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Best apps for kids: Vehicles.


Whether your child is in love with train sets or his/her favorite play is racing cars all over the house, this list is for you (and it's not only for boys!). These apps offer lots of fun activities, such as driving vehicles (good for eye-hand coordination), solving puzzles with many different types of vehicles or simple interactive play with sounds they make/interactive elements they have (for the youngest kids). Below you will find the best apps related to the 'vehicles' theme including:


  • cars

  • trucks, e.g. fire trucks, dump trucks etc

  • ships

  • airplanes

  • trains


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Little Builders - Android Version

Little Builders - Android Version
by Fox & Sheep

Price: 2.99$
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Overall Score: 100/100

version reviewed: 2.0

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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: a virtual construction site with 6 interactive scenes: digger and dump truck, house painting, roof construction, laying bricks and building a foundation.

Tap your finger to play simple animations, e.g. load the dumper truck with dirt.

What we liked: the concept. 3D illustrations and animations with lots of details. Humor and fun factor. Ease of use. Sounds and sound backgrounds. No distracting elements.

What we didn't like: the activities are very limited and can quickly get repetitive. No narration or spoken instructions. Educational value could be higher.

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Wheels on the Bus - Android version

Wheels on the Bus - Android version
by Duck Duck Moose

Price: free
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Overall Score: 100/100

version reviewed: 1.0.4

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

What it is: an engaging interactive toy based on the classic song.

What you do with it: touch objects and see them 'respond' while listening to the Wheels On The Bus song.

What we liked: concept, overall quality, very easy operation even for the smallest kids, simple illustrations, various audio options.

What we didn't like: -

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Trucks - Byron Barton

Trucks - Byron Barton
by Oceanhouse Media

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Overall Score: 99/100

version reviewed: 1.09

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

What it is: an interactive book about various types of trucks (about 16 pages long).

What you do with it: listen to the narration, tap the objects on pages and their name will be displayed and read out.

What we liked: the 'story' (suitable even for very young kids), simple illustrations and animations, good reading options, professional narration, sounds and sound backgrounds.

What we didn't like: no interaction (we wish we could stop/start the trucks...). The 'picture-word' animations can be distracting for younger kids (we would like to see an option to turn them off completely). The use of iOS system menus for some navigation actions. No option to turn the narration off.

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My Little Car Wash - The funny cars washing game for kids

My Little Car Wash - The funny cars washing game for kids
by McPeppergames UG (haftungsbesc...

Price: 3.99$
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iPhone + iPad

Overall Score: 99/100

version reviewed: 1.1

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

What it is and what you do with it: an interactive play app with about 20 vehicles.

Drive the vehicle through the car wash and clean it using pressure washers, sponges, brushes etc.

Extra features: a lab, where you can mix your own super wash foam and a Photo Booth, where you can create and send funny photo cards.

What we liked: the concept. Good variety of fun vehicles to play with. Simple illustrations and animations. Ease of use. Sound backgrounds and sounds. No distracting elements.

What we didn't like: navigation could be more intuitive. No spoken instructions. Limited educational value.

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Dr. Panda's Toy Cars - Android version

Dr. Panda's Toy Cars - Android version
by TribePlay Ltd.

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Overall Score: 99/100

version reviewed: 1.0

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

What it is/what you do with it: drag your finger to drive virtual vehicles around a city.

Use appropriate vehicles to deliver cargo, help accident victims, chase thieves or put out fires.

Two scenes ('cities': summer/winter). 8 various vehicles.

What we liked: the concept. Great illustrations with many details. The extra 'missions' (e.g. drive the fire truck from the fire station to put out a fire). Humor and fun factor. Sounds and sound backgrounds. No distracting elements. Overall quality of the app.

What we didn't like: educational value could be higher. No spoken instructions (for younger kids an introduction to the activities by a parent will be required). We wish there were more 'missions'. Kids with poor eye-hand coordination may have problems with controlling small cars.

