April 17, 2014

Apple’s Top Apps and Games for Kids That You Can Try for Free

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Though both have a place in kids’ app discovery, Nibbles have an edge over Quibbles. Quibbles draw conclusions and make recommendations based  someone else’s kids, iDevices and kids’ app experiences. On the other hand, Nibbles allow you to test kids’ apps yourself, with your child and on your iPad or iPhone. They give you the most direct way of gauging how well a paid kids’ app or game actually fits with your child’s age, preferences, interests, learning needs and style — before you plunk down your hard-earned 99 cents or $49.99. In short, they deliver the proverbial proof of the pudding at no cost.

So when app developers offer you free lite versions of their kids’ apps, by all means, nibble. Now you’ll find that Nibbles are not as played up as their paid counterparts, perhaps because they are mere sidekicks. So consider this post the revenge of  the sidekicks. Better yet, consider it an appetizing sampler — a sort of wine-tasting of some of the best apps and games for kids according to Apple.

You might also like our related post, The Best Free iPad and iPhone Kids’ Apps According to Apple. Be forewarned though. As in this post — no matter your age — the kid in you will not be spared. These apps will likely teach, tickle and tantalize you along with your kids.

Free trials and lite versions of some of the best iPad and iPhone apps and games for kids

Below you’ll find a list of top recommended kids’ apps on the App Store, which offer a free lite version that you and your child can sample. There are 42 apps in all  (35 if you don’t count the iPad or iPhone version of the same app), listed alphabetically. We’ve extracted these apps from the special sections listed to the right, which comprise the Apps for Kids and Games for Kids collections on the App Store. Each app is linked to corresponding kids’ app showcases, as well as to kids’ app reviews that helped us establish its age-appropriateness.

To get the free lite version of a kids’ app, simply tap or click the small “App Store” button under the app’s name in the second column. Use the search box to find an app by kids’ age, type, genre or name. To find apps by age, simply key in your child’s age in the search box. Use double-digits for single-digit ages; for example, type “07″ instead of “7.” Then use our iKidsAge “Age Gauge Guide” below to help you make age-appropriate choices. Toggle the “Search Entries” box to see more than 10 kids’ apps at a time. To buy paid apps, tap or click the “View” button within the App Store description, or get them  from consulted kids’ app reviewers’ sites to thank them for their indispensable insight and assessments.


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  • Mild age rating = Age typed plainly (ex., 04) — Only one consulted kids’ app reviewer recommends the age for an app.
  • Medium age rating = Age underlined (ex., 04) — Two or more consulted kids’ app reviewers recommend the age.
  • Strong age rating = Age underlined and bold (ex., 04) — The majority of consulted kids’ app reviewers recommend the age.

Top Recommended Kids' Apps and Games with Free Lite Versions

Updated November 2012

App Store
Kids App
Collection
 
Featured iPad and iPhone
Apps for Kids
 
App Store Description
(View = Get ratings & other info on the App Store)
 
Cost
 
 
iPad
 
 
iPhone
 
 
Kids App Reviewers
Consulted *
 
Age Rating
(Consensus)
 
Games (iPhone)

Pure Games (iPhone)
Angry Birds Space

Arcade Game
Rating: 4+

Free lite version:
PaidiPadiPhoneCSM08
Games (iPad)

Pure Games (iPad)
Angry Birds Space HD

Arcade Game
Rating: 4+

Free lite version:
Angry Birds Space HD Free - Rovio Entertainment Ltd
PaidiPadCSM08
Creativity (iPad)
BallFallDown Deluxe

Entertainment app
Rating: 4+

Free lite version:
BallFallDown - FlatPack Interactive
PaidiPad
Fun Learning (iPad)
Bats! Furry Fliers of the Night

Book app
Rating: 4+

Free lite version:
Bats!  Furry Fliers of the Night Free - Story Worldwide
PaidiPadNCT, MME, SLJ, DS03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11
Games (iPad)

Games (iPhone)

Pure Games (iPad)

Pure Games (iPhone)
Bean's Quest

Action Game
Rating: 9+

Free lite version:
Bean's Quest Lite - Kumobius
PaidiPadiPhone
Games (iPhone)

Pure Games (iPhone)
City of Secrets

Adventure Game
Rating: 4+

Free lite version:
City of Secrets - Free - Aidem Media
PaidiPadiPhoneCSM08
Games (iPad)

Pure Games (iPad)
City of Secrets HD

Adventure Game
Rating: 4+

Free lite version:
City of Secrets HD - Free - Aidem Media
PaidiPadCSM08
Games (iPhone)

Pure Games (iPhone)
Cut the Rope: Experiments

Action Game
Rating: 4+

Free lite version:
Cut the Rope: Experiments Free - ZeptoLab UK Limited
PaidiPadiPhoneCSM, SAK, ASMI06,07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12
Games (iPad)

