Appysmarts.com Best Apps for Young Brains


Best apps for kids: role-playing games.


Apps for preschool kids including role play activities are helpful in developing social skills. Applications featuring different jobs, characters or situations teach kids about social rules and help them understand the world around them. Role play apps are also very useful for children with special needs.


Here is the ranking of the best, most educational and valuable role play apps for kids in Appysmarts catalog:

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Dr. Panda Beauty Salon

Dr. Panda Beauty Salon
by TribePlay Ltd.

Price: 2.99$
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iPhone + iPad

Overall Score: 99/100

version reviewed: 1.0

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

What it is and what you do with it: A virtual beauty salon with 11 activities.

Invite the animal 'customers' to your salon and offer them some beauty treatment: nails, beards, nose hair

What we liked: the concept. Good range of simple activities. Fun factor. Simple illustrations and animations. Sounds and sound backgrounds. Easy operation. No distracting elements. Overall quality of the app.

What we didn't like: could have more education value. We wish there was more variety in the activities. No spoken instructions (an introduction to the activities by a parent is required for younger kids).

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Pepi Doctor - Android version

Pepi Doctor - Android version
by Pepi Play

Price: 2.15$
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Android

Overall Score: 99/100

version reviewed: 1.1.0

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

What it is/what you do with it: 5 interactive play scenes (an ear infection, scratches and bruises, a broken bone, an aching tooth and the flu).

Follow the hints and apply the 'remedy' to help one of the three characters.

What we liked: the concept. Simple illustrations and animations. Cute 'responsive' characters. Ease of use. No distracting elements.

What we didn't like: limited educational value. The activities could offer more variety. No narration/spoken instructions.

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Pepi Doctor

Pepi Doctor
by Pepi Play

Price: 1.99$
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iPhone + iPad

Overall Score: 98/100

version reviewed: 1.1.0

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

What it is/what you do with it: 5 interactive play scenes (an ear infection, scratches and bruises, a broken bone, an aching tooth and the flu).

Follow the hints and apply the 'remedy' to help one of the three characters.

What we liked: the concept. Simple illustrations and animations. Cute 'responsive' characters. Ease of use. No distracting elements.

What we didn't like: limited educational value. The activities could offer more variety. No narration/spoken instructions.

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Dr. Panda's Beauty Salon - Android version

Dr. Panda's Beauty Salon - Android version
by TribePlay Ltd.

Price: 1.99$
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Android

Overall Score: 98/100

version reviewed: 1.5

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

What it is and what you do with it: A virtual beauty salon with 11 activities.

Invite the animal 'customers' to your salon and offer them some beauty treatment: nails, beards, nose hair

What we liked: the concept. Good range of simple activities. Fun factor. Simple illustrations and animations. Sounds and sound backgrounds. Easy operation. No distracting elements. Overall quality of the app.

What we didn't like: could have more education value. We wish there was more variety in the activities. No spoken instructions (an introduction to the activities by a parent is required for younger kids).

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Shane's plane - Little Boy - Android version

Shane's plane - Little Boy - Android version
by Kids' Mania

Price: 1.99$
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Android

Overall Score: 98/100

version reviewed: 1.1

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Best for: Interactive books, Attention & concentration, Early literacy, Interaction, Language, Understanding of the world

What is it/what do you do with it: an interactive storybook (5 pages/scenes, 2 reading modes) based on a book from the popular 'Little Boy' series.

Extra activities: a quiz, 5 coloring pages and 5 jigsaw puzzles (3 levels of difficulty).

What we liked: 3D clay illustrations. A good set of extra activities related to the story. The option to record your own narration. Multiple language versions included in the price. Ease of use. No distracting elements.

What we didn't like: the story is very short. No text highlighting. We wish there were more interactive features.

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Shane's plane - Little Boy

Shane's plane - Little Boy
by Kids' Mania

Price: 1.99$
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iPhone + iPad

Overall Score: 98/100

version reviewed: 1.0

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Best for: Interactive books, Attention & concentration, Early literacy, Interaction, Language, Understanding of the world

What is it/what do you do with it: an interactive storybook (5 pages/scenes, 2 reading modes) based on a book from the popular 'Little Boy' series.

