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Best kids apps about trains.


Many kids love playing with trains and there are lots of train-themed apps in the stores so we decided to create the list of the best, most educational and fun apps about trains. You can find here apps with popular characters like Chuggington or Thomas & Friends but also less known (and still great) apps for all trains fans. The trains - themed apps from the list are available for iPhone, iPad and Android.

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Lola's Math Train - Learn Numbers and Counting!

Lola's Math Train - Learn Numbers and Counting!
by BeiZ Ltd.

Price: 2.99$
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Overall Score: 99/100

version reviewed: 1.8.1

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

What it is: a pack of activities (about 18 different activities) for developing and strengthening early math skills. 3 difficulty levels (numbers from 0 to 20).

What you do with it: the activities include: number and quantity recognition, counting, comparing numbers and quantities, number puzzles, patterns, addition, subtraction etc.

Complete the tasks and invite more and more friends for a train ride.
The activities get progressively difficult as you advance (start with basic counting and number recognition at the 'easy' level up to ?+?=8 type problems at the 'hard' level).

What we liked: the concept, wide range and good quality of activities, spoken instructions and visual clues, ease of use, simple graphics and animations, no distracting elements, the 'advancing difficulty' option.

What we didn't like: there is no option to choose a particular activity or group of activities. The activities can get a bit repetitive after some time. No progress/level tracking for parents.

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Labo Train - A creative draw & play road construction game for kids 3-7

Labo Train - A creative draw & play road construction game for kids 3-7
by Labo Lado Inc.

Price: 1.99$
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Overall Score: 95/100

version reviewed: 1.2.0

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Best for: Interactive play, Creativity, Eye-hand coordination

What is it/what do you do with it: create and decorate you own train then 'drive' it on a track. Extra challenge: fix broken bridges and remove obstacles to help your train deliver a load of apples safely.

What we liked: the concept. Simple illustrations. Good range of features and props. Ease of use. No ads or other distracting elements.

What we didn't like: could have more educational features. No spoken instructions.

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Thomas & Friends: Misty Island Rescue

Thomas & Friends: Misty Island Rescue
by Callaway Digital Arts, Inc.

Price: free
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Overall Score: 91/100

version reviewed: 2.1

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

What it is: an interactive adaptation of the 'Thomas & Friends' book with extra activities.

What you do with it:listen to the story, touch the pics for some interaction. Plus: a painting activity, connect the dots and jigsaw puzzles.

What we liked: the concept, good quality of graphics and narration, easy operation. Extra activities. Good app for fans of Thomas & Friends.

What we didn't like: the story has only one mode 'read to me'. Too few interactive elements. The painting activity is almost useless. We had problem with finding the recommended age bracket for this app: the puzzles are very easy on the other hand the video is rather suitable for kids, who can read quite well. The price is too high for what this app offers.

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Chuggington Chug Patrol Book - Android version

Chuggington Chug Patrol Book - Android version
by StoryToys

Price: 4.99$
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Overall Score: 86/100

version reviewed: 1.0.6

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

What it is and what you do with it: the official app of the Chug Patrol: Ready to Rescue episode: an interactive Chuggington pop-up book featuring Wilson, Brewster, Koko, Jackman (Chief of Chug Patrol) and more. About 21 pages, 3 reading modes (read to me, read it myself and autoplay). 9 3D-like pop-up scenes with simple activities.

What we liked: the concept. Excellent 3D-like graphics and animations based on the original TV series artwork. Interactions complementing the storyline. Sounds and sound backgrounds. Spoken instructions. Ease of use. No distracting elements.

What we didn't like: the extra activities are very basic and may get repetitive after some time. The story itself is a bit short. Reading options could be better (no words highlighting etc).

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Zoo Train

Zoo Train
by Busy Bee Studios

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Overall Score: 72/100

version reviewed: 3.6

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

What it is: 5 simple minigames (puzzles, music).

What you do with it: 5 activities: simple puzzles with about 6 pieces each, musical activity (playing 4 popular nursery rhymes), train building activity, word building activity and a track building game.

What we liked: simple activities, simple graphics, easy navigation and interaction.

