While the tablet and smartphone ecosystem is aimed at teenagers and adults, it’s becoming an increasingly good platform for kids as well. There are a ton of kids games and apps with both entertainment and education in mind. If you’re thinking of giving your little one your iPad to play with, might we recommend these awesome iPad games for kids! If you have an Android device, our sister site has the best kids games for Android if you want to check those out!
Angry Birds is a long running series of puzzle games where you launch birds into structures to try to take out evil pigs. It’s entertaining and cutesy with bright colors, cute animals, and a ton of content. There are roughly half a dozen games in the series and each one has hundreds of levels. Rovio also has a few other titles in the Angry Birds series, including more puzzle games and even an RPG. Most of the content is safe for children and most of it is free.
The Cut the Rope series of games are a lot like Angry Birds. They are puzzle games where you must collect candy for an adorable little monster thing. It features cute critters, bright colors, and simple game play that’s well suited for youngsters. Each game in the series has a ton of levels so there is no shortage of content for everyone to enjoy. Like Angry Birds, most of these games are free with in-app purchases.
Monkey Preschool Lunchbox is a game that is targeted at younger kids. It features seven games in total that help kids learn a variety of things. For instance, one game helps teach colors while another helps teach kids how to count. It also comes with some other stuff like stickers, unlimited play, and more. Perhaps the most refreshing feature is that it costs $1.99 and comes with no in-app purchases so the kids won’t accidentally max out your credit card!
The Monster at the End of This Book is a unique little game that mixes game mechanics with a read-along book. The app is designed to help teach kids about emotions and help bolster some early reading skills. It features a bunch of animation, mini games to help children complete the lesson, parent tips so you can help maximize your child’s enjoyment of the book, and, of course, Grover from Sesame Street is there to guide everybody along. It’s a fun adventure and one that other users have consistently praised for being great.
Nosy Crow is a development studio and it has released a ton of kids games. Some of them include famous Disney characters like Snow White and Cinderella while others are more classic things like The Three Little Pigs or Little Red Riding Hood. Each one is an interactive story where the players get to have a say in what happened in the story instead of simply following along. They’re generally inexpensive and have no in-app purchases which is great for youngsters. Click the button below to view the entire Nosy Crow collection!
Princess Fairy Tale Maker is a unique little kids game where you can create your own fairy tale. It’s actually a coloring book app where kids can draw and color. However, the unique part is that they can make it their own with almost 200 animated stickers, various scenes, and more. There is even a self-record feature where you can narrate the story of the princess and create your own bed time stories. It’s a lot of fun, inexpensive, and there are no in-app purchases. The only issue is that some people have had trouble playing back videos that they create so keep that in mind!
Computers and computing in general are a huge part in day-to-day life in today’s society. Thus, it’s becoming more and more pragmatic to teach kids about computers, and especially computer programming. ScratchJr helps do that by being a game that kids can play that lets kids snap together puzzle pieces to help demonstrate the basic principles of computer programming. It’s not nearly as complicated as it sounds, we promise! It’s also totally free with no in-app purchases so there’s literally no reason not to try it out!
Toca Boca AP is another developer studio on iTunes that specializes in kids games. They have quite a decent little collection of apps that let kids play with all kinds of stuff, such as hair styling, trains, kitchens, playing doctor, and a ton more. They’re not all home runs but the vast majority of them are pretty decent. Most of them also go for a flat rate with no in-app purchases which is always a good thing for kids content.
Trucks HD is another Duck Duck Moose title (Princess Fairy Tale Maker being the other) and we’re not starting to realize that we should’ve just added their entire collection to this list. Anyway, Trucks HD is an entertaining kids game where you must use various trucks to do various things. For instance, you’ll use a garbage truck to clean up a street or a tow truck to help fix a flat tire. It’s a flat $1.99 with no in-app purchases and great for the truck lover in your family.
[Price: $1.99 with in-app purchases]
Last and certainly not least on our list is Where’s My Mickey by Disney. This fun little puzzle game will have you digging through dirt in order to make a path that leads to Mickey so he can have some water. Much like Angry Birds and Cut the Rope, the “Where’s My…?” series of games contains easy game play, bright colors, and fun, child-friendly characters. There are other games in the series as well to check out if you’re interested.