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Best Kids Apps of 2016

Best Kids Apps of 2016

Here are the 25 top apps for kids of 2016!

To be considered for this list, an app had to have won our coveted Best Pick Award and be released, substantially updated, or reviewed by us for the first time in 2016.

The apps on this list have innovated, created wonder, made learning fun, and at times, taken us places no app has ever gone before. You can count on these apps to deliver fabulous digital experiences for your kids!

We have arranged the apps on this list by age appropriateness, starting with those for the youngest techie at the top. Congratulations to all the developers that made this list. Their work represents the Best of the Best in exceptional design of children's apps.
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Eric Carle's Brown Bear Animal Parade


Lead a musical parade with Eric Carle's beloved Brown Bear and friends.

But Not the Hippopotamus – Boynton


A shy hippo overcomes her fears to join in animals' shenanigans.

Sago Mini Trucks and Diggers


Grab your hard hat and become the boss of a construction site!

Sago Mini Robot Party


Kids design robots to decorate cupcakes, dance, and party!

CHOMP by Christoph Niemann


Delightful app puts your face into silly situations!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Shapes & Colors


Romp with the literary caterpillar to learn shapes and colors!

Artie's Magic Pencil


Drawing becomes fun within this creativity adventure where kids help a little boy fix a world by tracing geometric shapes.

Reading Raven

2.99 - 3.99

A book-loving raven inspires kids to read.

Toca Life: Stable


Giddy-up for a horse-filled adventure that goes from stables to horse shows and campsites to cafes.

My PlayHome Hospital


Kids play doctor in an interactive digital hospital playset.

Even Monsters Get Sick


An adorable pet monster overcomes its fear of doctors.

Blaze and the Monster Machines Dinosaur Rescue

3.99 - 6.99

Kids use engineering principles to rescue and hatch cute dinosaur eggs.

Toca Life: Farm


Grow crops, raise animals, drive a tractor, and more in this virtual farm app!

Toca Dance


Kids choreograph dancers to get their groove on.

Toca Hair Salon 3


Ready your snippers, crimpers, and blow-dryers to create the wackiest hairstyles ever!

Hoopa City 2


Become an urban planner and city builder in this combination sim and puzzle app!

Thinkrolls: Kings & Queens


Boisterous ball-like characters roll through magical castles to teach kids logic and science.

Music With Grandma


Grandma raises her baton to become the maestro in this medley of fun, music-learning activities.

Me by Tinybop


Intriguing app that encourages kids to tell their stories, take stock of their feelings, and value others.

Professor Astro Cat's Solar System


Kids zoom into outer space on missions to learn about the solar system.



Using live cameras and interactive videos, kids get up close to wild animals.

Take it Easy


Intriguing puzzle game for one to four players.

Weirdwood Manor


Captivating fantasy read filled with movie-like animation and interactive puzzles.

Water Bears


50 water pipes puzzles dripping with logic and spatial reasoning challenges.

Pokemon Go


Catch and collect cute pocket monsters as you walk in the real world.