can alter using the app's tools, from our review of the best educational apps and learning games

Toca Nature (iOS, Android, and Amazon)

Natural-world building.

Toca Nature is an open-ended building app—similar to Minecraft—where kids can explore and shape the terrain, collect resources, and observe wildlife.

Ages: 4 and up

How it works: In Toca Nature ( iOS , Android , Amazon ), kids start with a simple plot of land where they can raise or lower mountains, create lakes, clear or plant forests, and make deserts. They can zoom in to different areas of their terrain to collect and distribute resources (like mushrooms, fish, or berries). As they change and shape the environment, different kinds of animals, plants, and fish will appear, multiply, migrate, or disappear.

Why it’s great: Similar to popular narrative-less building games like Minecraft , Toca Nature harnesses the enjoyment kids get from open-ended creating, wandering, and exploring games, with a unique focus on the natural world. Common Sense Media senior editor Christine Elgersma said that an app like Toca Nature doesn’t have explicit learning goals—it’s not trying to teach kids the names of animals or types of terrain, for example—but rather is “an exploratory app with experiences that a kid really couldn’t have off screen.” By creating and manipulating the environment, and then observing how the plant and wildlife change as a result, kids can see how animals, resources, and the environment interact.

An app for exploring space: Professor Astro Cat’s Solar System

A screenshot from Professor Astro Cat's Solar System showing a true-false trivia question about the formation of the moon, from our review of the best educational apps and learning games for kids

Professor Astro Cat’s Solar System (iOS, Android, and Amazon)

Cats in space.

Explore the solar system with a jet-propelled cat.

Ages: 8 to 12, or 6 and up with an adult

How it works: Kids explore the app much as they would read a book, delving into facts, illustrations, and animations about planets, moons, stars, and space exploration. At various points, quizzes and other challenges let you earn sardine treats for Professor Astro Cat.

Why it’s great: Jana Grcevich , an astronomer, science educator, and author , told us she enjoyed the Professor Astro Cat app ( iOS , Android , and Amazon ), along with the popular book series it’s based on, with her then 6-year-old niece. The app requires reading, but the entertaining storyline and fascinating facts make it fun for adults along with younger children.

Social and emotional learning , which includes self-awareness, empathy, communication skills, and building relationships, among other capacities, has increasingly been recognized as a critical component of children’s education. These three apps let young kids explore different aspects of self-expression, emotions, and social play.

An app for self-expression: Me: A Kid’s Diary

A screenshot from Me: A Kid's Diary, from our review of the best educational apps and learning games for kids

Me: A Kid's Diary (iOS)

A digital diary.

This app lets kids explore self-expression through drawing, writing, photos, and audio and video.

Ages: 7 and up

How it works: Kids create a digital diary of their lives by answering questions about themselves; making avatars for family members, friends, and other loved ones; and designing their own media. Kids navigate all these entries on their Me Map, a sort of multimedia landscape of their lives.

Why it’s great: Me: A Kid’s Diary helps kids creatively document their feelings, experiences, and loved ones through different media and modes of expression. In some ways, the app offers an experience akin to social media—uploading photos, making videos, writing reflections, and mapping personal connections—but in an entirely closed environment (there’s no actual communication or sharing within the app). This can create a space for kids to start to explore (and for parents to discuss) digital self-expression and sharing.

An app for emotions: Daniel Tiger’s Grr-ific Feelings

A screenshot from Daniel Tiger’s Grr-ific Feelings a social emotional learning app reviewed in our review of the best educational apps and learning games for kids

Daniel Tiger's Grr-ific Feelings (iOS, Android, and Amazon)

Exploring emotions.

The beloved PBS character helps young kids identify, act out, and explore their feelings through games, songs and creative activities.

Ages: 2 to 5

How it works: Kids explore the familiar world of the PBS Kids series Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood ( iOS , Android , Amazon ) through simple games, songs, and art activities that focus on identifying and exploring feelings and emotions. It offers different ways for kids to practice, talk about, and experience emotions, such as by drawing a picture, taking a photo of themselves feeling angry or happy, or practicing a calming exercise with Daniel Tiger.

Why it’s great: The app is simple and accessible for very young kids, with frequent verbal cues and reminders to help them through the easily navigable interface. “Even without the Daniel tie-in, it could actually still be a pretty successful app for teaching a lot of social, emotional, and self-care skills,” said Harry Sawyers, Wirecutter senior editor and father of three. “But having the familiar characters and songs really helps jump-start their interest if, for example, they ‘have to go potty—stop, and go right awaaaaay!’”

An app for social play: Toca Tea Party

A screenshot from Toca Tea Party, showing a screen in which the user has set a table with tea party refreshments, from our guide of the best educational apps and learning games for kids

Toca Tea Party (iOS)

Tea for two (or more).

Toca Tea Party presents the elements of a tea party—drinks, desserts, and dishes—for unstructured imaginative play.

Ages: 2 and up

How it works: Toca Tea Party couldn’t be simpler: You set a tea table with plates, cups, drinks, and treats for three guests, and the rest is up to your imagination. There’s no objective beyond pouring drinks, munching treats, and wiping up spills, and the app has a built-in end point: Once you’ve finished the snacks and beverages, the table clears itself and the dishes drop into a sink, ending the party.

Why it’s great: Toca Tea Party isn’t so much a game as a scene for unstructured imaginative and social play for young children. Kids can play alone (perhaps by inviting dolls or stuffed animals as guests) or with one or two others—a unique feature for a tablet game to pull off well. My two daughters, now 4 and 5, haven’t tired of Toca Tea Party after two years, and their play centers on chatting, pretending, and sharing.

An app for reading: Epic! ebook subscription

Two children side by side watching a tablet with the Epic! e-book subscription open.

Epic! e-book subscription

Endless ebooks.

This app allows young readers to choose from up to 35,000 different books for a low monthly cost.

How it works: For $8 a month, kids gain access to some 35,000 children’s books in an intuitively designed app. Epic’s library is updated regularly with new titles, including classics and the site’s original content. Many of the picture books have a “Read to me” function, where a narrator reads the text aloud and the pages turn automatically. The app also suggests books by age and based on what a child has previously read, allowing kids to easily discover new titles at their reading level. Epic! works on iOS, Android and Microsoft tablets and smartphones.

Why it’s great: While some subscription kids’ e-book apps tend to be populated with the kinds of uninteresting titles you’d find in a bookstore bargain bin, Epic! offers an impressive library of children’s books, including many of the beloved classics and award-winning authors you’d find in a well-curated children’s library. (The Wizard of Oz, with the original 1900 illustrations, was one memorable find that gave us many nights of rapt bedtime reading.) The app is simple enough to use that both of my daughters can independently browse books by the cover art and find what interests them—even though they are both pre-readers. Fairy tales abound, but I’ve also found them paging through books about geology, Ramadan, and coding.

Since we began researching learning apps in 2016, we’ve spoken with a range of experts, including a classroom teacher, a child developmental psychologist, a pediatrician, an astronomer, education researchers, app developers, and others.

These have included Kathy Hirsh-Pasek , a professor of psychology at Temple University who has written about and conducted research studies on educational apps for young children; Jennifer Auten , an award-winning teacher in Cupertino, California, who has been using tablet and smartphone apps in her first- and second-grade curricula since the iPad was released in 2010; Christine Elgersma , senior editor, parent education, for Common Sense Media, an organization focused on children’s media; and Pat Yongpradit , chief academic officer at Code.org, a nonprofit that advocates for computer science education. Last, we’ve spoken with parents on our staff for recommendations of apps they and their kids love in categories such as science, music, and coding.

Three children gathered around an iPad, playing one of our picks for best educational apps and learning games for kids

We read articles and reports from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and child developmental psychologists and educational researchers to learn about kids’ media use and about principles for designing learning apps. Finally, we read through reviews and ratings from well-regarded children’s media sites such as Common Sense Media .

Similar to what we found when researching learning toys , we discovered that developers and app stores often label apps as “educational” with little research or evidence, and few experts, to support those claims. In 2016, the AAP released a broad report on children’s use of digital media, calling for more-rigorous evaluation of apps that claim to be educational: “Unfortunately, very few of the commercially available apps found in the educational section of app stores have evidence-based design input with demonstrated learning effectiveness.” Similarly, in a 2015 article , Hirsh-Pasek writes that educational apps “present a significant opportunity for out-of-school, informal learning when designed in educationally appropriate ways” but notes later on that “[o]nly a handful of apps are designed with an eye toward how children actually learn.”

Experts are still studying what makes learning apps successful pedagogical tools, as well as fun and interesting activities for kids. But after speaking with experts, reading research, and trying out apps ourselves, we identified a few features that seem to be common among great learning apps.

  • Offer unique experiences: Several of the experts we spoke to noted that a good educational app should offer children something they couldn’t simply do, learn, or explore in a classroom or the real world. If the app is “basically a worksheet on screen, [or] an experience that could be replicated off screen, then that’s not a good use of the screen,” Elgersma said. “You want it to be an experience that kids could really only have in that screen world.”
  • Be open-ended, with limits: Most of the apps in this guide are open-ended in the sense that they encourage kids to independently explore, create, and navigate within the app. But researchers say it’s important to have built-in limits, as well. The AAP has pointed out that digital games have traditionally been designed with rewards and reinforcement designed to keep kids playing as long as possible. The organization recommends that learning apps instead have “automatic ‘stops’ as the default design to encourage children and caregivers to pause the game use and turn to the 3-dimensional world.”
  • Be engaging but not distracting: Apps have great potential to engage children through interactive features, but some research has shown that too many bells and whistles can distract children or reduce their comprehension. A good learning app uses interactive, animated, and responsive features to engage kids or enhance their comprehension, not simply to entertain. Hirsh-Pasek has written that parents should evaluate an app’s interactive features and ask: “Do the enhancements actually add value and increase engagement, or do they cause distraction?”
  • Encourage interaction: The AAP and other organizations say that learning apps that encourage real-life interaction among multiple people—adult and child, or child and peers—can be especially strong at facilitating learning. The apps in this guide are fun and interesting for kids and adults, and many foster conversation and play outside of the app itself.

As with our guide to learning toys , we focused primarily on apps aimed at kids 3 to 9 years old, though older kids can enjoy many of our recommendations, as well. We chose this age range because, as Hirsh-Pasek has written , “there are so many apps targeted toward [children in this range] that parents and educators do not know how to navigate the marketplace of possibilities.”

All the apps we recommend in this guide adhere to the FTC’s Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act . Among other things, COPPA requires that websites and apps directed at children under age 13 obtain permission from parents before collecting or sharing personal information from children, or targeting them with behavioral advertising. None of the apps in this guide require children to enter personal information in order to use the app’s functions, and none offer social media sharing or connectivity.

Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, et al., Putting Education in “Educational” Apps: Lessons From the Science of Learning , Psychological Science in the Public Interest , April 20, 2015

Yolanda (Linda) Reid Chassiakos, et al., Children and Adolescents and Digital Media , Pediatrics , October 1, 2016

Jana Grcevich, PhD, astronomer, science educator, author , phone interview , December 1, 2016

Jennifer Auten, first- and second-grade teacher, Cupertino, California , phone interview , November 8, 2016

Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, PhD, professor of psychology, Temple University , phone interview , January 8, 2019

Christine Elgersma, senior editor, parent education, Common Sense Media , phone interview , March 12, 2019

Pat Yongpradit, chief academic officer, Code.org , phone interview , April 18, 2019

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educational games for 3 year olds on ipad

Courtney Schley

Courtney Schley, a senior editor covering sleep and appliances, has been at Wirecutter since 2014. She has held several roles at Wirecutter, including research editor, as well as supervising editor of baby and kid coverage.

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30 Educational iPad Games for Kids (Teacher Approved!)

educational games for 3 year olds on ipad

A child will often use electronic devices such as an iPad instead of a computer. This will require more motor skills that aren’t developed yet. For example, rather than having your child watch videos, you could implement the use of games as interactivity. This will be vital in a child’s early development.

We selected thirty iPad games and apps to help you with the education side of parenting. This will be helpful whether as preparation for preschool or to keep their brain in tip-top shape during the break. The games covered here are free to play and subscription-based services with trials available on the App Store.

1. Adventure Academy

educational games for 3 year olds on ipad

Coming from the same creators of ABCmouse, Adventure Academy is a subscription-based learning platform for children to help improve their skills in preparation for elementary and middle school. Education experts curate the educational materials, so you are assured of high-quality and fun learning experiences for your kid.

Topics include elementary and middle school level science, mathematics, and more. Kids will be immersed in this game as they can create and customize their avatar, representing them in a virtual school environment.

Adventure Academy has a 30-day free trial available, so you may assess if the learning platform fits your child. A monthly subscription starts at $12.99.

2. Mad Libs

educational games for 3 year olds on ipad

Mad Libs is a fan favorite among games to play among children. This game is about filling the blanks of a story template with words you come up with and helping kids practice their vocabulary and speech. Tons of laughter are guaranteed with the kids’ silly and fun stories.

Mad Libs is available for free on the App Store, with options to purchase additional stories inside the app ranging from $2 to $5 for twenty-one stories on average.

3. Where’s My Water?

educational games for 3 year olds on ipad

Download: App Store / Google Play

When mobile games and apps started to boom in the early 2010s, ‘Where’s My Water?’ was one of the most popular puzzle games. The player helps guide the water so that the crocodile can take a bath, all with realistic physics and water movement. In addition, the game introduces more mechanics and a storyline progression.

Kids will be engaged and have fun with this game as the art style and gameplay are very fun and relaxed. ‘Where’re My Water’ costs $1.99 on both the app store and google play.

4. Cut the Rope

educational games for 3 year olds on ipad

Another one of those games that helped get mobile gaming where it is today, Cut the Rope, is a game with a simple concept: you help feed the monster by ‘cutting’ the rope. Kids will learn all about physics in this game and will be further challenged as they progress through its levels. 

Cut the Rope costs free on both the app store and google play. If you can’t get through a certain level, you may choose to buy hints or puzzle solutions inside the game.

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5. Reading Raven

educational games for 3 year olds on ipad

Another highly acclaimed educational game on this list is Reading Raven. This game focuses on creating a solid foundation of reading skills for your child, all at their own preferred pace. Reading Raven will build your child’s confidence, reading, and English language skills.

Reading Raven is available on both the app store and google play.

6. ABCmouse

educational games for 3 year olds on ipad

ABCmouse is similar to Adventure Academy in terms of the subscription-based model. Furthermore, the game is also an award-winning learning program that features learning math, art, music and reading for the young ones. ABCmouse is even used by schools and public libraries for academic and educational purposes. You can even learn basic Spanish!

ABCmouse is free to download and has a 30-day free trial to get a feel for the learning program. Afterward, it will cost you $12.99 per month or $59.99 per year.

7. Sushi Monster

educational games for 3 year olds on ipad

Sushi Monster is a game where kids can practice their basic arithmetic skills while engaging and fun. Kids will have to add, subtract, multiply, and divide to feed sushi to the monster. The art style for this game is enjoyable and engaging for children, and the level progression feels rewarding while delivering a good challenge.

Sushi Monster is available on the App Store for free.

8. My Very Hungry Caterpillar

educational games for 3 year olds on ipad

The famous children’s character, the very hungry caterpillar, is also a character in the app, My Very Hungry Caterpillar. This app is for most preschoolers, emphasizing developing their skills in various facets. This includes playing games to match shapes, solving puzzles, and taking care of plants and animals. 

My Very Hungry Caterpillar is free to download but requires in-app purchases to unlock some of the learning activities and content.

9. World Geography Quiz Game

educational games for 3 year olds on ipad

This educational game is pretty straightforward, with no cartoon characters or subscription models. Instead, the World Geography Quiz Game will develop and test your child’s memorization and geography skills. They will learn about various countries’ flags, capitals, cities, etc.

The World Geography Quiz Game is available for free on both the app store and google play.

10. Slice Fractions

educational games for 3 year olds on ipad

Slice Fractions is an award-winning game developed to help children learn about fractions in a super fun way with little to no reading involved or lengthy explanations. The activities inside the game include learning and working with fractions with ease and various physics puzzles. 

Slice Fractions is available for free on both the app store and google play.

11. TinyTap: Kids’ Learning Games

educational games for 3 year olds on ipad

TinyTap is one of the best learning games for kids, ranking number one in learning apps for kids in 24 countries. TinyTap is an all-in-one powerhouse with its subject variety and over 200,000 interactive learning games. This game also includes developing creative skills such as writing and drawing on top of the usual subjects.

You can also create interactive learning games for parents and teachers and earn from them, all without needing to learn to program or code.

TinyTap is free to download but it requires a subscription to access most of the content once the free trial ends. A year’s subscription is going to cost you at least $49.99.

12. GarageBand

educational games for 3 year olds on ipad

It is essential to have your kid be knowledgeable about science and math and develop hobbies and interests. This could be in the form of music! 

Learning how to play a musical instrument will develop patience and dedication in your kid. GarageBand could be the door to open that interest for them before splurging on a physical instrument. GarageBand lets you create songs with various instruments in a virtual sound studio setup.

GarageBand is completely free on the App Store and includes no subscription fees or in-app purchases.

13. Tappity

educational games for 3 year olds on ipad

Tappity is a science-focused educational game with a mascot named Haley to help your child learn and understand various science concepts and conduct basic science experiments. Science topics include biology, earth science, and outer space. Additionally, all of these fun experiences are fully interactive. 

Tappity is available to download for free and try for 14 days. Afterward, you can choose to continue and unlock all the content with a subscription plan. It will cost $14.99 per month or $24.99 for three months, or $74.99 for a year’s subscription.

14. Coco – Educational Game

educational games for 3 year olds on ipad

Coco – Educational Game is an educational game app for kids that covers the usual science and math concepts and essential soft skills such as memory, logic, and reflex tests. Another cool thing about the game is its art style, including primarily soft colors that appeal to children. All of these help in keeping your kid entertained.

Coco – Educational Game is available on the app store and google play.

15. Endless Alphabet

educational games for 3 year olds on ipad

Endless Alphabet is a highly acclaimed educational game from the creators of an educational Sesame Street-based game. It is a passion project developed to help kids have a blast while learning about the Alphabet and expanding their vocabulary. The game has a lot of interactivity and is well animated to help engage the children.

Endless Alphabet is available on the app store and google play.

16. Dino Tim: Basic Math Skills

educational games for 3 year olds on ipad

Dino Tim is an educational learning game that helps your kid focus on learning colors, shapes, and even other languages such as Spanish and French. It is a perfect companion when getting your child ready for preschool. The art style is fun and appeals to children who like dinosaurs and other animals. 

Dino Tim is available on the app store and google play.

17. Colorfy: Coloring Art Game

educational games for 3 year olds on ipad

Drawing minus wasting paper and spending money on art materials sounds like a win-win for mother earth and parents. Colorfy gives you just that, providing a digital canvas for your children. In this app, they can color and paint various images such as mandalas, animals, floral patterns, and so much more.

Colorfy is available on the app store and google play.

18. Wallykazam! Letter and Word Magic

educational games for 3 year olds on ipad

Wallykazam!, based on an animated Nickelodeon television series, is a game to help develop your kids’ reading and English language skills. Learning activities include learning letter recognition, rhyming words, and phonics.

Wallykazam! is available on the app store.

19. MathTango

educational games for 3 year olds on ipad

Math Tango is a subscription-based game wherein kids learn math skills while engaged and having fun. The game’s math content can range from basic counting skills to multiplication and division. In addition, the game’s monsters that you earn by solving math problems are all pretty adorable, so your kid will indeed be motivated to do the math.

Math Tango is available on the app store and google play.

