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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

As with any decent challenge game there are high scores and player statistics to track performance, polus achievements and badges as rewards.

We enjoyed Blackboard Madness. It's free. So why not try it?

Best iPhone and iPad apps for kids: Dino Tim

Price: Free (App Store link)
Made for ages 3-6

Dino Tim is a great way for younger children to get to grips with colours, shapes and their first words. Dino Tim's family has been abducted by witches, and kids have to solve various educational puzzles in order to save them. The game involves solving colour and geometric shape puzzles, as well as running, flying, jumping and even a little bit of magic.

The aim of the game is to teach kids to recognise basic geometric shapes, as well as to learn about colours and even their first words. The game has been fully translated into a number of languages (French, Spanish and Italian to list a few) which provides your child with a great opportunity to learn a foreign language in a fun way, from a young age.

Best iPhone and iPad apps for kids: Doodle Critter Math: Shapes

Price: £2.29 (App Store Link)
Rated: 4+

Doodle Critter Math: Shapes teaches your children basic shapes such as triangle, rectangle, square, hexagon and circle. Kids learn to draw different shapes by touching the 'critters' (small animals). A range of tasks including sorting, matching and memory games, make learning fun. Doodle Critter Math is designed for kids aged three to five and is another great way that young children can use the technology on the iPad to learn basic skills.

Best iPhone & iPad apps for kids: Elephant Art! Painting Room

Price: Free/£2.29 (Download Elephant Art! Painting Room)
Made for 5 and under

It's immediately clear this isn't a typical art app when you prod a button and an elephant's massive foot crushes a banana, splattering it across a canvas on the wall. Further buttons provide additional destructive capabilities, obliterating all manner of household objects that magically become transformed into paint and flung at the artwork, creating a kind of abstract masterpiece.

It's all very silly and a world away from virtual crayons, but the developer notes that is the point. Elephant Art isn't about recreating the real world, but celebrating colours, magic and art.

Best iPhone & iPad apps for kids: Endless Alphabet

Price: £4.99 (Download Endless Alphabet)
Made for 5 and under

Although more conventional than Metamorphabet, listed elsewhere in this feature, Endless Alphabet proves that dialling down the surreal doesn't mean an app about letters has to be boring. On the contrary, Endless Alphabet is a lot of fun as you choose a word, watch the letters scatter, and drag them back into place.


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