Excellent kids’ apps to download now

March 15, 2018

It’s been so long since I’ve rounded up some great old – and new – wonderful kids’ apps for you to download, but here it is. I haven’t allocated an age to each app – I know developers tend to do this to as a guideline, but I’d rather you figure out what works for you and what’s suitable (you can browse through the app before you buy or download, so that you get a better idea).

Please note that I’ve hyperlinked apps to iTunes as this is what I use. This is not to say that these apps aren’t available on Google Play – they most likely are.

Here’s what’s hot:

Pepi Hospital

The latest Pepi addition (it’s worth having a look at the other fantastic Pepi apps), this one is a fun and educational app that’s set in a hospital – kids can do anything from looking all around the hospital, to sitting in a dentist’s chair, to weighing and taking care of a newborn.

Price: R49.99


Artie’s Magic Pencil

Kids can draw basic shapes (there are 25 to choose from) to fix objects in a great visual story.Kids trace basic shapes to fix objects in cute visual story.

Price: R49.99


Toca Life: Farm

This is yet another Toca gem (it’s worth looking for anything Toca, plus you can buy Toca bundles of apps, where you can save quite a bit) . Toca Life: Farm offers fun activities and learning on all things farm – the barn, field, farmhouse and more.

Price: R49.99



From another of my favourite developers Duck Duck Moose comes Peek-a-Zoo, an award-winning app that asks kids to identify
different animals who dance, eat, wag their tails, wear sunglasses, sleep and more.

Price: Free



This app mixes real world with digital – kids draw fish on paper, and using the iPad or iPhone’s camera, the creations come to life.

Price: R49.99

Monster Mingle

Kids can create their own friendly monsters, and just enjoy some “free play” with them.

Price: R49.99

Toca Life: Vacation

Kids can pretend they’re going on holiday in this interactive app that includes flights, choosing a destination, and doing a huge range of holiday activities.

Price: R49.99

This app teaches young kids colours, shapes and words, and it makes for a wonderful first learning app.

Price: Free, with in-app purchases


Kodable is a wonderful and very basic starter coding app that teaches programming skills. Kids need to help furry aliens through a maze and explore planet Smeeborg, and there are more than 40 scripted lessons plans and 200 activities.

Price: Free, with in-app purchases


Math Bingo 

This app teaches/reinforces how to add, subtract, multiply and divide through Bingo, with three difficulty levels.
Price: R49.99

Star Walk Kids

This app teaches kids the basics of astronomy and the solar system in a fun and interactive way.

Price: R49.99


This beautifully illustrated app teaches kids about the life of plants by way of 3D simulations.

Price: R59.99


This Apple Design Award winner is a interactive alphabet for all ages. Poke, prod, drag, and spin each of the 26 letters of the alphabet to reveal surprising and luminous transformations.

Price: R59.99

Weather by Tinybop

This app teaches weather on the next level through interactive models. Kids can explore the elements of weather, learn how the sun, wind and precipitation interact, study water and molecules, create hurricanes and tornadoes, and so much more.

Price: R49.99

This is an enchanting game in which kids can discover luminous fireflies buzzing around the forest. They can collect (there are four types, each with its own colour) them with a tap of the finger, fill up their jar, and search for the rarest forest creature: the Luna Moth

Price: R49.99

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  • Lee

    These are Fab, thanks for sharing.
    Out of interest, what do you find that Max uses from these?

    March 15, 2018 at 7:29 am Reply
    • Tanya

      He likes Kodable and Star Walk. But his best his Minecraft (something I didn’t mention here as it’s quite well known and used)

      March 20, 2018 at 7:37 am Reply

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