Best Free iPhone Apps for Kids

June 11, 2011  |  
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Smartphones and tablets are the way of the future, so our children should be prepared to use them. It’s never too early to teach your child how to touch and slide; and, it can work for your sanity when there are not any toys or books around. Plus, just as much as they are having fun, they are also learning.

With so many apps available, you may not know where to start. So, here is a list of the tried and tested from parents at Babble, Parenting and me. And, guess what? All of them are free!

1.       Pocket Frogs
Remember Nano pets? Well, this game is very similar. If you have a child interested in amphibians, they will love collecting, trading and breeding new frogs in customizable habitats. Not to mention, they can also play with other friends.

Recommended for ages 3 & up.

2.       Scribble Lite
Turn your phone into a mini sketch pad with a variety of colors, pens and draw-on photo options. Like an Etch-a-Sketch on steroids, your child can create a masterpiece then simply shake it to erase.

Recommended for ages 3 & up.

3.       Wooo!
It’s a button…that says wooo! While it may err on the annoying side for parents, it is rather entertaining for small children. Your child is whining and crying in the backseat then, wooo! Instant gold. The 100th tap is just as amusing as the first. It’s also a way to learn cause and effect in its simplest form.

Recommended for all ages.

4.       Toddler Teasers: Shapes
This game was actually created by a real mom/dad duo to keep their tot occupied. It quizzes toddlers on the basics. Children are told which shape to touch and after a certain amount of correct answers they get a virtual reward sticker.

Recommended for ages 2-4.

5.       Penguin Whacker
Just like the Whack-a-Gator games at Chuck-E-Cheese, this game lets your child finger-whack as many cute penguins as they can in a given timeframe.

Recommended for ages 3 & up.

6.       Faces iMake
This unique app gives your child the opportunity to make collage art. There are a wide variety of face shapes and objects. The developers provided things like household goods, food and toys to drag and drop throughout their masterpiece. Objects can be rotated, layered and saved to your photo gallery.

Recommended for ages 5 & up.

7.       Doodle Find
Forget Where’s Waldo. Where is doodle? This app asks kids to locate doodles that appear to be right in front of them, but they are actually hidden in plain sight. Children have to find as many doodles as they can in ninety seconds. The catch: Every time they catch one doodle more pop up.

Recommended for ages 8 & up.

8.       iSign Alphabet
You and your children can learn sign language with this app that holds the entire American Sign Language Alphabet. They will love practicing and showing off their skills. Great for waiting in long lines at the DMV or any other government office.

Recommended for ages 4 & up.

9.       Mad Libs
Stimulate your child’s imagination and boost reading comprehension with the wacky story creator. All they have to do is fill in the blanks.

Recommended for ages 5 & up.

10. Kids Bingo
B-I-N-G-O teaches numbers and words and your children will love celebrating when they get five in a row.

Recommended for ages 6 & up.

LaShaun Williams is a lifestyle and relationship advice columnist and blogger. Her work has been featured on popular urban sites, such as The Grio, and she has made appearances on the Tom Joyner Morning Show and Santita Jackson Show. She is also the founder of Politically Unapologetic, where she unabashedly discusses pop culture, life, love and a dash of watercooler news. Follow @itsmelashaun on Twitter or visit her on Facebook.

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