20. PBS Kids 

educational games for 3 year olds on ipad

PBS Kids cannot be left off a list of educational games. Most of the content on PBS Kids is helpful and varied featuring science, reading, and math. The level of learning for kids is catered towards preschool through elementary. PBS Kids is an essential app to have your kids learn things in a fun and exciting way

PBS Kids’ educational games/apps include Wild Kratts Creature Math, Cyberchase 3D Builder, and Dinosaur Train Classic in the Jurassic, Jr.! Most of these are free except for Wild Kratts.

21. GoNoodle

educational games for 3 year olds on ipad

Primarily focusing on encouraging getting your kid’s body moving and healthy, GoNoodle is a game that features kids’ songs, exercises, and dances along with video content. This is a fun and wholesome way to get your kids to help clean around the house, making it a fun bonding activity for the family.

GoNoodle is available on the app store and google play.

22. Monster Physics

educational games for 3 year olds on ipad

This one might be the most unique game on this list so far. Monster Physics is a game where kids can build cars, rocket ships, airplanes, tanks while letting them play around with their creations, complete with physics. This will develop a creative side in your child, similar to Legos. 

Monster Physics is available to download on the App Store for $1.99.

23. Balloon Pop

educational games for 3 year olds on ipad

Balloon Pop is an educational game where toddlers and preschoolers can have fun popping balloons and learn about numbers, letters, colors, and shapes. These types of games can develop young children’s motor and reflex skills. Balloon Pop has five different game modes available in nine other languages. 

Balloon Pop is available on the app store and google play.

24. Flow Free

educational games for 3 year olds on ipad

Flow Free is a very simple educational puzzle game to help develop your child’s problem-solving skills. The game is very colorful as you need to solve the puzzle by connecting the pair of colors. The levels get progressively more challenging which will surely put your child’s puzzle-solving skills to the test. 

Flow Free is available on the app store and google play.

25. Lightbot

educational games for 3 year olds on ipad

Lightbot is a puzzle game where the player guides the robot to do various commands. What’s even cooler is that multiple players can pick up and play on any device, which is ideal for classroom settings. The tutorial can get lengthy, but once you get the hang of it, even the young ones can ease through the puzzles in the game.

Lightbot is available on the app store and google play.

26. Marble Math

educational games for 3 year olds on ipad

This award-winning app is hailed as one of the most fun math games available for elementary-age kids. Marble Math helps kids practice mental math while providing engaging gameplay. It requires them to solve the problem to advance the marble through the maze.

Marble Math is available on the app store and google play.

27. Shape Gurus: Preschooler game

educational games for 3 year olds on ipad

One of the top picks in the Italy App Store, Shape Gerus, is a wonderfully animated game aimed to teach the young ones about learning shapes and colors and challenging puzzles. These interactive games include matching, sorting, and classifying shapes and colors. Shape Gerus will surely help get your kid ready for preschool!

Shape Gerus is available on the app store and google play.

28. Monkey Preschool Lunchbox

educational games for 3 year olds on ipad

Monkey Preschool Lunchbox is an all-around educational game for your preschooler to learn about colors, letters, numbers, etc. There is also a child-friendly animated monkey to guide the kids through the activities and keep them engaged. This is a must-have companion game to help your child develop these preschool skills.

Monkey Preschool Lunchbox is available on the app store and google play.

29. Peekaboo Barn

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Peekaboo Barn is an award-winning app for toddlers designed to help educate your child with animals! Kids will learn and be familiarized with the names and sounds of various animals and artwork displayed on their screens. Night & Day Studios designed this game for kids of all ages and even those with special needs. 

Peekaboo Barn is available on the app store and google play.

30. TallyTots Counting

educational games for 3 year olds on ipad

Learning to count is a vital skill in a child’s early development . TallyTots helps you get your kid to learn and have fun simultaneously! TallyTots is essentially an educational counting game designed with animated 3D graphics and music to help get your kid engaged. Learning activities include sorting, ordering, and counting.

TallyTots is available on the app store and google play.

These games listed are sure to help and play a significant role in your child’s development. Still, it is also essential to never forget to limit their screen time, especially early on. Learning through games is excellent but guiding them and being there for them while they are doing so is the most important thing.

Whether it would focus on math, science, health, or soft skills, we hope that we helped you find that educational game you were looking for!

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Best Educational iPad Games

iPads for kids are quickly becoming a popular and powerful educational tool at home. iPad games for kids are being used in education around the world with great success. Come home with an iPad and your kids are going to want to play iPad games with it.

Lots of iPad games for kids are fun and genuinely interesting. Every game for iPad has an age-specific rating so that you can tell if the game is right for your child. We've taken care to play every game, so you know it's definitely worth a download. Whether you're new to iPad gaming or are just looking for your next game to download, here are my top picks for iPad games.

Check out the best educational iPad games that are fun and engaging for children of all ages.

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Kids Academy

1. Kids Academy

Kids Academy is one of the best iPad game for young learners. Their innovative program blends cutting-edge adaptive technology, artificial intelligence, custom learning paths, and game-like elements to enhance children's learning experience. It makes learning engaging and effective by offering interactive games across subjects like Math, Reading, Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies.

Ages: 3 and over

Related: Puzzle Games

MentalUP Educational Games

2. MentalUP Educational Games

MentalUP Educational Games for iPad offer learners a variety of problem-solving experiences and critical thinking challenges. The games start with concise instructions before launching into timed exercises. Users can customize the app to focus on specific skills and consider the player's age. It includes a reports page for tracking progress and achievements, and players can personalize their avatars with in-game currency earned by succeeding in games.

Ages: 5 and over

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PBS KIDS Games

3. PBS KIDS Games

PBS Kids Games is a top iPad game for kids, offering over 25 games featuring popular PBS Kids characters. It provides preschoolers with hours of entertainment and education across various activities like pattern matching, racing, and music. The games teach basics about weather, sea life, shapes, and more, while also developing reading skills and strategic thinking. The app regularly updates with new games, expanding its educational content. It's a free and effective choice for interactive learning with beloved children's TV characters.

Adventure Academy

4. Adventure Academy

Adventure Academy is a multiplayer game for elementary and middle school students, offering thousands of learning activities across subjects like math, reading, science, and social studies. Kids explore these through quests in a virtual world. The activities include videos, games, quizzes, and interactive elements aligned with U.S. and international curriculum standards.

Ages: 9 and over

Science Games for Kids - Tappity

5. Science Games for Kids - Tappity

K-5 Science for Kids - Tappity is a great app that is like having the perfect science teacher available for children all of the time. The app includes 200+ science lessons, activities, and stories in a curriculum designed for kids ages 4-10. Their content is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards for K-5th Grade.

Word Beach: Fun Spelling Games

6. Word Beach: Fun Spelling Games

Word Beach is an ideal iPad game for children aged 6 and older, enhancing their attention, language development, and spatial awareness. This word puzzle game improves their spelling skills, introduces new words, and reinforces the spellings of irregular words. The game involves finding words from letters of a longer word, with progress to the next level upon completion. With hundreds of levels and regular updates, it offers lasting engagement. A daily challenge, presented as a simple crossword, adds variety.

Ages: 6 and above

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7. Kids Brain Games

Kids Brain Games is a fun iPad game for kids. The games are challenging children to develop their thinking skills. The variety of puzzles is excellent and cover many different topics and ways of thinking. One moment your child will be matching clocks to times and the next mentally rotating a scene to find its mirror image. Both of these have an element of maths to them but other challenges cover words, problem solving, planning, memory, general knowledge and all sorts of other aspects.

Ages: 5 and under

ABCya Games

8. ABCya Games

ABCYa is an educational game for iPad designed for kids in grades K-5, categorizing games by grade and subjects such as letters, numbers, and holidays. The game collection includes arcade, word find, racing, and typing games, among others, with examples ranging from Alphabetical Order for kindergarteners to Division Drag Race for fifth graders. ABCya! allows children to identify their learning levels and select games that meet their educational needs.

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9. Coding Games For Kids To Play

Coding Games for kids is a popular iPad game for kids that teaches sequential visual coding. The app comes with an array of free games and encourages children to solve problems, improve logical thinking and increase their memory in a fun and interactive environment. Its fun way to get kids to learn and problems solve in fun way with cool characters and plenty of great games to choose from.

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“The 30 Best Educational Games for the iPad: Kid’s Edition” first appeared on OnlineCourses.com. Parents and teachers who trust little Muffy and Junior with their shiny iPads don’t have to worry about how access to shoot-‘em-up video games will rot their precious little gifted and talented program minds. Instead, they can download some of the following alternatives to help them build up their brilliant brains that will totally go on to win Nobel Prizes someday.

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Hello, I recently released an iPad game to the App Store that I think should be considered for your top-30 list. It's a simple memory matching game that allows kids to match concepts in order to learn about the particular topic. For example, in the Numbers topic, the user can select to match numbers to Roman numerals, or to the spelling of the number in English, French or Spanish. There are currently topics for the following: Animals, Colors, Countries, Shapes, Numbers, and Time. The name of the game is "Match To Learn", and it can be found at this URL: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/match-to-learn/id583563447?ls=1&mt=8 . Or, to learn more about the game visit my website at http://www.pureforte.com/match-to-learn. Thank you for your consideration, and please contact me if you have any questions. regards, - Scott

I recently released an iPad game to the App Store that I think should be considered for your top-30 list. It is Essay Starter. I want introduce you with Essay Starter. You can find it on next link. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/essay-starter/id593023126?mt=8 I want to invite you to feel free to try this app and write review if you are interested about it. What is Essay Starter? The new iPad app "Essay Starter" is here...Make writing easy. The new iPad app "Essay Starter" is perfect for students, writers, and professionals, anyone whose writing involves a research component. Use the split screen feature to view your research on one side, and take notes on the other. Select text from research material and insert it directly into your notes, along with an automatically generated footnote. Description Be inspired! Writing is easy when you have easy access and control of your sources. Automatic footnotes let you stop worrying about references and just write. Split screen mode lets you open and read multiple PDF files, and take notes at the same time. Get your writing started quickly: * Upload your research as PDF files * Automatic reference information for footnotes * Edit optional additional bibliographical information for footnotes * Read and highlight PDF files on the full screen or split screen * Easily navigate within PDF files with tile view * Create a new worksheet to make notes and start your essay * Use split screen to view the worksheet and PDFs at the same time * Select PDF text and send it to the worksheet, with an automatic footnote reference * Easy file management system * Left or right handed layout

Chuck The Turtle

Hello everyone! You should try Chuck The Turtle! It is a fun and educational game for kids. They get to paint, jump, do puzzles, cross some dangerous roads, jump, climb and much more! Chuck the Turtle is easy to play, rewarding and mind-challenging!! Check it out and also watch the video: http://itunes.com/apps/chucktheturtle http://youtu.be/ObGMIc9HgqI

Liz Griffiths

There are some things the iPad can't replace: http://buildingblocksmedia.blogspot.com/2013/03/there-are-some-things-ipad-just-cant.html

"Hello, Another great new app for kids is Jazzy World Tour. They have a free version. My kids have learned so much from it. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/jazzy-world-tour-free-musical/id574909527?mt=8"

Love Space Exploration? This is the only ABC learning app that focus on Space. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kBGWoEaAuw

Ashley Wells

Nice to hear this thanks for sharing. I want this for my son.

Sheer portability and convenience of app, makes learning activity a complete joyride for both parents and kids.

Maryna Petrenko

Hi, Our new educational app "City Letters" is now available on App Store. City Letters teaches children to identify alphabet letters, recognize their sounds, trace them, and solve exciting puzzles and mini games: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/frugoton-city-letters-education/id730991933?ls=1&mt=8 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M66cp7ni958

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I would like to recommend you Joypa Colors. It is interactive coloring game for kids 3 years+ While making progress object on your screen are coming to life. Trees are bending, sun starts to move on the sky, animals are starting to move it's simple but brilliant :) It can be played on your tablet or smartphone. Game can be downloaded for free on Appstore: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/joypa-colors-free-interactive/id789651365?mt=8 And Google play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dm.joypacolorsfree

Superb list...Math ninja is best math game for kids ever. Math is always boring subject for kids and by this game kids will learn math vey easily.

igeniuspets

iGeniusPets is a fun pet game with 9 mini educational games. Available on both ios and android. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/igeniuspets-lite/id817614884?ls=1&mt=8

Our son loves playing this animal app called MiniPlaces on our iPad http://goo.gl/iXY6so. Games like these helped to stimulate his interests in animals and going to the zoo as he got older.

Great blog! I have published a new educational slide puzzel game for iPad called Scramble Fest that is available for free on the App Store. It features a total of 300 puzzels ranging in subjects from animals to people and architecture. Presented in an original manner this game includes a variety of stage designs that challenges the player to get ahead in the game. Why don't you take a look at the iTunes page? https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/scramble-fest-free/id838310529?ls=1&mt=8 There's also a paid version that costs $0.99 and doesn't include ads. To see more of the game be sure to check out the Facebook page which features a number of videos here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Scramble-Fest/515100568601397?ref=ts&fref=ts And the official website: http://www.royniginal.nl/ScrambleFest/index.html Enjoy! And feel free to contact me at any time. Best regards, Roy

Hello, Check this Fun & Educational Math App for kids:"Flappy Owlet - The Adventures of a Baby Bird". It’s a free game that test your reflexes and first grade math skills. App store url: goo.gl/w2eCWV

Excellent list, I would also add Bubble Shooter puzzle game - its educational value lies in rather something different than schools subjects.. This game can improve responses and fast thinking, absolutely love it!

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Such a fantastic educational game for kids listed here in this post. Educational game are best way for teach to child some educational activities. I like all the games appears here.

How about an educational game that is full of interactivity, animations, fun, vocal and sounds for many repeat plays? Jungle game provides endless entertainment and learning to your kids! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZuF_AtQV_E&feature=youtu.be https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/jungle-educational-game/id929575979

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Hey everyone! I'm super excited to share the project I've been working on for such a long time... Dino Kids Free is already for Apple : https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dino-kids-free/id958288574?l=fr&ls=1&mt=8 and Android : https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...e.DinoKidsFree See example in Youtube : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0asTg2Acw4 Thinks for your support.

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I think you could add this game to the list also. It is loved by kids of all ages from all over the world and it has over 200.000 downloads worldwide. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.com.dlgames.GuessThatAnimal

Great way to learn through play is to pick boardcraft game, which is a set of educational games adapted for children of all ages, supporting development, creativity, imagination.your child create new game by drawing and then play in tablet. very simple.

Hey! We are working on a puzzle game with deep narrative element. Both the story and the puzzles are designed to require deep concentration and the puzzles teach visual pattern recognition skills. It is designed both for adults and children. We will be searching beta testers in future and would love feedback from both adults and children. If you think this interesting please follow us: www.galacticechoes.com Best regards, Jaakko

"NUMBERS SWAPPER" is a smart educational game for ages 8 and up. it is published on iPhone but could play on other Apple devices. the player organizes and manipulates numbers that are close or look alike. it teaches digits/place value in a fun way. Also "MONEY MATTERS" can be played on the iPhone/Apple devices. It teaches budgeting, quick adding, decision making and avoiding bankruptcy. it has nice graphics and different levels of difficulties.

Taylor Donaway

I really think my new baby sister will like the game hangman and Braimpop.Maybe even Mathninja and Madlibs.

Patricia C.

Hi, I don't like to post these kind of comments but I would like to recommend this puzzle.. My son love it. I think is because of the colors and sounds. Sadly is only for android. But I'm using my husband's tablet. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.queleas.wheelspuzzlesforkids

Thank you for the list! Here is one more for children who are learning how to read: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/hales-tale-learn-to-read/id1184892804

Hello everyone! I would add to this list the educational website Koikiwi http://koikiwi.com/ where kids could learn about ecological issues while they playing games. It's set of games: action games, puzzle games, trivia and other fun games - which all are focused on ecology, the environment and the future of our planet.

Shweta Kale

Great! Thanks for sharing your information. They are really useful games. I have just come across an article, which says they are brain child award winner. You can give it a read to the link. https://logicroots.com/MathBlog/tillywig-brain-child-award-winner-2019/

The theme of kids' computer games is the same - an anonymous person brutally fights an anonymous enemy. This type of kids' computer game infuses violent behavior into kids. Playing computer games has become the biggest addiction among kids. They even save money to buy the latest game titles.

Please consider Rocket Mouse by Sofielafée in your selection. Rocket Mouse is an original English French learning game for preschoolers, made by parents and available on iPad, iPhone and Android

Diya Kapoor

Thanks for sharing this useful list. During lockdown, I am trying to engage my son in taking some brain games or learning quizzes. One of his favorite learning app these days is : The Quizopedia. You can also install for your kid for free GK and many more quizzes and practice tests. https://apps.apple.com/us/app/thequizopedia/id1480799124

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Put a child in the same room as an iPad or an iPhone and they will instinctively reach for it. Perhaps it’s the bright colours and the feel of the touchscreen; the simplicity of the interface in iOS and iPadOS also plays a part. No matter the reason, kids love messing with smartphones and tablets.

Mobile devices can do a great job entertaining and educating your offspring, but not all apps are created equal. In this article we present the apps and games most beloved of our editors and their children; there’s a blend here of learning, creativity and fun.

Best kids’ apps: Ages 5 and under

Here are our recommendations for children aged 5 and under. Age guidance is approximate, of course, and you won’t need to be told that kids learn and mature at different speeds.

Be sure also to click through to the App Store using the links provided. Have a look at screenshots, any available preview videos and so on, to see if the difficulty, complexity and reading level are appropriate for your child.

Best kids' apps for iPad & iPhone: Bloom

  • Price: £3.99/$3.99 ( Bloom on the App Store )
  • Age rating: 4+

There are tools for making music and others that are more about experimenting with sound. Bloom is an iPhone take on the latter, a collaboration between software designer Peter Chilvers and musician Brian Eno that enables you to explore generative audio composition.

That probably all sounds a bit highbrow for kids, but it really isn’t in practice. Essentially, you tap on the screen to play a note, which eventually loops. Keep tapping and a composition appears. It’s a beautiful, relaxing app, and simple enough that even a two-year-old can grasp the basics of how it works.

Best kids' apps & games for iPad & iPhone: Dino Tim

  • Price: Free ( Dino Tim on the App Store )
  • Age rating: 4+ (made for ages 3-6)

Dino Tim’s family has been abducted by witches, and kids have to solve various educational puzzles in order to save them. The game involves solving colour and geometric shape puzzles, as well as running, flying, jumping and even a little bit of magic.

The aim of the game is to teach kids to recognise basic geometric shapes, as well as to learn about colours and even their first words. The game has been fully translated into a number of languages (French, Spanish and Italian to list a few) which provides your child with a great opportunity to learn a foreign language in a fun way, from a young age.

Endless Alphabet

Best kids' apps for iPad & iPhone: Endless Alphabet

  • Price: £8.99/$8.99 ( Endless Alphabet on the App Store )
  • Age rating: 4+ (made for 5 and under)

Endless Alphabet proves that dialling down the surreal doesn’t mean an app about letters has to be boring. On the contrary, Endless Alphabet is a lot of fun as you choose a word, watch the letters scatter, and drag them back into place.

The letters come to life when touched, wriggling under your fingers, and once the word is complete, you’re treated to a little animation that explains what the word means.

It’s more expensive than many of the apps listed here, but hugely popular on the App Store with hundreds of positive reviews.

Laugh & Learn Shapes & Colors

Best kids' apps for iPad & iPhone: Laugh & Learn Shapes & Colors

  • Price: Free ( Laugh & Learn on the App Store )

Designed for babies and toddlers, this app from Fisher-Price offers two simple games. In the first, you tap to hear the name of a shape and tilt the device to make it bounce around. In the second, there’s a keyboard to prod, and each shape has its own song to sing along to. This is, in all honesty, not a terribly elegant app, but in our experience it seems captivating to tiny humans grappling with technology for the first time.

