Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Top 50 (actually 47) Totally FREE Kids Apps on iTunes (no in-app purchases!) — Updated December 31
Keep up-to-date with what's movin' and shakin' on the App Store with this list of the Top 50 most downloaded completely FREE apps (with no in-app purchases) available on iTunes as of May 19, 2014. You will find apps for babies, preschoolers, toddlers, students, educators and therapists — that covers 99.9 percent of our readers, so what are you waiting for?
**Some of these apps are free for a limited time only**
** Only the app's developer can control when an app is free. The prices of apps in our post are verified to be correct at the time of this post. We make no guarantees otherwise. Please note: there may be ads and social network links in some of these apps.**
** Lisa M only got to #47 before her kids had enough of playing at the McDonald's playground while she used their free WiFi. .... I'm still calling a Top 50 post though, and linking you to 48 FREE Lego apps to compensate a little.
1. Toca Hair Salon - Christmas Gift
Cut, color and style Santa Claus beard and hair! In this Christmas edition of the smash hit Toca Hair Salon, you can choose between styling Santa Claus or a funny Christmas tree! And best of all? It's completely FREE!
BONUS - Introducing: accessories! When you've finished cutting and color, add eight different accessories to your look. Loads of extra fun!
2. Nick Jr. (iPad only)
The new Nick Jr. app brings your kids' favorite Nick Jr. characters to life in new, interactive ways. Watch full Nick Jr. episodes for free and play fun, educational activities with your favorite Nick Jr. characters! The app is easy for preschoolers to navigate, so kids are just a fingertip away from all their Nick Jr. friends: PAW Patrol, Dora and Friends, Bubble Guppies, Team Umizoomi, Blaze and more!
3. Toca Kitchen Monsters
Ever wanted to play with your food? Now you can! In this Monster edition of the super-hit Toca Kitchen you can cook and play with food for two hungry monsters. Pick any ingredient and prepare it in your own way! Slice, boil, fry, cook, microwave or mix? And wait for the response from the hungry monster...
4. LEGO® FUSION Town Master
YOU are the Town Master! Rule your town and create it any way you want, with real LEGO bricks! Earn valuable studs, keep your mini citizens happy by completing missions, play exciting mini games and expand in every direction. The LEGO FUSION Town Master app is designed to work with LEGO FUSION Town Master building set (21204).
5. PBS KIDS Video
Watch videos from your favorite PBS KIDS television series anytime, anywhere (in the USA). “PBS KIDS Video” features thousands of videos from top PBS KIDS television series, including Curious George, Daniel Tiger's Neighborhoods, Wild Kratts, Peg + Cat, The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That, Dinosaur Train, SUPER WHY!, Sesame Street and Wild Kratts.
6. LEGO® FUSION Resort Designer
Help the LEGO Friends build a dream summer resort by using real LEGO bricks to build houses, rooms, shops and cafés! Bring your designs to life on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch and play or decorate inside of your buildings. Play mini games, and help Olivia to host the best summer ever!
7. Bible for Kids
Through interactive adventures and beautiful animations, kids explore the big stories of the Bible. The Bible App for Kids is a delight-filled experience designed to encourage kids to return again and again. It’s the beginning of a lifelong love of God’s Word.
8. Toca Tailor Fairy Tales
Design and style your own clothes!
Time to get busy with those design skills! With Toca Tailor Fairy Tales, you can create, combine and style fun outfits for two characters in a beautiful Fairy Tale setting! Choose between lots of clothing designs, then tailor them by adjusting hems and lengthening sleeves.
9. Barbie® I Can Be™
When it comes to careers, Barbie® can be anything, and so can you! In one easy-to-play app, you can be the best-ever pizza chef, baker and pet vet, just like Barbie®! It’s pizza time! At the pizza shop, roll out the dough and layer on your favorite sauces and cheeses with just a rub of your finger. Then load it up with a fun mix of toppings, including French fries and pickles!
10. Toca Mini
Cute, weird or funny? That's up to you in the colorful world of Toca Mini. Let your imagination run wild in this creative app for kids!
Make scary monsters, fantasy animals or your best friends! Dress up, dress down, three eyes or funny feet? The Minis can become whatever you want!
