August 21, 2014

The Best Free iPad and iPhone Kids’ Apps According to Apple

free, games for kids, apps for kids, best kids apps, top kids apps, educational apps, learning apps, learning games, educational games, ipad for kids, iphone for kids, Apple, App StoreThere’s a difference between popular kids’ apps and games that grab the world’s fancy momentarily, and the best kids’ apps and games that become all-time favorites, classics and “must-haves.” So which type of kids’ apps do you seek?

Either way, Apple’s got you covered. With some overlap, the App Store lists them separately. You’ll find popular kids’ apps robotically listed in Top 25 or Top Charts lists. And then you’ll find the more exceptional among them humanly curated  in the Apps for Kids and Games for Kids collections.The first collection highlights the best education and learning kids’ apps, and the second highlights the best entertainment, games and learning games for kids. Creativity and fun learning apps for kids figure prominently in both.

Ultimately, Apps for Kids and Games for Kids give you the best kids’ apps and games according to Apple. Collectively, they feature more than 250 stellar children’s apps, handpicked by its editors from more than 20,000 kids’ apps on the market. We’ve researched and age-rated these top kids’ apps for you elsewhere on this site and, in the process, uncovered a pleasant surprise.

 

You might also like our related post, Apple’s Top Apps and Games for Kids That You Can Try for Free. 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.

You can get nearly one-fifth of Apple’s top recommended kids’ apps and games for free

Cool beans, right? You’ll find these top free kids’ apps listed alphabetically below. To date, there are 51 of them in all (43, if you don’t count the iPad or iPhone versions of the same app). We’ve culled them from the special sections listed to the right, which comprise the App Store Apps for Kids and Games for Kids collections. We’ve also linked them to the kids’ app collections that showcase them, as well as to kids’ app reviews that helped us establish their age-appropriateness. All this to help you load up your iPad or iPhone with free quality kids’ apps that will entertain and teach your children well going forward.

But first, a few words about how to use the table below. 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. And when possible, get apps from consulted kids’ app reviewers’ sites to thank them for their indispensable insight and assessments.

Now, have at ‘em. Drum roll, please. Here are the best free iPad and iPhone kids’ apps according to Apple. Happy hunting!


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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 Free Kids Apps and Games on the App Store

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 (iPad)

Pure Games (iPad)
4 Elements HD (Premium)

Adventure game app
Rating: 4+
Free
(temp)
iPadCSM08
Games (iPhone)

Creativity (iPhone)
Albert

Kids game app
Rating: 4+
Free
(temp)
iPadiPhoneIKB, CSM03, 04, 05, 06, 07
Games (iPad)

Creativity (iPad)
 
Albert HD

Kids Games
Rating: 4+

Free
(temp)
iPadIKB, CSM03, 04, 05, 06, 07
Letters & Words (iPad)
Articulation Station

Education app
Rating: 4+


Paid full version:
Articulation Station Pro - Little Bee Speech
FreeiPadiPhoneCSM, AFH, TA4, TIM, SLC, SAK, AM01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15
Fun Learning (iPad)

Fun Learning (iPhone)
Awesome Eats™

Game app
Rating: 4+
FreeiPadiPhoneI4K, COM, TIPT, USAT, TOM, BKA, KT01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06
Stories (iPad)
Booksy: Learn to Read Platform for K-2

Education app
Rating: 4+


Paid full version:
Booksy: School Edition. Learning to Read Platform k-2 - Tipitap Inc.
FreeiPadDEV, CTR, SAK, TA00, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08
Fun Learning (iPad)

Fun Learning (iPhone)
BrainPOP Featured Movie

Education app
Rating: 4+
FreeiPadiPhoneASMI, SMA, IEAR, EM, LBR, TWA, CSM, SAK, TSM, YAP03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
Fun Learning (iPad)
Color Uncovered

Education app
Rating: 4+
FreeiPadCMS, RED, DS, CMT04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12
Creativity (iPad)

Creativity (iPhone)
Crayola Lights, Camera, Color!