Best kids' apps for iPad & iPhone: Miximal

  • Price: £1.99/$1.99 ( Miximal on the App Store )

There’s nothing especially innovative about Miximal – it’s yet another of those sliding games, where you make strange combinations of animals. But what sets Miximal apart from its peers is the sense of craft and care that’s gone into the app.

The style is cartoonish, yet all of the animals are very recognisable. Each is animated, too.

Tap one of the sections and it moves and jiggles. Fashion a ‘complete’ animal and it will offer a celebratory alternate animation. Additionally, if your child wonders at any point what strange mixed-up creature is currently on the screen, a quick tap of the play button will give you (and read out) its name.

The Monster at the End of This Book with Grover!

Best kids' apps for iPad & iPhone: The Monster at the End of This Book

  • Price: £4.99/$4.99 ( The Monster at the End of This Book on the App Store )

This updated and improved digital version of the classic Sesame Theme-themed kids’ book is a lot of fun. As Grover performs, the words appear on the screen, highlighted as they’re spoken. And you can interact with the app by touching a knot, for example, to make it unravel. Tap Grover to tickle him.

Monster Mingle

Best kids' apps for iPad & iPhone: Monster Mingle

  • Price: £2.99/$2.99 ( Monster Mingle on the App Store )

There’s a lot to be said for exploration and play when a child is developing. Monster Mingle’s free-play nature makes it ideal for such things.

You create your own friendly monster by dragging parts to it that are lying about the place, and said monster can then amble about, dive into the ocean or soar into the air. The world features all kinds of strange creatures to discover and interact with, and the goal-free nature of Monster Mingle makes for a stress-free and highly entertaining time.

Montessorium: Intro to Colors

Best kids' apps for iPad & iPhone: Intro to Colors

  • Price: £4.99/$4.99 ( Intro to Colours on the App Store )

With Intro to Colors, your child learns the basics of colours through a series of matching games. So it starts out matching red, blue and yellow before moving on to secondary levels and gradients. Kids learn to mix and match paint, as well as how to learn to spot and name different colours.

Intro to Colors is a pretty app, which is one reason we like it. But it also makes use of the iPad to deliver something young children would not get from other more traditional means.

Mr Thorne’s

Best kids' apps for iPad & iPhone: Mr Thorne

  • 99p/99c for Mr Thorne’s Divide + Conquer or Mr Thorne’s Addition Space Station
  • £1.99/$1.99 for Mr Thorne’s Times Tables Terra
  • All have age rating 4+

London teacher Christopher Thorne must be one of the coolest Sirs on the planet (although he does appear to own several pairs of Timmy Mallet-like specs), and he uses the planets as the theme for his three maths apps.

When you score 10 out of 10 on a particular addition, times table or division test you get to keep a space station or planet, depending on the app you’re using. There’s a mystery challenge when you’ve unlocked all the tests, which is an extra incentive – and different to the Squeebles and Math Bingo reward games.

Each game has three levels: Beginner/Newcomer, First Class/Elite and World Class/Legend. The top level is going to test adults, too, so you can join in and have sum fun.

We recommend all the Mr Thorne maths apps, as they’re simple to use, look great, and should really engage kids in these maths basics.

My Very Hungry Caterpillar

Best kids' apps for iPad & iPhone: My Very Hungry Caterpillar

  • Price: £5.99/$5.99 ( My Very Hungry Caterpillar on the App Store )

The Very Hungry Caterpillar has munched its way through countless books, a telly animation, and even the odd activities-based app. But My Very Hungry Caterpillar takes a different approach, transforming the ravenous larva’s surroundings into an interactive game.

The result’s not unlike a no-lose Tamagotchi, with you feeding the caterpillar, playing with it, helping it doze under a leaf, and watching it grow. Eventually, like in the original story, the caterpillar transforms into a beautiful butterfly, at which point a new egg is laid for the adventure to begin anew.

Best kids' apps for iPad & iPhone: Peek-a-Zoo

  • Price: Free ( Peek-a-Zoo on the App Store )

There’s an elegant simplicity at the heart of Peek-a-Zoo, and it might at first appear a bit too simple. But any time spent with the app and a small child will dismiss any lingering concerns.

You’ll grow to love the gang of sweet cartoon animals, and the simple questions for the child to answer: who is winking? Who is dressed up? And so on. You soon realise that although this app is very straightforward, it’s cunningly teaching your child all kinds of things, from identifying animals to types of clothing and actions.

Sago Mini Monsters

Best kids' apps for iPad & iPhone: Sago Mini Monsters

  • Price: £3.99/$3.99 ( Sago Mini Monsters on the App Store )

One for younger monster-creators, before working their way up to the likes of Monster Mingle or DNA Play, Sago Mini Monsters has you coax a monster from gloopy green slime. You then tap colours and paint your beast before interacting with it.

Most interaction comes in the form of feeding the monster dishes that appear, along with prodding and poking horns, eyes and mouths to change their appearance. A quick brush of the teeth and some decorations and the monster’s time is done. You can then take a photo to share before starting the process again.

Shape Gurus

Best kids' apps for iPad & iPhone: Shape Gurus

  • Price: £2.99/$2.99 ( Shape Gurus on the App Store )

In this interactive story, children are regularly challenged to complete puzzles based around shape-matching. In one case, a little bird flutters towards the outline of a nest, while five brown triangles wait to be dragged into place. Elsewhere, shape and colour matching creates flowers and a watering can.

The voiceover isn’t the best around, but the 27 puzzles and story should keep a child engrossed for a good while, and the journey’s fun enough that it will warrant repeating a number of times.

Teach Your Monster to Read

Best kids' apps & games for iPad & iPhone: Teach Your Monster To Read

  • Price: 99p/99c ( Teach Your Monster to Read on the App Store )
  • Age rating: 4+ (made for 3-6)

Kids will love creating personalised monsters who help them learn the basics of reading, starting with letters, phonics and sound combinations before moving on to combinations of sounds and words. The app takes children through the various stages of teaching their monster to read using various mini games, and we suspect they’ll be having so much fun they won’t even notice that they’re learning.

Thinkrolls 2

Best kids' apps for iPad & iPhone: Thinkrolls 2

  • Price: £3.99/$3.99 ( Thinkrolls 2 on the App Store )

Thinkrolls 2 is a slight but engaging platform puzzler for tiny hands to tackle. The aim is to help a little ball traverse various traps, collecting coins on the way to meeting up with a friend.

All of the objects you can manipulate (such as expanding platforms, and barrels to drag into water traps) are suitably chunky, and the game is forgiving when it comes to errors, enabling you to replay sections when a mistake is made, such as when tumbling into a hole.

It’s designed for young children and even toddlers can grasp the basic mechanics – although the very young may need a little help from a parent when it comes to the more complex interactions.

Best kids' apps for iPad & iPhone: Toca Band

  • Price: £3.99/$3.99 ( Toca Band on the App Store )

This smart, uncomplicated game is all about creating music from a band of colourful characters. You simply drag them to the stage and they get on with playing their instruments; move them to a spot with a different colour and they’ll change what they’re playing.

Any character plonked in the star position (unsubtly marked with a massive yellow star) gives you the chance to explore more sounds as part of a solo performance – perfect for when you think pianist Dancy Nancy or maracas player Shaky McBones hasn’t had enough of the limelight.

Best iPhone & iPad apps for kids: Ages 6 to 8

Now for some apps that are suitable for a slightly older audience. Here are our recommendations for children aged 6-8.

We’ll repeat ourselves, and point out that age recommendations are approximate. Check out our choices on the App Store before spending any money, to see if the difficulty, complexity and reading level are appropriate for your child.

BBC iPlayer Kids

Best kids' apps for iPad & iPhone: BBC iPlayer Kids

  • Price: Free ( BBC iPlayer Kids on the App Store )
  • Age rating: 4+ (made for 6-8)

The standard version of iPlayer is the best catch-up app around, providing fast access to shows recently broadcast on the BBC. But while it has age-gating, there’s always the risk a youngster will access something you don’t want them to see.

iPlayer Kids gets around this problem by restricting content to shows from CBBC and CBeebies. The interface is also simpler and chunkier, making it suitable for young children. That said, it still retains important features, notably the option to download shows for offline playback.

Best kids' apps for iPad & iPhone: DNA Play

  • Price: £2.99/$2.99 ( DNA Play on the App Store )

The suggestion that DNA Play can teach 6-to-8-year-olds the basics of genetics is perhaps pushing it a bit. But what this toy does allow for is the creation of almost limitless monsters.

This is achieved by completing ‘DNA puzzles’ (basic shape-matching) and subsequently manipulating the ‘DNA’ relating to a monster’s limbs, torso, face and features (by dragging shapes or just prodding the relevant bits of the monster). There’s also a modicum of interaction, where you can take your monster dancing and skating, and take a photo to share with friends.

Smartly, the app enables you to save a monster before creating another, enabling you to revisit favourites at a later date.

Journeys of Invention

Best kids' apps for iPad & iPhone: Journeys of Invention

  • Price: £9.99/$9.99 ( Journeys of Invention on the App Store )

One of the most ambitious digital books in existence, Journeys of Invention aims to chart the course of science and technology. It’s essentially a series of interwoven chapters, detailing how various inventions have impacted what followed.

Many pages enable you to interact with objects, spinning 360-degree ‘photographs’ with a finger, clambering inside the Apollo 10 Command Module, or sending coded messages using an Enigma machine. Packed with insight and spectacular imagery, it’s the best educational tome on the iPad.

Best kids' apps for iPad & iPhone: Kodable

  • Price: Free ( Kodable on the App Store )

One of the most valuable skills for a youngster to learn in the digital economy is coding, which is where Kodable comes in (at a very basic level).

SurfScoreLLC’s premise is very simple: “The fuzz family have crash-landed on Smeeborg and they need your help navigating the Technomazes.” The commands to get the fuzzballs through the mazes are all drag and drop so with a little trial and error we can easily find our way through, earn the rewards and get to grips with the fundamentals of coding.

Read our full Kodable review .

Lego DC Super Heroes Chase

Best kids' apps for iPhone & iPad: Lego DC Super Heroes Chase

  • Price: Free ( Lego DC Super Heroes Chase on the App Store )

There’s not much educational content here, but our six-year-old reviewer literally cannot get enough of it. Very useful for rewarding good behaviour.

It’s a simple racer in which you navigate a superhero through the level, avoiding obstacles and collecting coins, then take down the baddy du jour by chucking batarangs or similar. There doesn’t appear to be any significant chance of failure, but kids still appear to get a kick out of succeeding, and from collecting the various characters.

Best kids' apps for iPad & iPhone: Loopimal

  • Price: £3.99/$3.99 ( Loopimal on the App Store )

The idea behind Loopimal is to teach children the basics of making music by way of a colourful and simple-to-use loop sequencer.

That might sound complicated, but it really isn’t. You get a bopping animal, and drag coloured shapes to a looping timeline. When the playhead moves over one of the shapes, the animal performs an animation that alters the music in some way.

Once your child has figured out how it all works, you can split the screen into two or four, creating an oddball four-track menagerie-cum-band that will entertain for hours.

Best kids' apps for iPad & iPhone: Math Bingo

  • £2.99/$2.99 ( Math Bingo on the App Store )

Play the game that’s all about numbers to learn how to add, subtract, multiply and divide. Yes, bingo.

Math Bingo’s questions vary according to your child’s maths abilities and personal preferences. There’s a timer, but to start we’d advise disregarding the clock as this can put on undue pressure.

Math Bingo is colourful and features a collection of weird bug aliens to make things more fun. Kids love to win the Bingo Bugs and they can then use them in a game of Bingo Bug Bungie – a sort of pinball game where you fire your collected bugs to knockout coins to beat your highest score. It’s enough to make even reluctant mathematicians give multiplication another chance.

Metamorphabet

Best kids' apps for iPad & iPhone: Metamorphabet

  • Price: £4.99/$4.99 ( Metamorphabet on the App Store )

This Apple Design Award winner transforms letters into words, often by way of surreal animations. If you fancy seeing a caterpillar gamely driving a car that you can fling about the screen (complete with crashing noises when it lands) or an ostrich tentatively playing with a very solid-looking orange, this is the app to buy.

For kids, it’ll almost certainly captivate more than traditional fare in this space, because of its playful, interactive design. And although the app was created for the 6-to-8 age range, it’s perfectly suitable for younger children (or, for that matter, much older parents).

Monument Valley

Best kids' apps for iPad & iPhone: Monument Valley

  • £3.99/$3.99 ( Monument Valley on the App Store )

One of the most beautiful and captivating games ever released, Monument Valley will keep children and adults engaged for hours working our how to help the silent princess Ida through mysterious and mind-bending, fantastical architecture, uncovering hidden paths, unfolding Escher-like optical illusions of impossible geometry, and outsmarting the barking Crow People.

Monument Valley is both surreal and serene exploration and will surely go down in game history as one of the unique greats.

And once you’ve finished it, Monument Valley 2 is available too.

Novation Launchpad

Best kids' apps for iPad & iPhone: Novation Launchpad

  • Price: Free + IAP ( Novation Launchpad on the App Store )

Although we’d argue GarageBand is an approachable and accessible music-making app, it’s perhaps a bit too much for very young children, if only because of the sheer wealth of options. For an initial foray into making a noise, Novation Launchpad is a better bet.

On selecting a genre, you simply tap pads to trigger loops that repeat until they’re turned off or another in its group is selected. Performances can be recorded and shared, and for older kids intent on making their own loops, there’s a one-off IAP that unlocks import capabilities.

(Just make sure with very young kids that you don’t miss them hitting record and merrily leaving the app open for ages, or you’ll wonder where your device’s free space has all gone!)

Best kids' apps for iPad & iPhone: Pure Math

  • Price: Free ( Pure Math on the App Store )

Pure Math has a simpler and cleaner interface than many of the colourful apps in this round-up (hence the ‘pure’ in its name), and a faster difficulty progression, too, so it suits older children best.

You start each level with a score of 1,000, which decreases as time ticks by, and each time you get a question wrong. To begin, the sums are very easy, but with each level, they get harder and harder until even the adults will struggle.

The addition mode is free, but to unlock the subtraction, multiplication and division modes you’ll need to upgrade to the full version for £1.99/$1.99.

Squeebles Times Tables 2

Best kids' apps for iPad & iPhone: Squeebles Times Tables 2

  • £3.99/$3.99 ( Squeebles on the App Store )

Squeebles Times Tables 2 features an expanded reward system, fun mini game, six tables modes, unlimited players and plenty of stats and reporting for parents and teachers – thankfully without any in-app purchases or adverts. It’s great for testing kids on their times tables and rewarding them for getting them right.

There are other Squeebles apps for addition, division and so on. See the Key Stage Fun Squeebles website for details of all on offer.

Star Walk Kids

Best kids' apps for iPad & iPhone: Star Walk Kids

  • Price: £2.99/$2.99 ( Star Walk Kids on the App Store )

There are quite a few apps that transform your iPhone or iPad into a virtual means to explore the heavens, but the interfaces can be too complex for young children. Star Walk Kids strips back the popular Star Walk app, simplifying how everything works, thereby optimising it for younger users.

That doesn’t mean it’s bereft of information, however: you can still explore the solar system’s planets, constellations, the ISS and Hubble; and there are nine animated films that enable you to delve a bit deeper into the facts and figures behind some of these objects.

Toca Blocks

Best kids' apps for iPad & iPhone: Toca Blocks

  • Price: £3.99/$3.99 ( Toca Blocks on the App Store )

Toca Blocks has the appearance of a platform game, but it’s really more about world-building and discovery. You add blocks to a large 2D plane, crafting a chunky world to explore. You can then take control of one of the three characters, each of which has unique abilities that affect how they travel about your tiny world (one can sort of fly, for example, while another smashes through blocks).

Much of the joy in the game comes from experimentation and just seeing what happens, such as when blocks combine to form something new, or a character starts dancing when walking over a glittery floor.

Best kids' apps for iPad & iPhone: Toca Dance

  • Price: £3.99/$3.99 ( Toca Dance on the App Store )

We’ll fully admit a sense of bafflement on first opening up Toca Dance, with its icon-heavy interface that doesn’t appear overly concerned about telling you how anything works. But then perhaps that’s the point – you play and figure out what everything does.

On doing so, a strange world of choreography opens up, with you helping a trio of dancers fashion a routine to be performed on stage. The show itself can be interacted with, too, by way of sound effects, or lobbing things at the stage (money; confetti; tomatoes). And everything’s recorded, so you can share a video with friends.

Toca Nature

Best kids' apps for iPad & iPhone: Toca Nature

  • Price: £3.99/$3.99 ( Toca Nature on the App Store )

The developers of Toca Nature aim with their app to capture some of the magic of the great outdoors, and we reckon they’ve succeeded. You get a little square of land, raising mountains or digging rivers with a swipe of a finger. You then tap to plant trees and watch as an ecosystem comes to life.

Brilliantly, you can use a magnifying glass to explore your tiny world, collecting fruit and fish, and using them to feed the animals and birds you find. The blank canvas aspect whenever the app restarts is a pity – it would be nice to have a save slot for ‘your’ world, but otherwise this is one of the finest children’s apps on iOS.

Best iPhone & iPad apps for kids: Ages 9 and over

Finally, here are our recommendations for children aged 9 and over. (Almost all of these focus on the ages 9-11, but we couldn’t resist including Dumb Ways To Die, which is for those aged 12 and over.)

One last time, we will emphasise that age recommendations are approximate. Have a look at screenshots, preview videos and descriptions on the App Store before spending any money, to see if the difficulty, complexity and reading level are appropriate for your youngster.

Comic Life 3

Best kids' apps for iPad & iPhone: Comic Life 3

  • Price: £4.99/$4.99 ( Comic Life 3 on the App Store )

There are plenty of photo apps that enable you to slap on a couple of stickers, or use filters to transform the look of any image. Comic Life, though, is for the more ambitious storyteller. You select a theme (several are included, from elaborate takes on classic comic styles through to bare-bones pages), and import photos into the panels.

You can then add sound effects, speech balloons and other stickers, thereby creating your very own comic book. For those who get really into the apps, there’s a script editor and the means to add multiple pages. Whatever you make can then be exported to a range of formats, including PDF and flat images.

Dumb Ways to Die

Best kids' apps for iPad & iPhone: Dumb Ways to Die

  • Price: Free ( Dumb Ways to Die on the App Store )
  • Age rating: 12+

Originally conceived as a public safety animation for an Australian metro company, Dumb Ways To Die morphed from a brilliant cartoon and maddeningly catchy tune that kids love to sing into an equally fun game of lethal possibilities. Kids love it and learn how not to get themselves killed at the same time. There are numerous sequels and spinoffs, should the idea appeal.

All together now: “Set fire to your hair, Poke a stick at a grizzly bear. Eat medicine that’s out of date, Use your private parts as piranha bait.”

Earth Primer

Best kids' apps for iPad & iPhone: Earth Primer

  • Price: £9.99/$9.99 ( Earth Primer on the App Store )
  • Age rating: 4+ (made for 9-11)

This beautifully designed app is essentially an interactive textbook, explaining how our planet works. As you leaf through the digital pages, you create volcanos and sculpt mountains, along with, of course, reading through the succinct but informative text alongside the simulations. That should be enough to keep most kids engrossed, but Earth Primer also includes a sandbox that enables you to create and shape a landscape with tools that are only unlocked as you progress through the rest of the book.

We’d say experiencing Earth Primer is reward enough, but turning a textbook into a game is a clever move if a reader needs a little extra encouragement.

Best kids' apps for iPad & iPhone: Mathboard

  • £4.99/$4.99 ( MathBoard on the App Store )

Although more expensive than most maths apps MathBoard can be easily configured for school children of all ages, beginning with simple addition and subtraction problems, multiplication and division, and algebra.

