50 Best Apps for Kids in 2013
Finally, 2014 is upon us. To celebrate the New Year, we’ve looked back at some of the most innovative educational apps for kids released throughout 2013. Did your favorite apps make the list? Find out below!
Note: This list only includes apps that were released in 2013.
Best Apps for One-Year-Olds
Best Apps for Two-Year-Olds
The second installment of Bramble Berry Tales which aim to preserve threatened languages. Adapted from a thousand-year-old fairy tale of the indigenous people of British Columbia (Canada), it teaches readers not to judge a book by its cover. Supports multiple languages including French, Spanish, and Halq’emeylem.
You should also check out the first book in the series: The Story of Kalkalih. Both of these books have great interactivity and smooth animations for an enjoyable reading experience.
An expressive memory matching game that features several unique game modes, such as counting and addition. It has an adjustable AI opponent to entertain players of all ages. Parents should definitely try playing 16 cards in hard mode against Fiete.
Note: Fiete Match is the winner of SEGA’s Gamescom 2013 Big Indie Pitch.
An interactive comic book where kids get to make up their own narration. They can record their own voices, change the pitch for different characters, and create their own plot. The recording is not limited to any language, making it accessible to all families.
If you want to know how Cookie’s adventure ends, you should check out its sequel: Cookie Next Door ~ Rainy ’Go Round.
Best Apps for Kids Ages 4-5
Adapted from the animated movie, this is a clever storybook that detects the iPad’s orientation to switch between the perspectives of the story’s two protagonists. Also includes two thematic mini games: frozen jigsaw puzzles and ice doodling.
You should also check out this other great storybook based on the animated movie Planes, Planes Storybook Deluxe. Both of these apps offer great reading experience, even after you have watched the movies.
Best Apps for Kids Ages 6-7
Using the Montessori approach, this app teaches essential addition and subtraction concepts such as carry-over and borrowing. It also provides an endless stream of exercises automatically adjusted to the player’s skills. Supports multiple user profiles.
If your juniors still need to learn basic math, you should try the prequel app: Montessori Math 1st Operations. If you want to get a sneak peek of the exercises in the app, you can try Montessori Math Challenge instead.
An app to help ESL kids with their speaking skills. It has an excellent and forgiving speech recognition engine that can recognize accents. Kids also get to learn about unique cultures around the world and new vocabularies. Designed for ESL juniors ages 6+, native speakers ages 3+ can also enjoy the app.
To get an idea of what the app is like, you can try the free Pili Pop Christmas app.
A fun game that lets kids apply basic arithmetic skills to unlock doors and passages. To proceed smoothly in the game, kids must have deep understanding and good mental math skills. It is also possible to include dice and tallies to represent numerical values.
If you love this game, you should also try its prequel: Mystery Math Town. Both apps have support for multiple user accounts and customizable difficulty levels.
Best Apps for Kids Ages 8-10
Best Apps for Kids Ages 11-13
An app that trains kids’ arithmetic skills, logic, estimation skills, and memory with a series of math problems. Offering three game modes, the app challenges even the quickest of players. If you want to play an easier game, you should try Quick Math instead. Both apps let you evaluate your performance over a series of practices.
This list was last updated on June 17, 2014 to update app descriptions/icons and fix broken links.