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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

The letters come to life when touched, wriggling under your fingers (doubly so when using Force Touch on a modern iPhone), and once the word is complete, you're treated to a little animation that explains what the word means.

Best iPhone & iPad apps for kids: Intro to Colors (Montessorium)

Price: £3.99 (App Store Link)
Made for Ages 5 and under

With Intro to Colors, your child learns the basics of colours through a series of matching games. So it starts out white matching red, blue and yellow before moving on to secondary levels and gradients. Kids learn to mix and match paint to create colours, as well as how to learn to spot and name different colours.

Intro to Colors is a pretty app, which is one reason we like it. But Intro To Colors is designed to appear to children aged five and under and we think Intro to Colors a great app that makes use of the iPad to deliver something they would not get from other more traditional means.

Best iPhone & iPad apps for kids: LEGO DUPLO Train

FREE (App Store link)
Ages 5 and under

Your toddler will love to drive a colourful LEGO DUPLO Train from station to station. Choosing and loading wagons, building bridges, stopping at crossings, refueling and laying new tracks around pesky rocks. A toddler's dream.

Best iPhone & iPad apps for kids: Little Digits [iPad only]

Price: £2.99 (Download Little Digits)
Made for 5 and under

Back when the iPad first arrived, people were excited to learn it could in fact recognise all ten fingers touching the screen at once, yet few apps took advantage of this. Little Digits reasons that kids often count by using their fingers, and here they can do so by prodding an iPad. Every additional digit used updates the on-screen number accordingly (numbers here being represented by inventive, colourful beasts); and once everyone's familiar with how the app works, there are basic counting and maths puzzles to try.

Best iPhone & iPad apps for kids: Mathletics Student [iPad only]

Free. Requires annual subscription (Download Mathletics Student)
Rating: 4+

Recommended by teachers and parents is Mathletics, a subscription-based online system of maths learning.

For £39/year the child can run through adaptive-learning, level-staged maths tasks and games via computer or iPad app. Students learn at their own pace.

Mathletics is fun and features a great rewards system for kids, who win Bronze, Silver and Gold certificates by scoring points in a wide range of maths questions. These questions are presented in a fun and colourful way with animations to brighten things up but also to show how to reach the correct answers. Parents will learn a thing ot two, too.

 

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