The blackboard theme is cute, although most kids won’t come anywhere a blackboard in school these days.

It is built around multiple choice but encourages working out solutions with a neat scratchboard area where pupils can chalk their sums.

MathBoard’s Problem Solver walks students through the steps required to solve the addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division equations. There are also quick reference tables to hand.

We especially like the configurable nature of MathBoard, where you can determine number ranges, omit negative answers, etc. Activities and quizzes can be timed, either as a countdown timer or elapsed time.

There’s a free version that tackles addition only so you can have a play before forking out for the full version. You don’t need to be a maths boffin to see the value in that!

Best kids' apps for iPad & iPhone: Mathmateer

  • Price: £1.99/$1.99 ( Mathmateer on the App Store )

Mathmateer is a fun space-themed maths game in which children can build and customise their own rockets using money they’ve earned while soaring through space.

There are 56 different games ranging from simple counting to division and multiplication, so kids of all ages can enjoy playing. Five player profiles can be created, so you can set up one for each child depending on their skill level.

The only downfall (depending on where you live) is that the money system (used to buy extra rocket parts) is in dollars rather than pounds.

Best kids' apps for iPad & iPhone: Namoo

  • Price: £3.99/$3.99 ( NAMOO on the App Store )

The idea behind NAMOO is to encourage children to explore the life of plants. The main screen features a tree and component parts you can tap and then interact with by way of 3D simulations. Each is twinned with some simple but engaging text that explains what’s going on.

The app is perhaps a little slight – it doesn’t take long to work through – but it looks and sounds gorgeous. Most notably, the artwork has a striking low-poly design that helps it stand out from more traditional textbook fare, helping it feel modern; this might rope in a few younglings who’d otherwise give it a pass.

Operation Math

Best kids' apps for iPad & iPhone: Operation Math

  • £2.99/$2.99 (App Store links: iPad version and iPhone version )

The Americanism in the app’s name might be mildly objectionable to British buyers, but this action-packed maths app has a lot to recommend it. The app mixes basic maths skills for children with a time-based spy game.

You’re a secret agent battling the evil Dr Odd, and you get new uniforms and spy gear for each mission completed. This game is all about beating the clock, so try it first in training mode when the player has more time to think about the addition, subtraction, multiplication and division equations.

The spy theme is a great idea for making maths a fun adventure.

Best kids' apps for iPad & iPhone: Redshift

  • Price: £8.99/$8.99 ( Redshift on the App Store )

And here’s another delightful astronomical option. Redshift uses your current location to show you which stars, constellations and planets you should be able to see. If you enable the Follow Sky option, RedShift will update what you should expect to see as you point your iPad or iPhone at different spots in the sky while you pan around. It’s not a cheap option at £9.99, but a deep and rewarding experience.

Best kids' apps for iPad & iPhone: Solar Walk

  • Price: £4.99/$4.99 ( Solar Walk on the App Store )

If your kids are feeling bored later tonight, how about a spot of astronomy? The amazing Solar Walk is a great app to get you started. The £4.99/$4.99 app lets you explore the solar system in exquisite detail. You can pinch and zoom around the heavens, examining celestial bodies in an immersive 3D environment from any angle or perspective.

Read our full Solar Walk review .

Xooloo Messenger

Best kids' apps & games for iPad & iPhone: Xooloo Messenger

  • Price: Free ( Xooloo Messenger on the App Store )
  • Age rating: 4+ (designed for 6-13)

Xooloo proved a big hit with a six-year-old who was required to stay home from school during the 2020 virus lockdown, and very much missed his friends. On the whole, however, it’s probably better suited to a slightly older crowd.

It lets you create an avatar and then safely and easily send messages, emoji, pictures and a small number of jokey visual effects (a custard pie, a kiss, confetti and more, gradually unlocking as you make more friends) and keep in touch with friends and family.

To make the app more child-friendly, parents are informed when their kids make new contacts, and can view the contacts list at any time (but not the contents of conversations); it complies fully with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. The fact that the app is free yet contains neither advertising nor in-app purchases is a further advantage.

Warnings about iDevice use, and further reading

That concludes our roundup of the best kids’ apps for iPad and iPhone, but it’s certainly not our last word on the subject.

If you’re considering a tablet for your offspring, you should first ponder the question are iPads safe for young children?

Remember to protect the device with a kid-friendly case and protect it using parental controls . Be aware also that some apps are expensive to buy or contain in-app purchases designed to tempt unwary kids. Others aren’t appropriate for youngsters.

If you’re looking for more app recommendations, you’ll be delighted to discover that we’ve also compiled lists of the best iOS games , the best free iPhone games and the best free iPad games for the older kids (and adults) to enjoy.

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Top 18 best educational kids games for iPhone and iPad (iOS)

Top 18 best educational kids games for iPhone and iPad (iOS)

Some scholarly kids games to play on your iPhone and iPad

Children are put in front of screens quite often these days, and with the variety of educational and kid-friendly apps, I totally understand why. However, note that none of these educational kids' games will substitute the real methodical education, they are rather here to keep them interested and hooked up to learn and educate themselves!

If you’d like your child to lean towards the more scholarly route when it comes to their screen time, we have compiled a list of the best educational games that are children friendly to play on your iOS device! That said, I’d also suggest picking up a strong case if you’re going to let young ones play!

  • Take a quick glance at our list of the best free phone games in 2023 !

Click through below to find out what are, in our opinion, the 18 best educational kids' games on iPhone & iPad.

1 Metamorphabet

Metamorphabet

Metamorphabet is the most wonderful alphabet-learning game out there. Each screen shows you a letter that you can pinch, zoom, tap, and otherwise play with to reveal words that start with this letter. A calm voice reads you the words, tells you what the letter is called and allows you to explore.

Once you have discovered all the words that letter has to offer, a star appears, and in your own time, you can tap to move on to the next letter. It’s a very engaging way to look at the alphabet.

2 Ruffy the Husky: On Ice

Ruffy the Husky: On Ice

Taking you into the article, Ruffy the Husky: On Ice gives you an adorable dog to help you solve a bunch of different little puzzles and games. This app can help children identify shapes, learn to count, listen to animal noises, practice speaking and more. There are a bunch of other cute characters that are also featured, from penguins to seals, which will keep any animal lover captivated as they learn more.

The top one, however, would have to be the husky. This smart dog has a super entertaining way of teaching toddlers and pre-schoolers the shapes, numbers and alphabet, and have a blast while doing so.

Tappity

Tappity is a science game for ages 4 and up, which breaks down a variety of topics from outer space, to dinosaurs, to tectonic plates and explains them in bite-sized games that any child will enjoy. It's one of our top picks in terms of educational apps because it showcases a little bit of everything.

The game has its own teacher, who walks you through each area, explaining more as you go along. There are interactive experiences, choices to be made, and more in this game, which really brings a fun twist to education!

4 Oinky the Piggy: On Farm

Oinky the Piggy: On Farm

More for toddlers and preschoolers, Oinky the Piggy: On Farm allows younger children to solve sliding puzzles, and then interact with animals. This game is completely focused on barnyard animals, introducing them to the player through these sliding puzzles, before allowing the player to watch them play around on the farm, eat, grow and make sounds.

It’s a familiar world as every child has grown up playing some sort of farmyard game, understanding animals, but this time it’s taken to the digital world. The best part, however, has to be the puzzles. They're as entertaining as physical puzzles and equally challenging.

5 Masha and the Bear Educational

Masha and the Bear Educational

Masha and the Bear Educational is a single app that has a lot of different mini-games within the app that showcase different learning skills. Masha and the Bear is a children's TV show, so this game has the two main characters of that TV show going on an adventure! On the main screen of the game, children can pick from a bunch of different categories; math-related games, spelling games, reading games, and even musical games. Each category then has a bunch of simple to play games within them, that showcase this skill. It's great for children who like playing a variety of games and jump between them quickly.

6 The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Based on the classic children’s book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar has a lot to offer in its 3D book form, providing a variety of games which help you learn to count, sort and about healthy eating (we wouldn’t want our caterpillar eating too many sweets!) Sprinkled between games are facts about real-life animals - which are just as fun to learn about after you’ve been playing.

This beautiful app is the equivalent of the physical 3D book, with pop-ups and what looks like stunning hand-drawn graphics. It's brilliant.

7 Coco – Educational Game

Coco – Educational Game

Another variety game for younger players, aged 5 to 10 years old, Coco focuses on a bunch of children’s puzzles, from math games to memory games to keep children entertained.

The interface for this game is quite soft in color and design, which is quite appealing for children both young and old, and the variety of puzzles and games are very nice - it is worth noting that the game does work for free for a week, then is subscription-based, depending on what you want to use it for.

8 Pinky the Hippo: In the Wild

Pinky the Hippo: In the Wild

Pinky the Hippo: In the Wild focuses on teaching children age two and up about colours, jungle animals, and languages. The interface is very child-friendly, with cute animals that can easily have their environment coloured and explored. You can see their shelters and their world, as well as learn about the noises they make. You can also learn different languages through the app, learning how words are said and should sound.

It's an app that will be well-liked by kids, with beautiful graphics and an entertaining play style. That's exactly what makes it one of the best educational kids games for iPhones even today.

9 Endless Alphabet

Endless Alphabet

Endless Alphabet is an interesting app where you are able to select a word, then watch the letters run away, and bring them back to place. These letters are lifelike, wiggling and attempting to get away, but once the word is complete, they all animate together and the game explains what the word means, teaching you exactly what you have been creating.

This is much more than teaching the alphabet. It brings a lot of joy to reading, so it's on our list of best educational kids games for iOS for a reason. Make sure you check it out.

10 Baby Panda's School Bus

Baby Panda's School Bus

Baby Panda's School Bus is a bright and colorful game that has children taking on a bunch of different puzzles, that they can learn from! The game has a big focus on buckling up and driving the bus around, going to various locations where mini-games are waiting. Your child will be taking children to the hospital for check ups, rescuing people who have gotten themselves into dangerous situations, and even bringing your car to a car wash! There are little mini-games around understanding numbers and colors, as well as learning day to day skills. It's a really well made kid's game!

11 Montessorium: Intro to Colors

Montessorium: Intro to Colors

A look into coloring, Montessorium: Intro to Colors aims to teach you the basic foundations of primary and secondary colors, shades, gradients, names of colors, mixing colors, and practicing fine motor skills. You are able to paint canvases, bringing the world to life in your own way. There are recaps throughout the app, testing to see if you can listen to the name of a color, find it, and select it.

This game is not only beautiful but also oddly satisfying. You'll get to enjoy a world filled with colour and gradients, and let's be honest - it is great for adults too (if you want a beautiful and relaxing game)!

12 Star Walk Kids: Astronomy Game

Star Walk Kids: Astronomy Game

Made for children aged 6 and above, Star Walk Kids teaches you more about the galaxy. Unlike other apps about the stars, this game is kid-friendly, providing a good interface for younger audiences. You can explore the solar system, see constellations, find the ISS and Hubble - as well as view different animated videos that give more facts and details about what can be found in outer space.

It’s a great dive into the world beyond ours. It should really be included on the list of educational games that you'd play with your kids on your iPhone.

13 Where's My Water? 2

Where's My Water? 2

What should you do when your kid does not want to play a regular educational game? That's right! You should find a game that will be both useful and exciting for your child. Where's My Water? 2 is a great game where your kid will have to solve puzzles and complete levels.

In the game, you will find more than 100 interesting levels, cute graphics, and an adorable soundtrack. Moreover, you will find challenge modes that make the puzzles more complicated for older children. Also, your kid can use the hints if he gets stuck.

14 Quick Math Jr.

Quick Math Jr.

Quick Math Jr. allows you to adjust the difficulty depending on the age, for 3 and up, learning through different maths games as you play. Questions can be answered in the form of multiple-choice or you can use your finger (or a stylist) to write in the answers, practicing handwriting as you learn.

Quick Math Jr. also has little monster characters that you can create, to help you connect with the games that you are playing. It's actually quite fun from an adult perspective and makes math pleasant and easy to learn for children.

15 Shape Gurus

Shape Gurus

Shape Gurus aims to teach younger children to identify shapes and place them into their slots, creating larger pictures that can then come to life. They can play mini-games where they must find the shape that doesn’t match the others and ones that can be sorted by size. Creating pictures is where the real fun begins, as shapes are placed into slots, creating more of a picture.

This is the ideal game for pre-schoolers, and it's easy to see why - it's simple to get into, it's fun, and it's highly educational. Everything you could want in one place.

16 Minecraft: Education Edition

Minecraft: Education Edition

Minecraft is a big platform that works like a game engine. Inside the game, you can make a bunch of different content, mechanics, and add interactive elements.

In addition, Minecraft is understandable to children. It is easy to learn due to its simplicity and accessibility, plus, it is convenient that the game has a large children's audience. That is why Minecraft has become a popular tool in education: it is a convenient platform for creating content, and the interest of children around the world in it is huge.

17 Math Bingo

Math Bingo

Math Bingo does exactly what the name says - allows younger children to play bingo by answering math questions and putting little bugs on the correct number of a bingo card. To make things more challenging, a timer can be added to see if you can answer the math question in a swift manner. Though the game itself is simple, it’s a fun way to practice mental math.

And with Math Bingo we are closing our list of best educational kids' games for iPhone and iPad! Hopefully, you found the games you were looking for on this list, and if you've got some more title suggestions for us, make sure to let us know!

18 Sago Mini World

Sago Mini World

Sago Mini World is a game full of games - with over 40 to choose from, there is a lot to keep a young one busy! Instead of focusing on Math and Reading skills, Sago Mini World focuses on understanding feelings and being accepting. There are diverse characters that your child can meet and help out. They can learn what makes characters happy and what makes them frustrated or upset. There is also a lot of freeform play, so kids can build confidence while playing this game!

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20 Teacher Approved iPad Apps for Kids

Preparing kids for the 21st century means exposing them to technology. And for many kids, that means spending some time on an iPad.  But what iPad apps are best for kids?

With so many iPad apps on the market for kids these days, it can be hard to know which ones are age-appropriate and purposeful, so I went on a hunt to gather together my favorite 20, teacher-approved suggestions.

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20 Teacher Approved iPad Apps for Kids

The list includes favorite math games, building apps, reading activities… loads of ideas that will keep kids entertained and learning at the same time!

Whether you’re looking for ways to incorporate iPads into your classroom or you need a quick way to entertain the kids on a long flight, these 20 teacher-approved iPad apps are sure to do the trick.

iPad Apps for Kids: Ages 3 to 5

Learn with Homer is one of those multi-purpose apps. It includes storybooks, learn to read games, drawing… but my favorite feature is its post office. Children can send and receive digital postcards from pre-approved family and friends. It’s a brilliant and easy way to encourage long distance communication with far away relatives.

I’m a big fan of the Words Their Way Spelling Program because of how nicely it identifies what kids already know and what skills they need to work on next. So I was thrilled when This Reading Mama developed an Alphabet Sounds Word Study app based on the series. It’s a perfect combo of motivating and developmentally-appropriate!

Another great iPad app for kids?  One of the most popular preschool apps on the market is ABC Mouse Early Learning Academy and there’s a good reason why. The engaging games take the guesswork out of teaching kids how to read – leading them through alphabet sounds, word families, sight words and more.

When kids are ready to learn about numbers ,  Kids Academy free apps  are a great way to go. The preschool-friendly lessons include games, stories and songs that help kids grow a strong number concept.

And speaking of math, kiddos will love learning about shapes and counting with Preschool Math · Basic Skills School . It won a Parent’s Choice Award so you know it’s good!

PBS KIDS offers a free app giving you access to their most popular kid-appropriate shows including “Curious George” and “Wild Kratts.”

Work on writing alphabet letters with a playful round of Trace it, Try it – Thomas Wilson . The program practices letter names, letter sounds and (of course!) letter writing at once. It’s a three-in-one!

Teacher approved iPad apps for kids. Lots of great ideas - math games, building projects, reading apps...

iPad Apps for Kids: Ages 5 to 8

Once kids tackle letter sounds, they’re ready to move on to reading short, three-letter words . This Reading Mama’s Short Vowel Word Study app is a motivating way to practice sounding and spelling CVC words. My kids could sit and play the games for hours if I’d let them!

Learn with Homer focuses on helping kids learn to read by providing entertaining storybooks, learn to read games and drawing activities. But what sets it apart is its digital post office where children can send and receive cards from pre-approved family and friends. It’s a genius way to get kids reading and writing!

Make building vocabulary a blast with Ellen Degeneres’ high energy game, Heads Up!

Practice reading sight words and writing alphabet letters with Ollie’s Handwriting & Phonics , a two-in-one app developed by a teacher.

Get kids excited about learning sight words by playing  Sight Words Ninja ! There’s an alphabet and number version, too!

Kids who love puzzles will go crazy for Free Flow – a pipe building game that challenges kids to connect matching dots with pipes to create a flow.

And speaking of building, Block Craft 3D gives young iPaders practice creating and growing cities . (My six year-old is obsessed with gaining villagers and adding to his virtual town!)

Sushi Monster makes math fact practice fun by having kids gobble plates of numbered sushi to make a target addition sum or multiplication product.

Work on memorizing multiplication facts as you play “Show Me” and “Peek” in the Multiplication Flashcard Quiz and Match Games App for 2nd graders and up .

For hours of entertainment on the go, play That’s Baloney! a kids’ quiz game filled with out of the box facts. Is the largest living spider a camel spider… or is that baloney?!

And finally, for those just-want-to-play kinda’ days, Despicable Me: Minion Rush and Crossy Road are guaranteed to be hits!

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Best ipad games for 3 year olds in 2023

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We recently recommended best app games for 4 year olds(educational)

As a follow-up, this article is a collection of the best ipad games for 3 year olds to keep your 3YO occupied for long periods(of time) including some of the best fun educational games on App Store.

Let’s get started!

Best ipad games for 3 year olds

This is one game that your child will never get tired of playing.

It has so many levels, games, and lessons that make learning fun(it not only teaches the alphabet and vocabulary but also math, arts/colors, and even music).

Download ABC Mouse app game

Busy Shapes 2

The ability of your child to see something and replicate it using his/her hand is very important (Eye-hand coordination, and fine motor skills).

With the puzzle game, this is sorted out.

Read its reviews or Download the game from AppStore.

Monkey Preschool Lunchbox

This is an educational and really funny game that will help your kid to identify colors, letters, and shapes.

In addition, he/she will start learning to count as well as spotting differences between objects and memorizing by sight as they help the monkey pack lunch!

My son’s favorite part of the app is that he gets rewarded with “stickers” after every couple of games.

Download Monkey Preschool Lunchbox app

Balloon Pop

This is another greatly entertaining app game that is easy to play for 3 year olds..

There’s never-ending fun as your child pops the colorful balloons while progressing through the many different levels(the challenges keep children immersed for long periods-of time just popping balloons).

Download Balloon Pop game app

This is a super fun free game(there are some cheap In-App Purchases however)  that your kid should not miss.

It is part of the immensely popular Toca Life World mega game app and kids enjoy it a lot -It is a simple app game and the child play by collecting other places and characters.

Bear in mind that even if it’s rated 4+ years, it can be perfectly played (and enjoyed) by most 3-year -olds.

Download Toca Boca game app

Daniel Tiger’s Day & Night

There are many interactive activities in the app and most kids favorite is setting the table and making the pancakes.

Kids also love brushing Daniel’s teeth and picking out his pajamas..

Honestly, your child will love everything within this app

Oh, and the app works without data/Wi-Fi access.

Download the app/read reviews

Your son/daughter is missing out if he/she has not tried this iPad game app.

What makes it such a fantastic app is the collection of some 40+ award-winning educational and fun games (in one app) meaning your kid is unlikely to ever get bored.

Additionally, the characters are super cute so your child will obviously love them, especially if he/she likes imaginative play.

