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Great Apps for Kids

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Fun and learning apps for kids.

Here’s some learning and fun apps for for kids!

Piano Tiles 2

A fast paced piano game, where pressing the right keys plays a song, and pressing the wrong keys means you are out!

Get it on Google Play or Apple iTunes

Monument Valley

A beautiful journey app which takes your child through through surreal architecture and impossible geometry as they guide a silent princess through the mysterious monuments.

Get it on Google Play or Apple iTunes

Plants vs. Zombies 2

Age 11+ Players must defend their house from a zombie attack using plants. Thinking and reasoning skills are tested as players must decide how to allocate resources and where to place them to win each level. Here's a review from Common Sense Media

Get it on Google Play or Apple iTunes

Hill Climb Racing

A tricky physics based game, Hill Climb Racing will challenge older kids as they try to advance as far as possible without flipping over the buggy they’re driving. (contains in app purchasing). Here's a review from Common Sense Media

Get it on Google Play or Apple iTunes

Smash Hit

An action game with beautiful surreal graphics, the key objective is to break glass panes and objects with metal balls.Here's a review from Common Sense Media.

Get it on Google Play or Apple iTunes

Flow Free

A colour-based puzzle game that encourages critical thinking, Flow Free is an absorbing, increasingly difficult game that both children and parents can enjoy.

Get it on Google Play or Apple iTunes

NASA

An official NASA app, jam-packed with information on the U.S. space program and astronomy, with new information added daily.Here's a review on the app from Common Sense Media

Get it on Google Play or Apple iTunes

Breathe, think, do with sesame

A great tool for emotional development, where kids can actively help a Sesame Street monster deal with problems, which they can apply to similar personal situations. Here's a great review from Common Sense Media about this game.

Get it on Google Play or Apple iTunes

Hyspherical 2

A challenging geometric puzzle game where you must carefully drop perfect circles onto different shapes, patience and timing are key. (contains in app purchasing)

Get it on Google Play or Apple iTunes

5-7 years old, Under 5 years old

YouTube Kids

YouTube has created a kids version of their popular app. With parental controls including setting time limits and “grown up lock", this app includes selected, kid-friendly videos from partners such as Sesame Street, Thomas & Friends and more.

Get it on Google Play or Apple iTunes

Under 5 years old

The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Friends

A play and explore app that takes the pop up elements from the famous book that teaches sorting & matching and counting in mini games for kids to play (contains in app purchasing)

Get it on Google Play or Apple iTunes

5-7 years old, Under 5 years old

Nighty Night Circus

An interactive story for your kids to put circus animals to sleep, helping with build a daily go-to-sleep ritual.

Get it on Google Play or Apple iTunes

8-12 years old, 5-7 years old, Under 5 years old

Zap Zap Math

Zap Zap create math games that encourage kids to solve problems using maths and release games every 2 weeks. Each game is focused on using different learning styles and encourages kids to build up their thinking skills as well.

Get it on Google Play or Apple iTunes

8-12 years old

Simple Mechanics

Kids learn about the basics of physics and can conduct their own experiments and investigate forces with this sandbox building app. The Simple Mechanics developer have created a few more science based games for older kids too.

Get it on Apple iTunes

Under 5 years old

SAGO Series

Sago Sago apps are designed to build on children's natural sense of curiosity, experimentation and self-expression, learning thorugh open ended play. With inviting colours and exciting sounds these are ideal first-apps.

Get it on Google Play or Apple iTunes

5-7 years old

Doodle Series

Design masks, cakes, cupcakes and even monster trucks! With different styles, colours and designs to choose from, as well as creating, mixing and baking the cupcakes and cakes from scratch.

Get it on Apple iTunes

8-12 years old

Minecraft

This is a Lego style adventure game that allows you to dig and build with 3D blocks, creating your own interactive online world. It can help teach kids problem solving skills and strategic thinking.

Get it on Google Play or Apple iTunes

8-12 years old

Scribblenauts Remix

A vocabulary-building word puzzle game that encourages and rewards kids for using their imagination. Faced with puzzles, they must type in the objects they want to help them on their journey and can watch them come to life.

Get it on Google Play or Apple iTunes

8-12 years old

Hakitzu Elite: Robot Hackers

An inventive app that teaches children the basics of computer programming by building and battling with giant robots. For slightly older kids, it’s a novel way to start them coding for fun.

Get it on Google Play or Apple iTunes

5-7 years old

Ladybird: I’m Ready to Spell

This digital offshoot of Penguin’s much-loved Ladybird books is a polished spelling app based around three simple, fun mini-games – each with three levels to suit different ages and abilities.

Get it on Google Play or Apple iTunes

5-7 years old

Mr Shingu’s Paper Zoo

Kids create their own zoo of colourful animals, folding them together virtually using on-screen origami instructions. It teaches children to save virtual coins to spend in the game, with no real money required.

Get it on Google Play or Apple iTunes

5-7 years old

FriendStrip Kids

Lets children feature in their own comic strips, with speech bubbles and suggested poses provided.

Get it on Google Play or Apple iTunes

5-7 years old

Quiver – 3D Coloring App

(Designed in NZ) Print, colour and see your own drawings in hand-animated 3D worlds.

Get it on Google Play or Apple iTunes

5-7 years old

Bee Leader

(Designed in NZ) Bee Leader - It's busy time!The bees need you! Become a Bee Leader and help the bees fill their hives with honey.

Get it on Google Play or Apple iTunes

5-7 years old

Toca Builders

A wonderful creative sandbox: children build whatever they like from coloured blocks, helped by six robots – each with their own skill. The only limits are your child’s imagination and persistence.

Get it on Google Play or Apple iTunes

5-7 years old

Toca Boca

From designing crazy hairstyles to a kitchen where you can cook anything their ad free, Toca Boca kid-centric creative apps are popular all over the world.

Get it on Google Play or Apple iTunes

5-7 years old

Top Dog

(Designed in NZ) Help Top Dog herd all the sheep to their pens, ducks to their ponds and pigs to their mud!

Get it on Apple iTunes

Under 5 years old

Endless Alphabet

A quirky spelling game that uses a troupe of noisy monsters to teach children more than 50 interesting words. The spelling aspect makes it educational, but its playful nature means it never feels dull.

Get it on Google Play or Apple iTunes

Under 5 years old

BBC CBeebies Playtime

TV’s Octonauts, Alphablocks and Tree Fu Tom get engaging mini-games for pre-schoolers to play. It’s been developed to ensure children can quickly play by themselves – although they’ll want to share it with parents too.

Get it on Google Play or Apple iTunes

Under 5 years old

Dipdap

Based on the TV cartoon, this artistic app gives children drawing missions to help the Dipdap character progress. Whereas some drawing apps start with a blank screen and expect kids to fill it, this gives them a focus for their scribblings.

Get it on Google Play or Apple iTunes

Under 5 years old

SmackTalk

Turn your kids’ voices into Guinea Pigs, kittens and even puppies.

Get it on Apple iTunes

Quick Tips

  1. Remember: Lots of devices now have internet access – mobiles, games consoles, and the iPod touch – so set up parental controls on ALL of them.
  2. Keep current: Discuss the costs of downloading apps

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