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Best apps for 3 year old boys and girls.


The Appysmarts ranking of the best and most educational apps for 3 year old's iPhone, iPad or Android device including:

  • apps for writing and reading practice
  • apps introducing early math concepts
  • apps to play with shapes and colors (puzzles)
  • apps good for eye-hand coordination practice
  • apps for creative play and fun (doodling, drawing, coloring, interactive sticker scenes etc)


All presented apps are suitable for 3 year old kids.
You may also like our Pinterest list of Best apps for 3-4 year olds and our YouTube playlist: Best apps for 3 year olds (video presentations).

If you're looking for apps for other age groups, please see:
Best apps for 1 year olds
Best apps for 2 year olds
Best apps for 4 year olds
Best apps for 5 year olds

open Avokiddo ABC Ride

Overall Score
97/100

reviewed: 02/04/2014

0% of our users want or have this app

Avokiddo ABC Ride

  • Recommended Age
  • Optimal age level to introduce this the app to your child. Please note that this is just approximation, based on our reviewers' knowledge and experience. Please refer to the General Guidelines page for more details.
  • : 3 years
  • Real Price
  • The price we paid for the app. May include some in-app purchases, that's why a 'free' app (as listed in the app store) can have Real Price of $0.99 or more on Appysmarts.
  • : $2.99
  • download from iTunes

What it is and what you do with it: 26 interactive scenes with activities teaching letters and spelling.

e.g. feed candy to a hippo to play with the letter 'c', find hidden 'h's' under hats, build a robot to unlock the 'r' etc.

What we liked: the concept. A good variety of engaging activities. Great illustrations. Sounds and sound backgrounds. Humor and fun factor. Ease of use. Professional narration/spoken instructions. Good set options (lowercase/uppercase, phonics/letter sounds). Overall quality of the app.

What we didn't like: none.

yes
  • 100%
  • user recommendation
  • 0%
no
  • Interface
  • Is this app easy enough to be used with no or very little parental help? Please refer to the General Guidelines page for more details.
  • : Kid Friendly
  • Ads
  • Does the app contain ads or 'ad-like' buttons easily accessible to a child?
  • : No pop ups/ads
  • In app purchases
  • Does this app have 'in-app purchase options (either required or optional).
  • : no
  • Graphic quality
  • Level of the graphic qualities of this app (in terms of design, graphics, overall artistic feel).
  • :
  • Length of play
  • How long will your child be engaged by this app?
  • :
  • Educational value
  • What are the educational qualities of this app? Please note, that our opinion may vary from the producer's claims!
  • :
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open Shape-O ABC's

Overall Score
96/100

reviewed: 06/12/2011

1% of our users want or have this app

Shape-O ABC's

  • Recommended Age
  • Optimal age level to introduce this the app to your child. Please note that this is just approximation, based on our reviewers' knowledge and experience. Please refer to the General Guidelines page for more details.
  • : 3 years
  • Real Price
  • The price we paid for the app. May include some in-app purchases, that's why a 'free' app (as listed in the app store) can have Real Price of $0.99 or more on Appysmarts.
  • : $1.99
  • download from iTunes

What it is: over 100 'woodenlike' puzzles with shapes, words, colors and sounds.

What you do with it: see our video presentation

What we liked: concept, graphics, sounds, smooth interaction, options (colors, autocomplete), number of puzzles.

What we didn't like: -

yes
  • 97%
  • user recommendation
  • 3%
no
  • Interface
  • Is this app easy enough to be used with no or very little parental help? Please refer to the General Guidelines page for more details.
  • : Kid Friendly
  • Ads
  • Does the app contain ads or 'ad-like' buttons easily accessible to a child?
  • : No pop ups/ads
  • In app purchases
  • Does this app have 'in-app purchase options (either required or optional).
  • : no
  • Graphic quality
  • Level of the graphic qualities of this app (in terms of design, graphics, overall artistic feel).
  • :
  • Length of play
  • How long will your child be engaged by this app?
  • :
  • Educational value
  • What are the educational qualities of this app? Please note, that our opinion may vary from the producer's claims!
  • :
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Screens:

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open Jack and the Beanstalk by Nosy Crow

Overall Score
95/100

reviewed: 14/02/2014

0% of our users want or have this app

Jack and the Beanstalk by Nosy Crow

  • Recommended Age
  • Optimal age level to introduce this the app to your child. Please note that this is just approximation, based on our reviewers' knowledge and experience. Please refer to the General Guidelines page for more details.
  • : 3 years
  • Real Price
  • The price we paid for the app. May include some in-app purchases, that's why a 'free' app (as listed in the app store) can have Real Price of $0.99 or more on Appysmarts.
  • : $4.99
  • download from iTunes

What it is and what you do with it: an interactive adaptation of the classic tale with extra activities. About 11 interactive scenes.

Listen to the narration, tap the characters for interactions and dialogues.