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Blaze and the Monster Machines - Android Version

Blaze and the Monster Machines - Android Version
by Nickelodeon

Price: 6.99$
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Android

Overall Score: 99/100

version reviewed: 1.1

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Best for: Games, Creativity, Eye-hand coordination, Interaction

What it is and what you do with it: a racing game based on the Nick Jr TV Show with 2 play modes:

Race: race your truck around a circuit. Collect hubcaps/power-ups, avoid obstacles and have fun on loop-da-loops and ramps. 3 worlds, 15 stages in each world (with increasing difficulty).

Build: build your own track using a simple track editor, then race on the track as in the regular race mode.

What we liked: fun game experience. Quality visuals and animations. 2 play modes with the option to build your own tracks. Easy game controls. Narration and spoken instructions. Great for 'Blaze and the Monster Machines' fans. Multiple user accounts.

What we didn't like: limited educational value. A bit limited set of editable track features in the Build mode.

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Blaze and the Monster Machines - Racing Game HD

Blaze and the Monster Machines - Racing Game HD
by Nickelodeon

Price: 6.99$
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Overall Score: 99/100

version reviewed: 1.2

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Best for: Games, Creativity, Eye-hand coordination, Interaction

What it is and what you do with it: a racing game based on the Nick Jr TV Show with 2 play modes:

Race: race your truck around a circuit. Collect hubcaps/power-ups, avoid obstacles and have fun on loop-da-loops and ramps. 3 worlds, 15 stages in each world (with increasing difficulty).

Build: build your own track using a simple track editor, then race on the track as in the regular race mode.

What we liked: fun game experience. Quality visuals and animations. 2 play modes with the option to build your own tracks. Easy game controls. Narration and spoken instructions. Great for 'Blaze and the Monster Machines' fans. Multiple user accounts.

What we didn't like: limited educational value. A bit limited set of editable track features in the Build mode.

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Blaze and the Monster Machines - Racing Game

Blaze and the Monster Machines - Racing Game
by Nickelodeon

Price: 3.99$
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Overall Score: 99/100

version reviewed: 1.2

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Best for: Games, Creativity, Eye-hand coordination, Interaction

What it is and what you do with it: a racing game based on the Nick Jr TV Show with 2 play modes:

Race: race your truck around a circuit. Collect hubcaps/power-ups, avoid obstacles and have fun on loop-da-loops and ramps. 3 worlds, 15 stages in each world (with increasing difficulty).

Build: build your own track using a simple track editor, then race on the track as in the regular race mode.

What we liked: fun game experience. Quality visuals and animations. 2 play modes with the option to build your own tracks. Easy game controls. Narration and spoken instructions. Great for 'Blaze and the Monster Machines' fans. Multiple user accounts.

What we didn't like: limited educational value. A bit limited set of editable track features in the Build mode.

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I learn with transportation: Sounds, words, colors, shapes, numbers, languages, and more ...

I learn with transportation: Sounds, words, colors, shapes, numbers, languages, and more ...
by DADA Company

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Overall Score: 98/100

version reviewed: 1.0

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Best for: Education, Attention & concentration, Early literacy, Eye-hand coordination, Interaction, Personal & social, Thinking & problem solving, Understanding of the world
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What it is: a simple interactive app introducing the child to sounds, words, colors, shapes, numbers and environments.

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

What we liked:the concept, simple, non-distractive illustrations and animations, easy operation, English/Spanish option for bilingual children.

What we didn't like: only linear navigation (you can't access another activity without using the 'parents menu'), ads at the end of the game. We feel that this app is a bit to pricey for what It offers.

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City Cars Adventures by BUBL

City Cars Adventures by BUBL
by BUBL GmbH

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Overall Score: 97/100

version reviewed: 1.0

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

What it is and what you do with it: drive a vehicle around a track, smash obstacles like box piles, open gates and barriers to let the vehicle through and collect various items (carrots, stars) to complete a course.

3 'worlds', 8 vehicles, 9 play levels.

What we liked: the concept. Fun, colorful illustrations. Good variety of obstacles and interactive elements (e.g. open a gate and a surprise object will pop up). Ease of use. Good variety of quality sound backgrounds.

What we didn't like: limited educational value. We wish there were more 'driving' features (you are limited to simple go/stop action).

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