Animals for Toddlers and Kids

This is another pretty engaging app about animals that can be an easy and playful way of educating your 3 year old son/daughter about different animals.

My son (3 year old) really loves the animal pictures and he tends to become deeply engrossed whenever he takes the book.

Remember the app also teaches kids different animals’ unique sounds!

PBS kids games

there’s no dull moment with PBS kids games as 240+ educational fun-filled games -from your kid’s favorite shows- are just mind-blowing.

Your son/daughter will thoroughly enjoy playing classic games like Wild Kratts, Daniel Tiger, Alma’s Way, Donkey Hodie, and more.

Thomas and friends-go go Thomas!

This is an exciting kiddos’ racing game whose graphics match the cartoon perfectly. It actually includes all their favorite Thomas characters

Another educational game we really like – it’s worth every penny (there’s a monthly subscription)

Just to be clear, it’s a comprehensive educational program whose numerous interesting activities make it so engaging.

Sago mini games

Your little one builds, creates, and pretends with this thoughtfully-designed collection of games that sparks curiosity.

He/she explores outer space, meets funny dinosaur friends, builds a robot, becomes a superhero, serves customers at a dinner, and more – all these in their whimsical world.

Best ipad games for 3 year olds-free games

Peekaboo barn life.

Here children learn about farm in a playful manner –from their names to sounds.

Remember that while peekaboo is a free game, you need to pay if you want to upgrade to the official Peekaboo Barn app(there are more kid-centric features).

This free games app is designed to help get your kiddo ready for school as they play- it teaches a lot of essential early learning concepts including letters (with Alphablocks) and numbers(with Numberblocks) in the two fun games.

This is a song-based app that uses music to teach and entertain children for free.

With Bingo ABC, your child will learn phonics while singing along to classic nursery rhymes and playing games on a colorful animated farm .

Animal Sounds

This is another app if you want your kid to learn about different wild animals..

There are more than 100 animal sounds(realistic sounds) and matching high resolution photos so it’s like taking your kid to the zoo from an iPad.

Best ipad games for 3 year olds – Conclusion

A good way of fighting boredom and learning for children these days is by playing games on digital devices.

The above are some of the best ipad games for 3 year olds that you can have your 3YO play for entertainment and learning whenever you want to keep him/her occupied.

Keep in mind that for the most part, 3YOs can play them pretty independently..

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5 Online Games for 3-Year-Olds

5 toy games for 3-year-olds, 5 board games for 3-year-olds, 5 card games for 3-year-olds, 5 active games for 3-year-olds.

As your precious little one grows, so does their amazing brain! At three years old, their brain is like a sponge, soaking up everything around them. It’s a fascinating time for their development, and the games you play with them can have a big impact.

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Did you know that during these early years, their brain is forming connections at an incredible pace? Did you know that 80% of a child’s brain develops during the first three years of their life? When your child’s brain produces excess synapses during the first three years, it becomes more responsive in later life. So it is important to stimulate the 3-year-old’s brain as much as possible. And there is nothing better than games for 3-year-olds to develop their mental and physical strength.

This article will take you on a stroll through the best 25 games for three-year-olds to improve their mental and physical abilities while keeping them fruitfully engaged.

25 Learning Games for 3-Year-Olds for Fun Learning and Entertainment

It is difficult to grab a three-year-old’s attention for a long time. They have the shortest attention span with interested in everything bright on Earth. Games for three-year-olds have to be fun yet educational. Here are the best games for 3-year-olds:

Young boy girl sitting in the living room playing games on tablets

We all love playing online games, and so do our kids. Online games are another reason for screen exposure for our kids and an opportunity for them to learn from it if we, as informed parents, choose the right games for our children. So, it is wise to allocate a portion of the screen time we have allotted for our kids to online learning games. Take a look at some of the best games available online.

1. SplashLearn

Preschool Learning Games for Kids

Skill: Math and reading skills

Price: Free for teachers and a 7-day free trial for parents. Subscription starts at $4.99 per month.

SplashLearn is one of the best games for 3-year-olds to improve their math and language skills . This platform has interactive visuals, sound quality, and a storyline to engage young children. All the games have a simple interface and language that toddlers can easily understand. In addition, this platform has several helpful resources for parents and teachers to educate young students, like blogs, research notes, curriculums, etc.

2. Balls and Boxes

Balls and boxes home page

Skill: Memory improvement 

Price: Free 

Balls and Boxes is a challenging and one of the many free games for 3-year-olds available online. It is an award-winning educational game that is easy to play but hard to get right. It has three boxes, and each box has a ball. The balls get shuffled at each level, and players must remember which ball belongs to which box. It is a great brain teasing game to improve your toddlers’ memory and overall brain development.

3. Create Mosaics

One of the Create Mosaics Puzzle

Skill: Memory and logical reasoning skills 

This free game for 3-year-olds online can help them learn colors and improve their logical skills. It is a simple grid of four and six different colors. Children have to follow the color grid and fill in the right colors in the large blank grid in the center of the screen. 

4. Counting Pizza Party

Counting pizza party dashboard

Skill: Counting skills 

Price: Monthly subscription starts at $8.00 per month

Counting Pizza Party is a fun game where kids make pizzas and improve their counting skills. They get to decide what type of pizza they want to make and select its topping as well. When the customers make a request, it is up to your child to get the correct amount for topping on their pizza.

5. Learning Shapes

Learning Shape homepage

Skill: Shapes

By playing this game, 3-year-olds can learn basic shapes with the help of animated characters such as squares, rectangles, circles, hearts, and so on. The game has two types of exercises – coloring and shape-recognising activities. 

After online games, let’s explore kids’ very first and favorite love, toys, and learning toy games for them.

A 3-year-old kid is exploring their world curiously. Everything from insects to planes piques their curiosity. In this arena, toys cater to their developmental needs and natural curiosity. Toy games provide them with sensory experiences, encourage imaginative play, and offer them a sense of control and mastery. They allow kids to mimic real-life situations, experiment, and create, fostering enjoyment and a sense of accomplishment. Following are some of the most amazing toy games filtered from a whole lot just for you!

6. Toddler Chicken Egg Toys

Skill: Color matching and motor skills

Price: $18.99

It is one of the top educational games for 3-year-olds and is perfect for stimulating their color senses and motor skills. This game is also ideal for children suffering from sensory disorders. This simple game can enhance their contextual understanding and color-matching skills.

7. The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game

Contents of The Sneaky Snacky squirrel game opened on a red table

Skill: Math skills, social and strategic planning 

Price: $15.79

A family of four can enjoy this strategic game and improve the mathematical skills of their toddlers. In this game, 3-year-olds will learn to win a game by feeding their squirrels first. The gameplay is simple — spin the spinner, squeeze the matching colored acorn with the squirrel squeezer, and place it into a log. This game involves multiple elements,  perfect for entertaining your toddler.

8. The Honey Bee Tree

Skill: Hand-eye coordination, strategic thinking, and dexterity

Price: $17.97

This honey bee game is educational and fun for a 3-year-old. Your toddler will experience thrill and excitement while removing leaves from the tree without disturbing the honey bees. Players who have fewer honey bees in their trays at the end will win this game. It is a strategic and sensory game that can develop your child’s brain and keep them entertained at the same time.

9. WinkleStar Dartboard

Skill: Motor skills, color matching, and identifying fishes

Price: $12.59

Unlike the traditional dart boards with sharp darts, this is a unique kids-friendly dartboard with round balls as darts. So, it is a completely safe and educational game for young children. The dartboard contains different colors, fish images, and patterns to improve toddlers’ color, shape, and print recognition skills. It is a perfect classroom and party learning game for 3-year-olds. 

10. Cootie Bug Building

An opened box of cootie Game

Skill: Color matching and motor skills 

Price: $8.99

Cootie is a classic educational game for three-year-olds. This is a fun party activity for toddlers to learn color-matching skills and improve their hand-eye coordination. Players have to spin the spinner and hope to land on the bug part they need to complete their Cootie bug. The player who builds the bug first wins the game.

Everyone has fond memories of playing board games as kids. Their popularity lies in their ability to create suspense and happy feelings in moments of victory.  Board games enhance children’s strategic thinking and problem-solving skills. Through them, kids also learn qualities like teamwork and sportsmanship. Now that we know how important board games are for children, let’s see a few best ones around.

11. Candy Land

The graphics on the board game Candy Land

Skill: Color matching and strategies 

Price: $12.99

Candy Land must have brought your childhood’s nostalgic memories back. It is a classic board game that every child has played. Over the years, different versions of the game have been created. But the traditional version with colored cards, sweet illustrations, and four gingerbread players is the best. Children must pick the cards and move their plastic players on the board to explore different landscapes and mountains while targeting the castle.

12. Chutes and Ladders: Peppa Pig Edition

Skill: Counting, addition, and color recognition 

Price: $9.99

Chutes and Ladders is the best party game for three-year-olds. Four players can play this game at one time. There are multiple versions of this game available today. So, based on your child’s interest, you can get the game. This game helps toddlers improve their counting and number-adding skills. Children have to spin the spinner and count numbers to move their player on the board squares and aim to reach the 100th square. This way, Chutes and Ladders inject a dose of thrill and excitement into the gameplay.

13. Magnetic Maze

Skill: Creativity, imagination, and motor skills

Price: $22.99

As the name suggests, it is a magnetic board with vibrant images and graphics. Your child has to use a magnetic ball to move it from point A to B while crossing a maze. Children will use their imagination and strategic skills to move balls in the magnetic maze. It is a simple game to stimulate imagination and creativity among toddlers.

14. Hi, Ho! Cherry-O

Skill: Math Skills

Price: $11.99

Hi Ho! Cherry-O is yet another classic board game for three-year-olds. In this game, children have to spin the wheel and pick cherries from the tree based on their instructions, like 1, 2, 3, etc. They will learn to read, count, add, and subtract while picking the cherries. 

15. Disney Classic Characters Matching

Skill: Identify similarities and differences

Price: $14.39

If your child is a big fan of Disney movies, this game is perfect for them. You will get 72 tiles with Disney character pictures like Mickey Mouse, Minnie, Dumbo, The Incredibles, Donald Duck, Goofy, etc. Children have to pick the matching photos and name the Disney character. You can also make this game fun by giving a time limit for finding the right Disney character match.

A kid holding 3 Aces of cards

Card games are ageless as much as they are entertaining. It is a perfect way to spend quality time with your friends and family. A session of card games builds memories you cherish for years to come. Kids can also be introduced to card games for their age and understanding. Card games often involve memory, math, and critical thinking, entertainingly enhancing cognitive skills. Let’s take a look at a few superb card games we have put together below!

16. Lingo Cards

A pack of lingo cards

Skill: Language and memory skills

Price: $14.99

Do you want to teach your mother tongue to your toddlers? If so, you can play lingo cards with them. These are regular 52 cards with two jokers. However, a phrase from your selected language will be printed on each card. So, you can show different cards to your children and teach them words with phonetic pronunciation. These lingo cards are available in various languages like Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, etc. 

17. Smack It!

A pack of Smack it cards

Skill: Memory and motor skills

Price: $6.99

It is a fast-paced and rowdy card game for three-year-olds. Your entire family can play this game together and spend some quality time. Players must sit in a circle and swiftly swipe cards in the center. But they must remember when to say smack it and win the game. These cards are also perfect for playing classic games like wars and Slapjack. 

18. Gimme 5

One of the Gimme 5 card games pack

Skill: Counting and patterns

Price: $4.99

This game is a toddler version of Snap. It has a hundred colorful cards that you can divide equally among your toddlers and let them put cards individually in the center pile. However, they will try to use their power cards to make their opponent give away their card as a punishment. It is the perfect classroom card game you can play with over ten kids.

19. Steal The Bacon

Steal the Bacon pack of cards and two open cards from the pack on a table

Skill: Matching skills 

Steal The Bacon is the tastiest fun game for 3-year-olds. This card game contains delicious breakfast cards like pancakes, bacon, etc. Players have to match breakfast cards, and when their breakfast plate matches their opponent, they rush to steal the bacon from their plate. The player who steals the bacon first obviously wins the game.

Blink cards pack opened on a table

Skill: Matching and memory skills

Price: $9.94

BLINK is a fast-paced family card game. In this game, two players race against one another and try to match different colors, shapes, and counts of two cards. You can play a card with four yellow stars on any card with yellow symbols (color), on a card with any number of stars (shape), or a card with four symbols of any kind (count).

It’s a game of speed & focuses with no reading or counting, so it’s perfect for young children.

Adult leading small child up a sloped wooden branch

“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”

Yes, active games make children anything but dull. When children involve themselves in active play, they experience an adrenaline rush that makes them more robust, confident, and intelligent. Therefore, there should be no undermining of physically active play for children. Qualities a child does not learn in the physical constraints of a classroom; he learns effortlessly in the playground. Following are a few great active games for 3-year-olds:

Parts of the game Elefun

Price: $26.99

Elefun is a cute elephant that produces butterflies from its trunk. It is the best activity game for toddlers. The game is pretty simple, you have to plugin the Elefun, and it will first produce a trumpet sound before throwing butterflies out of its trunk. After that, children can use a net to catch butterflies, and the one who catches the most butterflies will win the game. With this game, you will get 20 butterflies and three nets. So, three-year-olds can play this game with their friends and do some physical activity.

22. Toy Rocket Launcher

Skill: STEM skills

Price: $19.99

For unlimited outdoor entertainment, you can give this toy rocket launcher to your toddler. It is not only a fun toy to create foam rockets. It is a scientific and technical toy that teaches children how to apply the right amount of pressure at the right angle to fly a rocket. Also, assembling this toy rocket requires some basic engineering skills. So, if you have a little engineer or scientist in your family, you should definitely play this activity game with them.

23. RaboSky Bean Bag Toss

Parts of the game Rabosky Bean Bag Toss

Skill: Motor skills and important sensory development

Price: $24.99

When toddlers toss bean bags into the interactive holes, this will not only improve their motor skills. But it will also improve their tracking, visual, coordination, and aiming skills. It is a perfect party and classroom game to keep energetic three-year-olds active all day.

24. Whack A Mole Game

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Skill: Motor skills  

Price: $38.99

Whack A Mole Game is the best educational and entertaining game for 3-year-olds. It is an electronic game that automatically pops up moles, and children have to use hammers to whack them all. You can set the game’s speed based on your child’s ability. It is also available in eight languages that help improve language skills among children. With hand and eye coordination improvement, this game improves visual and tactical senses in young children.

25. Hover Ball

Skill: Motor skills

Price: $45.95

To tire out energetic toddlers, this is the perfect indoor soccer game. It is a football, but it is made of foam and travels in the air. Kids will have a blast kicking around this hover ball. The best thing about this ball is that it travels in the air. Therefore, it is perfect for playing indoors without breaking anything.

“Play is the primary way children were designed to learn” – Kathy Hersh-Pasek and Roberta Golinkoff

These captivating learning games are tailored for the enjoyment of 3-year-olds . They effectively blend education with entertainment, ranging from engaging board games to interactive online experiences. With a variety of options available, some offered at no cost while others require a fee, you can immerse your toddlers in these games and witness their developmental progress firsthand.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can i pick the best games for my three year olds.

While selecting the best games for three-year-olds, check the educational and entertainment levels in the game. The game should teach a skill or value to children. In addition, it is an advantage to have some entertainment value in the game because it is hard to retain the attention of young children.

Should I allow my kids to play online games?

Online games are helpful to entertain and educate children when parents are busy with other errands. Having said that, monitoring your child’s screen time is equally essential.

How many hours of play does a 3 year old need?

Toddlers should be allowed at least one hour of free, unstructured play and at least half an hour of structured adult-led structured play.

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While limiting screen time for kids is essential to help protect their mental health and social skills, it is also just as vital to ensure that the time they spend with their devices is worthwhile. This is where iPhone and iPad educational games come into play. Luckily, agencies like Diversido help businesses and startups roll out interactive educational platforms, learning management systems, online education platforms, classroom management solutions, and more.

This piece looks at some of the best educational iPad and iPhone games from the top developers to help kids effectively learn through their devices.

Age : 4+ |  Price : free (first 14 days)

This app from Tappity, inc. provides an interactive science education experience for kids, with over 100 topics on the human body, animals, earth, weather, and space. The lessons are divided according to age. Moreover, parents receive newsletters detailing their kid’s progress and may be invited to join the class. The app is free to download and provides a 14-day grace period before membership fees are activated. According to the App Store , users get 10 payment options ranging from $14.99 for a month to $164.99 for quarterly membership.

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Khan Academy

Age : 4+ |  Price : Free

A great companion for teachers, the Khan Academy app helps introduce, practice, and review topics. It primarily focuses on sciences but also features reading, math, history, economics, and more. The content is organized by course and grade level, which makes it easy to use according to the student’s skills l. Khan Academy also allows to track your progress and pick up where you left off. Moreover, it comes in at least 19 languages, which makes it one of the most considerate educational mobile games.

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Shape Gurus

Age: 4+ |  Price : $2.99  

Shape Gurus is a charming app that takes children through a short journey of learning basic shapes, colors, and sizes. It helps foster problem-solving and thinking skills by requiring kids to sort, classify, and match shapes. It features apparent audio and brightly colored objects, such as flowers built from various forms, while the scenes transition smoothly from one to another. The app may be used at home by the kid or in a classroom setting to complement the teacher’s work. Conveniently, Shape Gurus comes in 12 languages.

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Montessorium: Intro to Colors

Drawing inspiration from the colorful Montessori tablets, this app helps teach the basics of colors, including:

  • Primary and secondary colors
  • Shades and gradients
  • Identification, matching, and naming of colors
  • Mixing, painting, and creating colors
  • Fine motor skills

The app employs voice narration and dragging functions to ensure usability. Moreover, it is one of the most accessible educational iPad games, delivered free of charge in 11 languages.

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Star Walk Kids: Astronomy Game

This game brings astronomy to life inside and outside the classroom through a virtual planetarium. Pointing the iPad or iPhone towards the sky brings up a map that matches the view of the stars from the user’s location. The app also has a compass to help find North, and an icon at the top-left corner provides facts about space. Moreover, the app is free, and it only takes an extra $0.99 to remove the ads. Users also get a choice of 11 languages.

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Age : 4+ |  Price : $2.99

Math Bingo is a compact educational app that bundles the usual addition, subtraction, division, and multiplication practices into an interactive game in three modes — easy, medium, and hard. The easiest level has single-digit problems, while the hardest features three digits and includes products. Players get a “BINGO” shout-out when they successfully answer five questions. As for your language choices, however, you only get English.

Coding for Kids: Learn to Code

Age : 4+ |  Price : Free with in-app purchases

This award-winning educational program teaches kids the basics of coding with the help of over 200 interactive games, such as firefighting, playing dentist, popping balloons, and solving puzzles. It is tailored to help with problem-solving, memory, and logical thinking. Among the concepts kids get to learn are:

  • Coordinates

Although the game is free to download in the Apple Store , it includes in-app purchases ranging from £1.79 to £78.99.  

Yousician is a personal music teacher app built on the belief that learning needs to be fun. It focuses on the guitar but also has piano, bass, and singing lessons. Getting started on the app begins with selecting the primary instrument and testing the user’s skill level. It is an excellent app for beginners, self-learners, advanced musicians, and music teachers. Additionally, users get a choice of 11 languages. The only caveat is that Yousician involves costly subscriptions, ranging from $19.99 a month to $179 a year.

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MentalUP Educational Games

As the name suggests, this app is all about mental training. It provides entertaining and scientific iPad games that can be personalized according to the child’s age, level of education, and performance. The app features over 100 games, including math quizzes, brain games, memory games, IQ games and tests, daily learning workouts, logic games, etc. Language options include English, Spanish, Turkish, German, and Portuguese. Although it is free to download, in-app purchases range from $13.99 to $89.99.  

