As the platform matures, it seems that more and more parents are willing to give their kids tablets, let them play with smartphones, and allow them to engage with new technology in general. Of course, if you’re going to let your kids play with tech then they should probably have some apps to play with that are age appropriate. The good news is that there are plenty of apps that kids can use without you having to worry about it. Let’s take a look at the best kids apps for android!
ABC Kids is an educational app. It focuses primarily on phonics, learning the alphabet, and a little bit of writing. There is also letter matching, upper and lowercase, and word association. The interface makes it harder for kids to exit the app. Otherwise, it’s a very simple experience overall. ABC Kids also has no in-app purchases, no advertising, and it’s free to download. It’s one of the better kids apps for younger children. It’s a bit simple for older kids.
Amazon FreeTime is one of the newer kids apps. It boasts a collection of over 10,000 children’s books, TV shows, movies, and other content. Parents can set age restrictions to make sure they’re kids are seeing the appropriate content. Additionally, parents can set time limits that prevent kids from using it all day long if needed. It is a monthly subscription service, though. A single child ranges from $2.99 to $4.99 per month (depending on if you have Amazon Prime). A family plan goes for $6.99 to $9.99 per month (same restrictions).
ColorMe is one the most popular coloring book apps available. It should also be good for both kids and adults. The app boasts over 100 page broken up into a variety of categories. That includes animals, mandala, and more. The developers also add more content over time via updates. Some of the designs and pages are complex. That means they may not be enjoyable for younger children. Still, it’s one of the better kids apps that adults can also enjoy. Most of the content is free and you can buy more through in-app purchases.
Coloring Book for Creative Kids is one of the newer kids apps. This one features slightly easier things to color than ColorMe. It features a variety of color and brush options. That should keep things interesting for the kids. The easy content and bright colors should be great for most kids as well. There are some free images to start with. More are available as an in-app purchases for $0.99. It’s simple, but it’s fun and it works well.
Google Play Books is arguably the best of the kids apps for books. It has a large selection of both adult and child content. Additionally, it has things like comic books. Best of all, the app includes features for reading each type. The interface is clean. Unlike most, this one doesn’t have any child locks or anything special. It’s just a really good ereader with content for almost any age. The app is free although books will usually cost you money. It’s worth noting that the service does have some free selections as well. Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble’s Nook app are also excellent.
Intellijoy is another developer studio that specializes in apps for the little ones and there are a metric ton of apps to choose from. You’ll find apps for reading, counting, shapes, music, animals, puzzles, preschool, and a lot more. Most apps have good reviews and most of them are free. The ones that cost money don’t seem to cost more than $2.99, That’s fairly inexpensive. This is a great one stop shop for a ton of educational content for kids and they even have an all-in-one app that helps you browse the various games and apps.
Kids Doodle is a drawing and coloring application that a lot of little ones should enjoy. It features neon colors on a black background that is somewhat reminiscent of the old Light Brights we played with as kids. Children can draw and color whatever they want, save it for later, and even create slideshows with their drawings. It comes with 24 brushes including popular drawing options such as crayon. It’s entirely free with no in-app purchases which is a nice touch. It’s not bad as far as kids apps go.
Nick Jr is the official app of the TV station. As such, you can find plenty of Nick Jr content. That includes full episodes of a ton of shows, exclusive video content, and more. A lot of stuff is available for free in the app. However, you can get more if you have an existing cable subscription. Simply sign into the app with your cable subscription and you’ll have everything the app has to offer. It also has some educational games built-in. At worst, it’s free to download and try.
PBS has always been known for having great children’s content. Now there is an app with tons of that stuff. You’ll find a number of kids shows including Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Wild Kratts, Odd Squad, Dinosaur Train, and plenty of others. The service seems to work very well and we had no trouble streaming video to our devices. The interface works well. However, parents may need to start the videos for the kids. This one also has Chromecast support so you can watch it on your TV and you can buy more shows if you want to. It’s truly one of the very best kids apps.
YouTube Kids is an effort by Google to separate the kid friendly content on YouTube and then put that content in its own application. YouTube Kids is a good resource for parents and there are a ton of videos available for kids to watch. The app also comes with Chromecast support so you can watch it on TV. The service had issues in the past with bad commercials and less than friendly kids videos. However, most of those issues have been sorted out. You can also pick up a YouTube Red subscription and get an ad-free experience on YouTube Kids as well as the regular YouTube app.
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