What we didn't like: activities are rather simple and don't have too much educational value but if you are looking for a 'time filler' it's fine. The range is too broad for one app (from very simple puzzles to spelling), it's difficult to recommend this app to a particular age range. No spoken instructions. A bit overpriced for what it offers.

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Rainbow Train: Teach Colors.

Rainbow Train: Teach Colors.
by iqsoftware

Price: 1.99$ (was 2.99$)
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Overall Score: 71/100

version reviewed: 1.3

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

What it is: an app teaching the names of 10 colors and color recognition.

What you do with it: there 3 activities: learning color names (choose a color and listen to the names of the objects on the screen), color recognition (listen to the instructions and point to the objects with the particular color) and color matching (match the objects with train cars by their color). There are 3 difficulty levels (4, 7 or 10 colors).

What we liked: nice graphics, easy to use even for younger kids. British, American and French narration included.

What we didn't like: just 10 colors. The object/color associations in the first activity can be a bit confusing for kids (not all umbrellas are blue). The time limit in the color matching and color recognition activities (may be frustrating for kids). The color matching activity has a limited educational value (why not include the names of the colors when the objects are touched?). The background music can be annoying (fortunately it can be turned off).

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Thomas & Friends: Thomas Gets His Own Branch Line

Thomas & Friends: Thomas Gets His Own Branch Line
by HiT Entertainment

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Overall Score: 71/100

version reviewed: 3.2

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

What it is: an interactive adaptation of the 'Thomas & Friends' book with extra activities.

What you do with it:listen to the story (or read it yourself). Plus: a painting activity and a set jigsaw puzzles.

What we liked: the concept, good quality of graphics and narration, easy operation. Extra options for reading the book. Additional 'themed' activities. A good app for fans of Thomas & Friends.

What we didn't like: no interactive elements. Navigation while reading the book is not too consistent (sometimes the page changes, sometimes it zooms). The painting activity is almost useless (no zoom function for painting small details). The jigsaw puzzles activity is very simple.

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Thomas & Friends: Thomas Gets a Snowplow

Thomas & Friends: Thomas Gets a Snowplow
by HiT Entertainment

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Overall Score: 70/100

version reviewed: 3.0

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

What it is: an interactive adaptation of the 'Thomas & Friends' book with extra activities.

What you do with it:listen to the story (or read it yourself). Plus: a painting activity and a set jigsaw puzzles.

What we liked: the concept, good quality of graphics and narration, easy operation. Extra options for reading the book. Additional 'themed' activities. A good app for fans of Thomas & Friends.

What we didn't like: no interactive elements. Navigation while reading the book is not too consistent (sometimes the page changes, sometimes it zooms). The painting activity is almost useless (no zoom function for painting small details). The jigsaw puzzles activity is very simple.

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Zoo Train - Android version

Zoo Train - Android version
by Busy Bee Studios, Inc.

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Overall Score: 69/100

version reviewed: 1.1

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

What it is: 5 simple minigames (puzzles, music).

What you do with it: 5 activities: simple puzzles with about 6 pieces each, musical activity (playing 4 popular nursery rhymes), train building activity, word building activity and a track building game.

What we liked: simple activities, simple graphics, easy navigation and interaction.

What we didn't like: activities are rather simple and don't have too much educational value but if you are looking for a 'time filler' it's fine. The range is too broad for one app (from very simple puzzles to spelling), it's difficult to recommend this app to a particular age range. No spoken instructions. A bit overpriced for what it offers.

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Animal Train Preschool Adventure First Word Learning Games for Toddler Loves Farm and Zoo Animals by Monkey Abby®

Animal Train Preschool Adventure First Word Learning Games for Toddler Loves Farm and Zoo Animals by Monkey Abby®
by CFC s.r.o.

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Overall Score: 69/100

version reviewed: 1.6

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

What it is: an app to learn and practice animal names and colors.

What you do with it: place animals on train trucks according to the instructions.

What we liked: illustrations, simple operation, number of animals to play with, good app to practice animal names.

What we didn't like: it would be hard to recommend this app for kids who learn to read (as the producer advertises) - the activities will not be challeging enough. App may be a little cheaper for what it offers. There is a huge ad for other products from this manufacturer on the starting screen.

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