World Geography Quiz Game

A great learning companion in and out of class, the World Geography Quiz Game helps kids learn about countries through 26 topics, including flags, languages, religion, population, heads of state, currencies, and more. It also allows for competitions with other players around the world. The target users are kids aged four years and older, but the app pairs best with grades 4-10. In-app purchases are affordable, including options such as 1,000 hints for $2.99 and topic unlock for $3.99. The app is available in 22 languages.

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The iPad can be the ultimate family entertainment system, with tons of games and entertaining apps that are perfect for kids of all ages. Every game for iOS has a minimum age rating so that you can tell if the game is right for your child.

Many games are free downloads that offer in-app purchases. Other games cost between $.99 and $2.99, with the expensive games rarely going for more than $6, so you don't have to break into your kids' piggy bank to pay for their entertainment.

Turn off in-app purchases before installing games on iPad for your kids. Some games can seem like a great deal until you get the bill with the in-app purchases. If you're looking for virtual reality games for kids, there's a list for that , too.

Candy Crush Saga

Fantastic artwork and unique board designs.

Hundreds of new stages.

A great take on the classic matching game.

It's easy to break the piggy bank on in-app purchases.

Some levels are nearly impossible to pass.

Cost of gold has risen, but the prizes have been reduced.

Appropriate for kids ages 4 and older.

Candy Crush has taken on a life of its own since its release. It mixes the classic connect-the-matching-symbols gameplay with everyone's favorite pastime: eating candy. Candy Crush Saga is good for toddlers, too, because just tapping the screen results in a lot of graphical fun. Older kids will enjoy the puzzles the game presents, and even adults will find it engaging.

Candy Crush is a free download with in-app purchases available.

Minion Rush

Great costumes.

3D environments based on scenes from the Despicable Me movies.

Download and play for free.

Can be glitchy.

Updates may wipe out progress.

Slow play without certain minions.

Appropriate for kids ages 9 and older.

The endless runner game has exploded since Temple Rush hit the app store, and although many games in this genre are just Temple Rush with new graphics or a new theme, Minion Rush adds fun new gameplay mechanics and includes the humorous charm of those cute little minions. Kids will enjoy this game because it's quick to play and fun to compete for the highest score.

Minion Rush is a free download with in-app purchases available.

Miracle Merchant

Great graphics and music.

Challenging daily tasks.

Solitaire-style gameplay.

Tutorial not much help.

Could use more variety.

Too difficult for younger children.

Appropriate for kids ages 12 and older.

Miracle Merchant players are apprentices of a master alchemist, where they learn to mix and match different ingredient cards to make potions for their customers. The cards change daily, and daily tasks keep players coming back for more. The gameplay is Solitaire-style and offers amazing graphics and fun music. The basics of the game are easy to learn, but mastering it is difficult.

Miracle Merchant is a free download with in-app purchases available.

Fruit Ninja 2

Fantastic graphics and sound effects.

Modes give lots of play options.

Solid folllowup to the original Fruit Ninja.

The game is a bit buggy.

Lots of ads, especially at higher levels.

Some in-app purchases reach $30.

Few games have as many customer reviews as Fruit Ninja 2 and manage to stay above 4 stars, and there's a reason for that. Fruit Ninja 2 is good old-fashioned slicing and dicing fun, with a simple concept and yet enough challenge to keep kids swiping. The goal: Slice as much fruit as you can without slicing through a bomb and blowing your virtual finger off.

Fruit Ninja 2 is a free download with in-app purchases available.

Alto's Adventure

Gorgeous graphics.

Play as a snowboarder on never-ending mountains.

Interesting story line.

Is difficult in places.

More characters would be nice.

Alto's Adventure is a infinite runner-type game, where the player is on a snowboard racing down mountains and doing backflips. The game is not too hard and not too easy. The graphics are stunning and the story is interesting, if limited. This app is designated as an Editors' Choice game by Apple.

Alto's Adventure costs $4.99.

Where's My Water?

More than 200 puzzles for hours of gameplay.

Water moves realistically.

Easy-to-use controls.

Syncing with iCloud can be glitchy.

Paid app with in-app purchases.

Need in-app purchases for the best experience.

If cleanliness is next to godliness, Swampy is going to make one fun little deity. Rather than slinging birds at boards and stones, Where's My Water? concentrates on teaching kids the value of bathing by helping Swampy the alligator stay clean despite the actions of Cranky, the antagonist of this story. Where's My Water? is one of the best games for kids on the iPad.

Where's My Water? costs $1.99 and offers in-app purchases.

Cut the Rope GOLD

Outstanding graphics.

Great way to learn about physics.

Lots of levels to keep you interested.

Difficult for children under 10, despite the rating.

Paid app contains ads.

Om Nom loves his candy, but he needs a little help getting it. Cut the Rope GOLD is a physics puzzle game in which kids use ropes to move a piece of candy, swinging it across the screen and — with luck — into Om Nom's mouth. Fortunately, it's not as simple as it sounds, forcing kids to think about how to get past the various obstacles standing between Om Nom and his candy.

Cut the Rope GOLD costs $1.99 and offers in-app purchases.

Slice Fractions

Playful learning at its best.

Best for kids aged 5 to 12.

Teaches important math concepts.

Challenging for kids under 6.

Difficult for kids who learn by listening.

Some levels require abstract thinking.

Many kid-friendly games are about having fun, not about learning something new. Plenty of educational apps in the App Store can engage a child's mind, but when a game blends having fun with learning, it definitely deserves a mention on this list.

Slice Fractions manages to capture fun inside a game that's all about learning fractions. It's ideal for kids who are ready to move beyond whole numbers and conquer division.

Slice Fractions costs $3.99.

Bubble Ball

Create your own levels or play levels created by others.

A fun way to learn physics.

The first 48 levels are free.

Won't challenge older kids.

Graphics aren't terribly sophisticated.

Rudimentary user interface.

What do you get when you have an addictive physics-based puzzle game made by a kid rather than just for kids? You get Bubble Ball. Developed by 14-year-old Robert Nay, Bubble Ball enjoyed a million downloads in its first two weeks on the App Store. The game doesn't have the fun graphics found in titles like Cut the Rope and Fruit Ninja, but it does contain engaging play that will please puzzle lovers ages 4 to 94.

Bubble Ball is a free download with in-app purchases available.

AniMatch: Animal Matching Game

Great sound effects.

Really holds young kids' attention.

A great spin on the classic memory game.

Can't turn off sounds.

Not updated recently.

Appropriate for kids ages 2-3.

Would a list of the iPad games for kids be complete without a matching game? Whether you use playing cards spread out on a table or cute animals aligned on a tablet, there's just something about matching up pictures that can delight your little ones. AniMatch: Animal Matching Game is a great iPad game that a two- or three-year-old can enjoy — if you can get the iPad away from the older kids.

AniMatch: Animal Matching Game costs $0.99.

Drawing Pad

Has just about every drawing tool you can think of.

Print, share, and save your kids' drawings.

Great for kids of all ages.

The app can be unstable.

Parent's need to monitor the app's access to social media sites.

Can be challenging to fine-tune colors.

Last on this list is an app that's not a game. Drawing Pad is simply a vehicle for an activities that all kids enjoy: drawing and using their imagination. Not only can your kids use the virtual crayons in Drawing Pad , but they can save their work and even share it by email or on social media.

Drawing Pad costs $5.99 and offers in-app purchases.

As of 2022, of the almost 3.6 million apps at the App Store, 984,000 are games. Games are the most popular App Store category and are downloaded twice as much as the 2nd most popular category (business).

Of all the apps at the App Store, 92.3 percent are free downloads (many with optional in-app purchases). The average price for an game that isn't free is under $3.

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Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is a dialed-down version of New Horizons, but still fun to play.

If you're looking for kid-friendly games, you might not know where to start. And how can you be sure what's safe and age-appropriate? 

We've got you covered with a list of the 30 best iPad games for kids, with Apple's age rating for each (scroll further down for games for older kids, even though a lot of the games for ages 4 and up would be fun for kids of all ages). Some, but not all, of these iPad games are available as part of Apple's $5 a month mobile gaming subscription service, Apple Arcade . Others are available to download free or for a price in the App Store.

Ages 4 and up

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Monument Valley

In Monument Valley, you must help Princess Ida on a mission through Monument Valley -- a world of mazes, crow people and strange, impossible structures. The game uses the way you interact with the environment to play with perspective and reveal pathways. The artwork is also absolutely beautiful. 

If you like this one, the studio has a sequel -- Monument Valley 2 ($5) -- which stands on its own as an original story and takes a step forward as a more sophisticated narrative and style. In this one, you must guide Ro and her child through Monument Valley. 

Monument Valley and Monument Valley 2 are both available on Apple Arcade as well.

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Way of the Turtle

Available through apple arcade subscription ($5 a month).

Way of the Turtle is a cute, colorful, single-player platform game. Navigate a beach obstacle course and gather coins while avoiding traps. As you continue, you'll earn shells that give you more abilities. The only trouble is that Mr. Turtle never stops moving, which might make him difficult to maneuver sometimes. 

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Fledgling Heroes

Take to the skies as Biscuit the Brave, a young macaw, in this tropical platform game. Tapping the screen makes Biscuit fly. Too much tapping sends the macaw too high, while not enough tapping drops him too low. You must maintain the right altitude to avoid enemies and obstacles while collecting coins. As you explore more islands, you'll learn tricks and meet different characters including Penny the Penguin, who wants to be a pirate. 

Read more: The 10 best iPad apps of the past decade

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Crayola Create and Play

Crayola Create and Play is loaded with fun features like coloring pages, tending to in-game creatures and plants, learning and arcade-style games, puzzles, and more. It encourages creativity and curiosity with digital versions of Crayola art supplies (remember stamp markers?), while encouraging kids to think about letters, numbers, problem solving and more. There are no "wrong" answers, just creativity. You can also find Crayola Create and Play in the App Store, but you'll encounter in-app purchases and ads.

Pok Pok Playroom

Available through pok pok subscription ($4 a month).

Pok Pok Playroom includes a collection of digital toys and activities that encourage cognitive and socio-emotional development, according to the team, with no winning or losing. The app includes colorful activities like a mix-and-match block game, a drawing pad, and a Busy Board packed with buttons, switches, bells and musical blobs. Pok Pok Playroom also has sections called Town, Forest and House, which further encourage exploration, curiosity and learning.

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Run Sackboy! Run

Price: free.

Run Sackboy! Run is the mobile version of the Little Big Planet game series. It's a cute endless runner platformer in the original game's unique crafted-materials style. As you run, you can collect coins, bubbles and stickers to ultimately increase your score. Each level adds on different tasks, like jumping or dashing a certain amount of times. 

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Eloh is a visually beautiful musical puzzle game that teases your brain without stressing you out. Each level features island spirits that you can move. Once you get them into the right spot, tap the red speaker and music will start. The goal is to bounce the "sound waves" off the spirits and hit the spiral icon, kind of like banking a shot in billiards. 

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Frogger in Toytown

Embark on a quest inside a human's house to rescue lost "froglets" after they're blown away in a storm. You'll navigate a toy-filled terrain -- avoid toy cars, climb block buildings and collect jelly beans to save the froglets. When you rescue a froglet, it hops on Frogger's back, which is just as cute as it sounds. Carrying the froglets adds an extra challenge during the obstacle courses because they can fall off. If you liked the old-school Frogger, this game's worth a look. 

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Enchanted World

The Enchanted World is about a young fairy whose world is wrecked by dark forces. You'll help her on a journey to repair and heal what's been damaged. With guidance from a red songbird along the way, you'll get help from a web-spinning spider, quirky robots, a hungry frog and others. Through sliding block-style gameplay , you'll redirect rivers, mend tree roots, rearrange gears on a factory floor and save your world from the darkness. 

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Rayman Adventures

There are a number of Rayman games that have come out over the years, but there's a free mobile version called Rayman Adventures that your kids can try out. Adventures is an endless runner where players must find all the Ancient Eggs that keep the Sacred Tree alive. 

Read more: 11 nostalgic games to play on Apple Arcade if you miss your childhood

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Sneaky Sasquatch

Available through apple arcade subscription ($5 a month.

In the infectiously cute game Sneaky Sasquatch, you'll play just that: A sneaky sasquatch. But you also get help from a clever raccoon. Sneak into the campsite and fill your backpack with snacks. Sometimes other animals, like the snoozing bear, are willing to pay for some picnic leftovers. You can use the money at the raccoon's shop. Just make sure you tip-toe so you don't get caught by the surly park ranger or scare any campers. 

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Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp

In Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp -- the free mobile version of the original simulation game -- you're in charge of a campsite -- craft furniture, personalize your tent and customize your camper. You can travel to different recreation spots, meet animals and grow your friendships in exchange for rewards. While you're visiting, you can fish, gather fruit and collect bugs to trade later. All the friends you make can visit your campsite, too. 

Pocket Camp also offers a smaller world to manage compared with New Horizons. In addition, the tasks are easier on the mobile version, and update daily. Essentially, you're getting big rewards for picking up everything on the ground and shaking all the trees.

Pocket Camp also offers a smaller world to manage compared with New Horizons. In addition, the tasks are easier on the mobile version and update daily. Essentially, you're getting big rewards for picking up everything on the ground and shaking all the trees. It definitely helped me scratch the FOMO itch when most of my friends were playing Animal Crossing over the summer. 

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Doomsday Vault

In this WALL-E style puzzle game, the Earth's climate has collapsed and you must rescue the remaining plant life. Explore what's left of the planet in your robot suit, collect plant life and return it safely to the Doomsday Vault. Just be careful -- there are AI bots that were left behind motivated by sentiments of corporate greed.  

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Inbento is an adorable puzzle game about cats and bento boxes. Relax with these cute Japanese lunch box brainteasers. Rearrange the food to match the recipe to complete the box. Each level gets a little more difficult, but the whole game is set to soothing music. There are over 100 levels to beat and extra-challenging bonus levels. 

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Gorogoa is a gorgeous puzzle game with an accompanying narrative. It's all hand-drawn panels that players have to combine in a certain way to solve the level. It's hard to explain this one without playing it yourself. The more puzzles you play, the more your mind acclimates to the puzzle style. Gorogoa transports players between realities full of strange creatures. Reviews suggest playing it multiple times for better understanding. 

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The Pinball Wizard

In The Pinball Wizard, you play as a young apprentice who must bring peace back to your homeland by restoring a lost treasure in a high tower. Along the way, you must defeat enemies and collect keys to find the next room. The game works like a pinball game: The higher you go, the more health you lose if you fall out of the ring. 

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Fruit Ninja

Fruit Ninja is an oldie but a goody. It's a simple concept -- as fruit is tossed up on the screen, you use your finger to slice it up as fast as you can. Just watch out for the bombs that start getting tossed into the mix as well. It's a fun way to pass the time and has different modes to play in, like Zen, where there's no bombs, but it's timed. If you lose on a level, you can sacrifice a life to continue, or watch an ad to progress for free.  

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Donut County

This is an adorable, creative game. Donut County is taken over by raccoons who are stealing everyone's trash with remote-controlled holes. You play as the hole. The game's story takes a turn when one of the raccoons falls into the hole he's operating and has to answer for his actions. The trouble is, the holes keep growing and won't stop until the whole county has been gobbled up.

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Spongebob: Patty Pursuit

Spongebob: Patty Pursuit is a fun platformer that takes you through the Spongebob universe. Jump on trampolines, speed down ziplines, avoid jellyfish, and collect coins and spatulas along the way to foil the infamous mini-villain Plankton's plans to steal the Krabby Patty secret formula. It's up to SpongeBob and his friends -- Patrick, Sandy, Squidward, Gary the Snail and Mr. Krabs -- to stop him. 

Age 9 and up

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Blocky world-building game Minecraft lets players explore, gather resources, craft tools and engage in some mild combat. The game has different modes -- survival, creative, adventure, spectator and multiplayer -- so you have flexibility in how you play. For younger players, Minecraft teaches teamwork and the motivation to improve reading and math skills on top of creativity and self-direction. 

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Down in Bermuda

A pilot named Milton crashes on a seemingly deserted island in Bermuda, where you must help him discover the island's secrets and solve puzzles to find a way home. It's a cute, colorful game that's perfect for just about everyone. I liked that there was just enough mystery and story mixed in with puzzle-solving. 

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The Crossy Road series

The original Crossy Road asks the question "why did the chicken cross the road?" in the form of a classic infinite runner game. Think Frogger meets Flappy Bird. Crossy Road Castle joined Apple Arcade in February 2020, which adds a platforming element to the gameplay. 

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If you grew up in the '90s, you might remember this game. You must guide the Zoombinis out of the evil Bloats' clutches and home to Zoombiniville. Each of the 12 levels such as Allergic Cliffs, Stone Cold Caves and Pizza Pass get progressively more challenging, with kids using logic and pattern identification to win. 

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Lego Brawls

The Lego brand has stood the test of time, making the jump from plastic blocks to the silver screen to video games . Lego Brawls is a mobile fighting game that's easy to start playing. The game offers countless ways to create your Lego character in a fast-paced 4v4 multiplayer. Every stage of the game brings new challenges, goals and quirky power-ups, like a pie launcher, a cactus suit, a snake car or a hot dog stand. Jump into a party, join a brawl or keep training.

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Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm

Oceanhorn 2 is an open-world action fantasy RPG that tells the story of a young knight on a quest with his friends to save the world from an evil warlock. The knight ventures out with Trin, the granddaughter of Arcadia's leader Archimedes, and Gen, a robot armed with a Samurai weapon. The trio must unite with the Owrus, Gillfolk and others to save the world from Warlock Mesmeroth's Dark Army.

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Alto's Adventure Price: $5

Alto's Adventure is to endless runners what Monument Valley is to puzzle games. The game puts a new twist on sports adventure as you -- as Alto -- snowboard across scenic hills, down gorgeous mountainsides and through villages with day-to-night transitions. It's all set to a lovely soundtrack as well. Rescue animals, collect coins, outsmart mountain elders and brave the weather along the way.

You can also check out Alto's Odyssey ($5), the studio's follow-up game, as well as Alto's Odyssey: The Lost City, on Apple Arcade.  

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Terraria  is similar to Minecraft, but it's 2D. You create a character, select your world size and start harvesting resources to craft items. Once you get a home, a worktable and a torch, the game really picks up. With a light, you can go underground and start mining resources there, in addition to treasure chests that can contain gear upgrades, and life crystals to raise your health. It's a pretty big open-world game and there are enemies you'll encounter, but if you die, you'll respawn with all your loot, sans a few coins. 

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Butter Royale

Butter Royale is like Fortnite with food. The game is set in the near future, where weapons have been banned globally. In a cafe, a food fight erupted after two patrons began arguing over the last chocolate doughnut. Sensing an opportunity to capitalize on people's tension, mysterious company Butter Co. created a game show called Butter Royale. Contestants are air-dropped onto an island to duke it out with food. After upgrading from stale baguettes to Nutritionally Operated Machines, or NOMs, players engage in "culinary combat," and try to outrun floods of butter and get to safe zones in 5-minute matches.

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Age 12 and up

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Miracle Merchant

This game caught my attention because it reminded me of the Adventure Time cartoon. Miracle Merchant is solitaire meets potion brewing with a cast of zany, colorful characters. All your "potion ingredients" are in the card decks and organized by color, a potion is a mix of four cards. How well you mix the potion -- your arrangement of cards -- determines how much money it's worth. It's a fun, unintimidating problem-solving game. 

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Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley is a comfort classic in the vein of Animal Crossing . In the Super Nintendo-style simulation RPG, you've inherited your grandfather's farm plot in Stardew Valley. Start out with little money and old tools, then work your way up from there. You'll farm, live off the land as you see fit, explore Pelican Town and befriend its residents, search for treasure, decorate your home and maybe even fall in love.

