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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

Best iPhone & iPad apps for kids: Number Monster

£2.29 (App Store link)
Ages 5 and under

One for the very early learners, Number Monster (from Wombi) is a simple app that teaches kids to recognise numbers - from 1-20. It's friendly and easy for kids to pick up. Parents can turn on and off visual clues as their child progresses. It doesn't go much further than that so is a little expensive for what it offers.

There's also a Shape Monster games (at the time of writing this was offered for free). Like Number Monster it's easy and friendly, and can be set at different levels up to hexagons and pentagons from a start with squares and circles, etc.

Wombi also offers Colour Monster and Letter Monster apps, and a simple telling-the-time app called Around The Clock.

Best iPhone & iPad apps for kids: Nursery Rhymes

Price: £4.99 (Download Nursery Rhymes Bundle)
Made for 5 and under

This set of three apps reimagines famous nursery rhymes as tiny interactive scenes. In 'Hey Diddle Diddle', there's a fiddling cat, leaping cow, grinning moon, and crockery eloping with cutlery. Every item on the screen can be tapped to make it wobble and emit a sound effect, and the rhyme is sung through when the words are tapped. Navigation between rhymes is by way of large arrows at the top of the screen, ensuring the Nursery Rhymes collection is suitable for even very young toddlers.

Note that the three volumes are also available individually, and there are separate free versions, too. Each of those has a single unlocked rhyme, the rest being available via a single IAP.

Best iPhone & iPad apps for kids: Peek-a-Zoo

Price: £2.29 (Download Peek-a-Zoo)
Made for 5 and under

There's an elegant simplicity at the heart of Peek-a-Zoo, and it might at first appear a bit too simple. But any time spent with the app and a small child will dismiss any lingering concerns. You'll grow to love the gang of sweet cartoon animals, and the simple questions for the child to answer: Who is winking? Who is dressed up? And so on. You soon realise that although this app is very straightforward, it's cunningly teaching your child all kinds of things, from identifying animals to types of clothing and actions.

Best iPhone & iPad apps for kids: Sago Mini Babies

Price: £2.29 (Download Sago Mini Babies)
Made for 5 and under

This one's all about caring for a little Sago baby, feeding, bathing and playing with a tiny cat, rabbit or dog. There's plenty of character in evidence, whether you're making your on-screen chum grin when splashing about in the bath or glare when you splatter a load of food mush on its face. According to the developer, the familiarity of the activities will help young children better understand their world and improve nurturing behaviour; and the colourful visuals and straightforward controls should ensure it's plenty of fun for them to play.


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