Pure Games (iPad)
Cut the Rope: Experiments HD

Action Game

Free lite version:
Cut the Rope: Experiments HD Free - ZeptoLab UK Limited
Rating: 4+
PaidiPadCSM, SAK, ASMI06,07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12
Creativity (iPad)

Creativity (iPhone)
Dibu's Monster Maker

Educational game app
Rating: 4+

Free lite version:
Dibu's Monster Maker Lite - Playtend Apps LLP
PaidiPadiPhoneBAK, AP, SA01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10
Creativity (iPad)
Fishdom H2O: Hidden Odyssey HD (Premium)

Adventure game app
Rating: 4+

Free lite version:
Fishdom H2O: Hidden Odyssey HD - Playrix
PaidiPad
Games (iPad)
Food Processing HD

Action Game
Rating: 4+

Free lite version:
Food Processing Lite - Chillingo Ltd
PaidiPadCSM08
Games (iPhone)

Pure Games (iPhone)
Fruit Ninja

Arcade Game
Rating: 4+

Free lite version:
Fruit Ninja Free - Halfbrick Studios
PaidiPadiPhoneCSM, BAB, BKA, RED, LBR03, 04, 05, 06, 07
Games (iPad)

Pure Games (iPad)
Fruit Ninja HD

Arcade Game
Rating: 4+

Free lite version:
Fruit Ninja HD Free - Halfbrick Studios
PaidiPadCSM, BAB, BKA, RED, LBR03, 04, 05, 06, 07
Fun Learning (iPhone)
Geomaster

Educational game app
Rating: 4+

Free lite version:
Geomaster free - Visuamobile
PaidiPadiPhoneCSM13
Fun Learning (iPad)
GeoMaster Plus HD

Education app
Rating: 4+

Free lite version:
GeoMaster Plus HD Free - Visuamobile
PaidiPadCSM13
Fun Learning (iPad)
Injini: Child Development Game Suite

Education app
Rating: 4+

Free lite version:
Injini: Child Development Game Suite Lite - NCSOFT
PaidiPadCSM, SAK, BKA, PC, CTR, AP, TWA01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Letters & Words (iPad)

Letters & Words (iPhone)
iWriteWords (Handwriting Game)

Education app
Rating: 4+

Free lite version:
iWriteWords Lite - gdiplus

Also in Fun Learning
PaidiPadiPhoneCSM, A4K, ST, IF, PAR, ED, LBR, ML, RR01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09
Games (iPad)

Games (iPhone)
Kinectimals

Simulation Game
Rating: 4+

Free lite version:
Kinectimals Lite - Microsoft Corporation
PaidiPadiPhoneAS, CTR05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10
Fun Learning (iPad)

Fun Learning (iPhone)
Kiwi and Pear's World Adventure

Kids game app
Rating: 4+

Free lite version:
Kiwi and Pear's World Adventure - Lite - Zephyr Games
PaidiPadiPhoneLBR, KT, GA, CSM, DS02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10
Creativity (iPad)

Creativity (iPhone)
Little Fox Music Box – Kids songs – Sing along

Book app
Rating: 4+

Free lite version:
Little Fox Music Box – Kids songs – Sing along - Shape Minds and Moving Images GmbH
PaidiPadiPhoneIK, IAR, TWA, KR, BKA, TA, CTR, NYT, AP00, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10
Numbers & Math (iPad)

Numbers & Math (iPhone)
Math Blaster HyperBlast 2 HD

Kids game app
Rating: 4+

Free lite version:
Math Blaster HyperBlast 2 HD Free - Knowledge Adventure
PaidiPadiPhoneBAK, WE, CSM, CTR, KBIA, DEV, USAT, FFV05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12
Creativity (iPad)

Numbers & Math (iPad)

Numbers & Math (iPhone)
Mathmateer™ (formerly Rocket Math)

Education app
Rating: 4+

Free lite version:
Mathmateer™ Free (formerly Rocket Math Free) - Dan Russell-Pinson
PaidiPadiPhoneASMI, AFH, CSM, NYT, SAK, KT, BKA, ED, MIE, EM, ML, TA, MI, GA, RM, CTR, IF, FEA, DEV, IKB03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
Creativity (iPad)

Creativity (iPhone)
Max and the Magic Marker

Game app
Rating: 4+

Free lite version:
Max and the Magic Marker LITE - Electronic Arts
PaidiPadiPhoneCSM07
Games (iPad)
Megaplex Madness - Now Playing

Strategy Game
Rating: 4+

Free lite version:
Megaplex Madness: Now Playing Lite - Big Fish Games, Inc
PaidiPadCSM08
Just for Fun (iPad)

