February 21, 2017

iPad & iPhone Kids Apps Review Sites (Expanded List)

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Warm Welcome

Hello there, and welcome to my (arguably insane) birds-eye view of 100+ iOS kids apps reviews. As I explained in a companion  post, this all began for and in behalf of my three-year-old granddaughter, Maya, whose digital appetite I try to satisfy with good quality storybook, games and learning apps.  Thanks to the insight of many of the kids app reviewers listed here, it’s something that I apparently can do well from a distance.

As promised, I’ve indicated additional information about each kids app reviewer in this expanded list, beyond who they are, what they review and how often they review kids apps. Below you’ll find live links to their related podcasts and apps — perhaps the quickest and most convenient paths to sound kids app reviews and recommendations. For kids app developers and fellow freelance writers in particular,  I’ve also included live links to each site’s  “Write for Us” and “Submit Your App” forms and guidelines, if available. These links should also come in handy for wannabe kids app reviewers and newbie app developers.

Finally, you’ll also find each site’s web rank stats. It’s important to note that while web rankings by Google (based on quality links), Alexa (based on page views) and Compete (based on unique visitors) are often good indicators of a site’s quality and popularity, they also obscure brilliant but not-so-SEO-savvy reviewers. Thus, I did not use these web stats to dictate a site’s inclusion or exclusion from this list. Instead, I used this simple formula: If I visited a site more than once in the last ten months while searching for the best iPad and iPhone apps for kids, I included it in the list.  However, if a site has not produced any kids app review in the last six months, I excluded it.

To be sure then, there are other wonderful kids app reviews sites out there that may not appear on the list. If you know of one, please use the comments below to suggest its inclusion.  Also suggest any other features that you believe might make this list even more useful to subscribers. For example, I plan to add an “Approach” column to indicate how each site approaches app reviews and identifies the best iPad and iPhone apps for kids. At the moment, there seem to be five major approaches. Some reviewers observe their own kids using the subject apps and write about it, while others solicit kids app nominations from experts and bestow awards. Some base kids app assessments on their educational, psychological and medical expertise, while others rely solely on crowdsourcing or scientific algorithms.  You can look forward to seeing this information at a glance in a future iteration of this list.

100+ Helpful iPad & iPhone Kids App Review Sites

(Updated July 2012. Next major update October 2012.)

SiteBook
Apps
Game
Apps
Educ.
Apps
Special
Needs
Apps
App
Lists
Reviewed /
Rated by
Age
Groups
App
Review
Freq.
Google
Rank
(best=10)
Alexa
Global
(best=1)
Compete
U.S.
(best=1)
WelcomesRelated App /
Podcast
A Matter of AppEEducational media researcher and developmental psychologist3 thru 8Constant33168889App review requests
App AnnieBGEWeb developers and analytics specialistsVarious
(no index)
Constant45141 117934App developer partnerships
App CraverBGESNLTeam of:
- Web developers
- App reviewers
Various
(no index)
Constant588946 112712App review requests
App Star PicksBGESNNetwork of:
- Parents
- Kids App Reviewers
- App Developers
- Educators/ teachers
Various
(no index)
Constant27453008App Star Picks, free
AppChatterGApp reviewersVarious
(no index)
Occasional0487707 1153202App review requests
AppHipMomBGELParent (Mom)Young kids
(no index)
Regular34179182 2776128
APPiticBESNLApple Distinguished Educators (ADEs) and app curatorsPreschool thru
High school
Constant41246895 512937
Applicable2UBESNEducator and instructional technology coachVarious
(no age index)
Constant36577895App Star Picks, free
AppoliciousGELApp reviewers and journalistsVarious
(no index)
Regular612129 7364
Apps for Children with Special Needs (A4CWSN)SNLNetwork of:
- Parent (Dad), app developer and app reviewer
- Other reviewers
Various
(no index)
Constant5368425 268146App reviewers
Apps for HomeschoolingBESNParent (Mom), Educator and App ReviewerToddler (2-3)
thru High School
(14-18)
Constant4717151 2064505App review requestsApp Star Picks, free
Apps for iPadsBGEGrandparent (Mother)Various
(no index)
Constant36201521055105- App review requests
- Guest bloggers
Apps HubBELApp reviewersVarious
(no index)
Occasional12671825
Apps4KidsBGESNLParent (Dad)1 thru 7Constant3453176468598- App review
requests
Apps4Kids (iKids)BGEParent Couple (Mom and Dad)5 thru 6Regular38613675 4517647
AppShopperBEApp reviewersVariousConstant66323 34478App review requestsAppShopper, free
AppSmileGEApp ReviewersVarious
(no index)
Constant4328733944939- App review requests
- App reviewers/ bloggers
AppSmittenGELTeam of:
- Web developers
- Entrepreneurs
- Parents
- Educators
Various
(no index)
Regular3309420921159
ApptudesBGELApp reviewersVarious
(no index)
Constant33337391092040App reviewers
Appy EduEEducatorsVarious
(no index)
Regular4
AppysmartsBELNetwork of:
- Parents
- Educators
- Child psychologists
- Web developers
- Members
9 mos. thru
around 7
Constant3523605 App review requests
Autism SpeaksGSNLOrganization researchersVarious
(no index)
Running list750669 14632
Babble KidsLTeam of:
- Online Mag. Staff
- Bloggers
- App reviewers
Various
(no index)
Regular72672 1714Writers
Best Apps for KidsBGELTeam of:
- Parent (Mom):
- Other reviewers/
bloggers
Preschool thru
High School
Constant3166495 446940- App review
requests

