20 Free Apps for Kids Tested by Families

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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 

“A fun game – is quite like super rope or other climbing games” – 9 yr old

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

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

“that’s really fun because the penguins are funny” – 6 yr old

“it’s ok” – 10 yr old

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

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

“it’s fun choosing to buy items for your building and pushing people up the elevator” – 6 yr old
“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.

“good but hard” 6 yr old
“boring” 10 year old

#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

“Brilliant!!” – 6 yr old
“Fab, love the zoom in and then you can see all the info for each individual dinosaur picture” – 10 yr old

#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!

“My 3 year old loves Toca Doctor, she always asks to play it”

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

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

“Like the jumping & tumbling” – 7 yr old
“It’s a good athletic game” – 11 yr old

#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.

“It’s really funny” – 7 & 11 yr old

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

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

“It’s so cool, I love this game and the best bit is when you eat it” – 6 yr old

Further recommendations:

  • “My four year old loves Doodle Buddy and Make Me A Princess lite (iphone)”
  • Abby Painter Star, Abby Preschool – Shape Puzzle, Abby Alphabet Laptop – “He’s only 3 and loves them”
  • “Dora Lite, Charley Bear, Talking Tom, Tozzle Lite (free puzzles), Tozzle, Cupcakes, Wheels on the bus and Sonic Racing are the biggest hits here!”

Some more App Ideas : 20 Free Educational Apps for Kids & 10 Free Science Apps for Kids

If you have a favourite free app that your kids love, let us know in the comments below!

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