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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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open Lazoo: Squiggles!

Overall Score
93/100

reviewed: 15/05/2012

0% of our users want or have this app

Lazoo: Squiggles!

  • 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: a drawing app with unique animation features.

What you do with it: pick a scene (there are 12 ready-made scenes + blank canvas + an option to choose a picture from the device). Listen to the instructions (the goal is to draw squiggles complementing the picture, e.g. add 'squiggly' wool to the sheep or waves in the see). Press the 'go' button to see a simple animation involving the objects in the scene and the user-made squiggles (e.g. spaghetti swirling on the plate).

The app also includes a short animated movie with the main characters and a mini book with simple interactive elements. What we liked: excellent concept, great graphics, easy operation, spoken and visual instructions. Good and easy to use painting tools. Overall 'look and feel' of the app. The options to save and share the pictures.

What we didn't like: saved pictures are only accessible from the 'parent' menu. No control over the animations in the 'free' modes (when blank canvas and pictures from the camera are used). Links to Facebook and Twitter (they are in the Parental Zone section but are still easily available to a child).

Bottom line: funny, entertaining and simple to use drawing app with some extras. We really liked it!

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
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open PlaySquare presents WordWorld's Happy Birthday Dog

Overall Score
93/100

reviewed: 31/07/2012

0% of our users want or have this app

PlaySquare presents WordWorld's Happy Birthday Dog

  • 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.
  • : 4 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: an interactive animated movie (based on the WordWorld series by PBS Kids) about a dog celebrating his birthday with his friends. Includes educational activities (letter recognition, word building).

What you do with it: the movie is divided into 9 sequences. Each sequence ends with a short task (e.g. find letters to create a specific word, match objects with their contours etc). After the task is completed, the next sequence of the movie will be played. Each sequence/activity can also be accessed individually from the menu.

What we liked: the concept of a truly interactive movie/tv series for tablets ('Touchable Television'), superb 3D TV quality animations, funny characters, great narration (includes instructions for the tasks), great voice acting, lots of tiny details, the way the educational activities are integrated in the story.

What we didn't like: the educational content is a bit limited (just a few words, the activities are rather simple when you compare them to 'specialized' apps). Can get repetitive after the story is played one or two times. We didn't like the 'draw the square' feature too much.

Bottom line: we really liked it... and the kids will like it, too!

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
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  • :
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  • :
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  • :
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open PLAY123

Overall Score
92/100

reviewed: 02/04/2012

0% of our users want or have this app

PLAY123

  • 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.
  • : 3.5 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.
  • : free
  • download from iTunes

What it is: an app for learning colors, shapes and numbers.

What you do with it: there are 10 activities in this app: drawing shapes with a finger, stacking up the shapes (with elements of gravity applied), drawing lines and making objects interact with the lines, recognizing and mixing colors, playing with opposite colors, counting and counting in groups.

What we liked: the concept, the app is very well put together, it is extremely easy to navigate and to play with. The activities are simple but very engaging. The app has spoken instructions, there is a short demo before each activity explaining the interactions.

What we didn't like: some minor details (like the shapes in the Bouncing Numbers activity which move too fast). We would love to see more shapes (there are just 3 in the app) plus some kind of tips or instructions for parents would be welcome.

yes
  • 95%
  • user recommendation
  • 5%
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
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open Sketch-a-Song Kids

Overall Score
91/100

reviewed: 21/01/2014

0% of our users want or have this app

Sketch-a-Song Kids

  • 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.
  • : 6 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 Google Play

What is it/what do you do with it: create music tracks by 'sketching' them using visual interface. Over 40 instruments in 5 categories.

What we liked: the concept. Excellent visual interface. Number of free instruments/samples and patterns (grooves). Ease of use (including a short tutorial). Overall quality of the app.

What we didn't like: no option to export or share created songs.

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
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  • :
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Screens:

  • Sketch-a-Song Kids screenshot
  • Sketch-a-Song Kids screenshot
  • Sketch-a-Song Kids screenshot
  • Sketch-a-Song Kids screenshot
  • Sketch-a-Song Kids screenshot
  • Sketch-a-Song Kids screenshot
  • Sketch-a-Song Kids screenshot
  • Sketch-a-Song Kids screenshot
  • Sketch-a-Song Kids screenshot
  • Sketch-a-Song Kids screenshot
open Mama Mae: Mookey by Alicia Keys

Overall Score
91/100

reviewed: 03/04/2014

0% of our users want or have this app

Mama Mae: Mookey by Alicia Keys

  • 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.
  • : 6 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: an interactive storybook (about 22 pages/scenes long) with extra musical activity.

Follow the story, tap the characters for extra interactions.

What we liked: the story. Great 3D illustrations and animations. Interactions complementing the storyline. Sounds and sound backgrounds. Professional narration. Good reading features (text highlighting, page selector). Ease of use. Overall quality of the app.

What we didn't like: the app could be more responsive.

Note about in-app purchases: our review and ratings are based on the full (unlocked) version of the story.

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).
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  • :
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Screens:

  • Mama Mae: Mookey by Alicia Keys screenshot
  • Mama Mae: Mookey by Alicia Keys screenshot
  • Mama Mae: Mookey by Alicia Keys screenshot
  • Mama Mae: Mookey by Alicia Keys screenshot
  • Mama Mae: Mookey by Alicia Keys screenshot
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