- Other bloggers/
reviewers
Best Kids AppsGELTeam of:
- Parents (2 Moms)
0-4 thru
9-12
Constant4212046 243723- App review
requests
BestAppsForKids.orgBESNGrandparent (Mother)Various
(no index)
Constant31158081 1727867App review requests
Boing BoingEParent (Dad)/ Writer/ IllustratorVarious
(no index)
Regular72855 4540- App review requests- Apps for Kids Podcast, free
Book DadsBTeam of:
- Parent (Dad), literacy advocate, web designer and writer.
- Other reviewers
Under 4 thru
Young adults
Occasional41723054 592645
BridgingAppsSNNetwork of:
- Parents
- Therapists
- Doctors
- Special Ed teachers
Various
(no index)
Constant41433742 1040210App inclusion requests
Children's Technology ReviewBGELTeam of::
- Educators
- Writers
- Researchers
1 thru 15Regular5755093 430562App review requests
CNETBGELApp reviewersVarious
(no index)
Occasional8102
Common Sense Media
BGELNetwork of:
- Educators
- Researchers
- Child dev. experts
- Child advocates
0-2 thru
15-17
Constant7172474874- Common Sense
Media
, free.
Kids Media
(due 07/12),
free.
Cool Mom TechBGELTeam of:
Parents (Moms):
Kids
Tweens
Big Kids
Regular5119030162786- App review
requests
Crazy Mike's AppsBGEApp Reviewers/ MarketersVarious
(no index)
Constant5104259 338,669App review requests- CrazyMikesApps, free
Curated Book Apps for KidsBParent (Mom)1 thru 10+Constant17530891 App review requests
Daily CandyGELEditorsVarious
(no index)
Regular6143928187Story Ideas and tips
Digital StorytimeBLParent (Mom) / Educator/ Researcher1 thru 10+Constant4161461 468623Book app review requestsApp Star Picks, free
Education.comLTeam of:
- Educators
- Parents
- Child Dev. Experts
- Doctors
Preschool thru
High school
Constant611539 1134Teacher / Parent ContributorsFun Finder by Education.com, free
FamigoBGELTeam of:
- App Developers
- App Reviewers
- Parent Advisors
Toddlers
(under 4) thru
Teens (13-19)
Constant5203816 498521- App promotion
inquiries
- Sandbox app
(in progress)
Fingerprint PlayGETeam of:
- App developers
- Educator
- Entreprenuers
41106611 1420407App developer sign-ups
Fun Educational AppsBELParent (Mom)/ App Developer, along with kids1 thru 12+Constant4262241 367999App review requestsApp Star Picks, free
Gamer With KidsGEParent (Dad)Various
(no index)
Regular41078813 541745
Geek MummyGELParent (Mom) and BloggerBaby thru
Preschool
Running list3810992 3636931
GiggleAppsGEParent (Mom)Preschool to
High School+
Constant5482165 944198- App review
requests
Great Kid BooksBParent (Mom)/ School librarian4 thru 14Regular53847444 Review requests
I Education Apps Review (IEAR)ESNNetwork of:
- Educators
- Students
Preschool
thru High school
Constant51351081 883914App review requests
I Heart This AppGELNetwork of:
- Parents
- Educators
Various
(no index)
Constant3324,5421554293- App review requests
- Guest app reviewers
I Use This AppBGETeam of:
- App reviewers
- Bloggers
Various
(no index)
Constant3629776 890506App review requests
iGameMomGEParent (Mom)1 thru 10+Constant31528402 1360195
iKid AppsLApp reviewers1 thru 10Constant4289831 163360- App review/ promotion
- App reviewers
Imagination SoupBELParent (Mom), Teacher and WriterVarious
(no index)
Occasional4138648 223178
iMoreBGELParent (Mom), Math instructor and app reviewerVarious
(no index)
Constant68231 11269App review requestsiMore, free
Interaction EducationELTeam of:
- Educator
- Illustrator
- App developers
All ages
(no index)
Occasional31518772 1068498
iPad 4 Kids GEAuntYoung children
(no index)
Regular33869778
iPad AppsBGELParent (Dad)Various
(no index)
Occasional32093451 App review requests
iPad FamilyBGELA family0 thru 9+Constant42078750App review requests
iPad KidsGEApp reviewersVarious
(no index)
Constant319275285 App review requests
iPhone Application ListGEL- App review
aggregators
- App reviewers
- Member users
Various
(no index)
Regular55836599496App review requests- AppReviews,
free
iPhone.AppstormLNetwork of:
- App reviewers
- App developers
- Bloggers
Various
(no index)
Occasional56200App review requests
