50 Best Educational Apps For Kids

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50 Best Educational Apps For Kids

Best Apps For KidsKids these days are all about ‘Apps’! Whether it be on an Ipod, Iphone, Android, Tablet or Ipad, there are a huge number of apps (applications) available to download to keep your kids busy for hours;

These are perfect for that long road trip or on the school holiday afternoon when everyone just needs a little quiet time. SAHM has gathered together a list of the most popular apps, both free and paid, as voted by the best educated of all on this subject, our kids!



Never underestimate the power of YouTube. So many kids told us how much they love watching highlights of their favourite shows on this forum.

In true SAHM style, we’ve tried to stick to the freebies and cheaper apps out there, and we are sure there are heaps more to entertain your kids when Mum needs a bit of a break! Or make it a family affair and join in. Challenge each other in the educational quizzes, or see who can build the most functional farm; a great way to bring the family together.


Babies and Little Toddlers:

Sleepy Sounds

iOs/Android Free – This app turns your iPhone into a baby mobile / noise maker.


Toddler Flashcards

iOS Free – Pick from one of 13 languages to teach your child the names of animals, foods, objects, letters, and numbers. Flashcards are interactive as well, utilizing both spoken audio and animal sounds. You can also upgrade your app to the paid version ($1.99) for nine additional languages.


Busy Shapes

iOS $1.99 – Help your child learn to handle simple objects through a series of puzzles. Kids can change simple shapes and place them in the proper-sized holes.


5 Years and Younger:

PAW Patrol

iOS $5.99 To the Lookout! Ryder and the pups need your child’s help to save Adventure Bay! And now they can play in the Jungle with the newest pup, Tracker, with an in-app purchase!


Elmo Loves 123’s

Android/iOS  $7.99 – This is an app full of games, activities, and videos, which will help teach your child about numbers and counting. Numbers 1, 2 and 3 included. Upgrade to unlock numbers 4 through 20.


Toddler Counting 123

iOS $1.49  “simple and well executed with straightforward menus and good graphics.” The New York Times.


rED Writing – Learn to Write

iOS $4.49 – rED Writing has consistently been featured in the Top 10 Aussie Education Apps on the App Store for the last 2 years running!


Shiny Bakery

iOS $2.99 – The Shiny Bakery is open! Alice the Zebra loves to bake but she needs help mixing, measuring, decorating, then serving the cakes and cookies to customers.


Heidi on the Alp

Android – Heidi is absolutely beside herself with excitement: there are so many wonderful things to discover in the Swiss Alps.


Preschool EduKitty-Amazing

iOS – Most Popular Early Learning Toddler Game According to Preschool Teachers and Moms For Learning Colors, Numbers, Shapes, Alphabets and More.



iOS $9.99 – Numberlys presents a fanciful depiction of the origins of the alphabet and is the newest interactive epic from Moonbot Studios, creators of The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.


Intro into Letters

iOS $7.99 – Featured in Best New Apps! “You learn best from the ones you love.” Intro to Letters was featured in an Apple iPad commercial and on Apple billboards around the world.


Dinosaur Park Math

iOS/Android $0.99 – Dinosaur Park Math is a Dinosaur math game to help your children learn addition and subtraction from 0 to 20. 15 Dinosaur math levels with 225 questions.


ABC Wildlife

iOS $4.49 – ABC Wildlife is getting better than ever! We began to include educational games in the app. Now your children will have fun exploring, learning, and playing, all within the app!


Bugs and Buttons

iOS $4.49 – Unlock 18 mini-games and activities that will let your imagination run bug wild. Discover, learn and play with butterflies, ladybugs, bees and more (unlock extra creepy crawlies if you dare!). Fun enhancements feature new surprises that kids and parents will love


Bugs and Numbers

iOS $4.49 – “this will definitely become one of your child’s favorite apps”, Editor’s Choice Award,

iOS/Android Free – Welcome to – the #1 learning program for ages 2-8! You may subscribe to from within this app or you can log in to an existing account to get started immediately.


ABC Phonics

iOS/Android Free – Let your little ones learn the Alphabet in the fun way! ABC Phonics is full of interactive and dynamic learning games just right for your first ABCs!


Pinkfrog Word Power

iOS/ Android Free – Learn 200 basic words with songs and games! Build basic reading skills in our delightful world of Word Power! Children learn recognizing the sounds and meanings


Kids from Ages 6 – 8:

Toca Life: Hospital

iOS $4.99 – Experience the excitement of a busy medical center with Toca Life: Hospital! Welcome newborn babies into the world, treat sick patients and even say goodbye to loved ones. Toca Life: Hospital is a place where you can play out the joy and pain of life in your own way.


Toca Kitchen 2

iOS/Android $4.99 – The wildly popular Toca Kitchen is back! With new guests to cook for, more tools to play with and new food combinations to test out, Toca Kitchen 2 invites all chefs to get messy and start playing!


Shopkins World!

iOS/Android Free – Explore Shopville and play mini games with all of your favorite Shopkins including Apple Blossom, Lippy Lips, Cheeky Chocolate and Kooky Cookie! Stock up on candy at the Candy Shop, get creative in the Stationery shop, sort rainbow cakes in the Cake shop, help Donatina at her Donut Cart and more! Once you shop, you can’t stop!


Reading Eggs

iOS Free – Reading Eggs is the multi-award winning learning system that helps children learn to read. Based on scientific research and designed by literacy experts, it’s proven to help children learn to read using guided reading lessons, activities and e-books.


PlayKids Stories

iOS/Android Free – PlayKids Stories is an amazing library of books and stories for kids 8 and under. Join this space adventure that will nurture your little one’s love of reading. Access a library from all-time favorite stories to modern classics that will spark the imagination.


