5 Apps for People with Young Kids

Wednesday 6 August 2014 by

Thomas & Friends Diesels and Steamies, App
CBeebies Playtime

Featuring tie-in games for loads of popular CBeebies shows, this app combines the fun of games with learning colours, letters and more. Perfect for keeping the kids entertained on car journeys – and educational to boot. The app is colourful in design, and features a ‘grown-ups’ section, where you can set personal messages for your child to receive on their birthday.

 

Magic Belles Magic Music

This cute little app features several different games with a musical theme. There’s a strong educational element – one game features number recognition and putting numbers into order – but also a very creative side. You can compose basic music and experiment with lots of different sounds and combinations. They also have an excellent Twitter presence, and send out stickers and printable colouring in sheets for your little one’s birthday if you interact with them online.

 

Preschool Zoo Puzzles

An animal themed puzzle app with counting, matching and identification games. The games are very quick, with loud applause and fireworks to congratulate solving them. The animation is cute, with voice guides to talk younger ones through the games. The app itself is free, with one in-app purchase of £2.49 to unlock all the puzzles.

 

Thomas & Friends Diesels and Steamies

There’s a whole selection of Thomas & Friends apps. The Diesels and Steamies one is an interactive story book, featuring a range of puzzles – from jigsaws to card matches – that work alongside a story about Thomas and the other engines. The story is read aloud for the littler ones, but with the words on screen, it will definitely encourage budding readers to follow along.

 

Mike the Knight: The Great Gallop

For those moments when mindless entertainment is what you need, there are loads of games based on popular TV shows that don’t have the educational slant. Mike the Knight: The Great Gallop is a basic ‘jump the obstacles’ game, but the show promotes good morals about helping others and doing things right, and with cute graphics and easy gameplay, it’s bound to keep tired little ones entertained.

* Unless otherwise stated, all games are in-app purchase free, preventing little ones incurring a massive phonebill

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