We put on our detective hats and researched the best resources online for kids educational apps. Hopefully these will help you in your quest to find the best apps for your kids. If you stumble on a gem and want to share it with the world, please,
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Behold, our Top Family Friendly Sites for Kids Apps. Be sure to check back as this list is always growing.
- A Matter of App – written by an educational media researcher, this website reviews only educational apps for young children. The goal of this site is to “start healthy discussions about what we value and should look for in an app for our kids.” The apps reviewed are all for kids ages 3-8. Follow the blog’s owner, Cynthia, on Twitter.
- Apps Playground – this app reviews the best iPhone and iPad apps for kids. They provide news on the latest fun apps, as well as reviews. Written by parents, they feature categories such as Book Apps, Creativity, Educational, Games, and more. Be sure to sign up for their weekly email or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
- Apps 4 Kids – the goal of this site is to bridge the gap between developers, parents and educators. The owner of this site employs his son to play with the apps, and then he writes his reaction and review. This site features apps for Android, iOS and Mac. Find them on Facebook, Twitter, and be sure to check out their list of Top 10 Apps.
- Best Kids Apps – the name of this site says it all and they “play all the iPhone, iPad, and Android apps so you don’t have to”. Their categories are broken down by device and age range. They also feature Bestsellers, Games, Educational, and more. The site is ran by writers who are also mothers. They can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.
- Geeks With Juniors – showcasing the best iPhone and iPad apps, the writers on this site are a software developer and freelance iOS developer. Both Eric and Camila can be found on Twitter. Be sure to subscribe to their weekly newsletter and check out their list of 20 Recommended Apps for 1-Year Olds.
- MindShift – affiliated with NPR, this site is curated by a journalist, who is also a mom. “MindShift explores the future of learning in all its dimensions – covering cultural and technology trends, groundbreaking research, education policy, and more.” There is a plethora of information on this site, including featured app reviews centered around education. Follow MindShift on Facebook and Twitter.
- Digital Storytime – there are over 500 reviews on this site, as well as daily deals. They also feature a Top 10 list. The husband and wife team on this site review apps for iPad, Android, Kindle Fire and Nook. Apps must be rated at 3.5 or above in order to be reviewed by them. They also use guest writers from other great kid’s app sites. You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.
- Moms with Apps – known for their popular, App Friday, Moms with Apps features family friendly apps. Every Friday they feature promotional, free or special priced apps submitted by developers. They also occasionally have giveaways. Visit them every Friday or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
- Smart Apps for Kids – this site provides honest reviews of apps for children of all ages. They aim to be “a complete source for parents and educators”. They don’t just publish positive reviews, they are completely straightforward in their reviews. Features include Free App of the Day and Top 100 Free Apps for Kids. You can also easily search for apps by age group. The also update via Facebook and Twitter.
- Teachers with Apps – find app consulting services, as well as app reviews on this site. And since it is run by teachers, all of the apps are focused on education. They also offer noteworthy and top picks. Be sure to read their blog where they discuss topics like ’25 Techy Tips Every Teacher Should Know’ and ‘Top Reasons Technology is Important for Education’. Find them on Facebook and Twitter.
- Digital Media Diet – this is a blog written by the editor of Digital Storytime. It’s meant to be used as a companion to that review site. Digital Media Diet offers blog posts about kids, technology and the digital publishing industry. This site also wants to teach parents and other adults about the Digital Media Diet, which is all about limiting screen time.
- The iKids Blog – a great site for reviews of iPhone and iPad kid’s apps, it is managed by Playtend and affiliated with Kidolly. The site’s authors are comprised of “parents, teachers, developers, artists, philosophers, and dreamers”. The site does not offer paid reviews, so you are guaranteed only to get reviews of the best apps. Also find them on Twitter and Facebook.
- The iMums – four moms from all over the world, all reviewing the best in digital stories, educational apps, fun games and tech products for children. The review apps for iOS, Android, Mac, and Windows. They offer free apps, promotional codes and giveaways. Also check out their interviews with app developers. Stay updated with them on Twitter and Facebook.
- The iPhone Mom – there are over 2,000 reviews on this popular site. Seven moms review apps that they find and through developer requests, but they always give their honest opinion. The iPhone Mom has been featured on Babble and Momtastic. This site offers tips and tricks, and other products reviews. Look out for their weekly specials by signing up for their newsletter or following them on Facebook and Twitter.
- iKidApps – since 2009 this site has been reviewing apps for your child. Reviews are for apps of iOS, Android and Kindle. Now they not only publish reviews, but they offer app critique services for app developers. Be sure to check out their free app of the week. Also find them on Facebook and Twitter.
