50 Best iPhone and iPad Apps for Kids
You love your iPhone, and for good reason. It's your social calendar, your family organizer, and your connection to the best friend you haven't seen since your first year of college. Your kids love your iPhone, too, but for them, it's all about the sheer fun of messing around with Mom's apps. When you consider that the iTunes Store has launched more than 500,000 apps to date, there's plenty of fun to be had!
For Babble's roundup of the top 50 iOS (Apple's operating platform) apps for kids, we looked at some basic criteria that you and your family might also consider before downloading an app. Every app we tested had to have received Apple's age-appropriate "4+" rating. We also considered whether the app allowed parents to participate in, or at least oversee, whatever their kids were doing onscreen. And, even if the apps were designed to do nothing more than keep the kids busy while you're in line at the store, there had to be some positive or educational element to it.
We've broken down our top 50 apps by category, price and age range. (Though many of these apps have a free edition, these "lite" versions often include ads or limit the number of features you can use.) Apps that are labeled "HD" are exclusive to iPad, but nearly all of the apps we selected can be used on any iOS device you own. We hope you have as much fun checking these out as we did testing them. And if we missed one, be sure to tell us about your favorite apps! - Aaron Burgess
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TallyTots, the numeric sibling to AlphaTots, teaches number recognition and counting from one to 20. The app features a wide-open field where all numbers are displayed at once. After you choose a number, the screen divides into thirds: one to 10 on top, 11 to 20 on the bottom, and your chosen number in the center. No matter which number you select, the app uses voice feedback to count up to it, so you’re continually having the sequence and sounds reinforced. Just as AlphaTots does with the alphabet, TallyTots also applies a unique activity to every number, so you can poke and prod your number of choice to really get your head around it, like watching a seven-layer sandwich take shape (with number 7) or delighting as 11 marbles spin down an obstacle course.
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