10 iOS Apps For Kids Reviewed By Families

Jill Holtz

July 8, 2018

iOS Apps for Kids

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If you are looking for fun apps for your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, we asked parents & kids to try a few out for you. Here are 10 iOS Apps for Kids Reviewed by Families:

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From simple machines to learning to count, these fun iOS apps for kids were all given a road test by real families. Find out what they thought of these apps.

10 iOS Apps For Kids Reviewed By Families

#1. The Unstoppables

apps for kidsFour friends Mai, Jan, Achim and Melissa (each with a handicap they have to deal with in everyday life, e.g. blindness or being chairbound) must free their beloved guide dog Tofu from the hands of his kidnapper.

The friends won’t let their differences get in their way. Only through great teamwork will they be able to overcome the various obstacles.

Your job is to help “The Unstoppables” through a series of challenging puzzles to help them track down the mysterious thief.

Free. Rated 4+, made for ages 9–11.

“This was a fun game trying to recover the rescue dog. I liked how each of the characters had their own strengths, and you needed to think whose talent would suit a task best. I did find that some of the characters moved a bit too slow.” Reviewed by James, aged 10.

Rating: 4 out of 5

#2. On The Farm ~ Touch, Look, Listen

apps for kidsTouch, Look, Listen is a series of preschool learning apps for tablets and mobile phones that will delight and encourage young children as they learn their first words.

On the Farm introduces early learners to over 85 animals and objects from tractors and hay to cows, sheep and pigs. It’s also the perfect app for parents and little ones to share, combining photographs, simple word labels and friendly narration. In addition, you can turn the app into a language-learning tool for students of all ages, simply by choosing a second language in the menu.

On the Farm is just like a real book, so it’s easy to find your way around. Each page is introduced by a playful rhyme, while bright and colorful images pop-up magically as each 3D scene opens. When your child taps a picture, they see and hear the associated word, making this a powerful tool for learning new words as well as reinforcing those they already know.

Costs €1.09. Rated 4+, made for ages 5 and under.

“ We liked the simple, clear illustrations, the good selection of words, the quiz activity. and professional narration. It’s also easy to use, with no distracting elements. 2 language mode (there are 5 language versions in all). We didn’t like that there was only linear navigation/no page selector. We wish there were more interactive features (like the final quiz activity).” Reviewed by Appysmarts.com.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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#4. Transformers: Robots in Disguise

apps for kidsThe Insecticons are everywhere and the Transformers need your help to defeat them! The Transformers: Robots in Disguise app lets you take control of your favourite Transformers, collect energon, and unlock power modules to gear up and defeat the Insecticons.

Other than for downloading and updating the game, Transformers Robots in Disguise game does not require an internet connection (3G or WiFi) and it has no in app purchases.

Free. The app is rated 9+ for infrequent/mild cartoon/fantasy violence, made for ages 9-11.

“I really liked this game, as it was a good battling game, and you can change characters regularly, which other games often don’t allow. My only fault that you couldn’t go directly from mission to mission, you had to go back to menu each time. ” Reviewed by Christian aged 9.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

#5. Miss Hollywood Showtime – Pet House Makeover

apps for kidsMiss Hollywood and her fabulous friends live in an animal shelter that has become a little run down. Just like fashion, Miss Hollywood knows that a little creativity can solve any problem. It’s time to help the pets compete in talent shows, and win prizes that will turn the shelter from glum to glam! It’s Showtime!

In the Miss Hollywood Showtime app you’ll perform in different pet talent show challenges and show off your inner fashionista in pet dress-up show challenge. There’s also a trampoline, singing and cannonball challenge.

Free but from €1.99 to unlock extra features. Rated 4+, made for ages 6–8.

“This is a cool app. I liked the different activities like dressing the pet and getting to sing into the app. Then you get points and can make your apartment even nicer. Fun to play.” Reviewed by Sarah aged 8.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

#6. Simple Machines by Tinybop

apps for kidsExplore the playful side of STEM. Experiment with six simple machines, discover how they work, and investigate the invisible forces behind them in the Simple Machines app, which integrates with STEM curriculum.