What we liked: the concept/the story. Illustrations and animations. Many interactive elements complementing the storyline. Lots of extras (e.g. different endings for the story, use the device's camera to fix the broken mirror, finding the owl hiding in various places etc). Narration, dialogues, sounds and sound backgrounds. Ease of use. No distracting elements. Overall quality of the app.

What we didn't like: we wish there was more control over the dialogues (they get a bit random at times).

yes
  • 100%
  • user recommendation
  • 0%
no
  • Interface
  • Is this app easy enough to be used with no or very little parental help? Please refer to the General Guidelines page for more details.
  • : Kid Friendly
  • Ads
  • Does the app contain ads or 'ad-like' buttons easily accessible to a child?
  • : No pop ups/ads
  • In app purchases
  • Does this app have 'in-app purchase options (either required or optional).
  • : no
  • Graphic quality
  • Level of the graphic qualities of this app (in terms of design, graphics, overall artistic feel).
  • :
  • Length of play
  • How long will your child be engaged by this app?
  • :
  • Educational value
  • What are the educational qualities of this app? Please note, that our opinion may vary from the producer's claims!
  • :
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new open Dr. Seuss Treasury

Overall Score
95/100

reviewed: 13/12/2014

0% of our users want or have this app

Dr. Seuss Treasury

  • Recommended Age
  • Optimal age level to introduce this the app to your child. Please note that this is just approximation, based on our reviewers' knowledge and experience. Please refer to the General Guidelines page for more details.
  • : 3 years
  • Real Price
  • The price we paid for the app. May include some in-app purchases, that's why a 'free' app (as listed in the app store) can have Real Price of $0.99 or more on Appysmarts.
  • : free
  • download from iTunes

What it is and what you do with it: a set of 55 Dr Seuss books, including Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs or If I Ran The Circus and more.

Tap on the cover to download the chosen book (subscribers have access to all books from the package).

Each book has three reading modes: listen to the narrated story with the words highlighted, read as a 'traditional' book and auto play (automatic reading and turning the pages). Tap on the pictures to hear the associated words read out.

What we liked: the concept (a subscription based access to the full library). Dr Seuss stories. Original artwork. Sounds and sound backgrounds. Good navigation and reading options (easy access to single pages, words are highlighted when read by the narrator etc.). Professional narration (plus the option to record and share your own narration). The progress reporting feature (though we wish there were more options).

What we didn't like: the pages are very static (apart from zoom in/zoom out type animations).

Note about our ratings: please note that our ratings are based on the 'full access' version of the app.

yes
  • 100%
  • user recommendation
  • 0%
no
  • Interface
  • Is this app easy enough to be used with no or very little parental help? Please refer to the General Guidelines page for more details.
  • : Kid Friendly
  • Ads
  • Does the app contain ads or 'ad-like' buttons easily accessible to a child?
  • : No pop ups/ads
  • In app purchases
  • Does this app have 'in-app purchase options (either required or optional).
  • : yes
  • Graphic quality
  • Level of the graphic qualities of this app (in terms of design, graphics, overall artistic feel).
  • :
  • Length of play
  • How long will your child be engaged by this app?
  • :
  • Educational value
  • What are the educational qualities of this app? Please note, that our opinion may vary from the producer's claims!
  • :
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new open Buckle My Shoe

Overall Score
90/100

reviewed: 30/11/2014

0% of our users want or have this app

Buckle My Shoe

  • Recommended Age
  • Optimal age level to introduce this the app to your child. Please note that this is just approximation, based on our reviewers' knowledge and experience. Please refer to the General Guidelines page for more details.
  • : 2.5 years
  • Real Price
  • The price we paid for the app. May include some in-app purchases, that's why a 'free' app (as listed in the app store) can have Real Price of $0.99 or more on Appysmarts.
  • : $3.99
  • download from iTunes

What it is/what you do with it: interactive book based on the popular nursery rhyme plus extra activities: counting practice, sorting activity (by color, size, shape, set) and simple 'button' designs.

What we liked: the story. Beautiful artwork. Good variety of fun activities related to the original rhyme. Ease of use (but please see the note below). No distracting elements.

What we didn't like: navigation could be more intuitive. The sorting activity may be too challenging for younger kids. The app could be more responsive.

yes
  • 100%
  • user recommendation
  • 0%
no
  • Interface
  • Is this app easy enough to be used with no or very little parental help? Please refer to the General Guidelines page for more details.
  • : Kid Friendly
  • Ads
  • Does the app contain ads or 'ad-like' buttons easily accessible to a child?
  • : No pop ups/ads
  • In app purchases
  • Does this app have 'in-app purchase options (either required or optional).
  • : no
  • Graphic quality
  • Level of the graphic qualities of this app (in terms of design, graphics, overall artistic feel).
  • :
  • Length of play
  • How long will your child be engaged by this app?
  • :
  • Educational value
  • What are the educational qualities of this app? Please note, that our opinion may vary from the producer's claims!
  • :
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