11. Barbie® Fashion Design Maker™ (iPad only)
Barbie ® Fashion Design Maker™ allows you to be a real fashion designer. Choose from different photo realistic fabric swatches and patterns to create real outfits that you can put on Barbie®. Use your own photographs as design elements for your fashions. Level up your designer ranking by completing challenges and winning awards!
12. LEGO® FUSION Battle Towers
Your kingdom is under attack and only YOU have the power to defend it. Build or repair each level of your Battle Tower using real LEGO bricks, then bring it to life on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to reach the crown in the sky! Cast magic spells, shoot arrows and throw fireballs at invaders when darkness falls in this unpredictable virtual world! The LEGO FUSION Battle Towers app is designed to work with LEGO FUSION Battle Towers building set 21205.
13. Camp Pokémon
Discover the amazing world of Pokémon with the free Camp Pokémon app from The Pokémon Company International! Explore an immersive island filled with fun Pokémon-themed activities that will help you learn what it takes to become a Pokémon Trainer! The camp counselors will be your guides during your time at Camp Pokémon, with plenty of helpful information.
14. Stack the States™ Lite
Stack the States™ makes learning about the 50 states fun! Watch the states actually come to life in this colorful and dynamic game! As you learn state capitals, shapes, geographic locations, flags and more, you can actually touch, move and drop the animated states anywhere on the screen. Carefully build a stack of states that reaches the checkered line to win each level.
15. LEGO® DUPLO® Food
Get your ice creams, cakes and burgers here! In LEGO® DUPLO Food, your child will build ice creams, cakes and burgers for the store’s friendly customers - and be rewarded for getting the order just right. Through its focus on matching the customer’s order by trial and error, this toddler app puts a fun spin on the early development of your child’s reasoning skills.
16. Peppa's Paintbox
Peppa's Paintbox is a drawing application designed specially for Peppa fans! It brings together traditional drawing tools and some magical surprises that little ones will love. You can draw straight onto canvas or choose a background or character to colour in. Peppa and George will pop in from time to time to see how you are getting on and once you are done drawing, you can have your very own exhibition at Peppa's school!
17. LEGO® Ninjago REBOOTED
Help the Ninjas of Ninjago fight against the evil forces of the Overlord! Now you can fight evil in Borg Tower as well as in Digiverse!
- Use your awesome ninja skills to avoid dangers and defeat enemies.
- Play as Kai, Cole, Jay or Zane!
- Climb up the elevator shaft and run through hallways with both vertical & side scrolling action!
18. Dr. Panda's Bus Driver: Christmas
Take the wheel and step on the gas as you head down snowy roads in Dr. Panda’s Bus Driver: Christmas! Dr. Panda has decorated his bus for the season, and it’s up to you to drive around picking up passengers and take them to where they want to go! With its intuitive and easy to use controls, even the youngest drivers will be able to enjoy the Christmas sights as they cruise around the wintery and wonderful world of Dr. Panda’s Bus Driver: Christmas!
19. LEGO® Friends Story Maker (iPad only)
With LEGO® Friends Story Maker, creative storytellers (kids ages 6+) can write, create, publish and share their own beautiful multimedia stories. Easy tools like drag & drop, stickers, voice recording, text, emoticons, and backgrounds make every story come alive!
20. GoldieBlox and the Movie Machine
Make your own movies with GoldieBlox and the Movie Machine! Draw, color, sticker, and photograph your way into the Bloxtown film festival by animating your own digital shorts with just a little innovation and a flick of the finger. Featuring the world-premiere GoldieBlox cartoon introducing the story of “GoldieBlox and the Movie Machine”, starring Emily Haines of rock band, Metric, as the voice of Goldie!
21. Laugh & Learn™ Learning Letters Monkey App
A fun-filled learning app that features baby’s favorite Laugh & Learn™ characters! Babies are encouraged to interact with engaging animations, sing-along songs & sound effects. While this app is absolutely free and fun on its own, the app comes to life with the purchase of the Apptivity Monkey.
22. Sushi Monster
Strengthen reasoning strategies for whole number addition and multiplication by helping monsters make a target sum or product. Earn points with each correct answer… but watch out for distractions! To be successful, plan ahead and strategically select numbers from the sushi counter.
