Top 10 Apps for Children
Posted 26/05/2014 by BrightHouse Team
Smartphones and tablets have become a big part of many people’s lives, and kids grow up being able to intuitively use these devices from a young age. While smartphones and tablets have all sorts of uses for adults, developers have also been creating many great apps for children. There are games, story books, educational apps, as well as creative and play apps for drawing, music and much more.
We’ve put together a list of the top 10 apps for children on Android and iPhone, so your children can learn, play, and create to their heart’s content.
Endless Alphabet - Android / iPhone
This app will help to introduce younger children to the alphabet through some fun and colourful characters. These little monsters act out words starting with each letter, making them easier to remember and fun to learn. You can try the first seven words for free, with the rest unlocked through a single purchase.
Hakitzu Elite: Robot Hackers – Android / iPhone
Learning to create computer code is becoming an essential part of education for children, and this game introduces them to some simple coding by building and battling giant robots. This is a great app for older children, and they can pit their robots against their friends’ in multiplayer.
Color & Draw for Kids – Android / iPhone
Color & Draw gives children a well-designed app to explore their creativity through drawing and colouring-in. There are lots of pre-loaded colouring pictures based around favourite themes such as dinosaurs and animals, and there are all sorts of tools that your child can use to draw, paint, and colour.
Grimm’s Bookshelf – Android / iPhone
This virtual bookshelf brings together well-known fairytales from publisher StoryToys, in the form of beautifully designed, pop-up digital books. There are free games for many of the stories, such as looking for baby Mowgli in the jungle, playing ping pong with the Beast, and catching butterflies with Puss in Boots.
coLAR Mix – Android / iPhone
Your children’s colouring skills will be brought to life through augmented reality with this clever app. You print out colouring pictures, your kids colour them in, and then you use the camera on your device to render the images in animated 3D models that will delight and amaze.
Petting Zoo – Android / iPhone
This popular and critically acclaimed app features a selection of hand-drawn animals in an adorably quirky style, with music and sounds to accompany each one. The animals react in interesting and surprising ways to taps and swipes, and will entertain children and adults alike.
Dr. Panda’s Restaurant 2 – Android / iPhone
Letting your kids loose in the kitchen can be a bit risky, so this app allows them to experiment with their culinary skills without creating a mess. As well as a being a very fun game, it also introduces kids to cooking techniques, and will encourage them to think about food and how it’s prepared.
Mr Shingu’s Paper Zoo - Android / iPhone
Another popular app for encouraging creativity, Mr Shingu’s Paper Zoo allows children to create their own zoo from folded origami animals. They can colour and place the animals how they like, and you’ll likely find them asking to create the paper animals in real life too.
CBeebies Playtime – Android / iPhone
If you have young children who are fans of CBeebies, this app will let them play games with characters from their favourite TV programmes. They can create words with the Alphablocks, find dinosaurs with Andy, and make pirates with a swashbuckling version of Make a Picture.
Minecraft – Pocket Edition – Android / iPhone
Minecraft gives children (and adults) the chance to create anything they can imagine in a world of blocky hills, trees, and animals. The game has been on PC for several years, and now this mobile version means anyone can be an amateur architect, and kids will be entertained for hours.