Just for Fun (iPhone)
Monster Coloring Book

Family game app
Rating: 4+

Free lite version:
Monster Coloring Book Lite - Playtend Apps LLP
PaidiPadiPhoneCSM, AS, ASMI, KC02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11
Games (iPad)
My Kingdom for the Princess II

Simulation Game
Rating: 4+

Free lite version:
My Kingdom for the Princess II Lite - Nevosoft
PaidiPadIF, CSM06, 07, 08
Letters & Words (iPhone)
Peekaboo Barn

Education app
Rating: 4+

Free lite version:
Peekaboo Barn Lite - Night & Day Studios, Inc.
PaidiPadiPhoneCSM, AS, PAR, ASMI, TFT, BAB, OC, SAK, A4K, LBR, USAT, IKA01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Letters & Words (iPad)
Peekaboo Barn for iPad

Education app
Rating: 4+

Free lite version:
Peekaboo Barn Lite - Night & Day Studios, Inc.
PaidiPadCSM, AS, PAR, ASMI, TFT, BAB, OC, SAK, A4K, LBR, USAT, IKA01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Games (iPad)

Games (iPhone)
Pizza Vs. Skeletons

Action Game
Rating: 9+

Free lite version:
Pizza Vs. Skeletons Free - Riverman Media LLC
PaidiPadiPhone
Games (iPad)

Games (iPhone)
Saving Yello

Action Game
Rating: 9+

Free lite version:
Saving Yello Lite - dreamfab
PaidiPadiPhone
Games (iPhone)

Pure Games (iPhone)
Skee-Ball

Sports Game
Rating: 4+

Free lite version:
Skee-Ball Free - Freeverse, Inc.
PaidiPadiPhoneCSM, LBR03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08
Games (iPad)

Pure Games (iPad)
Skee-Ball HD

Sports Game
Rating: 4+

Free lite version:
Skee-Ball HD Free! - Freeverse, Inc.
PaidiPadCSM, LBR03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08
Games (iPhone)

Fun Learning (iPad)

Fun Learning (iPhone)
Slice It!

Strategy game app
Rating: 4+

Free lite version:
Slice It! Begins - Com2uS Inc.
PaidiPadiPhoneBAB, CSM, ASMI, BKA, TA, ML, LBR05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13
Fun Learning (iPad)
Smash Your Food HD

Education app
Rating: 4+

Free lite version:
Smash Your Food - Food N' Me
PaidiPadKT, GA, BAK, A4K, AS, TA03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13
Games (iPhone)

Pure Games (iPad)

Pure Games (iPhone)
SpongeBob Marbles & Slides

Puzzle Game
Rating: 4+

Free lite version:
Spongebob Marbles & Slides Lite - Nickelodeon
PaidiPadiPhoneCSM, SAK, KAW04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12
Stories (iPad)

Stories (iPhone)
The Cat in the Hat - Dr. Seuss

Book app
Rating: 4+

Free lite version:
The Cat in the Hat - Dr. Seuss - LITE - Oceanhouse Media
PaidiPadiPhoneBKA, DEV, CSM, DS, USAT, AS, LBR, ASMI02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10
Fun Learning (iPad)
Tick Bait's Universe

Education app
Rating: 4+

Free lite version:
Tick Bait's Universe LITE Version - You University Apps
PaidiPadKR, MIE, TA, CTR, GA03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
Games (iPad)
Time Geeks: Find All! HD

Family Game
Rating: 4+

Free lite version:
Time Geeks: Find All! HD Free - Ivanovich
PaidiPad
Fun Learning (iPhone)
Toca Doctor

Kids game app
Rating: 4+

Free lite version:
Toca Doctor Lite - Toca Boca AB
PaidiPadiPhoneSAK, APPD, BKA, CTR, KT, A4K, DEV, CSM01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08
Fun Learning (iPad)
Toca Doctor HD

Kids game app
Rating: 4+

Free lite version:
Toca Doctor HD Lite - Toca Boca AB
PaidiPadSAK, APPD, BKA, CTR, KT, A4K, DEV, CSM01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08
Games (iPhone)

Fun Learning (iPad)

Fun Learning (iPhone)
U Connect

Puzzle game app
Rating: 4+

Free lite version:
U Connect Lite - Bit Logik
PaidiPadiPhoneCSM07
Games (iPad)

Games (iPhone)

Pure Games (iPad)

Pure Games (iPhone)
Where's My Water?

Family Game
Rating: 4+

Free lite version:
Where's My Water Free: Frankenweenie Edition - Disney
PaidiPadiPhoneCSM, USAT, TTP, SAK, IKB, IK03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12

 

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