Favorite iPhone/iPad Apps

Just like their parents, kids love portable technology. There are lots of great inexpensive, educational apps that turn your device into a secret weapon to get a cranky kid through long restaurant meals and plane rides. Here are a few of our favorites. Click on the app name for more details and purchasing information.

For more old-fashioned entertainment, see favorite books & tunes

Zoo Train ($1.99)

Two of kids’ favorite things – trains and animals – join together in five colorful, musical games teaching letters, word construction, pattern matching and more. Lots of positive reinforcement via a friendly recorded voice and stickers.

Tozzle ($1.99)

Dozens of intricate, entertaining scenes come to life as kids slide in missing puzzle pieces. Funny sound effects provide encouragement along the way, with animated celebrations after each puzzle’s completion.

Toca Builders ($2.99)

With the help of six really cool Toca Builders with unique skills, drop, spray, smash and lift blocks to construct 3D objects, buildings, cars – whatever you can imagine. Great for ages 4 & up (and fun for grown-up too)

Timbuktu Pizza ($0.00)

Budding chefs can follow real recipes to make virtual pizzas. A hungry monster samples your creations and gives a hilarious verdict on acccuracy.

Starfall ABCS ($0.00)

Toddlers and preschoolers go crazy for this letter-learning application with lots of silly songs and animations for each letter, such as a banjo-playing gorilla and interactive gumball machine for the letter G. An intuitive interface lets them learn on their own. Older kids can play matching and sorting games. Visit starfall.com for more free games.

Monkey Preschool Lunchbox ($1.99)

An energetic monkey cheers and dances as kids play colorful games teaching them about colors, letters, counting, shapes, differences, and matching. Fun “sticker” rewards at the end of each game.