Kidlit AppsBLiterary agent and children book and writing bloggerVarious
(no index)
Occasional45638155
Kids App WorldBGESNTeam of:
- Parent (Mom)
- Users
Babies thru
Preschool
Constant11739008 App review requests
Kids Best iPad Apps (formerly Apps for Kids Reviews)ELUncleUnder 4
thru 7-10
Constant05714006 - App review requests
- App reviewers
Kids iPhone App ReviewBGEParent (Dad)1 thru 17+Occasional24844501 App review requests
Kids ReadBEducatorAll ages
(no index)
Occasional17040299
KinderTownETeam of:
- Parents
- Educators
- App Developers
3 thru 8 Constant4666137 1401324App review requests- KinderTown,
free
Kirkus ReviewsBLTeam of:
- Book
Reviewers
:
0-2 thru
High School
Regular67446120210- App review
requests
KleinspirationEParent (Mom) and TeacherFirst gradeOccasional5511067 382511
Love Reading 4 KidsBLTeam of:
- Book reviewers
- Book lovers
Baby thru 14+Constant5884496 436552
Lunchbox Reviews (beta)BGESNLNetwork of:
- Parent (Mom)
- Member-Parents
- App Reviewers
- Bloggers
Toddlers (2-3)
thru Elem.
School (7+)
Constant4941846453299- Members' reviews
- Bloggers / App Reviewers
- App Review Requests
- App suggestions
Mac|LifeGELTech editorsVarious
(no index)
Regular516689 23995App review requests- Mac|Life, free
- Mac|Life Mag., free
- Mac|Life- Mac|Live podcast, free
MacworldBGELEditors/ Tech reviewersAll ages
(no index)
Constant72597 5453App review requests- Macworld Digital Mag, free
- Macworld Daily Reader, free
- Macworld Express, free
-
Madhouse Family ReviewsBGEParent (Mom)Young children
(no index)
Regular31706637 App review requests
Mashable BGELTech reviewersVarious
(no index)
Regular8263860News and tips- Mashable!, free
- Mashable for iPad, free
Mind LeapGELCurrent or former teachers and educatorsPreschool thru Middle ScoolConstant31577635 1526427- Reviewer applications
- App review requests
MindShiftELJournalist and Parent (Mom) curatorVarious
(no index)
Occasional726719 KQED, free
Moms With AppsBGELParents (4 moms)/ App developers/ App marketersVarious
(no index)
Constant5109713 289535App promotion requests
OWTKBGEParent (Dad)Various
(no index)
Occasional41273903 1502966
PadGadgetBGELTech reviewersVarious
(no index)
Constant552434 85819Writers and reviewers
ParentingBGELTeam of::
- Editors
- Writers
Preschool thru
High School
Regular68261 1964- Other writers /
reviewers
- Can I Eat It?,
$1.99
Ages & Stages,
free
Parents' ChoiceBGELNetwork of:
- Parents
- Educators
- Artists
- Librarians
- Writers
1 thru 14+Constant5613476 208300- App award
submissions
ParentsGELEditorsVarious
(no index)
Occasional652501077- Parents Mag, free
- Flashcards by Parents Mag, free
- Carve a Pumpkin from Parents Mag, free
- Pocket Gallery from Parents Mag, $0.99
PCMagBGELTech reviewersVarious
(no index)
Constant71018 1258News, tips, review requests
Picky Kid App GuideBGEParent (Mom), web developer and designerUnder 2
thru 5
Constant016393360
Reading RocketsELReading researchers, educators and expertsYoung childrenRunning lists6135954 18602
Review for Dev (beta)GEApp developersVariousConstant4703871 - App reviewers
- App review requests
School Library Journal Touch and GoBSchool librariansChildren and TeensConstant6175569 - Book review requests
- Book reviewers
She Knows/LNetwork of:
- Editors
- Bloggers
Various
(no index)
Regular62141 384- Partner sites
- Writers
- Columnists
- Experts/ Advisors
- She Knows, free
- City Guide by SheKnows, free
- SheKnows.com The Buzz, free
- SheKnows Entertainment News, free
Smart Apps for KidsBGELTeam of:
- Parent (Dad)
- App reviewers
Toddlers thru 12+Constant468366 192477- Members' reviews
- App review requests
SmarTotsETeam of:
- Parents (4 Dads)
- Web developers
- Educators
2 thru 7+Constant4356039 App developer sign-ups- Smartots, free
- More than 130 apps, from $0.99
SmatoosETeam of:
- Educators
- Editors
Kids thru
College students
Constant218783 687125App review requests
SparksBGLParent (Mom)/ Writer/ Illustrator/ App developer/ EducatorYoung children
(no index)
Occasional3
Special Apps, Special KidsSNSpecial educatorVarious