Destroy a castle with a lever but beware of the dragon! Make music in a pinball arcade with inclined planes. Send satellites into orbit with a set of pulleys. Lift sloshing fish tanks with screws. Travel through a wondrous world with a wheel and axle. Split an iceberg of mirrors with a wedge.

Kids can alter and test each machine to learn about force and motion, actions and reactions, inputs and outputs, conservation of energy, mechanical advantages, and tradeoffs. A free downloadable companion to the app, the Simple Machines Handbook, highlights activities for demonstrating, making, and discussing simple machines.

Costs €3.99. Rated 4+, made for ages 6-8.

“It was fun to see how the different levels worked, but wasn’t always obvious what you were meant to be doing at each level. Don’t think I would come back and play this app time after time.” Reviewed by Jack, aged 8.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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#7. Little Alchemy

little alchemyLittle Alchemy is an app and online game where you start with 4 basic elements and mix them to start creating more things.

It’s all about mixing elements to create interesting, fun and surprising items. Every combination is a little puzzle to solve. Your objective is to reach 510 elements at the end.

As well as being available in app format you can play on desktop at the Little Alchemy official website and if you sign in you can sync across devices too.

“It’s a bit addictive. It’s fun to experiment and see what each pair of elements makes. I liked trying to reach the goal of 500 items.” Reviewed by Fern (10).

Rating: 5 out of 5

#8. The Foos Coding

foos codingGet your child excited about the ABC’s of computer science with the award-winning problem solving game, the Foos Coding app. The Foos is an introduction for those who have no experience programming and is all-ages friendly. That means anyone from 5 to 105 can play, have fun and learn real programming logic.

Program and code your way through exciting puzzle adventures in fun new world using a cartoon cop, builder, ninja, astronaut and chef. There are 42 levels and 3 distinct “Toy Box” areas for creative play. Kids learn Logic, Sequencing, Pattern recognition, Core computer science concepts, Algorithmic thinking and Problem solving.

Free. Rated 4+, made for ages 6–8.

“It took me a while to work how to play it but once I got it I thought it was good” Reviewed by Sean aged 8.

Rating: 4 out of 5

#8. Prehistoric Mystery

apps for kidsIn the Prehistoric Mystery app, mankind’s very first criminal investigation by Lucy, a young detective, and her funny pet bird, Darwin the dodo. Lucy and Darwin live with Lucy’s old uncle, Hermit, far away from the different tribes which hate each other and and never stop fighting. But Lucy will have to help them and solve the mystery of the various thefts which have taken place in their camps.

Take part in this prehistoric investigation and help out Lucy and Darwin. Your child will be able to read, learn and play all at the same time.

Costs €3.99. Rated 4+, made for ages 6–8.

“I liked this app – had cute pictures and sounds, and puzzles on each levels. But found I got through most of it pretty quickly, so not sure how often you would come back to play the game again. Might be better for younger kids – 5-6 yrs.” Reviewed by Carol, aged 8.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5


loopimal appLOOPIMAL is a building kit of handcrafted animations and sounds, build loops, create sequences and compose music.

The possibilities of creations and compositions are endless. With intuitive fun create sequences for different animals. The content is all about melody, rhythm and movement. There is no goal, no wrong or right, it’s a safe kit for creation.

Costs €4.49. Rated 4+, made for ages 6–8.

“This app is cool. You can get the animals to do different tunes and sounds. Very fun.” Reviewed by Adam aged 7.

Rating: 4 out of 5

#10. Caillou Search & Count

apps for kidsThe Caillou Search & Count app combines the excitement of Hide and Seek with the education of counting, helping your little one develop their observation and numeracy skills. With Caillou as their guide, preschoolers can develop hand-eye coordination while looking for hidden objects in colourful scenes around town. There are mini games to play and hidden objects to find.

Free but costs to unlock extra features. For ages 5 and Under.

Over to you now. Have you tried any of these iOS apps for kids? Tell us what you and your kids thought in the comments below, we’d love to hear from you.


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