- Apps for Kids and Games for Kids on the App Store are great places to discover the best iPhone and iPad apps for your kids. They each give you widely praised and award-winning kids’ apps, grouped by type for easy browsing.
Unfortunately, neither Apps for Kids nor Games for Kids provides an age gauge that tells you which top recommended kids’ apps would work best for your baby, toddler or tween.
So to help you avoid guesswork, hours of research and wrong choices, we’ve launched iKidsAge. This age-rated version of Apps for Kids and Games for Kids is not as pretty or slick, but it will help you find age-appropriate iPhone and iPad kids’ apps — from among the best of the best — quickly, easily and (a lot more) precisely.
No Age Ratings for Top Kids’ Apps — Corrected
Age-appropriateness is key to getting the most satisfaction and your money’s worth on kids’ apps. In the best case, a kids’ app will entertain or educate your child as promised because it is a good fit for her age. In the worst case, it will bore or overwhelm her, even if it is a downright awesome app.
So without kids’ age guidance on the App Store, hype and luck will drive your kids’ app choices. And, since most top recommended kids’ apps are paid apps, playing “kids app roulette” like this can become an expensive proposition very quickly. Thus, iKidsAge.
Multiple Kids’ App Age Ratings — Managed
Without a kids’ app age gauge on the App Store, you can’t make smart choices without first doing homework. iKidsAge does this homework for you.
You see, the Web teems with excellent kids’ app reviewers. Some even provide wonderful kids’ app discovery apps. But iKidsAge makes them speak to you with one voice about the age-appropriateness of the best kids’ apps and games touted by Apple.
Why? Because learning recommended kids’ ages for iPhone and iPad kids’ apps can be tricky. For example, I recently bought a couple of pricey kids’ apps for my 3-year-old granddaughter. Sadly, they are now collecting dust while waiting for her to grow into them. One (a book app) spooked her and the other (a learning game) frustrated her to tears. Each app came strongly recommended for her age by a reputable kids’ app reviewer. And yet, I missed the mark — sorely.
In fact, as the slide show here illustrates, five trusted kids’ app reviewers might recommend five different age ranges for a single kids’ app, depending on their review approach and test kids. So whose advice will you take? To avoid further mismatches, I’ve learned to consult them all. I do this to discern agreement on age-appropriateness before making my final decision or recommending a kids’ app to someone else. So far, so great.
Still, researching just one kids’ app like this can be supremely time-consuming, even impossible, for busy grown-ups. Who has the time? That’s where iKidsAge comes in handy.
A Reliable Age Gauge — Blended
The goal of iKidsAge is simple and two-fold:
- First, to spare you the time it would take to research the age-appropriateness of Apple’s top recommended kids’ apps.
- Second, to enable you to benefit from the combined perspectives and age-ratings of multiple kids’ app reviewers.
So for every awesome kids’ app featured on Apps for Kids or Games for Kids, iKidsAge produces a “blended age rating.” This composite combines kids’ age recommendations offered by reviewers who are parents, teachers, school librarians, therapists, child development specialists, app developers, tech editors, researchers and so on. And then, it tells you where they strongly, somewhat or don’t agree on kids’ age appropriateness, so that you can make better kids’ app choices accordingly.
The bottom line is iKidsAge gives you a priceless “two-fer.” As a bonus, you’ll stay on top of change: You’ll always know the latest, greatest apps your kids would enjoy as they grow.
What more can a busy, picky, frugal or sometimes lazy grown-up want?
iKidsAge is a kids’ app research service. It’s one-of-a-kind kids’ app guidance that helps you choose apps for the kids you love in a more discriminating, hype-resistant and granular way. You can pay once to use iKidsAge for a lifetime, or only when you need it. You can also use a lite version for free.
As always, your comments and suggestions are welcome.