(no index)
Regular120208603
Survive ParenthoodGELParents (3 Moms)Young kids
(no index)
Occasional33957845
Teachers With AppsBESNLEducatorsBaby thru
High School
Constant4520280 766056App review requestsApp Star Picks, free
Tech Savvy MamaEParent (Mom), blogger and ex-teacherVarious
(no index)
Occasional4358249 420289App review requests
Tech Tools 4 MomBGEParent (Mom) and IT specialistVarious
(no index)
Constant310877614225294App review requests
TechChef4UBGELParent (Mom), educator and instructional technology specialistPreK thru
High school
Constant41925245 1227616Free app directory, iResource and iLesson submissionsTechChef4U,
free
TechliciousGELTeam of:
- Tech reviewers
- Bloggers
- Editors
Various
(no index)
Regular4110701 44907
Technology for MomsBGEParent (Mom), IT specialist and software developerYoung children
(no index)
Regular4655348 925782
Technology in (SPL) EducationSNLParents of special needs childrenVarious
(no index)
Regularn/a168296 389832- App review requests
- Guest reviewers
The App AcademySNResearchers and reviewers (evidence-based intervention)Various
(no index)
Constant23694623 App review requests
The CybilsBLNetwork of:
- Children's lit. bloggers
- Children's lit. reviewers
Children thru
Young Adult
Occasional52657843
The Horn BookBLTeam of:
- Children's lit.
experts
- Book reviewers
- Researchers
- Educators
- Writers
- Librarians
Children thru
Young Adult
Constant61144952216376
The iKids BlogBGELTeam of:
- Parents (2 Dads) / App Developers
- Editor
None specifiedConstant41240994 2324110- App review
requests
The iMumsBGESNTeam of:
- Parents (4 Moms)
t thru 6+Constant4281324 381888App review requestsApp Star Picks, free
The iPad FanBGEParent (Dad)/ Web designer/ Tech educatorVarious
(no index)
Regular422846 594857App review requests
The iPhone App ReviewBGEApp reviewersVarious
(no index)
Constant4128501270420App review requests
The iPhone MomBGE/Parent (Mom), with help from friends and familyToddlers,
Preschool,
Elem School+
Constant5222995308892- App review
requests
The Jewish iPhone MagazineBELJewish culture expertsVarious
(no index)
Regular42288730
The New York TimesBGESNLProfessional
tech
reviewers
Various
(no index)
Occasional710871- NYTimes, free
- NYTimes for
iPad
, free
- NYTimes Crosswords,
free
The RecappBGELTech writers and reviewersVarious
(no index)
Constant3447111 947557Members and user reviews
The Wired HomeschoolBGEParent (Dad), blogger and podcasterVarious
(no index)
Occasional31685643 648473
Therapy App 411SNNetwork of Therapists, including:
- Speech Language Pathologists
- Occupational Therapists
- Physical Therapists
- Others
-
Preschool thru
High school
Constant42082720 Therapist reviewers
Time to Play MagGEToy, videos, electronics, accessories and tech reviewersVarious
(no index)
Regular4122595 62,732
Top 20 Apps for KidsBGELApp directory aggregatorsPreschool thru
3rd grade
Constant326889837
Trending MomBEParent (Mom) and humanitarianYoung children
(no index)
Running list12371901
USA TodayBGELProfessional
tech
reviewer
Various
(no index)
Regular8411 58- USA Today for iPad, free
- USA Today for iPhone, free
- USA Today Auto Pilot, free
- USA Today Crosswords, $4.99
- USA Today Classroom, free
We Are TeachersELNetwork of:
- Teachers and educators
PreK thru
College
Constant521349340308- App reviewers
What's My AppBGEApp reviewersVarious
(no index)
Occasional2808482 - App review requests
- App reviewers
Wired (GeekDad and GeekMom)BGELTech reviewersVarious
(no index)
Regular8777 1,329News, tips and pitches
YogiPlayETeam of:
- Parents
- App Developers
- Educators
2 thru 8Constant2910861 1195253App developer sign-ups- Animal Farm - Yogiplay!, $1.99
- DoReMi 1-2-3, $1.99
- Kids Numbers and Math, $0.99
- Trunky Fish Game, $1.99
- Bibi's Nest, $0.99
- Bibi's Nest HD, $1.99
- Goldilocks and the Three Bears, $0.99
- BingAnimal, free
- Trash Chaos - Best Kids Recycling App, free
- Juno's Piano, $0.99
Ziggity ZoomBGELWeb , book and app developers2 thru 8Running list5231817 26,023App review requests