Game app
Rating: 4+


Paid full version:
Crayola Lights, Camera, Color! HD - Griffin Technology
FreeiPadiPhoneDEV
Letters & Words (iPad)
Crayola: Ruckus Reader

Book app
Rating: 4+
FreeiPadDS, KBIA, AP03, 04, 05, 06
Just for Fun (iPad)
Disneyland Explorer

Entertainment app
Rating: 4+
FreeiPadKAW, SAK04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11
Creativity (iPhone)
Doodle Buddy - Paint, Draw, Scribble, Sketch - It's Addictive!

Productivity app
Rating: 4+

FreeiPadiPhoneTA4, CSM, LBR, CTR, SLJ02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
Creativity (iPad)
 
Doodle Buddy for iPad – Paint, Draw, Scribble, Sketch – It’s Addictive!

Productivity app
Rating: 4+
FreeiPadTA4, CSM, LBR, CTR, SLJ02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
Just for Fun (iPad)

Just for Fun (iPhone)
Easy-Bake Treats!

Lifestyle app
Rating: 4+
FreeiPadiPhoneGB, SLJ, CLC, CC03, 04
Letters & Words (iPhone)
Feel Electric!

Game app
Rating: 4+
FreeiPadiPhoneCSM, PC, RK, GA02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10
Fun Learning (iPhone)
Flat Stanley

Social networking app
Rating: 4+
FreeiPadiPhoneIC, CSM, CTR, NYT03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10
Stories (iPad)

Stories (iPhone)
Goodnight Safari

Book app
Rating: 4+
Free
(temp)
iPadiPhoneAS, DS, CTR, KR, KT, IK01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06
Fun Learning (iPad)
Happly

Education app
Rating: 4+

FreeiPadDEV
Games (iPhone)
Kick Buttowski: Loco Launcho

Arcade game app
Rating: 4+
FreeiPadiPhoneCSM 07
Fun Learning (iPhone)
Kiko: The Last Totem

Game app
Rating: 4+
Free
(temp)
iPadiPhoneCSM12
Fun Learning (iPad)
 
Kiko: The Last Totem [HD]

Game app
Rating: 4+
Free
(temp)
iPadCSM12
Creativity (iPhone)
LEGO® Super Heroes Movie Maker

Entertainment app
Rating: 4+
FreeiPadiPhoneDEV, BEH
Creativity (iPad)

Creativity (iPhone)
Magic Piano

Music app
Rating: 4+
FreeiPadiPhoneCSM, TTP, USAT, LBR, CTR03, 04, 05, 06, 07
Numbers & Math (iPad)

Numbers & Math (iPhone)
Motion Math: Hungry Fish

Education app
Rating: 4+


Paid full version:
Motion Math: Hungry Fish Pro - Motion Math
FreeiPadiPhonePC, A2U, CSM, KT, TA, IK, CTR, EDS, ML, ED, TWA, C&C, IEAR04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13
Numbers & Math (iPad)
Motion Math: Wings

Education app
Rating: 4+


Paid full version:
Motion Math: Wings Pro - Motion Math
FreeiPadiPhoneAS, PC, CSM, IK, CTR, NYT, KT, DEV, ED, EM, ML, C&C, TECH, IK04, 05, 06, 07,08, 09, 10, 11, 12
Numbers & Math (iPad)
Motion Math Zoom

Education app
Rating: 4+


Paid full version:
Motion Math: Zoom Pro - Motion Math
FreeiPadiPhoneCSM, TA, CTR, EDS, PC, NYT, ML, TIPT, DEV, TPM, IEAR04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13
Fun Learning (iPad)

Fun Learning (iPhone)
NASA App HD

Education app
Rating: 4+
FreeiPadCSM, ML07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13
Fun Learning (iPhone)
Patchworkz

Puzzle game app
Rating: 4+

Paid full version:
Patchworkz (Full) - Big Fish Games, Inc
FreeiPadiPhone
Fun Learning (iPad)
Patchworkz - HD

Puzzle game app
Rating: 4+

Paid full version:
Patchworkz - HD (Full) - Big Fish Games, Inc
FreeiPad
Just for Fun (iPhone)
PBS KIDS Photo Factory

