Appysmarts.com Best Apps for Young Brains

Best iPad apps for kids ranked by Appysmarts editors and users.

iPad is a great tool engaging children's minds in effective learning through fun activities. On this list we collected the best apps for iPad for young kids (aged 0-6+). You will find here all types of kids apps:
  • educational apps
  • interactive books
  • brain teasers
  • music apps
  • coloring apps
  • games
  • magazines
  • tools for parents and teachers


For the best and most educational apps for kids for iPhone please click here.
For the best and most educational apps for kids for Android please click here.

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Shape-O ABC's

Shape-O ABC's
by bellamon

Price: free
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Overall Score: 97/100

version reviewed: 1.2

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Best for: Brain teasers, Attention & concentration, Early literacy, Eye-hand coordination, Interaction, Language, Music & art, Thinking & problem solving, Understanding of the world

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: -

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Smarty Pants School

Smarty Pants School
by Smarty Pants School LLC

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Overall Score: 96/100

version reviewed: 1.1

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

What it is: pack of activities and games for strengthening early reading skills.

What you do with it: this app is very extensive: please see our video presentation (below)

What we liked: almost everything, from the concept to execution.

What we didn't like: couldn't find the option to turn off the sound, navigation could be a bit more consistent.

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PlayART by Tapook

PlayART by Tapook
by Tapook

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Overall Score: 94/100

version reviewed: 1.1

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Best for: Crafts, Attention & concentration, Creativity, Eye-hand coordination, Music & art, Understanding of the world

What it is: an app for creating art collages using over 100 original elements and canvas from works of classical painters (Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Cézanne, Claude Monet, Henri Rousseau, Paul Klee)

What you do with it: choose the painter (you may wish to view a short video about this painter or view his paintings in the 'museum' section first) then compose your collage by dragging objects on the screen. The objects can be moved, resized or flipped. Finished pictures can be saved or shared.

What we liked: the concept (learning about art and creating your own 'art' the same time), easy operation, very good quality graphical 'components', good editing options (includes a list of favorite objects), good educational value, fun factor.

What we didn't like: in the composition' mode we missed some sort of visual guide how to re-create the original painting. We would prefer an adult narrator in the videos.

Bottom line: a very good app for introducing your child to real art (and boosting creativity, too).

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Little Digits - Finger Counting

Little Digits - Finger Counting
by Cowly Owl

Price: 2.99$ (was 3.99$)
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Overall Score: 94/100

version reviewed: 1.0

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Best for: Education, Early math, Eye-hand coordination, Interaction, Thinking & problem solving

What it is: An app for strengthening early math skills (three activities: for finger counting practice: counting/number sequencing, addition, subtraction).

What you do with it: learn about numbers by putting fingers on the screen (e.g. when you put 4 fingers, the voice will read out 'four'). Learn to count by putting fingers on the screen in a sequence. Solve simple additions and subtractions by placing the correct number of fingers on the screen.

What we liked: excellent concept (combining learning with fun), funny illustrations and animations, extremely simple operation (innovative concept of multifinger interaction with the device), great educational value.

What we didn't like: some sort of visual/audio clues for addition/subtraction activities would make this app even better. Parental help may be necessary for setting up the app and initial instructions.

Bottom line: a perfect choice for 'finger math' practice and fun.

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Reading Raven HD

Reading Raven HD
by Early Ascent

Price: 3.99$
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Overall Score: 93/100

version reviewed: 1.2.1

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

What it is: a pack of activities for strengthening early reading and writing skills.

What you do with it: the activities include: letter and word matching, letter tracing, letter recognition, word spelling, word grouping, reading aloud (using voice recording). Range, type and level of difficulty will depend on the chosen age settings (basic activities for ages 3+, medium difficulty for 4+, advanced for 5+ age group).

What we liked: the concept (combining learning with fun/game experience), the number of activities, the age level/difficulty settings, the range of learning material, excellent educational value, simple, non-distracting illustrations, audio instructions and clues, very good rewards system with stickers (related to the main educational activitie), information and help section for parents.

What we didn't like: you cannot choose a particular activity to practice it (only linear navigation). We wish there was more variety in the activities.

Bottom line: an excellent all-round package for developing and strengthening early literacy skills. Easy and fun to use. Well worth the price.

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