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Appysmarts.com Best Apps for Young Brains

Best free apps for boys.

If you're looking for the best free apps for boys for iPad or iPhone, you are in the right place.
Our reviewers picked only top free iPad & iPhone apps for little boys with the high educational value and fun factor. This list is for boys' apps - it means that we included apps and games with racing cars, trucks, trains and other vehicles, brave firemen and astronauts, mystery machines and full of adventures. It also means that girls can play them too!






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ABCmouse.com - Android version

ABCmouse.com - Android version
by Age of Learning, Inc.

Price: free
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May contain in-app purchases
Android

Overall Score: 67/100

version reviewed: 2.3.14

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Best for: Education, Attention & concentration, Early math, Eye-hand coordination, Language, Thinking & problem solving, Understanding of the world

What it is/what you do with it: tablet/smartphone access to games and activities available in the ABCmouse.com learning program.

Over 5000 activities (reading, math, music, art, early science), including lessons puzzles, games, books, songs, printables and more.

What we liked: the concept. Excellent set of quality kid-friendly activities and games with narration and and spoken instructions. Excellent set of features, including stats & progress report and a simple rewards system. Excellent educational value.

What we didn't like: some features could be more responsive.

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ABCmouse.com - Early Learning Academy

ABCmouse.com - Early Learning Academy
by Age of Learning, Inc.

Price: free
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May contain in-app purchases
iPhone + iPad

Overall Score: 67/100

version reviewed: 1.9.87

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Best for: Education, Attention & concentration, Early math, Eye-hand coordination, Language, Thinking & problem solving, Understanding of the world

What it is/what you do with it: tablet/smartphone access to games and activities available in the ABCmouse.com learning program.

Over 5000 activities (reading, math, music, art, early science), including lessons puzzles, games, books, songs, printables and more.

What we liked: the concept. Excellent set of quality kid-friendly activities and games with narration and and spoken instructions. Excellent set of features, including stats & progress report and a simple rewards system. Excellent educational value.

What we didn't like: some features could be more responsive.

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The Witch and the Christmas Spirit

The Witch and the Christmas Spirit
by Slim Cricket

Price: free
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Lite or Demo version
iPhone

Overall Score: 66/100

version reviewed: 3.0.0

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Best for: Interactive books, Attention & concentration, Early literacy, Interaction, Language, Thinking & problem solving

What it is: an interactive book (about 22 pages/scenes long) with extra activities.

What you do with it: read the book or listen to the narration. Tap characters/objects for interactions. Complete mini-games (arcade, arithmetic, alphabet, observation) as a part of the story.

What we liked: the story. Beautiful, vibrant illustrations and animations. Interactions and puzzles complementing the storyline. Humor and fun factor. Narration and voice acting. Sounds and sound backgrounds. Lot's of tiny fun details. 3 difficulty levels for different skill/age groups. Overall quality of the app.

What we didn't like: no word highlighting.

Please note: the overall score and ratings are based on the full (unlocked) version of the book. The free version will let you view 6 books and play one game.

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Highlights: All About

Highlights: All About
by Highlights for Children, Inc.

Price: free
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iPhone + iPad

Overall Score: 65/100

version reviewed: 1.2

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Best for: Education, Attention & concentration, Creativity, Early literacy, Eye-hand coordination, Thinking & problem solving

What it is and what you do with it: iPad/iPhone versions of the Highlights' All About books series.

Each book contains a set of themed interactive stories, videos, puzzles and creative activities (e.g. Spring, Winter, Transportation).

What we liked: the concept. Great range of content in each book. Excellent set of activities. High quality visuals. Narration and spoken instructions. Ease of use. Great educational value.

What we didn't like: none.

Note about in-app purchases: the library comes with one free book (All About Fall). Additional books (there are 10 books in total) are available as in-app purchases.

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Little Critter Library

Little Critter Library
by Oceanhouse Media

Price: free
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iPhone + iPad

Overall Score: 65/100

version reviewed: 1.0

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

What it is and what you do with it: a set of about 34 books from the Little Critter series by Mercer Mayer.

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

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). Little Critter 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). Extra activities (e.g. spot the mice). The reporting feature for parents (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.

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