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The Best iPad Games for Kids: Engaging Picks

Best Ipad Games For Kids

Selecting the best iPad games for kids can be a thrilling pursuit, offering a variety of digital playgrounds that cater to different interests and developmental stages. The iPad’s intuitive touchscreen and the vast selection of apps available through the App Store make it an ideal platform for child-friendly gaming. From colorful puzzles that challenge young minds to interactive storybooks that bring beloved characters to life, the options are extensive.

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In navigating through the sea of gaming apps, parents and caregivers aim to find titles that not only entertain but also contribute positively to a child’s growth. Educational games can bolster learning, while creative apps let imagination soar. It’s important to remember that the best games are those that align with your child’s interests, encourage their creativity, and conform to your expectations of screen time and educational value.

Key Takeaways

  • A diverse selection of iPad games for kids offers both entertainment and educational benefits.
  • It’s crucial to choose games that align with a child’s interest and developmental needs.
  • Ensuring a safe and positive gaming experience requires careful selection and management of content.

Choosing the Best iPad Games for Kids

When selecting iPad games for your child, it’s crucial to find ones that are entertaining yet safe and educationally beneficial .

Factors to Consider

As you browse through the plethora of iPad game options, remember your primary goal is to find games that align with your child’s interests while contributing positively to their development. Use the following points to guide your decision:

  • Educational Value : Choose games that offer a chance to learn new skills or practice existing ones in subjects like math, language, and logic.
  • Engagement Level : Look for games that hold your child’s attention with interactive features or storylines they find compelling.
  • Safety : Ensure the game has safety features in place to protect your child’s privacy and prevent unsupervised in-app purchases.
  • Social Aspect : Consider if the game provides social interaction in a controlled environment for age-appropriate communication.
  • Content Appropriateness : The game’s content should be suitable for a child’s age without any mature themes.

Understanding Age Ratings

Age ratings provide guidance to help you determine if a game’s content is appropriate for your child’s age group. Here’s how to interpret these ratings:

  • Rated 4+ : These games contain no objectionable material and are considered suitable for all ages, including young children.
  • Rated 9+ : Games may contain mild cartoon or fantasy violence, but lack mature content, making them fitting for children aged 9 and up.
  • Rated 12+ : Such games might have infrequent mild violence, mild language, or minimal suggestive themes.
  • Rated 17+ : These are intended for adults or older teens, containing frequent mature or intense themes.

Remember, while these ratings serve as a useful guide, your personal judgment as a parent is paramount; you know your child’s sensitivity and maturity levels best. Use age ratings alongside your own discretion to make informed decisions about which iPad games to allow for your kid.

Educational Games and Learning Apps

To guide your child towards productive screen time, focus on educational games and learning apps that sharpen cognition and encourage creativity. These handpicked apps cover essential academic domains while making learning an enjoyable experience.

Math and Logic Skills

Math Bingo engages your child with fun math challenges that improve calculation skills through exciting bingo games. The game caters to different proficiency levels, ensuring a progressive learning curve in addition , subtraction , multiplication , and fractions . For honing logic and pattern recognition, Cut the Rope presents physics-based puzzles that require strategic thinking and planning.

Reading and Language Arts

Reading Eggs helps your child develop literacy skills with interactive reading activities. The app is full of colorful animations and fun characters that teach phonics, vocabulary, and comprehension. Games like Dino Tim blend learning with play to assist with recognizing colors , shapes , and basic reading skills, appropriate for young learners.

Science and Nature Discovery

Explore the solar system and the planets with Star Walk Kids —an astronomical app that makes discovering the cosmos interactive and educational. To foster a love for biology and ecology, Toca Nature allows children to create and explore virtual ecosystems, understanding the interconnectedness of different species and habitats.

Coding and Problem Solving

Developing coding skills early on can be advantageous, and apps like ScratchJr introduce programming in a visual, impactful way. Your child can create interactive stories and games while mastering the basics of coding. For older kids, Lightbot offers a series of problem-solving puzzles that teach programming logic without the need for prior coding knowledge.

Creative and Artistic Games

Engaging with creative and artistic games on the iPad can significantly enhance your child’s development in areas like creativity and sensory recognition. These games often incorporate elements of music, sounds, and a vast palette of colors to offer an enriching experience.

Music and Sound Exploration

Discovering the world of music and sound is an intuitive and fun experience on the iPad. With apps that are designed to teach basic music theory and sounds, your child can enjoy interactive compositions.

  • Toca Band : In Toca Band, your child can experiment with different sounds and instruments, understanding how they combine to create music.
  • Musical Me : This app focuses on developing your child’s understanding of rhythm, pitch, and notes through engaging games and activities.

Drawing and Coloring Tools

iPad apps that offer drawing and coloring tools encourage imagination and help improve motor skills. These apps also help children understand the relationship between colors and their creative choices.

  • Procreate for Kids : A simplified version of the professional drawing app, allowing for easy sketching with a variety of brushes and colors.
  • Coloring Book for Creative Kids : With a variety of images and an unlimited color wheel, this app ensures your child can express their artistic flair freely.

Adventure and Role-Playing Games

iPad games in the adventure and role-playing genre provide a unique blend of storytelling and interactive gameplay. You can expect to be wholly engaged with rich narratives and character development as you embark on quests and adventures.

Fantasy and Storytelling

The realm of fantasy in iPad games often transports you to worlds filled with magic, mythical beasts, and intricate plots. Games like Dragon Quest series offer a classic RPG experience, where your actions directly influence the story’s outcome. Oceanhorn thrusts you into an expansive sea where you uncover the mysteries of ancient kingdoms. The narrative depth in these games ensures you’re not just playing; you are part of the story.

Character Interaction

Interacting with game characters is not just about progressing through the story; it’s about building relationships and making choices that can affect your game’s world. Stardew Valley allows you to form connections with the townsfolk, each with a unique personality and backstory. For younger kids, Toca Life: World gives a sandbox experience where they can create and play out their stories with a wide array of characters and settings.

In your iPad adventures , you will cast spells, solve puzzles, and maybe even befriend witches or wizards. Games such as Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery let you immerse yourself in the renowned wizarding world as you interact with beloved characters and partake in your magical education. Your actions and decisions in these games are pivotal, providing a sense of accomplishment and entertainment as you shape your journey.

Puzzle and Strategy Games

Introducing puzzle and strategy games to your kids helps sharpen their logical thinking and problem-solving skills. These iPad games offer interactive and engaging ways to develop cognitive abilities through puzzles and mazes.

Classic Puzzles and Mazes

Maze games like Labo Labyrinth challenge your spatial awareness and strategic planning. You navigate through complex labyrinths, finding your way out, which exercises your problem-solving muscles.

In contrast, puzzle games such as Monument Valley provide a series of optical illusions and M.C. Escher-inspired worlds to explore. It involves manipulating the environment to guide the silent princess Ida through mesmerizing architecture, which encourages creative thinking and boosts your understanding of physics and geometry.

Memory and Matching Games

For honing memory, Memory! , a matching game, enhances your ability to recognize and remember various symbols and patterns.

Alternatively, Peak – Brain Training offers a suite of memory games designed to improve your short-term memory and attention to detail. These games often require the player to memorize sequences or locations of different objects, incrementally increasing the difficulty to sharpen memory and focus.

Action and Arcade Games

Engaging your child with action and arcade games on the iPad can offer both entertaining and skill-enhancing experiences. These games generally involve a combination of quick reflexes, eye-hand coordination, and strategy.

Fast-Paced Challenges

  • Fruit Ninja: In this vivid slicing game, you swipe your finger across the screen to slash and splatter fruit like a true ninja warrior. It’s free to download and offers a fun way to improve reaction time.
  • Crossy Road: A modern take on the classic arcade hopper, you help a character cross busy roads, train tracks, and rivers. It’s free, engaging, and adds a delightful twist to the original arcade challenge.

Coordination and Movement

These games aim to enhance your child’s coordination and movement skills through interactive gameplay:

  • Fruit Ninja: While slicing fruit, your child will learn to coordinate their movements with the fruits’ patterns.
  • Crossy Road: Successfully navigating various obstacles requires precise timing and movement, fostering better hand-eye coordination.

Game Accessibility and Inclusivity

When selecting iPad games for kids, it’s crucial to consider how games adapt to individual needs and promote inclusivity. Your choice can significantly impact how comfortably a child can play and enjoy their gaming experience.

Adjustable Difficulty Levels

Many iPad games feature adjustable difficulty settings that cater to a wide range of skill levels. Look for games that allow you to modify the challenge level to suit your child’s expertise. For example, in Toca Life World , you can engage in open-ended play with no specific goals, which is great for younger kids or those new to gaming. On the other hand, Monument Valley uses progressive challenges that increase in complexity, providing a way to gradually enhance your child’s problem-solving skills.

Assistive Features for Different Abilities

iPad games with assistive features make gaming more accessible and inclusive , breaking barriers for kids with different abilities.

  • Visual Assistance : Games like Fruit Ninja offer a color-blind mode to help players distinguish between different on-screen elements.
  • Auditory Adjustments : Titles with customizable sound settings enable children with auditory sensitivities to control their experience. For instance, in Book of Demons: Tablet Edition , you can adjust the volume or mute specific sounds.
  • Touch Accommodations : Proloquo2Go includes customizable touch controls for kids who may have fine motor challenges, allowing them to interact with the device at their own pace.

By selecting games with these inclusive features, you ensure every child has a chance to enjoy the rich world of iPad gaming.

Managing In-App Purchases and Ads

In the vibrant world of iPad games, staying informed about managing in-app purchases and ads is crucial for a safe and enjoyable experience for children.

Navigating the App Store

When you explore the App Store on iOS, look for games with clear labels about in-app purchases or free trials. Typically, educational apps provide detailed descriptions. Before downloading an app, review its cost structure by tapping on the game’s page to see if it offers a free trial or contains in-app purchases.

  • Free Trials : Be aware that they may automatically convert to a paid subscription at the end of the trial period.
  • In-App Purchases : Look for a section titled “In-App Purchases” near the app’s price or Get button to understand potential extra costs.

Setting Parental Controls

iOS devices allow parents to exercise greater control over their child’s iPad use, including monitoring in-app purchases and exposure to ads.

  • Go to Settings > Screen Time .
  • Tap Content & Privacy Restrictions . Enter your passcode if prompted.
  • Tap iTunes & App Store Purchases .
  • Set In-app Purchases to Don’t Allow .
  • Still within Content & Privacy Restrictions , scroll to the Advertising section.
  • Toggle Limit Ad Tracking to reduce targeted ads on your child’s device.

Note : Utilizing these settings can help prevent unintended purchases and limit the type of ads your children see while playing games on their iPad.

Games Recommended by Experts

Experts from various fields including technology-focused websites like iMore and Apple experts have rigorously evaluated numerous games, providing you with a distilled list of highly recommended iPad games for kids. These games are praised for their balance of educational content, entertainment value, and user engagement.

Critic Reviews

Critics have shared their perspectives with detailed analyses, focusing on the design, user interface, and educational potential of each game. iMore has precisely identified these games based on accurate assessment methods and deep understanding of what engages and educates children effectively.

Parent and Educator Suggestions

Parents and educators have provided first-hand recommendations, placing emphasis on games that deliver substantial educational content alongside fun. The collective suggestions reflect a careful consideration of a child’s developmental needs and cognitive abilities, consolidating the value of each game from a real-world application standpoint.

Games for Kids on the Go

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Selecting the right iPad games for your children can transform travel time into an engaging journey . The best games are those that are captivating and easily accessible, ensuring your child’s entertainment even while moving.

Travel-Friendly Options

Simple Touch Controls : Games like Toca Boca series are excellent for travel because they feature intuitive touch controls that are easy for young children to understand. Also, Fruit Ninja is a good choice as it only requires swipes across the screen to play.

Engaging but Not Overstimulating: Quiet, engaging games like Monument Valley keep your child entertained without being too noisy for public spaces. Stardew Valley is another game that offers a calm, immersive farming experience that’s perfect for longer trips.

Offline Availability

No Internet Needed : Ensure that games like Minecraft: Pocket Edition or Plants vs. Zombies are fully downloaded before your trip. They don’t require an internet connection to play once installed.

Check Before Traveling: It’s essential to verify which games will work without Wi-Fi. Apple Arcade offers games such as Sonic Racing and Crossy Road Castle that once downloaded, don’t need an internet connection. Open each game app and check its offline capabilities before you leave.

Remember, when selecting games for your child’s iPad , consider the length of your trip and the storage capacity of the device. Ensure that the chosen games are appropriate for your child’s age and can be played without continuous internet connectivity.

Extending Play Beyond the Screen

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Digital games are engaging, but it’s important to balance screen time with tangible play and real-world experiences that can stimulate your child’s development in different ways.

Tangible Toys and Gadgets

To blend the digital and physical worlds, consider integrating Augmented Reality (AR) toys into your child’s play. For instance, Osmo offers a range of interactive games where players use actual pieces to solve puzzles and challenges that appear on the iPad screen. LEGO Boost is another innovative toy that combines classic LEGO building with coding; kids can construct their own robots and bring them to life via an iPad app.

By incorporating such toys into iPad play, you not only limit screen time but also provide a tactile experience that enhances focus and promotes physical interaction with real-world objects.

Real-World Activities and Ideas

Incorporating activities that take your child outside into nature is a perfect way to extend play beyond the screen. Encourage your kids to engage in a scavenger hunt using a list of items to find outdoors, which can be an extension from an iPad game they love. For instance, if they enjoy a game about animals, challenge them to find certain types, colors, or number of leaves, which directly connects with their in-game experiences.

Another approach is facilitating physical games that improve fitness and cognitive skills. Set up an obstacle course mimicking a favorite iPad game’s theme. Your child can role-play through physical challenges, translating digital skills into the physical world and reinforcing the game’s concepts through action.

By doing this, you give your child’s gaming experience a new dimension and support the development of a well-rounded set of skills.

Keeping Up with New Releases

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The landscape of iPad games for kids is continually evolving, with new releases and updates that showcase the latest technology in gaming. To ensure your young ones always have fresh and engaging content, it’s important to keep track of these developments.

Following Updates and Sequels

Staying Informed :

  • Subscribe to developer newsletters to receive news on game updates directly.
  • Set up alerts in the App Store for your favorite games to get notified about new sequels.

Game Series Follow-up :

  • Keep an eye on popular franchises, as they often release sequels and expansions.
  • Check game forums and social media channels for the latest announcements on sequels.

Discovering New Trends

Exploring Game Categories :

  • Regularly explore the “New Games” and “Trending” sections in the App Store.
  • Notice which games are featured as they often reflect new and popular gaming trends.

Leveraging Social Platforms :

  • Follow gaming influencers and YouTube channels that showcase new games.
  • Join Facebook groups and online communities to discuss and discover new game releases.

Ensuring a Safe Gaming Environment

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When allowing your son or daughter to play iPad games, it’s crucial to prioritize safety and appropriate content. By implementing online safety measures and content filters, you can create a protected gaming space.

Online Safety Measures

It is essential to control who can contact your child within a game to maintain a secure online environment. Use Parental Controls to restrict in-game chats, friend requests, and public profiles. Here’s a concise table to guide you:

Always check a game’s age rating before allowing your child to download it, ensuring that it’s suitable for their maturity level.

Kid-Friendly Content Filters

Your device’s settings can help filter out inappropriate content. Set up content restrictions on your iPad based on age ratings to ensure games downloaded are child-appropriate. Here’s how to configure these settings effectively:

  • Navigate to ‘Settings’ on your iPad.
  • Tap ‘Screen Time’ and then ‘Content & Privacy Restrictions’.
  • Enable ‘Content & Privacy Restrictions’ and enter a passcode.
  • Under ‘Allowed Apps’, select ‘Content Restrictions’.
  • Choose the appropriate age filter under ‘Apps’.

By being mindful of content filters and the age rating system, you can help ensure the games your son or daughter plays are enjoyable and safe.

Integrating Gaming with Education

Gaming on your iPad can be not only entertaining but also a powerful tool for learning. Children can engage with core subjects like math and science through interactive experiences that adapt to their learning pace.

STEM and Interactive Learning

Interactive learning games fortify your child’s understanding of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) concepts. For example, the app Lightbot : Code Hour offers an engaging introduction to programming with puzzles that teach the basics of coding logic without the convoluted text-based code.

Apps to Consider:

  • DragonBox series: Learn algebra and geometry through fun and intuitive games.
  • Swift Playgrounds : Immerse in real coding challenges to create interactive stories and games.

Homework Helpers and School Readiness

Educational apps can be effective homework helpers, reinforcing lessons learned in school . For reading and math readiness, apps like Khan Academy Kids provide a personalized learning experience. They cover a range of topics from letter recognition to early arithmetic, making them suitable for pre-school and elementary school students.

Reading and Math Apps:

  • Endless Alphabet : Build vocabulary with animated puzzles and interactive word games.
  • Epic! : Offers a vast library of books for various reading levels to improve literacy.

Incorporating these educational iPad games into your daily routine can make learning a more dynamic and enjoyable journey for your children.

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Your journey through the world of iPad games for children has hopefully been informative. The options are numerous, catering to various interests and developmental stages. The highlighted selections demonstrate a balance between fun and education, ensuring these digital playgrounds contribute positively to your child’s growth.

  • Educational Value : Games such as Endless Alphabet and DragonBox series reinforce your child’s learning.
  • Creative Development : Toca Boca games encourage creativity and imaginative play.
  • Problem Solving : Titles such as Monument Valley challenge young minds with puzzles.

Age Appropriateness is a key factor when choosing a game. Always consider the content and complexity in relation to your child’s age and skills.

Remember these points when deciding:

  • Check age ratings and reviews
  • Monitor screen time
  • Engage in gameplay with your child when possible

Invest in quality games that promote a healthy, educational, and entertaining digital experience for your child. With mindful selection and active participation, these iPad games can be a beneficial part of your child’s daily routine.

Frequently Asked Questions

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When it comes to keeping your kids engaged and learning, the right iPad games can make all the difference. From educational apps that make learning fun to multiplayer games that are safe for children, iPad offers a variety of options to suit different interests and age groups.

What are some popular educational games for kids on the iPad?

Toca Boca’s suite of games, including Toca Kitchen and Toca Hair Salon, offer creative and interactive environments for exploration and learning. Another favorite is Endless Alphabet, which helps children expand their vocabulary through playful puzzles and animations.

Which multiplayer games on the iPad are suitable for children to play together?

Minecraft is a well-known game that encourages creativity and collaboration among kids. Super Mario Run and Fruit Ninja also offer multiplayer modes that are not only fun but are designed to be family-friendly.

Can you recommend free iPad games that are appropriate for children aged 5 to 10?

PBS Kids Games feature a collection of free games that are both educational and entertaining, perfect for this age group. Lego Games also often have free options available that allow kids to build and play in Lego-themed worlds.

What are the highest-rated iPad games for kids in different age groups such as 7, 8, and 9 year olds?

For 7-year-olds, consider the highly rated game Teach Your Monster to Read, which makes phonics and reading fun. For 8-year-olds, DragonBox Numbers can make learning math enjoyable, and for 9-year-olds, the adventure-based game The Oregon Trail is a well-regarded choice for its blend of history and strategy.

How can I find fun and engaging iPad games for a 6-year-old?

Look for games with simple interfaces and engaging stories, such as Wild Kratts World Adventure, which offers a combination of science education and interactive play, or the adventurous puzzle-solving game, Pajama Sam: No Need to Hide When It’s Dark Outside.

What are the features to look for in a child-friendly iPad game?

When selecting iPad games for your child, focus on those with intuitive controls, age-appropriate content, and the absence of in-app purchases. Educational value and the inclusion of positive reinforcement can also enhance the gaming experience for younger users.

