Wednesday, April 29, 2009

7 Kid Friendly Android Apps (all free)

While hanging out with my newest niece and nephew, I got to thinking about what goodies I could install on my cell phone to entertain them. OK, at about 5 weeks of age, there isn't much these kids are into beyond eating, sleeping and dirtying diapers. Heck, they don't even want to use my phone as a chew toy yet. But, you can never be too prepared, so I poked around the Android Market to see what I could come up with.

So here it is, 7 apps that I think might be especially kid friendly. Remember, this is from an Uncle's perspective, not a parent - so for all I know these are terrible suggestions.

Note: apps with the tag market can be found and installed by searching the Android Market for the application name. Apps with the word built-in, are, as you might guess, already built in.

  • Draw! market - This is a simple app that allows you to scribble on the screen. Should be fun for doodling as well as attempting to draw real pictures (though, good luck!). There are few controls to get in the way, but if you do want to get fancy you can change pen colors and even save your work.
  • Tub Thumber market - This is a simple drum kit app. You see the pictures of the drums and thump away. You can't record your masterpiece, but it should be entertaining none the less.
  • Comedy Sound market - This is a soundboard - a collection of related sounds that you can play on demand. It's not very extensive, but for small kids it could be a simple gadget to play with. I tried all the sounds with the twins, alas they weren't phased by any of them. Oh well, better luck next time.
  • My Tracks & orienteer market - These apps are ideal for older kids. They will allow them to play around with both direction and their location. What kid wouldn't want to take a walk around the block and see the path they took on a map? Orienteer provides a basic compass kids can experiment with and it works just fine indoors.
  • PaiJump PapiJump market - This simple game has you twist and turn the phone to get your little character to jump just right. I'm sure a kid could master it in just a few minutes, leaving us adults struggling to make any progress at all.
  • Voice Recorder market - The Voice Recorder does just what it says it does. Use it to record goofy sounds, make your own radio program or any of 100 other uses. It's simple and should provide entertainment to kids of all ages.
  • YouTube built-in - YouTube provides tons of kid friendly content if you know what to look for. Everything from Sesame Street - Animal Sounds to the Alphabet Song in Japanese is available for you to watch. Just be creative, and fun should be had. Note - this app definitely requires adult supervision, as there's plenty of content on YouTube even an uncle knows isn't kid appropriate.

So, what apps do you find kids like to play with the most? Please share in the comments.


  1. Anonymous12:35 AM

    Toddler Lock! Awesome Kid app cause it keeps them from getting into the phone and calling people or deleting things!

  2. Manda -

    Thanks so much for the tip. I'll be sure to install it before I had my phone over to the next kid...


  3. Anonymous4:58 PM

    I think it is called PapiJump not PaiJump.

  4. It sure is - I've corrected it. Thanks!


  5. Anonymous12:03 AM

    My 2 year old likes coloroid. I put it on 8x8 - enogh to last a few minutes but not to much (or small) to bore him. He just taps colors to change the screen and see the color get bigger.

  6. The best kid friendly app is Sesame Street soundboard. My 3 year old loves it.

  7. Oooh, thanks Ryan!


  8. Try Dash&Ditto's Playground, 7 games in 1. Its the best kids app on the market comes with a 1 hour free trial.

  9. Anonymous3:10 PM

    Try Basic Colors app on android

  10. Anonymous4:34 PM

    There is a nice app which teaches picture matching...dont remember the exact name.(i think its match medley or something)

    my son loves it.

  11. Anonymous7:53 PM

    My 8 yr old niece loved The Last Airbender puzzle game, Zoodles - Kid Mode and Drawpad. Kept her entertained throughout a trip down to Delaware from NYC...Using it on my Droid X.

    Zoodles (Kid Mode) - u sign up on line and created profiles on any of your kids and provide their age. When selecting the app from your device, tons of age appropriate apps will be avialable for the child to choose from. It was great.

  12. Anonymous11:41 PM

    Try "ABC Toddler", my son has learned a lot of ABCs from it.

  13. Anonymous2:07 PM

    My 4 yr old son very like to play in "Little Genius". It is a brain training game in which child have to choose which one of four images doesn't match to others.
    This is very simple and nice app dedicated specialy for small children.