Appysmarts.com Best Apps for Young Brains

Best iPhone apps for kids ranked by Appysmarts reviewers and users.

On this list you can find best children apps for iPhone. It means that you can download these apps on your iPhone. If you have an iPad you can also download them on your device but the app will be displayed on the diminished screen. Usually there is a button which allows you to make the screen bigger (but the graphic quality will be worse). This ranking presents best iPhone apps for kids:

  • for all ages
  • for both genders
  • of all types
  • for practicing all skills


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Rounds: Franklin Frog

Rounds: Franklin Frog
by Nosy Crow

Price: 4.99$
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Overall Score: 93/100

version reviewed: 1.0.1

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Best for: Interactive books, Attention & concentration, Early literacy, Eye-hand coordination, Language, Understanding of the world

What it is: an interactive book about the life cycle of a frog presented by... a funny frog character called Franklin.

What you do with it: listen to the narration or read the book yourself. Touch Franklin to make him talk about frog facts ('I swallow my food without chewing it') or perform simple tasks (jump over lily pads, eat worms etc).

What we liked: the 'story' (the concept is well explained and easy to understand, lots of details included), simple illustrations and animations, easy operation, interactive elements complementing the story, great educational value.

What we didn't like: we would prefer an adult narrator (as an option).

Bottom line: the price may be high but we really recommend Franklin.

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LetterSchool - learn to write letters and numbers

LetterSchool - learn to write letters and numbers
by Letterschool Enabling Learning...

Price: 6.99$
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Overall Score: 93/100

version reviewed: 1.1

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

What it is:an app teaching letters and numbers (shapes of letters and numbers, sounds, tracing, writing).

What you do with it:please see our video review.

What we liked:great concept, overall look and feel, simple operation and navigation, types of activities, great educational value (inclusion of uppercase and lowercase letters as well as 'written' fonts), visual clues.

What we didn't like: we missed some sort of spoke instructions.

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Babel, the King - EPIC animated storybook

Babel, the King - EPIC animated storybook
by EPIC Agency

Price: free (was 3.99$)
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Overall Score: 91/100

version reviewed: 1.1.3

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

What it is: an interactive book (20 pages) about a grumpy cat called Babel who dreams of becoming a king.

What you do with it: read the story yourself or listen to the narration. Tilt the device, blow into the microphone, touch/pull objects on the pages for interaction (e.g. help Babel land safely on the ground using an umbrella as the parachute, blow the leaves away etc).

What we liked: the story, illustrations (excellent!), animations, interactive elements complementing the storyline, sound backgrounds and sound effects, professional narration, visual hints (helping find all interactive elements).

What we didn't like: text is not 'young reader friendly' (large blocks of text, small font, words are not highlighted). The next/previous page buttons could be in a more convenient place.

Bottom line: engaging, with excellent graphics and narration - highly recommended!

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The Rooster Who Lost His Voice (The Full Story)

The Rooster Who Lost His Voice (The Full Story)
by iMagine machine llc

Price: 0.99$ (was 1.99$)
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Overall Score: 91/100

version reviewed: 1.0

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Best for: Interactive books, Attention & concentration, Eye-hand coordination, Language, Understanding of the world

What it is: an interactive animated story (about 18 minutes long) about the values of caring, generosity and friendship.

What you do with it: follow The Rooster and his Grandma around the farm, interact with the story (e.g. collect various objects from farm animals that are met along the way to help solve the mystery of the Rooster's lost voice).

What we liked: the story (theme, flow, humor), beautiful illustrations and animations, cute characters, great narration and voice acting, background music. The interactive elements don't distract and help to keep the child 'immersed' in the story.

What we didn't like: no text for reading/following the story on your own (we would like to see it as an option), for children and parents used to typical 'swipe the page' interactive books the navigation may not be intuitive at first.

Bottom line: we wish there were more apps like this one...

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Cars in sandbox: Construction

Cars in sandbox: Construction
by Thematica

Price: 2.99$
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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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