Appysmarts.com Best Apps for Young Brains


Best puzzles for kids.


Here is the Appysmarts list of the best and most educational puzzle apps for kids. We featured below only top puzzles from many different categories such as jigsaw puzzles, logic puzzles, tangrams, slide puzzles, rotating puzzles and other brain teasers suitable for children and available for iPad, iPhone or Android device.

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The fabulous Animal Playground

The fabulous Animal Playground
by Jan Essig

Price: 3.99$ (was 5.99$)
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Overall Score: 99/100

version reviewed: 3.1.0

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Best for: Education, Attention & concentration, Eye-hand coordination, Interaction, Memory, Thinking & problem solving
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What it is: a set of 12 activities and games.

What you do with it: the activities include: find the differences, memory game, puzzles, drawing, scratch cards, sliding puzzles, whac-a-mole etc. Please refer to our video preview (below) for more details.

What we liked: lots of activities and options. Simple illustrations. Ease of use. No distracting elements.

What we didn't like: no spoken instructions (for younger kids parental assistance is necessary). No background music. Some of the games may be too difficult for the target age group.

Free preview: if you are not sure try the free/demo version of Playground 1 - Best off Edition.

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PUZZINGO Professions Puzzles Game for Toddlers & Kids

PUZZINGO Professions Puzzles Game for Toddlers & Kids
by 77SPARX Studio, Inc.

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iPhone + iPad

Overall Score: 99/100

version reviewed: 4.43

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Best for: Brain teasers, Attention & concentration, Eye-hand coordination, Language, Understanding of the world
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What it is and what you do with it: a set of 7 puzzles (careers, professions, role-playing): farmer, doctor, builder, teacher, dancer, scientists, fireman.

Slide the pieces in place to complete the puzzles. The name of each piece will be read out by the narrator. Some puzzles contain additional activities (e.g. growing crops and feeding farm animals, medical check-up etc.).

What we liked: the concept. Good variety of puzzles. Nice graphics and animations. Sounds and sound backgrounds. Fun factor. Ease of use (simple drag and drop operation, visual hints). Good educational value (especially for younger kids).

What we didn't like: the educational value could be even better. Some of the vocabulary may be too complex for the target age group.

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PUZZINGO Planes Puzzles Games for Kids and Toddlers

PUZZINGO Planes Puzzles Games for Kids and Toddlers
by 77SPARX Studio, Inc.

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iPhone + iPad

Overall Score: 99/100

version reviewed: 4.20

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

What it is and what you do with it: a set of 7 puzzles (airport, military helicopter, bubble helicopter, crop duster, fighter jet, triplane and steampunk plane)

Slide the pieces in place to complete the puzzles. The name of each piece will be read out by the narrator. Some puzzles contain additional activities: e.g. flying and racing airplanes, helicopters etc.

What we liked: the concept. Good variety of puzzles. Nice graphics and animations. Sounds and sound backgrounds. Fun factor. Ease of use (simple drag and drop operation, visual hints). Good educational value (especially for younger kids).

What we didn't like: the educational value could be even better (e.g. more aircraft details for older kids).

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Herd Absurd! Mix, match & collect

Herd Absurd! Mix, match & collect
by Tinybright

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Overall Score: 99/100

version reviewed: 1.0.3

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Best for: Interactive play, Attention & concentration, Creativity, Eye-hand coordination, Interaction, Thinking & problem solving
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What it is:a set of 'mix and match' puzzles with animals (15 animals).

What you do with it: slide 3 strips containing heads/bodies/legs to complete an animal then tap different parts of the animal for sounds and animations.

Two modes of play: 'free' (just mix and match) and 'challenge' (complete all the animals as instructed).

What we liked: the concept, simple illustrations, sounds, ease of use, fun factor, no distracting elements.

What we didn't like: some animations may be too 'flashy' for more sensitive kids. Some elements are designed for fun but they may introduce false concepts (e.g. a hedgehog keeping a baby hedgehog in a kangaroo-like pouch). The educational value could be higher.

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

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PUZZINGO Space Puzzles Games for Kids & Toddlers

PUZZINGO Space Puzzles Games for Kids & Toddlers
by 77SPARX Studio, Inc.

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iPhone + iPad

Overall Score: 98/100

version reviewed: 3.31

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

What it is: a set of 7 puzzles with the 'space and aliens' theme (Solar System, observatory, space shuttle, space station, astronaut in the dressing room, alien hair salon, constellations).

What you do with it: slide the pieces in place to complete the puzzles (e.g. planets in the Solar System, parts of the space shuttle etc.). The name of each piece will be read out by the narrator. Some sets contain additional activities: e.g. flying the space shuttle, playing around with the gravity in the space station or helping a lady alien choose the best hair style at the alien hair salon.