Monster Maths – Times Tables

iOS Free – Monster Math helps your child practice and learn over 67 math skills within basic geometry, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, factors, multiples, prime numbers, fractions and decimals. It is suited for Grades K 5, with standard skill presets aligned with Common Core standards. These are also fully customisable to suit your kids’


Toca Life: Stable

iOS/Android $2.99 – Welcome to a world of horses and adventure! Groom horses, care for them and show them! Engage in some medieval jousting or role-play the Wild West. Ride motorcycles and camp out under the stars! You can play your way in Toca Life: Stable!


PlayKids Party: Fun Games

iOS Free – Let’s get this party started! Join Junior and friends on this amazing collection of fun and educative games. This is the PlayKids Party and you are invited!


Kids from Ages 9 – 11:

Toca: Hair Salon 3

iOS/Android $2.99 – Welcome to Toca Hair Salon 3! Our most popular app series returns, better than ever! What do you feel like creating today “” something quirky, pretty or edgy? Choose your character from dozens of looks that you can customize “” characters have randomized styles and personalities.


Hopscotch: Learn to Code

iOS Free – Learn to code by making things you enjoy playing. Award-winning block-based language app.


Spelling Bee Lists

Android Free – Learn to spell 2300+ English words. Clear audio clips are included. Words gradually increase in difficulty. This version is ideal for children. We are busy as bees adding more words and harder words!


Carmen Sandiego Returns

iOS $5.99 – Kids learn geography and problem solving while chasing international criminal Carmen Sandiego. Become an agent and travel the globe!

Machine World

iOS $2.99 – Drive, fly and operate cool machines that behave like the real thing – in Machine World! #1 App in several countries!


Quick Maths

iOS $2.99 Quick Maths is perfect for students to improve their all round mathematics ability” – Apps In Education. Kids and adults can’t put it down! Practice your mathematics while racing the clock in this innovative iPad app.


Flashnote Derby

iOS $7.99 – Flashnote Derby is a fun way for kids to learn and practice reading music notes. Each race is a timed test in which the student identifies different notes in order to urge their horse on towards the


Dragonbox Algebra

iOS/Android $7.99 – DragonBox Algebra 5+ – The game that secretly teaches algebra. DragonBox Algebra 5+ Is perfect for giving young children a head start in mathematics and algebra.


Solar Walk

iOS $7.99 – Over 6 million users!   Featured in Best Apps three years in a row. National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) – GOLD winner in the Educational Tools for Parents and Children.


Dumb Ways to Die

iOS Free – You’ve seen the video – now the lives of those charmingly dumb characters are in your hands. Enjoy 35 hilarious mini-games as you attempt to collect all the charmingly dumb characters for your train station.


Let’s Do Mental Maths

iOS $3.99 – Practise your mental maths skills against the clock and see if you can improve your score! This app is ideal for supporting the maths you do at school and for KS2 SATs preparation.


High School Age:

National Geographic World Atlas

iOS $2.99 – Welcome to the redesigned World Atlas app from National Geographic, the best world geography reference resource available. The Atlas features Nat Geo’s award-winning cartography and stats and facts about every country on Earth.



iOS Free – What makes myHomework the best student planner? Beauty, Simplicity, and Reliability – myHomework has a gorgeous appearance and simple interface making it easy.



iOS/Android Free – You have never experienced a task manager like this! Simple. Attractive. Useful. 30/30 helps you get stuff done!



iOS/Android Free –  Learning is social. Learnist is a knowledge social network. Save and share everything you’re learning from around the web with a couple of clicks from your iOS device.



iOS Free – Named to iTunes Best of 2012 app list. Winner 2012 Webby Award & People’s Voice Webby Award for Best Lifestyle App for Tablet. Winner 2012 Appy Award for Best Lifestyle App.



iOS/Android Free – Welcome to Audible by Amazon, home to your library of over 200,000 audio books and podcasts with complete customisation of your listening experience. Instantly begin your 30-day free trial today and stream your first audio book for free!


Kno Textbooks

iOS Free – Intel® Education Study App (formerly Knoâ„¢ Textbooks) is a book and PDF e-Reader that can help you make the most of your study time. Highlighting, note taking, reporting, and journal features assist you in improving study habits, comprehension, and retention.


Great Apps for Special Needs Kids:

ABA Receptive Labels

iOS $9.99 – Big Discount for Limited Time to support the “World Autism Awareness Day”!!!!



Android Free – Autism is a lifelong disability that affects the way a person communicates and relates to other people and the world around them. Those affected typically display major impairments in three areas: social interaction, communication and behavior (restricted interests and repetitive behaviors).


Visual Routine

iOS $3.99 – A4CWSN: “I like that I can make text only schedules, or picture only schedules, or combine both.” “Visual Routine by Pufferfish Software is an easy-to-use, visual schedule creator/viewer that can be used with children with special needs.”


Social Skill Builder Lite

iOS $0.99 – Social Skill Builder offers both a LITE and the Social Skill Builder: My School Day App. Our LITE version for $2.99 offers the first four modules for Social Skill Builder’s unique interactive video.






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Jody Allen

Jody is the founder and essence of Stay at Home Mum. An insatiable appetite for reading from a very young age had Jody harbouring dreams of being a pu...Read Moreblished author since primary school. That deep-seeded need to write found its way to the public eye in 2011 with the launch of SAHM. Fast forward 4 years and a few thousand articles Jody has fulfilled her dream of being published in print. With the 2014 launch of Once a Month Cooking and 2015's Live Well on Less, thanks to Penguin Random House, Jody shows no signs of slowing down. The master of true native content, Jody lives and experiences first hand every word of advertorial she pens. Mum to two magnificent boys and wife to her beloved Brendan; Jody's voice is a sure fire winner when you need to talk to Mums. Read Less

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