FREE iPhone Apps for Kids

FREE iPhone Apps for Kids

Want to add some apps to your iPhone for Thing 1 and 2 without paying a dime?  Here are some of our favorites.

Doodle Buddy

FREE – This is a simple and free App.  You can paint, chalk, glitter, or smudge to create drawings.  You can change your background with the small library included or use a photo from your camera roll.  Stamps are the real hit for preschooler users.  Each stamp is colorful and fun and plays a cute noise every time its stamped.  This app is used almost every day and best of all its FREE!

Preschool Memory Match

FREE – There are a lot of free matching games available but this is one of my favorites.  There are 3 levels; Easy(3×4), Medium(5×4), and Hard(6×5).  The icons are cute and easy to identify.  The cards stay facing up until the next turn starts giving any toddler as much time as they want to remember the cards.

Toddler Teasers Shapes

FREE – Toddler Teasers make this shape quizzing app.  The front screen is easy for toddlers to use.  One large play button to start the game.  If you want to go to the menu you have to triple tap the screen.  There are no ads trying to trick Thing 1 into purchasing their other apps.  The menu has some personalization options.  You can choose how many right answers earns a sticker as well as how many will move them on to higher levels.  If a given answer is wrong the game announces what shape you did push and then disappears.  Once the correct answer is chosen there are cheers.  Thing 1 loves the sticker page.  After four correct answers Thing 1 gets to choose a sticker and place it on his sticker page.  If you like Toddler Teasers Shapes then you may want to check out their paid apps too.  They make an app for Letters, Colors and more.

iWriteWords Lite

FREE –  This is a lite version of the iWriteWords app.  This App has the best tracing interface I have seen.  I have tried numerous tracing apps and even I get frustrated with how impossible they seem and I have been able to draw capital letters for over 20 years!  The downside to the lite version is that you can only do letters A to C in both capital and lower case letters.  The app also provides numbers 1 through 9.  However unlike simpler tracing apps they also provide a few 3 letter words such as cat, cup and owl.  The paid app is a bit pricey at $2.99 so I would wait until your toddler has mastered the provided free letters before upgrading.


AlphaBaby Free

FREE – This app will please even the youngest of users.  In the menu you have options to show letters, numbers, shapes, pictures, and colors.  The menu also lets you determine how many objects can be shown at once from 1 to 20.  AlphaBaby also allows you to record your own voice announcing the letters, numbers and shapes.  The game has no rules and no objectives.  If you tap the screen a letter, number or shape appears.  You can zoom, twist, or flick the objects.  Shake to erase or tap to add or replace.  Its easy and fun to manipulate.

Want a library of paid apps that cost you nothing?  The price of an app can fluctuate.  Some apps are FREE when they first come out.  Others are dropped to FREE for a day, week, or month to get some exposure.  During these times is when you can really score some nice apps for both you and your kids.

1) Browse Top Free Apps in your iPhone’s App Store.  If a top app becomes free it will mostly likely be listed here.
2) Browse
3) Browse  I like this site because you can browse newly free apps by category.  If only Apple would make a kids category then we would be all set.

Check out our favorite paid apps too.

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Melissa Jarotkiewicz, Editor Melissa received a BS degree in Civil Engineering and is the proud stay at home mother of thing 1 and thing 2. Being the wife of an Air Force pilot means being the only parent for days, weeks and even months at a time. This chaotic and unpredictable life of a military mom calls for some serious retail therapy and Melissa puts her focus on baby gear and unfortunately for her husband the deal-a-day baby sites. Originally from the suburbs of Chicago, Melissa has lived in FL, OK, WA and just recently moved to Germany. She enjoys spending time with friends and family and watching college football in the fall. Go Irish!


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  2. Thanks for posting this! I’m always thrilled to find new family-friendly apps that help my kids learn as well as help me as a working mom.

    By the way, if it’s alright, I’d like to recommend one of my current favorite apps, Intuition. Tagged as mom’s personal assistant, it’s a task management app that has many features designed to help us moms. It’s really easy to use and it looks cute, too. Plus, it’s free! You can check it out on


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