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The 7 Best Apps for Toddlers of 2024

The best educational and entertaining apps for toddlers

Finding just the right app for your toddler is tricky: Toddlers are naturally curious and want to learn, but their attention spans are generally too short for formal education. They need a lot of play mixed in, including games, puzzles, and activities, because play is one of the primary ways toddlers learn about the world around them.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) feels so strongly about the link between play and child development that it recommends pediatricians write a “prescription for play” at well-child visits for kids up to age 2. The best apps for toddlers seamlessly combine simple, interactive playtime with subtle opportunities for learning. We've rounded up the best apps for toddlers that are affordable, created for little hands, and offer the perfect blend of learning and play.

Best Apps for Toddlers of 2024

  • Best for Parental Monitoring: Bark
  • Most Comprehensive: ABCmouse
  • Best Free Apps: PBS Kids
  • Best Educational: Monkey Preschool Lunchbox
  • Best on iPad: Toca Boca
  • Best on Android: Balloon Pop
  • Best Role-Playing: Toca Doctor
  • Our Top Picks
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Methodology

Best for parental monitoring : bark.

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  • Price: $14/month
  • Ages: All ages
  • iOS/ Android: Both

The Bark app offers parent alerts for both security threats and screen time limits. These aid in ensuring healthy and safe device usage. 

Set screen time limits

Restrict inappropriate apps and websites

Get parental alerts for cyberbullying and online predators

Monitor device's location

App can be easily deleted by the child

Alerts are delayed

Requires a sizeable amount of storage space

With Bark’s settings and parent alerts, users can have peace knowing that their child’s devices are safe. Bark monitors texts, email, YouTube content, websites, search history, social media, and apps. It has alerts for screen usage, cyberbullying, potential predators, and many other safety threats. Bark also offers resources and professional recommendations to parents when security issues arise. 

The Bark alerts help save its users time. There is no longer the need to personally monitor or comb through your child’s texts and other activity. The app’s dashboard gives parents an overall view of their child’s internet usage. Its reports detail which sites they frequent, if there are any security threats, how much time they spend in each app, and conversations across all apps. 

The best perk of the Bark app is the peace of mind it offers parents. The screen time limits and security features promote a healthier relationship with the phone or tablet.

Most Comprehensive : ABCmouse

  • Price: $13 per month
  • iOS/Android: Both

As a comprehensive learning program, ABCmouse can supplement your child’s preschool education or help them learn important skills from home.

Multiple learning tracks for math, reading, art, and more

Ticket reward system lets kids “buy” virtual prizes

Can be customized for your child’s age and skill level

Recurring monthly investment

Some kids may not be challenged enough by the content

ABCmouse, an educational app with a subscription-based service, gets our vote for the best overall app for toddlers. Although it isn't free, it certainly goes the distance if you're looking for a great educational app for young children. It begins in a virtual classroom where kids can select from several different adventures. There are many to choose from, and they teach reading, math, coloring, counting, and music skills.

ABCmouse allows you to add your child's age in the settings so it can create a customized experience for kids from as young as 2 through age 8. Although it is our pick for best app for toddlers, ABCmouse is also an excellent choice for older kids, who can enjoy learning and play on the app for several years.

If you have lots of little ones, you can add up to three siblings to your subscription for the same monthly fee. It's easy to switch between users so all your kids can get in on the action with activities appropriate for their age and learning level. The content gets more difficult as your child enters school and progresses through the early elementary grades. ABCmouse has lots of fun rewards, too.

Best Free Apps : PBS Kids

  • Price: Free

Free, fun, and full of your kid’s favorite characters, the PBS Kids apps offers games, videos, and other cool content for kids ages 2 to 8.

Familiar, toddler-favorite characters

Kids play within the worlds of favorite TV shows

Watch PBS Kids shows without a television

Games are only somewhat educational

Only select shows are available in full or for download

Who doesn't love PBS? It's been a staple in child entertainment and learning for decades, from "Sesame Street" to "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood"—and it's still going strong today. With the free PBS Kids Video and PBS Kids Games apps, your kids can play games and watch videos based on today's most popular PBS shows, like "Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood" and "The Cat in the Hat." Suitable for kids as young as 2 years old, the PBS Kids apps have something for everyone, teaching early science and math skills in fun and full-color games.

Best Educational : Monkey Preschool Lunchbox

 Monkey Preschool Lunchbox

  • Price: $2–$5

Preschoolers can build basic skills with seven easy-to-navigate games centered on letters, shapes, colors, and more.

Made for preschoolers to use without a parent

Reinforces toddler-friendly skills like matching and counting

Sticker rewards to track your child’s progress

May be too simplistic or repetitive for your child

Some users dislike the sound effects

Your toddler won't even realize they're learning when you download the fun toddler app Monkey Preschool Lunchbox. Little ones will learn colors, shapes, and counting in an effortlessly fun interface led by the adorably lovable monkey, Milo. Each activity that's successfully completed comes with an immediate reward: Your toddler can choose a digital sticker to add to their collection.

Best on iPad : Toca Boca

  • Price: Free to $4
  • Ages: 4+

The Toca Boca suite of apps for kids is an interactive way to explore the world by cooking, cutting hair, building a neighborhood, and taking care of pets.

Dozens of games to choose, including some free

Some games can be purchased as a bundle for discounted pricing

Games for beginners, animal lovers, budding engineers, and more

Some games are not as interesting or appealing as others

Hard to know which game your child will like until you try it

Toca Boca has become one of the most popular brands for apps for young children. With its fun, engaging suite of apps, full of bright colors and great sounds, Toca Boca brings to life a host of activities like cooking, taking care of pets and sick patients, hairstyling, and even chemistry. For the youngest set, try a role-playing app like Toca Doctor (more on this one below) or a simple app like hairstyling (kids can’t get enough of the hairdryer). And as they grow, your kids can design and build their own city with the Toca Life apps.

Best on Android : Balloon Pop

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  • Ages: Not indicated
  • iOS/Android: Both (works better on Android)

The concept is simple but compelling, offering gameplay that’s educational or just for fun.

Different game modes for education, like letters and numbers

Can be played just for fun to keep your child busy

Easy for even little hands to play

Can get boring or repetitive after a while

Free for basic play, but more levels requires in-app purchases

This free app is part of a group of apps from App Family. Available on the Android platform, they're fun for various ages. The puzzles make a great choice for older kids, while toddlers will be instantly drawn to the game, which allows them to pop balloons as they rise from the bottom of the screen to the top. It's simple enough for even the youngest players to grasp, and it's also fully customizable. Change the size of the balloons and the speed at which they move, making it easier for beginners and more challenging as your child masters the game.

Best Role-Playing : Toca Doctor

 Toca Doctor

  • Ages: 3+
  • iOS/Android: iOS 

Kids love to play pretend doctor, but you don’t have to be their volunteer patient anymore; puzzles and silly animations encourage them to test their medical skills on the app instead of you.

Includes interesting graphics of the human body for anatomy learning

Physics-focused “mini games”

Teaches basic skills but also encourages empathy and critical thinking

Best for 3-year olds; may not hold an older child’s attention

Once you’ve played all the levels, there’s no way to advance or do more

Spark your toddler’s empathy or pave the way for a future in medicine with the Toca Doctor app. Part of the popular suite of Toca Boca apps, this full-color app boasts several educational games for toddlers set against a medical theme. This is one of the most simple Toca apps, suitable for kids as young as 3. Kids can cover boo-boos of different sizes with bandages, “erase” scratches with cotton balls, brush teeth to chase away germs, or squirt eye drops into eyes. This game will keep your little ones occupied for more than a few minutes!

If you’re hoping to use an app for educational advancement, ABCmouse.com is worth the monthly investment. Its 850 lessons for kids from pre-K through second grade help little ones master math, phonics, science, social studies, and reading skills through fun, interactive games. If you're looking for peace of mind when monitoring your child's screen time, Bark is a great choice.

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Frequently asked questions, how much screen time should toddlers have.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that babies younger than 18 months have no screen time at all. Toddlers 18 to 24 months old can start to enjoy some high-quality programming and apps alongside a parent or caregiver. Kids 2 to 3 years old should get no more than one hour of screen time a day.

It’s also a good idea to establish screen time limits when your child is a toddler. Doing so will make these guidelines easier to enforce as they get older. Also, try to keep bedrooms and mealtimes screen-free for all, and schedule lots of non-screen activities into your toddler’s day.

What Are Some Pros and Cons of Apps for Toddlers?

High-quality, interactive, and age-appropriate apps for toddlers can help them learn and expand their cognitive skills and develop their technical and media literacy. If you and your toddler play with apps together, it also can strengthen your parent-child relationship.

However, children learn best from interacting with others, so too much screen time may be detrimental to their social and emotional development. If you give your child an iPad or phone when they’re bored, upset, or frustrated, they’re missing opportunities to develop important self-regulation and problem-solving skills .

How Can I Keep My Toddler Safe While Using an App?

Parent monitoring apps are a great way to prevent your child from accidentally stumbling onto unsafe or explicit content. They also provide parents with a snapshot of their child’s usage. Organizations such as Common Sense Media rate and recommend apps for their age appropriateness and educational value. However, the best form of parental control is you.

Set clear boundaries with your child, and have frequent conversations about how they spend their time in an app. A combination of modeling healthy device use and parental monitoring apps is a great way to ensure the safety of your child.

What Are Good Apps for 1- and 2-Year-Olds?

Many apps for toddlers feature age ranges beginning at age 2. Activities can include learning experiences for topics like coloring, counting, music, letters, shapes, and even early skills for science and math. ABCmouse.com, PBS Kids, and Monkey Preschool Lunchbox all offer options for young toddlers to play while learning age-appropriate skills and concepts.

When rounding up the best apps for toddlers, we searched for apps that catered to the 2- to 4-year-old set; while some of these apps can be used by older kids, we sought out apps that didn’t require a lot of reading or even dexterity (since toddlers are still building those skills). We also looked for apps that encouraged learning alongside play, whether it was colors and numbers, pre-literacy, role play, or motor skills.

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By Sarah Bradley Sarah Bradley has been writing parenting content since 2017, after her third son was born. Since then, she has expanded her expertise to write about pregnancy and postpartum, childhood ages and stages, and general health conditions, including commerce articles for health products. Because she has been homeschooling her sons for seven years, she is also frequently asked to share homeschooling tips, tricks, and advice for parenting sites.

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Check Out the 10 Best Free Educational Apps for Kids

L iving in a digital age, it's already a given that today's youth has a likelihood of being glued to their electronic devices . The means of constantly being connected to our phones , tablets, laptops, televisions, and so on have become part of everyday living for some.

Children, in particular, have attached themselves to their screens. While that trend shows no sign of slowing, here are 10 free educational apps for kids .

1. Khan Academy (Android, iPhone, iPad)

The Khan Academy Kids app is a frontrunner and one of the best free educational apps for kids. This free app touches on subjects such as science, math, reading, social studies, and more fundamental areas of study through a platform that supplements traditional learning methods and helps children develop important skills in a fun and engaging way. This app is recommended for those ages 2–5 as it targets early learning skills.

The Khan Academy Kids app is incredibly child-friendly and promotes positive interaction with the app. There are no in-app purchases necessary, as it's free to download across iOS and Android devices.

2. PBS Kids Games (Android, iPhone, iPad)

The PBS Kids Games app provides free games for children that encourage learning as they play along with their favorite PBS characters. The app hosts more than 100 games that cover different subjects and educational topics. The games will entertain kids and teach them about math, science, other creative skills, and more. PBS Kids Games gears itself towards reaching those ages 2–8 through easy-to-play games filled with valuable lessons.

PBS Kids Games is free to download across multiple electronic devices. You're able to download it on Apple and Android-branded electronics.

3. Coolmath Games (Android, iPhone, iPad)

Coolmath Games is perhaps one of the most dated and recognizable education apps for kids. The app has earned its popularity and standing as a favorite. Its similarity to the website of the same name (and brand) offers an easy transition from playing games on laptops or PCs to taking them on the go. Coolmath Games primarily targets math and critical thinking skills for children ages 9 years old and above.

Coolmath Games is a more mature approach to educational apps compared to its counterparts that limit themselves to younger audiences. This app is free to download on Android, iPhone, iPad app stores.

4. Duolingo ABC (Android, iPhone, iPad)

Multilingualism has become more of a necessary skill on an international basis, whether it be for fulfilling an educational credit, being raised in a multilingual family, or enhancing personal skills by taking on another language. The Duolingo app targets beginner language courses for an older audience, but their Duolingo ABC sister platform makes language learning accessible to a younger demographic.

Duolingo ABC is free to download on Apple and Android phones or tablets. It provides hundreds of language-based lessons tailored for young minds through assisted reading, sentence decoding, letter tracing, introducing sight words, and more. Children 4 years old and up can engage with Duolingo ABC's reading comprehension features, phonics, and more.

5. Phonics Genuis (iPhone, iPad)

Phonics Genius is a flashcard game designed for older children that break down the mechanics of phonics, word relationships with letters and their pronunciations, and sound designation. This app is created for kids in elementary school who are learning the means of phonics and can use customizable flashcard games to practice their in-class lessons. Phonics Genius offers thousands of words broken into over 200 subcategories for endless learning.

The app is only available on the Apple iPhone and iPad, but it's free to download. Those as young as 3 years old and as old as 11 years old are welcome to use the app when learning more about phonics, especially when it comes to distinguishing words by sound.

6. BrainPOP (Android, iPhone, iPad)

BrainPOP's app structure bases itself on traditional presentation-and-reflection mechanisms. Much like the videos of the same name, the BrainPOP app will play a short animated video and then offer a short quiz at the end that tests the child on the topic. These tests aren't challenging but do measure how kids interact with the educational clips being shown before them. BrainPOP reaches those from kindergarten to high school with diverse topics and quizzes.

The app has been free to download in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. BrainPOP hoped that remote access to education without pay can continue to supplement lessons that would be taught face-to-face. The BrainPOP app was also made free to download on school devices for classroom use. It can be found on iOS and Android electronics.

7. Bee-Bot (iPad, iPhone)

The Bee-Bot App for iPhone and iPads is a step up from applications designed to cover the simpler forms of education. Instead the app takes the means of introducing the basics of coding to older children. Exclusive to the iOS App Store, the Bee-Bot app is created to teach pre-teens the foundational aspects of programming and coding. The app translates the complications of programming and coding into interactive games, turning the robot it was based on into an even more hands-on learning experience.

While the app itself is free to download on Apple mobile devices, there are forms of in-app advertising on the app. Although there are ads present, users aren't asked to pay for the application itself. Bee-Bot App is recommended for those ages 7–11 years old.

8. Skyview Free (Android, iPhone, iPad)

This free augmented reality app is one of the few astronomy apps for young scientists curious about what space has in store. Found on the iPhone and Android App Stores, users point their smartphone cameras at the sky to reveal stars, planets, constellations, and other forms of celestial bodies that can't always be seen in great detail by the naked eye alone. SkyView Free is a counterpart to its sister application, SkyView, which comes at a premium of $2.99 on the app store.

In addition to being accessible through handheld devices, the SkyView Free application is downloadable on PC, Mac, and laptop computers. While anyone is welcome to use SkyView Free, it's recommended for children ages 12 and up.

9. A+ Spelling Bee English Words (iPad, iPhone)

A+ Spelling Bee English Words for iPhone and iPad is a great app for kindergarteners who are learning to spell. This app focuses on the application of spelling words in the English language through playing bright, colorful games. A+ Spelling Bee English Words features multiple levels of difficulty that allow children at play to challenge themselves. Drag-and-drop gameplay rewards children with vibrant animated graphics for each word they spell correctly.

A+ Spelling Bee English Words can be downloaded for free on the iOS Apple App Store, and while there isn't an initial cost to you, there are opportunities for in-app purchases to be made.

10. Slice Fractions (Android)

Slice Fractions is an Andriod-exclusive interactive math game that keeps its players entertained while focusing on fractions. The app has been praised for its game design, gameplay features, and educational elements. Children are asked to slice through Ice Age geographical elements while creating fractions of rocks and ice to clear a path for the Mastadon. It's a non-textbook approach to interacting with fractions outside of the traditional means of tests or quizzes.

There are no in-app purchases necessary to play Slice Fraction, and the app is recommended for gamers ages 5–11.

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Kids Cooking Games 2 Year Olds 4+

Toddler pizza & cupcake baking, idz digital private limited, designed for ipad.

  • 4.3 • 294 Ratings
  • Offers In-App Purchases

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Calling all young master chef toddler girls and boys to the kitchen! Are you ready to put on your aprons, tie your chef hats, and whip up mouth-watering dishes in this diner game? Become the ultimate mini master chef with Timpy Cooking - the ultimate cooking games for kids! With Timpy Cooking games for kids, your little ones 2 year olds to 6 year olds can whip up exciting recipes, each more delicious than the last! Enjoy classic favorites like pizza and hamburgers in this fun cooking games for kids. Let's start with the ever-popular pizza! With kid's cooking diner game, you can create pizza masterpieces, complete with your favorite toppings like cheese, pepperoni, and vegetables, in your virtual kitchen. Experiment with different crusts and sauces, and make your pizza creations unique and delicious. Toddlers will love this cooking game! Next up in our kid's cooking games for girls and boys, we have hamburgers—the ultimate comfort food! Create your juicy hamburger in the Timpy Cooking kitchen piled high with toppings like lettuce, tomatoes, and pickles. Kids can even add a twist by experimenting with different fun ingredients. The possibilities are endless in our fun cooking games! If sushi is more of your style, our cooking game has you covered. With our sushi recipe, you will learn how to make perfect sushi rolls with delicious fillings. With easy-to-follow instructions, they'll be rolling sushi like a pro in no time in your virtual kitchen in this diner game! Our delicious pasta recipe will be a hit with pasta lovers. You can choose your favorite pasta shapes, like penne or spaghetti, and experiment with different sauces, such as tomato, pesto, or alfredo. Next, it's noodles! From classic dishes like chow mein to more exotic options like pad thai, you will learn how to make delicious noodles with the perfect balance of flavors in this fun kid's cooking games for girls and boys. No meal is complete without a sweet treat, and our pie recipe is the perfect way to satisfy any sweet tooth. Our tomato soup recipe will be a hit with those who love soup. You can create a delicious and comforting soup bowl perfect for a chilly day with fresh tomatoes, herbs, and spices. Finally, we have the classic side dish—fries! With Cooking, you can create crispy fries complete with your favorite seasonings, such as salt, pepper, or garlic. You can even experiment with different dipping sauces, like ketchup or mayonnaise. **Also, check these new kids cooking recipes coming soon:** Our salad recipe is perfect if you are in the mood for a healthy option. Choose your favorite greens, like spinach or lettuce, and add toppings like tomatoes, cucumbers, and carrots. And with our homemade dressing recipe, you can quickly create delicious and healthy salads. Who doesn't love pancakes for breakfast? With the Cooking game, you can create fluffy pancakes and experiment with different toppings like syrup, berries, and whipped cream. It's the perfect way to start the day! With so many delicious options, Cooking games for kids is the perfect way for kids to explore the world of cooking. Each recipe has detailed instructions to ensure your little master chef kids and toddlers have a fun and educational experience in our fun kid's cooking games for girls and boys. Subscription Details: -Payment will be charged to the Apple Account at confirmation of purchase. -Cancel subscription renewal anytime under Subscriptions in your App Store Settings. -Subscription automatically renews unless auto-renewal is turned off at least 24 hours before the end of the current period. -No cancellation of the current subscription is allowed during an active subscription period. Privacy Policy: https://www.timpygames.com/privacypolicy.php Terms of Service: https://www.idzdigital.com/terms_of_service.php So what are you waiting for? Download Timpy Cooking games for Kids today and start cooking away!

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