Bring the fun of Happy Meal® with you, anytime and anywhere, with the McPlay™ App! Use McPlay™ Power to scan your Happy Meal toy and unlock an exciting game or activity. You can also earn access to McPlay Power games by playing Happy Ball.
24. Sight Words List - Learn to Read Flash Cards & Games
Help Your Child Learn to Read. Sight Words, also known as the Dolch List are an integral part in learning how to read. The Dolch Word list contains 315 words that are broken down into appropriate age groups. It is important for young readers to be able to instantly recognize these high frequency words in order to be proficient and fluent readers.
25. Peppa's Activity Maker
Peppa's Activity Maker is an activity-generating application designed specially for Peppa fans who like to make and do! It features 32 activities for you to do at home with your little one whether it be a rainy day or a sunny day! As a parent you can choose to See All for a comprehensive list of activities - just select one then follow the step by step instructions.
26. Tiggly Chef: Preschool Math Cooking Game (iPad only)
Tiggly Town’s greatest, most mustachioed Chef tells you what he needs to prepare his preposterously silly recipes, and you help by adding the exact number of ingredients Chef asks for to get the recipe right. You can even suggest your own recipes to Chef. While ingredients are added, mathematics symbols appear on screen explaining your actions, helping you naturally learn numbers and early addition concepts.
27. Storybook Rhymes Volume 1
Read and sing along to baby’s favorite nursery rhymes! This interactive app encourages early learning with dynamic characters, engaging music, sung songs, animations and two great classic stories: One, Two, Buckle My Shoe and Itsy Bitsy Spider. While this app is absolutely free on its own, it comes to life with the purchase of the Apptivity Storybook Reader (Product #Y4234) from Fisher-Price.
28. Simply Missy
With Simply Missy, your Child finds their favorites and a surprise ending that they create! Not only will your child learn about letters, words, shapes and colors, they will also learn about their likes and favorites. Open the lid, turn the key, and activate the magic in the story box. In this interactive rhyme "Find your Favorite", Missy is going shopping and needs help deciding what to get.
29. Hot Wheels Showdown™ US
For the first time ever, race with your Hot Wheels™ Car Collection anywhere! Scan and unlock Hot Wheels cars for fast fun on the go! Have you got what it takes? Choose from four epic racing environments each with its own unique driving style. Master the hairpin turns in City, go full throttle in Race, dust the competition in Off Road and burn up the road in Workshop.
30. Fisher-Price Giggle Gang App for Baby
The Giggle Gang App from Fisher-Price is packed full of fun activities that encourages baby to interact with engaging animation and sound effects while introducing the Giggle Gang! Designed for babies 6 mos. & up. Baby can tap or tilt the screen to interact with the Giggle Gang characters. Features two levels of play to grow with baby.
31. Toddler Counting 123 Free
Learning to count is as easy as 1, 2, 3! Watch your toddler discover the simple joy of learning as they tap and count along. Designed for young minds and tiny fingers, the gameplay is simple and without fuss - filled with heaps of lighthearted fun and even more room to grow! Children don’t need to sort through complicated menus. Jumps straight into the fun with just one tap!
32. Letter Quiz Free - an alphabet tracing game for kids learning ABCs
Letter Quiz Free is the preview version of Letter Quiz. Take our best selling app for a test drive! This version only goes to the letter H, and doesn't include lowercase letters, but you'll be able to see what the full version is like without spending any money. Four different games for every stage of learning; flashcards, identification, matching and handwriting. Designed for kids but great for all ages.
33. Storybook Rhymes Volume 2
Read and sing along to baby’s favorite nursery rhymes! This interactive app encourages early learning with dynamic characters, engaging music, sung songs, animations and two great classic stories: Row, Row, Row Your Boat and The Animal Fair. While this app is absolutely free on its own, it comes to life with the purchase of the Apptivity Storybook Reader (Product #Y4234) from Fisher-Price.
34. LEGO® DUPLO® Ice Cream
There’s nothing like delicious ice cream on a hot summer day. Let your child help the DUPLO bunny and his friends get some ice cream by completing a series of fun and varied mini-games designed for toddlers. There are boats to build and sail, hay bales to collect and groceries to deliver before the bunny and his friends finally get to eat their hard-earned ice cream cones.
