five-kids-appsThere are loads of new kid-friendly apps hitting the App Store every day, and sifting through them all can be a bit of a daunting task.

As a father of 6 and (nearly) 4 year-old girls, I’m always on the look out for entertaining and educational apps for my girls to play and here are five recently released titles that have caught my attention.


From the creators of My PlayHome, this all-new app lets your child play store on their iPhone and iPad.

Using the same fun paperdoll house style mechanics as the first title, My PlayHome Stores your child can visit an ice cream shop, make smoothies at the fruit store, buy groceries at the supermarket or try on outfits at the clothing store.

My PlayHome Stores is an ideal outlet for imaginative play, with no messes to pick up afterwards. Plus parents don’t have to worry about their kids getting into trouble because the there are no ads, in-app purchases or social network tie-ins.


My daughters are big fans of Spinlight Studio’s apps and now Gappy is back with an all new app, Gappy’s Mystery Letters aimed at teaching letter recognition and handwriting while letting kids use their own creativity in a goal-based learning environment which rewards them with coloring pages as they demonstrate learning.

This app is aimed toward kids ages 5 and under and contains no third-party ads, no social network links, no in-app purchases and a Parental Gate.


Kids get to join PBS’ Daniel Tiger to learn about morning and bedtime routines through imaginative play, songs & (of course) make-believe. Help Daniel get ready for school in the morning and for bed at night .

There are eight games to play including helping Daniel get dressed, setting the table for breakfast and decorating pancakes, brushing teeth, tying shoes, washing up, putting on pajamas and listening to a bedtime story.



StoryToys has created a new interactive storybook app featuring all your child’s favorite characters from the animated train series “Chuggington”.

Their Chug Patrol: Ready to Rescue app follows Wilson as he proves he’s a brave new hero of the rails. Whether they are reading the story themselves or listening to the entertaining narration, your kids get to be a part of the action with plenty of 3D interactive pop-up scenes and the chance to earn Chug Patrol badges.

Readers get to keep the track safe by clearing logs, help Wilson catch runaway wagons with Chug Patrol 1, the Claw Car, rush to rescue Koko from the collapsing mine tunnel, lay track with Brewster and the Chuggineers and loads more.

If you’ve got a Chuggington fan in your house you’ll definitely want to pick this one up as StoryToys always does a really nice job with their 3D interactive book titles.

Are you ready to rescue?


Henri Le Worm is a charming, animated story that follows the adventures of Henri Le Worm and his animal friends as Henri searches for his lost cookbook. Written by noted French Chef Raymond Blanc and his son Olivier with narration by actor Simon Pegg, the book aims igniting an interest in food, cooking, ingredients and nature/gardening in kids.

Within the app are 10 easy to make recipes (with reduced salt, fat & sugar contents) designed so that “the child can help and then hopefully the whole family can enjoy the dish together”. Admittedly some of the recipes may be a bit of a challenge for some kids picky pallets, but you never know until you try them.

The book is aimed at children aged two to ten, to enjoy with or without their parents’ assistance and there are loads of interactive touch points within the story, a cast of cute and funny characters and plenty of educational value as well. Henri Le Worm is an entertaining yet informative app, that will be enjoyed by both kids and parents alike.