Appysmarts.com Best Apps for Young Brains

Best fun apps for kids.

The list of the best fun iPad & iPhone apps for kids reviewed by Appysmarts team. The main parameter in creating this ranking was the fun factor. You will find here kids apps just for fun playing. We featured on this list apps from 2 Appysmarts categories: interactive play and interactive toy for the youngest kids.


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Toca Life: Town

Toca Life: Town
by Toca Boca AB

Price: 2.99$
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iPhone + iPad

Overall Score: 94/100

version reviewed: 1.0.1

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Best for: Interactive play, Creativity, Eye-hand coordination, Interaction, Personal & social, Understanding of the world
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What it is and what you do with it: a role-playing app with 6 interactive scenes: park, store, police station, restaurant, house and apartment.

Create your own stories using the characters and objects available in each scene.

What we liked: the concept. Variety of scenes with lots of interactive items in each scene. Humor and fun factor. Ease of use. No distracting elements. Overall quality of the app.

What we didn't like: we wish there was an option to record the interactions and the narration (so the scene can be replayed as a mini-movie).

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FireTrucks: 911 rescue (educational app for kids)

FireTrucks: 911 rescue (educational app for kids)
by Thematica

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iPad

Overall Score: 89/100

version reviewed: 1.0

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Best for: Interactive play, Attention & concentration, Interaction, Language, Thinking & problem solving, Understanding of the world

What is it and what do you do with it: an interactive play app with 5 fire trucks. Complete simple tasks (e.g. put out fires, rescue victims etc) by 'driving' and 'operating' the trucks with your finger.

Touch various parts of vehicles for simple interactions (turn on/off engine, lights etc).

What we liked: the concept. Excellent graphics. Lots of interactions. Sounds and sound backgrounds. Good variety of 'tasks', simple scoring system. Humor and fun factor.

What we didn't like: visual guides are OK but we would prefer audio instructions. Controlling the vehicles can be a bit frustrating at times (they move too slow or too fast). The education value could be higher (e.g. the purpose, names of parts of the trucks could be added).

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Kinectimals - Windows Phone

Kinectimals - Windows Phone
by Microsoft Studios™

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Windows Phone

Overall Score: 88/100

version reviewed: 1.1.0.0

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Best for: Interactive play, Attention & concentration, Creativity, Eye-hand coordination, Interaction, Music & art, Personal & social, Understanding of the world

What it is: an interactive app to look after your virtual cub.

What you do with it: choose a cub, name it and start the game. There are many different activities (training, playing, taking pictures, feeding etc.). For each completed task you earn points, which can be exchanged in the 'shop' for food, drink, toys or other accessories for your cub. The longer you play the more options you have. You can transfer data to/from your Xbox 360.

What we liked:overall concept, beautiful graphics and animations, strong interactivity and very sweet 'responsive' characters, number of activities. The idea of learning to look after your pet through fun. Some options available only after completing some tasks (to get some objects or reveal next location you have to work with your pet). 'Take a photo' feature has some nice options like importing pictures from the library on your device.

What we didn't like:no spoken instructions (navigation and operation could require parental assistance, at least at the beginning and for younger children). Not much educational value (e.g. there are no informations about each type of cub).

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Cars in sandbox: Construction

Cars in sandbox: Construction
by Thematica

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Overall Score: 88/100

version reviewed: 1.2

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Best for: Interactive play, Attention & concentration, Eye-hand coordination, Interaction, Thinking & problem solving, Understanding of the world

What it is: a set of construction activities with 8 interactive trucks and machines in a virtual sandbox.

What you do with it: touch parts of the vehicle for interaction (starting/stopping the engine, opening doors, turning on/off lights). Perform various tasks with the help of the machines: put toy elephant's head on it's place with a mobile crane, transport a toy bear and duck with a dump truck etc.

What we liked: the idea, overall excellent quality of the app, beautiful, detailed graphics, lots of interaction and 'little touches' (sounds, animations), simple tasks, simple scoring system.

What we didn't like: we were missing any sort of voice clues, the names of vehicles could be read aloud. Links to Facebook and Twitter on the main screen.

Please note that during our review this app was free but even if the producers decide to charge for it will still be worth purchasing!

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Chuggington Traintastic Adventures – A Train Set Game for Kids

Chuggington Traintastic Adventures – A Train Set Game for Kids
by Budge Studios

Price: 9.99$
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iPhone + iPad

Overall Score: 62/100

version reviewed: 1.1

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

What it is: a virtual Chuggington train set. 4 adventures based on Chuggington episodes (Braking Brewster, The Brewster Booster, JetPack Wilson, Can't Catch Koko).

What you do with it: 3 modes of play:

- 'build and play' - build the set, attach cargo cars, wagons and run the trains around the railway

- 'adventures' - watch the excerpt of the episode, listen to the instructions and complete the adventure (requires loading the train with cargo, delivering the cargo to the destination etc).

- 'my collection' - review your collection of trains and watch video clips from the Chuggington Episodes

What we liked: the concept, excellent graphics and animations based on the TV series, game-like experience, engaging activities/adventures, fun factor, sounds and sound backgrounds, ease of use (the app has spoken instructions, visual clues and a video tutorial), overall quality of the app.

What we didn't like: the adventures could offer more variety. The educational value could be better. The action may be too fast-paced for some kids.

Free preview: if you are not sure, please see our 'See before you buy' video (below) or try the free version of the Chuggington Traintastic Adventures app.

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