20 Free Apps for Kids Tested by Families

Jill Holtz

February 11, 2012

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Have you been looking for free apps for kids for your smartphone or iPad? Here’s a list of 20 free apps and games for children recommended by Mykidstime Parents and Kids

Free Apps for Kids

#1. Pou (Android)

Perfect for all ages – kids have to take care of their own alien pet! Feed it, clean it, play with it, and watch it grow up, while unlocking different levels, wallpapers and outfits for your pet. You can play games and even talk to Pou and listen back!

” My 5 year old loves this app and loves taking care of Pou”

#2. Talking Tom (iPad, iPhone & Android)

Tom is your pet cat, that responds to your touch and repeats everything you say with a funny voice.  You can pet him, poke him or grab his tail.

“Both my 6 and 10 year old loved this game, everybody including Mum & Dad were in fits especially hearing Dad’s voice repeated!”

tozzle app#3. Tozzle Lite (iPhone, iPad)

This puzzle app is built for children from age 2 – 99. It keeps your toddler entertained and he/she learns to improve shape recognition and motor activity. In the full version you can choose from 44 different puzzle pictures, all including funny sound effects.

“My toddler loves this app”

#4. Temple Run & Temple Run 2 (iPhone, iPad & Android)

From the makers of the award-winning best-seller Harbor Master® comes the most exhilarating running games on the App Store. Test your reflexes as you race down ancient temple walls and along sheer cliffs. Temple Run 2 is the sequel, with lots more exciting obstacles!

NB: Rated 9+

“We all love this game in our family – kids and parents!”

#5. Smurfs’ Village (iPhone, iPad & Android)

PLEASE NOTE: Smurfs’ Village is free to play, but charges real money for additional in-app content. You may lock out the ability to purchase in-app content by adjusting your device’s settings.

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#6. Kids Socks (Android)

Your kids will enjoy matching socks!

Kids drag the sock with the same colors and pattern to do a match.

“My 4 year old loves this game” 

subway surfer app#7. Subway Surfer (iPhone,iPad & Android)

You navigate your way around the subway avoiding getting run over by the trains, collecting coins and other items. You go over bridges and up ramps and slide under trains. Every once in a while it changes country.

NB: Rated 9+

“It’s like Temple Run, it’s fun because it has loads of scenes and I like it because it is exciting” – 9 yr old

#8. Lego Instructions (iPhone and iPad)

NOTE: This app was created by fans of LEGO® and is not an official LEGO product.  LEGO® Instructions is a fan-built application for those who is fond of creating with their Lego pieces.

“I like the Frog best and it’s good to have it tell you what to do step by step” – 8 yr old

lego_movie_maker_app#9.  LEGO® Movie Maker (iPhone, iPad)

Help your child bring their LEGO characters to life with the LEGO Movie Maker App. This fun, kid-friendly app brings the whole family together to create a custom LEGO stop-motion movie.

Simple tools and guides make it easy to shoot, edit, and even score your movie with music. For younger kids, parental assistance may be required for maximum enjoyment.

“My 8 year old LEGO-mad son loves this app – a must for any kids who love LEGO and LEGO movies”

#10. Cúla Caint (iPhone, iPad & Android)

This App brings you over 100 fun Irish language words and images for pre-school kids or learners. The words include Weather, Animals, Vehicles, and Parts of the Body

“Great good sound and photography! Makes the littles laugh! All good, cúpla focal fréisin.”

Doodle_jump_app#11. Doodle Jump (Android)

Journey up a sheet of graph paper, perpetually jumping from one platform to the next, picking up jet packs, avoiding black holes, and blasting baddies with nose balls along the way. Laugh with delight as you blow past other players’ actual score markers scribbled in the margins.

“I love this game” – 6 yr old 

#12. Poke a Penguin (iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad)

See how many penguins you can poke in a race against the clock!

#13. Tiny Tower (iPhone,iPad & Android)

Build a tower and manage the businesses and people in it.

“Really enjoyable it’s cool to build the tower and watch the people” – 10 yr old

#14. Pocket Frogs (iPhone, iPad & Android)

Discover, collect, trade, and breed over 15,000 unique frogs on your iOS device, anytime, anywhere!

“It’s fantastic – it’s exciting to see the results of breeding a yellow frog with stripes with a blue frog with spots” – 10 yr old

#15. Peg Solitaire (iPhone, iPad & Android)

The famous board game Peg Solitaire in your iPhone. It is a board game for one player involving movement of pegs on a board with holes. All you have to do is try to leave just one peg left in the board.

#16. Dinosaurs: The American Museum of Natural History Collections (iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad)

A mosaic of 1,000 images with each individual interactive photo has information on the fossil – where it was found and who discovered it

#17. Toca Doctor Lite (iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad)

Let your kids be a doctor for a day! Examine a patient and solve fun puzzles and mini-games that take place in the human body. Beautiful artwork and fun sounds guides your kids through 5 different puzzles!

#18. Doodle Sprint! (iPhone, iPad & Android)

It’s a running & jumping game where you try to get a high score.

#19. Tom & Ben news (iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad)

You need a microphone to use this game. Tom & Ben repeat what you say in a strange accent and you can get them to do different actions.

cupcake maker app#20. Cupcake Maker (iPhone, iPad & Android)

Create irresistibly yummy cupcakes in the original Cupcake Maker game, bake decorate then “eat” it.

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Published On: February 11th, 2012 / Categories: Technology / Last Updated: February 24th, 2023 / Tags: , /

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Jill is one of the co-founders of Mykidstime and a mum of 2 girls

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