 

Best Use

  • Use the “Show” box on the upper left to view kids app review sites at a time in fewer chunks at a time, rather tan all at once.
  • Sort the data in any column by clicking the little arrows next to a column title. Click once for “ascending” and twice for “descending” sort order. Refresh the page to revert back to the original order, which is alphabetical by name. Sorting numerical data, unfortunately, still leaves something to be desired. I hope to fix that in future updates.
  • Use the search box above the table to find specific terms. For example, “parent” or “educator.”
  • Click on a website’s name to visit it. For sites that do more than kids app reviews, I’ve tried to link you directly to their special kids app review sections. If you land on a home page, use the site’s search box to find iPhone or iPad kids app reviews and roundups.
  • Click on “Reviewed/Rated By” links to visit “About” pages. “Nutshell” descriptions are based on information offered in “About” pages. In some cases, links go to a related website with more info about the person or people behind the app reviews.
  • Age groups indicate the age range of the kids apps reviewed at each site. “Various” means that no specific age range or index is provided, though the suggested age range is often mentioned in the review itself.
  • Use App Review Frequency to gauge a site’s focus on apps for kids.
    • Constant = kids app reviews are posted daily to weekly.
    • Regular = kids app reviews are posted bi-weekly to monthly.
    • Occasional = kids app reviews are posted less than once a month.
    • Running list =  kids apps list or roundup updated regularly.

Important Disclaimers

  • This list is not all-inclusive. Please feel free to suggest additions and corrections  in the comment box below.
  • I am not infallible. Despite my best efforts at accuracy, I may have made errors and am counting on you to let me know.
  • Groovin’ on Apps  is not associated in any way with any of the app reviewers that appear on the list. I am neither endorsing nor vouching for the accuracy of any reviewer or website, and cannot be responsible for any damage or data loss that might result from their use.

 

 

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