What we liked: the concept, good variety of puzzles, quality graphics and animations, sounds and sound backgrounds, fun factor, ease of use (simple drag and drop operation, visual hints), good educational value (especially for younger kids).

What we didn't like: the educational value could be even better (for older kids). Some parents may may find the fantasy (aliens) aspect of the app a bit objectionable.

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Puzzle MasterPics

Puzzle MasterPics
by EduKidsApps

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iPhone + iPad

Overall Score: 98/100

version reviewed: 1.0

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Best for: Brain teasers, Attention & concentration, Thinking & problem solving
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What it is: 30 picture puzzles, 16 pieces each picture. 3 modes of play (Rotate/Move/Slide).

What you do with it: complete the puzzles by rotating single pieces (Rotate mode), moving pieces into place (Move mode) sliding the pieces one by one (Slide mode).

There is a help/preview feature (depends on the difficulty setting: 'easy' - you can preview the whole image, 'medium' - only the contour, 'high' - the preview feature is off).

What we liked: 3 different modes of play. Some of the pictures are really challenging (especially in the most difficult mode). Easy to use. No distracting elements.

What we didn't like: we would like to see some sort of extra motivation to complete more than a few puzzles (e.g. some sort of a rewards system). The background music doesn't help concentration.

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

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Shapes & Puzzles by Pirate Trio

Shapes & Puzzles by Pirate Trio
by Next is Great

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Overall Score: 98/100

version reviewed: 2.0

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

What it is: about 200 'wood-like' puzzles made with various geometric shapes.

What you do with it: slide the shapes in place to create various objects like buildings, vehicles, people, animals, plants or tools. There are three 'modes' with various difficulty levels and different graphic approach (n on of the modes the shapes have additional drawings on them, which make the picture more 'complete' graphically).

What we liked: the concept, very good graphics, easy navigation and operation, number of puzzles, the 'training' module for younger kids, three levels of difficulty.

What we didn't like: the voice is a bit 'robot-sounding' (especially in the 'shapes' activity). A some sort of a prompt system would be useful - for example when you drop a piece accidentally on the stage in the wrong place it stays there. Some pictures may be a bit too abstract (e.g. the turtle).

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Mini-U: The Kitchen. 6 funny educational mini-games. Color matching, Pattern puzzles, Hidden objects, Music and Sorter games

Mini-U: The Kitchen. 6 funny educational mini-games. Color matching, Pattern puzzles, Hidden objects, Music and Sorter games
by PopAppFactory

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Overall Score: 97/100

version reviewed: 1.0.4

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

What it is and what you do with it: 6 interactive scenes with kitchen related activities/puzzles.

E.g. match all food items with their outlines to fill up the refrigerator.

What we liked: the concept. Good variety of kitchen concepts/scenes. Illustrations and simple animations. Humor and fun factor. No distracting features.

What we didn't like: some items are difficult to match. Could have more educational features.

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Cutie Monsters Preschool - Android version

Cutie Monsters Preschool - Android version
by Little Phoenix Interactive

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Overall Score: 97/100

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Best for: Interactive books, Attention & concentration, Early literacy, Early math, Eye-hand coordination, Interaction, Thinking & problem solving
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What it is: an interactive counting book (from 1 to 10) plus a set of jigsaw puzzles with the monster theme (7 puzzles, about 3-4 pieces each).

What you do with it: read the book and tap the monster for sounds and animations. Tap on the numbers to hear them read out. The book includes a special 'touch read' mode (touch individual words to hear their pronunciation).

What we liked: simple graphics, fun characters, ease of use, no distracting elements.

What we didn't like: no 'read to me' mode with automatic narration (that's why we recommend parental assistance). The educational value could be higher (e.g. we missed some sort of 'count along' feature to count monsters' eyes, feet etc when they are tapped).

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Cutie Mini Monsters

Cutie Mini Monsters
by Little Phoenix Interactive

Price: 1.99$
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Overall Score: 97/100

version reviewed: 1.0

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Best for: Interactive books, Attention & concentration, Early literacy, Early math, Eye-hand coordination, Interaction, Thinking & problem solving

What it is: an interactive counting book (from 1 to 10) plus a set of jigsaw puzzles with the monster theme (7 puzzles, about 3-4 pieces each).

What you do with it: read the book and tap the monster for sounds and animations. Tap on the numbers to hear them read out. The book includes a special 'touch read' mode (touch individual words to hear their pronunciation).

What we liked: simple graphics, fun characters, ease of use, no distracting elements.

What we didn't like: no 'read to me' mode with automatic narration (that's why we recommend parental assistance). The educational value could be higher (e.g. we missed some sort of 'count along' feature to count monsters' eyes, feet etc when they are tapped).

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