- Famigo – a review site for iOS and Android, Famigo only publishes app reviews that rate 3 stars or higher. Apps are evaluated based on ease of use, educational value, level of entertainment, family friendliness, and age appropriateness. Sandbox is there own Android app, which allows kids to play education apps and games in a locked environment. To find out more, follow them on Twitter and Facebook.
- Fun Educational Apps – exactly what the name implies, this website reviews and features the best educational apps and games for the iPod, iPhone and iPad. They do not get paid for app reviews and want to only provide parents and teachers with the best apps out there. Check out their Kid’s App Deals, Top Picks, and Giveaways. Also follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
- GiggleApps – dedicated to iOS apps, GiggleApps features educational apps and games for children of all ages. Written by a iPhone loving mother, there are 720 reviews categorized by age groups, as well as app features – art, language, music, special needs, and much more. Look for updates on Facebook and Twitter.
- Best Apps for Kids – only apps rated over 3 stars make it onto this review site. They only want to focus on the best possible apps for kids for iOS devices and the Nook. Some of their popular posts include Best Geography Apps, Best Toddler Apps, and Best Elementary Math Apps. Check out their giveaways and Free App Friday. They are also on Facebook and Twitter.
- iHeart This App – they love apps and they want to share the best iOS ones with you. Readers are encouraged to “i heart it” and leave their own comments and reviews. They feature open conversations with app developers. Be sure to catch their Free Apps Today, App of the Week, and Top Apps. Most app giveaways are posted on Facebook.
- Common Sense Media – known for their trustworthy information regarding keeping kids safe with all things technology, they also review apps for learning. With simple search features, you can find apps based on your child’s age, skills, topics, and more. The site has reviewed over 300 apps. Find them and more if you follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
- Cool Mom Tech – from the ladies over at Cool Mom Pics, this website is the “intersection of tech and style”. They not only have a Best Kids Apps category, but they also tell you where to find cool cell accessories, the best tablets, and tech toys. Check out their Oh Appy Day feature where they feature favorite apps from your favorite celebrities. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
- Appy Mall – the goal of this site is to make finding apps for your children fun and easy. There are different Appy Stores in this mall and each has a featured app, along with other reviews. Stores include Special Needs, Elementary School, and PreSchool. The site makes it easy to create a wishlist of apps you or your child want. Check out their daily deals and giveaways. They are also on Facebook and Twitter.
- Smatoos – this is a site focused on education and technology. They include app reviews, as well as industry reviews, interviews, polls, and surveys. They aim to be your “1-stop shop for students, educators, and techies.” Their Educational App Chart makes it easy to find education apps for kids of all ages. Find them on Facebook and Twitter.
- AppySmarts – this is where you are guaranteed to find the “best apps for young brains”. They have reviewed over 8,600 apps for iOS, Android and WP7. They differ from other sites by having AppySmarts Podcasts where they weekly discuss app reviews and recommendations. The site makes it easy to search for apps by age, price, typs, skills, and even gender. They’re also on Twitter.
- YogiPlay – this site’s mission is to “help families turn mobile phones and tablets into truly smart devices”. Kids are going to play regardless, so they want parents to be able to choose the right apps for their child. The site contains app reviews, but you can also download their YogiPlay app for children to play and parents to get lots of useful information. They can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.
- Apps Playground – this is a different kind of fun playground for kids, which features the most interesting iOS apps for kids. Written by a freelance journalist and market researcher, who are also parents. This is a simple site with search categories, such as Best-Ofs, Book Apps, Games, Educational, and more. Get updates from Facebook and Twitter.
- iGame Mom – this detailed site helps parents discover great apps for kids. It also contains articles featuring tech tips for parents, such as “How to manage in-app purchases”. This site focuses on iOS games for learning and is categorized by age, going as high as 15+. Parents can also find apps for themselves here. Find more on Facebook and Twitter.
- Kindertown – this is a website where you can find reviews of iOS apps for kids, but it is also an app. Download Kindertown for free and have an easy way on your device to find the best educational apps. They have broken down the apps by categories, such as Math, Language, Art, Science, and Social Studies. They can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.
- Random House – here is where you will find apps based on your favorite children’s books. Search by category, age, characters, and authors. Features great characters, such as Cat in the Hat, Elmo, Barbie, and Pat the Bunny.
- AutismPulggedin – a terrific resource of the latest and greatest apps for kids with autism. They can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.
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