Appysmarts.com Best Apps for Young Brains

Best apps for babies.

Even kids aged 0-3 can play with your iPad or iPhone but apps for the youngest children should be chosen very carefully. There are tons of apps for little kids in the App Store (free and paid) but not all of them are really educational and worth downloading. We decided to create this list of top educational apps for babies to help parents and educators to save their time. The apps on the list are suitable even for 1 year old!


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The Boynton Collection

The Boynton Collection
by Loud Crow Interactive Inc.

Price: 11.99$
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Overall Score: 100/100

version reviewed: 1.0

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Best for: Interactive books, Early literacy, Eye-hand coordination, Interaction, Music & art
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What it is and what you do with it: 4 interactive versions of Sandra Boynton's books: 'The Going to Bed Book', 'Moo, Baa, La, La, La!', 'Blue Hat, Green Hat', 'Barnyard Dance'.

Listen to the narration or read the book yourself. Tap, pull, drag characters/objects on the screen for sounds and animations.

What we liked: the stories. Original illustrations. Simple interactions complementing the storyline. Good reading options (words are highlighted when read by the narrator, you can tap single words to have them read out). Humor and fun factor. Superb narration. Sounds and sound backgrounds. Ease of use.

What we didn't like: a bit pricey.

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Saffy Looks For Rain

Saffy Looks For Rain
by Simply Read Books

Price: free
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iPhone + iPad

Overall Score: 95/100

version reviewed: 1.0.1

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Best for: Interactive books, Attention & concentration, Creativity, Early literacy, Eye-hand coordination, Interaction, Understanding of the world
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What it is: an interactive story (about 15 pages long) about a baby giraffe. 2 extra activities (coloring and simple picture puzzles).

What you do with it: 2 modes of reading (listen to the narration or read by yourself). Touch objects on the pages for simple animations.

What we liked: the story. Simple illustrations and animations. Interactive elements complementing the storyline. The extra activities (coloring and puzzles). Quality narration. Sounds. The option to record your own narration. Ease of use. No distracting elements.

What we didn't like: 'timed' puzzle challenge. Only one coloring sheet and only one puzzle scene.

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Trail the tail (educational and fun safari app for little kids and toddlers about animals, zoo and wild nature)

Trail the tail (educational and fun safari app for little kids and toddlers about animals, zoo and wild nature)
by Thematica

Price: 2.99$
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iPad

Overall Score: 91/100

version reviewed: 1.0

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Best for: Interactive play, Attention & concentration, Eye-hand coordination, Thinking & problem solving

What it is and what you do with it: a set of 12 interactive scenes featuring a variety of fun animals.

Pull a tail to find out who is finding, then complete the activity (e.g. help a chameleon catch flies, take fun pictures of turtles, help mummy elephant shower her babies etc).

What we liked: the concept. Good range of engaging activities. Great illustrations. Simple animations. Humor and fun factor. Sound backgrounds and sounds. Ease of use. No distracting elements.

What we didn't like: no narration/spoken instructions. Educational value could be higher.

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Bud’s First English Words - Vocabulary Builder, Reading Game, Picture Dictionary & Learning activities for Preschool Toddlers

Bud’s First English Words - Vocabulary Builder, Reading Game, Picture Dictionary & Learning activities for Preschool Toddlers
by Nimble Minds LLC

Price: 3.99$
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iPhone + iPad

Overall Score: 91/100

version reviewed: 1.1

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Best for: Education, Attention & concentration, Early literacy, Language, Thinking & problem solving, Understanding of the world

What it is/what you do with it: a vocabulary building app (about 350 everyday words).

Join Bud on a journey through his house, school, city, park and around as he and his friends go from place to place to learn new words.

In the Learn mode tap on the question mark to learn a word.

In the Play mode answer the question by pointing to the correct object.

What we liked: the concept. Good range of everyday words. Good variety of scenes. Ease of use. No distracting elements.

What we didn't like: no stats/progress reporting features. We would prefer an adult narrator. The scenes are very static.

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Sydney the Scarecrow

Sydney the Scarecrow
by Felt Board Lady

Price: 1.99$
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iPhone + iPad

Overall Score: 90/100

version reviewed: 1.0

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Best for: Interactive books, Early literacy, Language, Personal & social

What is it/what do you do with it: an interactive storybook with interactive features.

What we liked: the story. Fun visuals. Interactions complementing the storyline. Narration and spoken instructions. No distracting elements.

What we didn't like: no page selector.

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