View Full Version : Apps for little kids

29th May 2010, 02:37 PM
Would like to start a thread and compile a list of decent apps for kids, prefer around 2yo - preschoolers.

Today my daughter (just over 2) tried the iPad out for the first time and had no trouble tapping and dragging items.

One app I've bought and tried is "Giraffe's pre-school playground". It's actually an iPhone app, but looks okay on iPad x2. It's on sale for $1.19

there's counting, abc, build scene's with animals and take a photo, 'catch the animal with the net', etc. kinda fun. She was really enjoying it.

Giraffe's PreSchool Playground for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad on the iTunes App Store (http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/giraffes-preschool-playground/id314894121?mt=8)

got any in particular you've tried with your little ones? post!

29th May 2010, 02:39 PM
My 3 year old niece loves the Koi Pond app, and the story books like Toy story that reads to you and you get a coloring book with it too.

29th May 2010, 02:47 PM
My niece is 3 and knows how to use the iPad. She understands which apps (mostly games) are for her and which are for "big people" :)

Here are some recommendations:

Drawing Pad
Flight Control HD
Karate Kid
Harbour Master
God Finger
10 Pin Shuffle
Magic Piano
Clicky Sticky
Fly Loop
iFish Pond
Toy Story
reMoveem 2
C Aquarium Lite
Glow Draw
Northern Lights
Sound Drop

Here favourites are Clicky Sticky, Drawing Pad, God Finger, Flight Control HD, 10 Pin Shuffle, Fly Loop and Friendsheep.

Its pretty funny 'coz, when my sis-in-law/parents try to use it, they ask her for help :D

29th May 2010, 02:58 PM
My boy always loved (and still does) Pocket God, although it's not iPad ready yet. He's playing a bit of flich fishing ATM.

29th May 2010, 03:08 PM
great guys, thanks! I think my daughter is still a bit young for anything too involving, but drawing, tapping, etc. she can manage.. nice stuff.

I also noticed Apple have a nice 'apps for kids' section in iTunes now:


29th May 2010, 03:18 PM
great guys, thanks! I think my daughter is still a bit young for anything too involving, but drawing, tapping, etc. she can manage.. nice stuff.

That's what I thought about my niece too...initially. Gave her the iPhone and squirmed at the thought that she might break it. Which of course, she didn't. I actually had to turn turn off that instant purchase function. She learnt how to shop for games :eek:

Learned my lesson from that and gave her the iPad without instruction, save some games like God Finger. She took to it like a duck to water.

What's interesting is how she maneuvers and holds the device around the place with iPad in hand. Might learn a thing or two for my quest to find the ultimate iPad case. Still thinking up my design :)

29th May 2010, 07:25 PM
Toy Story is excellent and free. My son kept getting excited and moving backwards and forwards between the same pages tho when he would touch things.

Sound Touch is FANTASTIC. Me and my wife couldn't stop laughing as he kept saying 'meow' and pushing on the cat over and over. This game also has a 'lite' free version that lets you see if your child likes it or not.

It was amazing to see him get the hang of it, at first we touched and showed him. He learnt how to touch and make the picture go away and then eventually to touch and choose the animal he wanted.

OP - fantastic thread!

29th May 2010, 07:36 PM
My seven year old autistic son loves Preschool Adventure. Left alone for 10 minutes, never having used the phone before, he learned all 8 of the activities and it keeps him occupied for at least 10 minutes a time.

Preschool Adventure for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad on the iTunes App Store (http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/preschool-adventure/id286526367?mt=8)

He also gets a kick out of scrolling through the camera roll, even working out which photos were movies...

Lately I find that within five minutes of putting the phone down I find him running away with it. You should have seen his face yesterday when he first saw the iPad!

29th May 2010, 08:31 PM
Drawing Pad is brilliant! My 5yr old loved it and I think my 2yr old will love it too....she hasn't had a go yet.

Also Magic Piano....great fun for kids :)

ETA: If you find Drawing Pad on iTunes and then click on the developers name it will take you to their site where you can watch a video which shows how this app works. Ps. I'm not associated with this developer.

29th May 2010, 11:41 PM
In addition to some of the favourites mentioned above (and thanks to previous posters for the ones I didn't know about!), my 3-1/2 year old daughter likes Animal Hide & Seek Adventure HD (http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/animal-hide-seek-adventure-hd/id364015796?mt=8).

