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The best iPhone and iPodTouch apps for young children

How to keep the kids quiet for a good 30 minutes when you are on an important conference call

by MommyEntrepreneur  |  2818345 views  |  8 comments  |        Rate this now! 

The past few months have been quite hectic in our household.  In accordance with Murphy's Law, important conference calls always seem to happen at the least opportune times -- when the 3-year-old misses the toilet, when the 6-year-old gets her hair caught in a zipper.

Yes, I am guilty of using the television as a babysitter.  However, I have noticed that recently, that even this once dependable child care option is losing its appeal with the young-uns.  Even the Wii and Nintendo DS are losing luster.  However, one device seems to captivate their attention for the crucial 20 to 30 minutes.  And that is the iPhone or iPodTouch.

Now I will provide you with my thoughts on why the iPodTouch has succeeded where other devices have failed:

1.) It is Mom's device. There is a mystique with being allowed to play with an adult "toy."

2.)  It's instantaneous. Push a button and it's on it full, sharp, colorful glory.  No warming up, no waiting, no cartridges

3.) It's tactile. With young children, fine motor skills are still not well developed.  With the iPhone/iPodTouch interface, even the little greasy fingers and thumbs can manuever around.

4.) It changes all the time. Not only can children move the icons around themselves (they love the jiggly icons) but new apps appear all the time.

5.) It also holds music, photo and videos.

Having purchased and downloaded far too many apps in the past few months, these are the ones that continue to be hits amongst our young children:

1.) ichalky. A chalk, stick figure moves around the screen.  children love putting their own photo on the head.  This app in itself is a 30 minute time-sink!  

2.) Breakout. The 3-year-old boy loves this game.  Perfect for kids who love ball games.

3.) imilk, ibeer. Avery simple game (doesn't do much) but kids seem to like to make whipped cream (imilk)

4.) ifart. need I say more?

5.) Snowman. Perfect for the little kid

The biggest challenge is now coordinating iPodTouch time among the two children.  If only they had a solution for this!



About the Author

Sophia is the mother of 2 young children and also a full-time Web2.0 entrepreneur. In addition to being Qlubb's CEO,she has now started a new school year as a room parent to both of her children's classrooms.

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    Flag as inappropriate Posted by jeje116 on 2nd May 2012

  • Please permit me to introduce you to a new children’s educational game for the iPad and iPhone:

    Counting Beads is a totally fun way for children to learn numbers and letters of the alphabet. The numbers (or letters) appear as colored beads that you connect by dragging each bead into its next higher numbered bead. As you connect the beads in numbered order, you create a chain that follows the lead bead as you drag. This teaches the numbers visually. You can also move the bead chain by holding the device face-up parallel to the floor and tilting it slightly to let gravity roll the leading bead downhill. Even older folks can have fun with this amusing simple game.

    A brief demo video of this app is available on UTube:

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Wayne Allen Bateman on 5th July 2011

  • Talking about the best iPhone apps for kids I would like to mention about Kinder Hangman - that is specially designed to improve vocabulary of kids and help them remember new words. iTune link is This iPhone app works to improve child's development and can be used to prepare kids for school. It is intended for kids of 4-6 years.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by GabriellaGaby on 2nd December 2010

  • we just launched Food Fight which is a children's book targeted at 3 to 8 year old's.
    It went to number 1 in the US and UK in the first day of sales and is currently on the new and noteworthy page. :) Naturally I'm encouraging you to check it out.


    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Glenn Melenhorst on 12th November 2010

  • Juicebox Software just launched Animal Coloring Book for Android mobile devices. This simple, digital coloring book offers an array of themed pages to color. Choose Farm, Jungle, Marine or Insect themed pages, color and save to the Gallery for printing or fine-tuning at a later time. Animal Coloring Book will entertain children with its simplicity and endless possibilities of creations.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Hannah S. on 24th August 2010

  • My two small boys love LittleFish, which is btw the most selling childrens app in the ch-app store this summer.
    Well, actually I would need two iPhones to satisfy both of them, but at least one is occupied for half an hour with this game ;-)

    Cheers, Jennifer

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Jennifer on 25th July 2010

  • You may want to try Winzki Apps: A collection of sounding picture apps for kiddies. See:

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by igotmyiphone on 27th September 2009

  • I love my iTouch and so do my kids. We've started taking it with us instead of the Nintendo DS when we're out, and I'm noticing them playing with it when we're at home too. There are lots of apps that are based on learning, which makes me feel a little less guilty for using technology to buy myself some quiet time.

    One of the apps my kids love best are from iKids Play. Each app is based on a different children's book title, and allows kids to interact with each title in 5 different ways. Kids can listen to the story, read the story allow and record themselves, color each page, rub the screen to reveal each page of the book, and/or paint a new scene for the book. New titles come out each month so it's always "new".

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by RubysMom2 on 22nd February 2009