Google IO 2016 Coverage

Best apps for kids

kids_apps_alphabet


With so many games on the market, finding apps that are both child approved and parent approved isn’t always easy. That’s why we’ve compiled this list tried-and-true Android apps for kids of all ages. These apps have been played and approved by kids and parents everywhere, so whether you’re looking for a game to curb your toddler’s untimely tantrum or give your 8-year old something to do on a rainy day, we hope this list will give you some ideas!

Where’s My Water? 2

where's-my-water-2

In this humorous, family-friendly game, kids will need to complete puzzle missions with different substances, like steam, poison, and water. There are a ton of challenges, including a races against the clock. Where’s My Water? 2 is vibrant with its graphics and silly alligator characters, but it’s also educational. Perfect for hours of child-entertainment and development of problem-solving skills.

Play Store Download Link

Angry Birds 2

angry-birds-2-app-logo

Angry Birds has become a classic game for kids everywhere. There’s just nothing like catapulting a bunch of birds with anger issues into their enemies, the bad piggies! With so many levels, this is a great game to come back to again and again. Will you be the next one save the world from all of those evil piggies and their bosses?

Play Store Download Link

Shopkins: Welcome to Shopville

shopkins-logo

Shopkins are all the rage, and now you take them with you wherever you go! In Shopkins: Welcome to Shopville, kids can play mini games and help the shop owners with various tasks, get to know the different shopkins, and earn rewards! This is a super colorful game that will keep your little ones’ attention for a good amount of time.

Play Store Download Link

Despicable Me

despicable-me-logo

The Despicable Me app is designed for kids ages 10+ due to the more challenging nature of the game. Choose your minion, and then hop on the fast, exhilarating mission of collecting fruit to make jam! Make sure to dodge obstacles, defeat the bad guys, and most of all, enjoy the game!

Play Store Download Link

My Talking Angela

my-talking-angela

My Talking Angela has become a staple among kids. When you download the app, you’ll get sweet little Angela, and the kids will spend so much time taking care of her that she’ll soon become a part of the family! Kids will be able to decorate her house, dress her in different outfits, do her makeup, feed her, bathe her, brush her teeth, etc. My Talking Angela also includes several mini games where you can acquire coins to expand things like Angela’s wardrobe or her makeup palette.

Play Store Download Link

Inside Out Thought Bubbles

inside-out-thoughts

There are many bubble-shooter style games on the Play Store, but the Inside Out version is unique. Unlike other bubble games, this one is themed around one of Disney Pixar’s most popular movies, Inside Out. Your child will be able to play with all of their favorite emotion-characters from the film, such as Joy, Sadness, Fear, and others! Kids can match thought-bubbles, earn power ups, win levels, and more!

Play Store Download Link

LEGO Juniors Create & Cruise

Lego-Juniors

This is a simple game, but that makes it perfect for little ones to use on their own! Extremely easy to navigate, kids can create their LEGO guy, build their vehicle, and drive down the road to earn coins. When you earn enough coins, you’ll get a gift, which will be another clothing piece, LEGO guy, or even a new vehicle! Play again and again to see what kind of fun prizes you’ll earn next.

Play Store Download Link

Minecraft: Pocket Edition

minecraft-pocket-edition

I don’t think anyone anticipated how much Minecraft would take the gaming world by storm, but it has, for both kids and adults. Minecraft: Pocket Edition is great for the child who loves to build and create, or be a hero in Survival Mode. Mojang is always improving the app to ensure the smoothest Minecraft experience, jam-packed with updated content. Don’t let your kids miss out on this exciting game!

Play Store Download Link

Cooking Mama

cooking-mama

Cooking Mama is perfect for kids because it’s so interactive and requires a diverse amount of simple, easy techniques. Choose different recipes at different skill levels, and see if you can create the most exquisite, well-executed meal. How many hearts will Papa give it? If he really likes it, you may even get a brand new recipe to try out later!

Play Store Download Link

Colorfy

colorfy-logo

Let your kids put their creativity to work with Colorfy. In this digital coloring book, kids can choose from an endless amount of colors and pages to create a unique work of art every time without fail. Pair similar colors for a calming effect or use a little bit of everything for a fun, zany result.

Play Store Download Link

Closing

We hope this list offered a good variety of games for all ages and play-styles, but it’s surely not an exhaustive list. From movie-themed to puzzles and popular toys to digital coloring books, there are hundreds of great apps for kids on the Google Play Store. All you have to do is a little research, and your kids will be connected in no time. Happy gaming!


About the Author: Brad Ward

Brad is a tech enthusiast, writing and tinkering with all things technology since 2011. He currently bounces between the LG G3 and his beloved Moto X! His interests include reading, entrepreneurship, the gym, and of course, queso.


  • crhylove

    I’d prefer a lost of best educational apps. Most of these seem like addictive video games….