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Best iPhone & iPad apps for kids 2016: 47 awesome children's iOS apps

Craig Grannell | March 21, 2016
These apps promise learning, creativity and fun

For kids, it'll almost certainly captivate more than traditional fare in this space, because of its playful, interactive design. And although the app was created for the 6-to-8 age range, it's perfectly suitable for younger children (or, for that matter, much older parents).

Best iPhone & iPad apps for kids: Squeebles Times Tables 2

£2.99 (App Store link)
Made for ages 6-8

Master the times tables with the help of Whizz, defeat the nasty Maths Monster, and collect little Squeeble characters, trophies and stars as you learn.

Like Math Bingo, Times Tables: Squeebles Multiplication is a colourful app that makes learning fun.

There's no timer so your child isn't rushed into guessing, and they'll love collecting all the game rewards. It's a great way to test kids on their multiplication and times tables.

UPDATE: There's now a new £2.99 version called Squeebles Times Tables 2, which features an expanded reward system, fun mini game, six tables modes, unlimited players and plenty of stats and reporting for parents and teachers - again thankfully without any in-app purchases or adverts. It's great for testing kids on their times tables and reqrding them for getting them right.

There are other Squeebles apps for addition, division, etc. See the Key Stage Fun Squeebles website for details of all on offer. Each of these are really worth the investment, but try out on one first to check your child finds it fun, too.

Best iPhone & iPad apps for kids: Star Walk Kids

Price: £2.29 (Download Star Walk Kids)
Made for 6-8

There are quite a few apps that transform your iPhone or iPad into a virtual means to explore the heavens, but the interfaces can be too complex for young children. Star Walk Kids (or, to use its full and awkward SEO-oriented name, 9 Movies of Star Walk Kids - Explore Space) strips back the popular Star Walk app, simplifying how everything works, thereby optimising it for younger users.

That doesn't mean it's bereft of information, however: you can still explore the solar system's planets, constellations, the ISS and Hubble; and there are nine animated films that enable you to delve a bit deeper into the facts and figures behind some of these objects.

Best iPhone & iPad apps for kids: Toca Nature

Price: £2.49 (Download Toca Nature)
Made for 6-8

The developers of Toca Nature aim with their app to capture some of the magic of the great outdoors, and we reckon they've succeeded. You get a little square of land, raising mountains or digging rivers with a swipe of a finger. You then tap to plant trees and watch as an ecosystem comes to life.


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