10 iPhone Apps for Kids

I could have kissed my iPhone after waiting for over an hour at the doctors one day. After exhausting many of my usual tactics for keeping my son busy, I downloaded a free flash card iPhone app for my phone. I decided a variety of children’s iPhone apps on my phone would be useful for other such occasions but I just didn’t know where to start. There are just so many to choose from! Fortunately for me, Melissa has done some research on this subject and is sharing 10 of her favourite apps for kids.

10 iPhone Apps for Kids

Guest Post by Melissa 

I had a very odd feeling the other day, watching my 3 year old play on my iPhone. What is the world coming too? We are in the age of technology. The things we can do on our phones you couldn’t do on a PC not long ago. Just as my mother was amazed at how quick I learned how to use the VCR machine, I am forever amazed at how fast my darling daughter picked up on how to use my iPhone.

Below are our family favourite 10 iPhone apps. All of these apps can be used on every version of iPhone and most of them are free. While they are not all strictly educational, I think they all have something to offer.

1. Talking Hippo/Giraffe/Roby iPhone app (free)

iphone apps for kidsThis app is fun for everyone! Well, that is until you get sick of hearing your words repeated by a hippo, giraffe or robot. My daughter has never tired of this iphone app. She loves to tickle the animals and make them dance, but be aware that there are more adult based ones like Talking Tom and Talking John. One is a cat that when you tap the screen he acts as though he is punched and the other is a germ. The germ multiplies then disperses when given a “shot” and has a very evil laugh. They are all basically harmless, but the kiddies ones are cuter.

2. Peek a Boo Ratle iPhone App (free)

peek a boo rattle iphone app for kidsThis is a very basic iPhone app. Just shake the phone and a random animal appears and makes noises. My 3 year old plays this game with her 9 month old sister and both of them are enthralled.



3. My Coloring Book iPhone app (free)

my coloring book iphone appAs the name suggest, it’s colouring, iPhone style. The child can click the colours they want and then press where they want the colour to go. There are tonnes of different pictures to choose from and it’s especially great for travelling or waiting for appointments. It’s all the fun of colouring without worrying about packing up pencils.


4. Mini Zoo iPhone app (free)

mini zoo iphone app for kidsWe love this game due to it’s simplicity. While some games have time limits, at which point the will “expire” (not so fun explaining to a toddler), this game has none of that. The child can build up their own zoo, earn money and spend the money on more animals. It teachers the value of money without having to worry about flushing dead fish (see below.)

5. Fish Life iPhone app (free)

fish life iphone app for kidsThat being said, we love Fish Life. Without regular feeding, the fish will die and you have to tap each fish & “flush” it. My 3 year old seems okay with the concept and is far more upset that she then has no money for more fish! The graphics are fun and just watching the fish swim around seems to be a favourite pass time.

6. Cut the rope Lite iPhone app (free)

cut the rope lite iphone app for kidsThis is new one in our arsenal, and requires some co ordination so probably suited to older children. The aim is to cut the rope in the right manner to swing the candy into the monsters mouth. It’s not too hard and very entertaining.


7. Look Again! iPhone app ($1.99)

look again iphone app for kidsThis is a very basic game but great for teaching your kids all about shapes.



8. Dora the Explorer saves the Crystal Kingdom — Rainbow Ride ($1.99) (or Dora Saves the Crystal Kingdom Lite (Free)

dora saves the crystal kingdom iphone app for kidsAnything Dora is popular in my house and the lite version is exciting enough for a child up to about 4 or 5 I would say. You have the option of a “rainbow ride” where tilting the phone collects crystals as Dora slides on a rainbow. The second option is colouring in Dora.


9. Kids Paint iPhone app ($0.99)

kids paint iphone app for kidsThis app includes a range of colours, stamps and shape options. It’s very much like the original Paint on PC.


10. Bubble eXplode iPhone app (free)

bubble explode iphone app for kidsThis is a bubble popping game, where you match colours. Much like tetris, it also has a monochrome option with no colours but different shapes which makes a nice change. It has 3 different game options, one of which is “chill out” where you can just keep on playing without the “winning” factor, which is great for littlies.


What iPhone apps do your kids like? Leave them in a comment below

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  • Reply
    Kirralee Baker
    July 21, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Fantastic! Thanks Melissa. My 3 year old’s favourite iphone activity is scrolling through all my photos. Will keep her entertained for ages. Especially since they’re mostly of her and her little brother :-). We have the Dora app and Miss 3 loves it, but I’ll have to have a look at the other ones. They sound great. Another one both my 3 and 1 year olds like is Hatch.

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    July 21, 2011 at 9:13 am

    Melissa, you’ve saved me so much time looking around for iPhone apps. Your reviews tell mr what I’m getting from a mums perspective and I love that!! Thank you!

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    July 21, 2011 at 9:33 am

    I have to say I am yet to jump on the iphone wagon and we don’t own any computer games like Wii or Playstation. Unfortunately we spend a lot of time at the Doctors and hospital, often with all 3 kiddies in tow. I still pack a small bag with colouring, reading books and a favorite teddy (I spy is also great). I often receive compliments on the behavior of my children and the way I go about keeping them busy, which at 6,3 and 1 is no easy task lol!! That said, there was one visit that was very traumatic and I was eternally grateful to a lovely nurse who gave my daughter a video of Dora on her ipod. It calmed her down and made the whole ordeal a little less awful for her. I guess eventually I will be on the wagon but in the meantime I will just have to manage the good old way lol!!!

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    July 21, 2011 at 10:39 am

    My 22 month old loves talking Tom cat 2 and lunchbox I dunno how many hissyfits I hav stopped with my iPhone

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    July 21, 2011 at 11:38 am

    I have reluctantly let my 2 year old play games on my iphone. He uses it on the school run each morning and I was amazed when he pointed to the Coles sign and said C for Cow! Turns out he knows every letter of the alphabet and can relate them to actual words. I allow him to play some Duck Duck Moose games such as Monkey Preschool Lunchbox, Park Math, Word Wagon and Fish School. He loves them.

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    July 21, 2011 at 11:42 am

    My kids are a little bit older than three but my 5 year old loves:
    Smurf Village ( free app)., Tap Zoo (free app)., Color Fill (free app)., Coin Dozer (free app)., Touch Cats/and Touch Dogs (free apps)., and Pick up sticks (was free last week not sure now!!)

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    July 21, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    I was reluctant to let my son play games on my phone, but when we travelled overseas when he was 18 months, I relented.
    He loves ‘peekaboo barn’ and ‘peekaboo wild’, and there are a few train apps that he likes too (and mostly plays with Daddy!!). He also likes the talking apps like Gina the giraffe, and Robi the robot. He also loves scrolling through the photos, and now likes to take photos too!!
    I am always amazed at how well a 2 year old navigates his way around and finds the apps he likes.

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    July 21, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    Some of my 2 year old’s favourite apps are Glow Draw, Peekaboo Barn, Cars 2, I Write Words, and there’s a number of flash card type apps that he loves too.

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    July 21, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    I get lots of Aunty time and my friend’s kids love ‘Pkt Sounds’. Good to practice identifying the pictures and the sounds. The motorbike is the big hit!
    Thanks for the tips for new Apps!

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    July 30, 2011 at 7:48 am

    My toddlers love Tozzle’s puzzle and Jacob’s shapes! A Very educational puzzles that mummy loves too! We also love love.. Monkey lunchbox preschool. It’s very educational for toddlers too and has reward system, so my kids love it!

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    Danielle B
    August 14, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    This one is so much fun 🙂


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    August 16, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    this one is guaranteed to keep the kids entertained!


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