She's at a stage where anything to do with "Hide & Seek" is interesting, even if her real-life version of it involves telling you where she's hiding, or telling you where you should hide.:)

31st May 2010, 10:35 AM
We've created a series of children's apps from board books. Each app has English and Spanish text and narration and every page turns into a jigsaw puzzle. Perfect for young kids. iTunes Store - MobiStories Digital Books for Kids (http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/mobistories-digital-books/id353026874)

31st May 2010, 10:40 AM
Keep em coming guys, loving the responses so far

1st June 2010, 12:09 AM
My 3 year old loves toy story and finger paint, And my 5 year old liked the square-off game too. All liked clickomania, and tap tap radiation. Any farm game is good for 5 and up. Best is al these are free or lite versions to try first. Will look ay bought games once I have my screen protector on.... Sand and little fingers....

1st June 2010, 07:11 AM
My son loves The Lorax book as I did when I was a kid.

1st June 2010, 02:32 PM
Well, it's not ready for iPad yet, but please try *my* free iPhone children's book, "Lefty and Ron":

Lefty and Ron for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store (http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/lefty-and-ron/id356141654?mt=8)

I do have another book almost ready to go on iPad (freshly compiled today!). If anyone would like to beta test, PM me your UDID and I'll send you a copy soon.

1st June 2010, 02:49 PM
try out the sesame st apps, the cookie monster one is not that good but the elmo and bert ones are great, i had to install them on my iphone as well as my 2 year old kept wanting my ipad!

1st June 2010, 05:34 PM
Oh, and don't miss Shapebuilder.


Amazing how quickly little kids get the idea. My only issue is that the last letter of the alphabet is ZED, dammit, not ZEE. I'll see if I can post a solution to that with one of my apps one of these days.

3rd June 2010, 05:48 PM
My mate Nick Takayama released his own app called LittleLand (http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/littleland/id326281113?mt=8) a while back.

It's a cute simulator of a rabbit. You can give him carrots, blow him around with the wind, make the sun go down, make it rain etc. Good for very young kids.


james the 2nd
3rd June 2010, 08:24 PM
"I Hear Ewe" (free app)

Is a very basic and simple one that keeps 'em entertained

5th June 2010, 10:36 PM
My 15 month old son is enjoying Fish School (http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/fish-school-by-duck-duck-moose/id367567459?mt=8) and The Cat in the Hat (http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/the-cat-in-the-hat-dr-seuss/id353473931?mt=8), although the latter to a lesser extend. It's really well done though, so I can recommend it.

7th June 2010, 04:23 PM
Magic piano is fun.

7th June 2010, 08:27 PM
awesome thread guys, great to see whats out there. my 12mth old is obsessed with the iphone, so its likely she will be 100x more into the ipad. one reason i'm getting one is for books and some interactive learning. she loves books but is a ripper, ipad = problem solved until she is old enough to understand how to care for books

8th June 2010, 05:26 AM
+1 magic piano, my kids are so into it.

12th June 2010, 10:31 AM
Ive been letting my 2yo play on ipad more and more. She is awesome at it now. Amazing to watch. She loves the animal hide and seek HD game.

Just found Toy Story disney book app for free on the app store. Grab it. Has painting, music, games, and a read along book, with movie cut scenes. I think its a big download... Worth it. My daughter just loves toy story!

20th June 2010, 03:05 PM
For anyone with really young kids who only seem to want to hit the home button and reorganize or even delete apps grab an app called incarcerapp from cydia (jail broken pads and phones only). it's awesome it allows you to disable the home button from within an app using a sequence of volume button presses.

Now they can paint and play without having to hand it back every minute because they managed to go back to the home screen.


20th June 2010, 09:56 PM
My daughter is 3 and 3 months old. The iPad hasn't arrived yet (SWMBO doesn't even know I have ordered it yet!), but she really likes the Dr Seuss ABC book on the iPhone. I can either read it to her as a book or if I'm busy doing something she knows to tap the first letter and the book will be read to her but she has to turn the pages herself.

In cafes if she has missed her sleep and looks like going a wee bit feral, I either use a Dr Seuss book or just put Dora or Little Einsteins on my phone (they're only $2.99 an episode on iTunes.

I have downloaded the Beatrix Potter series but they're not to interesting as they only have the pictures and no writing ("No letters!", as my daughter exclaimed).