35. Laugh & Learn™ Animal Sounds for Baby
Babies are encouraged to learn animal names and the sounds animals make through interacting with engaging animations and sound effects! Baby can tap or tilt the screen to set a learning world in motion! There are two levels of play to grow with baby. Designed for babies 6 mos. & up.
36. Laugh & Learn™ Learning Letters Puppy
A fun-filled learning app that features baby’s favorite Laugh & Learn Puppy character! Babies are encouraged to interact with engaging animations, sing-along songs & sound effects. While this app is absolutely free and fun on its own, the app comes to life with the purchase of the Apptivity Puppy. Place your Apple device in the Puppy and press his paws to interact with the content on screen.
37. LEGO® Creator Islands (iPad only)
A fantastic world of Creatures, Vehicles and Houses for you to explore and BUILD! Your mission is to build and create a main island for the LEGO Creator Minifigures to live on. When you are ready to build even greater things, continue on to the islands around you, but remember to keep an eye on the main island – sometimes there is a need for a rebuild!
38. Sago Mini Ocean Swimmer
Laugh out loud as you explore a magical underwater world with Fins the fish. Invite Fins out to play and let the adventures begin. Guide Fins through the water and discover dozens of fun surprises. Dive into sunken treasure, meet mysterious monsters and enjoy a treat at an underwater ice cream stand.
39. LEGO® Friends Art Maker
LEGO® Friends Art Maker is a fun and colorful art and creativity app for kids ages 5+. Create, paint, decorate and save your own Heart Cards and artwork with lots of details, colors, sparkles, stickers and bling! Create and decorate your own LEGO Friends Heart Card, print and give it to your best friend.
40. Mathmateer™ Free
Math can be fun! Build your very own rockets and fly them to the stars with Mathmateer! While your rocket is floating weightlessly in space, the real fun begins! Play one of the many fun math missions. Each mission has touchable objects floating in space, including stars, coins, 3D shapes and more! Earn a bronze, silver or gold medal and also try to beat your high score.
41. Superbook Kid’s Bible, Videos and Games
This FREE Kid's Bible app brings the Bible to life for the entire family with videos and images from the Emmy nominated SUPERBOOK animation series as well as engaging interactive games. Videos and interactive content embedded within the Bible, so kids can easily interact with each chapter of the children's Bible.
42. Lazoo: Squiggles!
A child’s simple hand-drawn squiggle can become a bird’s nest, rocket smoke, cotton candy, sheep’s wool, a curly beard, and more! Simply squiggle away to complete Lazoo’s internationally award-winning art. Then hit the GO button and watch drawings soar, pulsate, move, twirl, and multiply.
43. ABC Ninja - The Alphabet Letters and Phonics Slicing Game for Kids
My sons skills in letter recognition have dramatically improved since he started playing this game and now I no longer have to feel guilty when I need a five minute break to take care of the laundry or prepare lunch for the kids. I know that they are having fun and that they are learning at the same time.
44. Christmas: Starring You! by StoryBots — Fun, Free Personalized Holiday Caroling Video for Kids, Parents, Teachers
Want to give your kids some real holiday magic? Turn your child into the star of a merry music video with “Christmas: Starring You!” by StoryBots. Simply upload your family’s photos and watch yourselves sing, dance and open gifts alongside the StoryBots.
45. Gravity Falls Mystery Shack Attack FREE
In this FREE version, help Dipper and Mabel defend against creatures from all sides in this wild and funny strategy game that features the Mystery Shack and 10 waves of excitement.
Li’l Gideon has reassembled the shards of the Amulet of the Doomed and summoned supernatural creature baddies to do his bidding!
46. Peek ‘n Play Rainforest
The Peek ‘n Play Rainforest app brings playful animals to life through entertaining and interactive peek-a-boo play. Baby’s touch activates fun peek-a-boo animations, music and sounds. Interactions are designed with an action/reaction play pattern – perfect for even the youngest of babies!
47. Disneynature Explore
Explore the outdoors like never before through the world of amazing animals!
* 5 animal adventures -- Brown Bear, Monarch Butterfly, Chimpanzee, African Lion, and Loggerhead Sea Turtle – featuring 4 activities each.
* 3D animals appear in the live camera view on your device!
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