Extra activities: a quiz, 5 coloring pages and 5 jigsaw puzzles (3 levels of difficulty).

What we liked: 3D clay illustrations. A good set of extra activities related to the story. The option to record your own narration. Multiple language versions included in the price. Ease of use. No distracting elements.

What we didn't like: the story is very short. No text highlighting. We wish there were more interactive features.

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Harriet plays at being a vet - Android version

Harriet plays at being a vet - Android version
by Kids' Mania

Price: 0.99$
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Android

Overall Score: 97/100

version reviewed: 1.0

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Best for: Interactive books, Attention & concentration, Early literacy, Interaction, Language

What is it/what do you do with it: interactive storybook (5 pages/scenes, 2 reading modes) plus extra activities: a quiz, 5 coloring pages and 5 jigsaw puzzles (3 levels of difficulty).

What we liked: 3D clay illustrations. A good set of extra activities related to story. The option to record your own narration. Multiple language versions included in the price. Ease of use. No distracting elements.

What we didn't like: the story is very short. No text highlighting. We wish there were more interactive elements.

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Harriet plays at being a vet - Little Girl

Harriet plays at being a vet - Little Girl
by Monkeys

Price: 1.99$
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iPhone + iPad

Overall Score: 97/100

version reviewed: 1.0

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Best for: Interactive books, Attention & concentration, Early literacy, Interaction, Language
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What is it/what do you do with it: interactive storybook (5 pages/scenes, 2 reading modes) plus extra activities: a quiz, 5 coloring pages and 5 jigsaw puzzles (3 levels of difficulty).

What we liked: 3D clay illustrations. A good set of extra activities related to story. The option to record your own narration. Multiple language versions included in the price. Ease of use. No distracting elements.

What we didn't like: the story is very short. No text highlighting. We wish there were more interactive elements.

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My PlayHome - Android version

My PlayHome - Android version
by My Playhome

Price: free
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Overall Score: 97/100

version reviewed: 1.0.3

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

What it is: a virtual doll house with 5 characters and 5 scenes (the garden, the living room, the kitchen, the bathroom and kids bedroom).

What you do with it: place the family members in the scene for the role-playing activity (e.g. tidying the room). Touch the objects in the scene for interaction or move them around, e.g. open the wardrobe in the kids room to find a tiara and place it on the girl's head, kick the ball around the room, throw objects into the waste bin etc.

What we liked: nice hand-drawn illustrations, number of interactive objects in the scenes, the extra effects like dimming the room when curtains are closed.

What we didn't like: the interactions between the characters and the objects in the scene are limited. The actions are not consistent across the scenes: some actions work in one place (e.g. touching the window to dim the room) and will work in the other. The animations (especially the characters) are very simple (just 'flying' or jumping around). This app could have much more educational value than it has in the present form, e.g. names of the objects could be read out when touched, there could be some specific tasks defined etc.

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Workday Dentist

Workday Dentist
by Merge Mobile

Price: 0.99$
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iPad

Overall Score: 95/100

version reviewed: 1.0

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Best for: Interactive play, Attention & concentration, Creativity, Eye-hand coordination, Interaction

What it is: a role-play game about working as a dentist.

What you do with it: pretend that you are a dentist and take care of one of three patient's (a girl, a boy, a man) teeth. Use the dentist's tools to remove plaque, drill holes, apply braces or tooth stickers, clean or extract teeth etc.

What we liked: the concept, funny illustrations and sound effects, number of actions and scenarios, cute characters (they will 'respond' to your actions in a funny way), humor, easy operation, useful zoom function. The educational factor (but see the note below): when you feed the character junk food/sweets their teeth will go bad and will require care.

What we didn't like: the educational value could be higher (e.g. by including comments and explanations about the dentist's actions etc). Not recommended when your child is afraid of the dentist as some of the actions are too graphic (e.g. when you use the drill for too long the tooth will crack, the patient's reaction after a tooth is pulled out etc.).

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