Education app
Rating: 4+
FreeiPadiPhoneTSPG, SOF, RED, LBR, STB01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08
Just for Fun (iPad)

Just for Fun (iPhone)
PBS KIDS Video

Education app
Rating: 4+
FreeiPadiPhoneASMI, SMAT, GA, MW, CSM, MSN, LBR02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10
Fun Learning (iPhone)
PLAY123 for iPhone

Education app
Rating: 4+
FreeiPadiPhoneAS, KT, A4K, KAW, COM01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06
Fun Learning (iPad)
 
PLAY123

Education app
Rating: 4+
FreeiPadAS, KT, A4K, KAW, COM01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06
Creativity (iPad)

Creativity (iPhone)
Pocket Frogs

Simulation game app
Rating: 4+

FreeiPadiPhoneLBR, RED, CSM03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08
Creativity (iPhone)
Puppet Pals Pocket

Education app
Rating: 4+
FreeiPadiPhoneCTR, ML, TA, ASMI, CSM, SCH03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
Creativity (iPad)
 
Puppet Pals HD

Education app
Rating: 4+
FreeiPadCTR, ML, TA, ASMI, CSM, SCH03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
Fun Learning (iPad)

Fun Learning (iPhone)
Qvoid

Game app
Rating: 4+


FreeiPadiPhoneBKA05, 06, 07, 08
Fun Learning (iPad)
Science360 for iPad

Education app
Rating: 4+

FreeiPadCSM, USAT, MIE08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
Fun Learning (iPad)

Fun Learning (iPhone)
Shadow Move

Educational game app
Rating: 4+

FreeiPadiPhone
Games (iPhone)

Pure Games (iPhone)
Snuggle Truck

Racing game app
Rating: 9+
FreeiPadiPhoneCSM08
Games (iPad)

Pure Games (iPad)

Snuggle Truck HD

Racing game app
Rating: 9+
FreeiPadCSM08
Just for Fun (iPhone)
StarTeeth
FreeiPadiPhoneCSM, A4K, LBR, BAK01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07
Stories (iPad)
Starring You Storybooks
(formerly JibJab Jr.)

Book app
Rating: 4+
FreeiPadBKA, DS, CTR, CSM, SAK, TONY01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11
Numbers & Math (iPad)
Sushi Monster

Education app
Rating: 4+
FreeiPadiPhoneCSM, KT, ED, CTR, PC, BAK, CO05, 06, 07,08, 09, 10, 11
Just for Fun (iPhone)
Talking Tom Cat 2

Entertainment app
Rating: 4+
FreeiPadiPhoneLBR03, 04, 05, 06, 07
Just for Fun (iPad)
 
Talking Tom Cat 2 for iPad

Entertainment app
Rating: 4+
FreeiPadLBR03, 04, 05, 06, 07
Letters & Words (iPad)

Letters & Words (iPhone)
The Opposites

Education app
Rating: 4+
Free
(temp)
iPadiPhoneGA, ED, TWA, AIE, AOT, TA, RR05, 06, 07,08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
Creativity (iPad)
 
TinkerBox HD

Puzzle game app
Rating: 4+

FreeiPadSAK06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12
Games (iPad)

Games (iPhone)

Pure Games (iPad)

Pure Games (iPhone)
To-Fu 2

Arcade game app
Rating: 4+
FreeiPadiPhoneCSM, NYT04, 05, 06, 07
Creativity (iPad)
Toontastic

Education app
Rating: 4+


Paid full version:
Toontastic: All Access - Launchpad Toys

App Store Hall of Fame
FreeiPadiPhoneAFH, IA, KT, IK, RR, SAK, PC, CTR, MIE, ED, YP, EM, LBR, ML, TIP, GA, IEAR, CSM02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
Games (iPad)

Games (iPhone)
Whale Trail

Action game app
Rating: 4+

App Store Hall of Fame
FreeiPadiPhoneCSM, TOM, BKA02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12

 

 

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