Top Android Apps for Kids to Download (FREE)

Keep your kids entertained with smartphone and tablet apps that offer plenty to keep them busy!

Top Android Apps for Kids - Best free Android Apps for Kids

It’s a fact of life that many children now use smartphones and tablets every day. While this may have been frowned upon a few years ago, many people increasingly acknowledge that there are in fact a lot of benefits. The Google Play Store is awash with apps for kids for all ages, from enjoyable games to learning and education. In fact, with many educational games, kids don’t even realize they’re learning as they’re having so much fun.

If you’re looking for some of the best free apps for kids on Android it can be tricky knowing where to begin. However, you’ve come to the right place as we’ve scoured the Play Store looking for family-friendly apps that kids will love to use in their downtime. These apps cover a range of ages so there should be something for all kids to enjoy and make good use of. They cover various topics such as games, videos, storybooks, arts and crafts, and music, and some feature parental controls so you can be sure your kids are safeguarded.

The best part is that the apps below are all free to download, though just a few feature in-app purchases (IAPs). That’s something to be aware of so make sure your kids don’t have access to necessary passwords that will allow them to spend money without you knowing. Of course, this can be prevented in the first place if you disable in-app purchases first. Check out some or all of the following apps and we’re sure you’ll find some that will keep your kids entertained.

15 child-friendly apps for education and fun

1. KIDS DOODLE – COLOR & DRAW

Price: Free with ads

Kids Doodle is the best drawing app aimed at kids aged 6 to 12 and it’s entirely free to use, as there are no pesky IAPs. I haven’t been able to put it down…ahem…I mean my kids haven’t been able to put it down! There are 24 different brushes with effects such as neon, rainbow, fireworks, and glow, to make their masterpieces come to life, and it’s a great way for kids to develop their creative imagination. A really neat touch is that your kids can also doodle on photographs to create some real family fun. Once a doodle is complete it can be saved to the gallery or watched back as a video clip.

The ads are a little bothersome but other than that we can’t recommend this app highly enough. After all, more than 50 million downloads can’t be wrong.

2. FAIRY TALES – CHILDREN’S BOOKS, STORIES & GAMES

Price: Free/ Offers IAP

There are plenty of storybook apps for toddlers but this one is definitely one of the best. It’s for ages 8 and under so covers toddlers and pre-schoolers too, and it has all of the well-known fairy tales including classics such as Cinderella, The Three Little Pigs, Beauty and the Beast, The Ugly Duckling, Goldilocks, and the Three Bears and many more. It should be noted that you’ll need to use IAPs for some but you can also collect daily bonuses to open stories too.

The app features interactive mini learning games with jigsaw puzzles, hidden objects, and card matching as well. Further features include animated characters, offline reading, Read to Me and Read it Myself modes, and protection against unintentional purchases.

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3. NICK JR. – SHOWS & GAMES

Price: Free

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0hArCIrdkA
For 5s and under this app is an excellent option if you want to keep the kids amused when you’re busy or when they’re on a long journey. It offers content that includes original entertainment and educational videos, TV show episodes, games, and regular updates, and there’s plenty to access for free. Nevertheless, if you have a subscription to the Nick Jr. channel you’ll get access to even more video content.

4. KIDS PLACE – PARENTAL CONTROL

Price: Free with ads/ Offers IAP

This custom app launcher is a little different from the other apps in our list, as it acts as a hub for kid’s apps that you approve of in a sandbox environment. This means it’s a safe place for your kids to enjoy apps on their Android smartphones and tablets while giving you peace of mind at the same time. Parents can set time limits for use, block in-app purchases, block calls and SMS, monitor activity, limit access to other apps, and disable wireless signals and more, and there’s no way that your kids can bypass your settings as you establish a PIN when setting up the app.

This is all free but a premium version is also available through an in-app purchase. Additional features with the paid version include the ability to create custom user profiles for different children, automatic restart of the app when the device is powered up and blocking the app being uninstalled.

5. SUPER FAMILY HERO

Price: Free

If you’re looking for a kid’s app that involves family fun, Super Family Hero is a family-friendly multiplayer gaming choice. You can all play together but at different difficulty levels, and it’s aimed at anyone from 4 to 99. The app has interactive stories and the object is to defeat Dr. Excuses with some enjoyable mini-games. These range from making your way through mazes, flinging water balloons at robot minions, and a whole lot of other fun endeavors. It’s an entertaining game that’s ideal for playing on a tablet, and kids will have an amusing time creating custom avatars for all of your family members.

6. FUN PIANO FOR KIDS

Price: Free

This piano game is best for ages 8 and under and gives kids an enjoyable way to learn music. It has an appealing and gorgeous colorful interface with cute animals that make playing more exciting, and before you know it they’ll be picking up the basics and maybe even surprising you with their musical talent! Parental controls range from picking which songs can be played to a rock slide that conceals the function buttons so they can focus more easily on simply playing music. Further features are a 2-player mode so parents can play along too, the ability to translate songs from overseas, and a record and playback facility.

7. ABC KIDS – TRACING & PHONICS

Price: Free with ads/ Offers IAP

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXCH1KrzSB8
If you want to help your kids with the alphabet this is a great place to start and it’s good for little toddlers right through to pre-schoolers. This app is highly rated, and unusually for a free app, there are no annoying ads. Children can quickly learn to trace letters, recognize their shapes, and learn phonics, and they’re rewarded with stickers as games are completed. It includes the use of both uppercase and lowercase letters and features include a Teacher Mode for parents with reports cards and more.

8. LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS: MERLOK 2.0

Price: Free with ads/ Offers IAP

There’s a wealth of Lego apps available on the Play Store and this is one of the free ones. It’s an action and adventure game for kids aged 5 to 12. Your kids will take on the evil villain Monstrox, who along with his Stone Army is trying to unleash the force of darkness. To do this they are trying to attain the Forbidden Powers and the Nexo Knights will need to fight against them to save Knighton, collecting items to help along the way. There are plenty of exploits to be had in this absorbing game and you might even fancy a go yourself!

9. YOUTUBE KIDS

*Editor’s choice* Price: Free with ads

This free Google app provides a safe environment for your kids to access and watch videos. Whether they prefer movies, TV shows, or music, there’s an abundance of suitable content accessible in this app. Parental controls are available so you can provide a safe online experience, and up to eight kids can have their own profiles where you set what they can each watch, making the material age-appropriate. You can also block specific content or as your kids get older you have the option to access new content.

The company does point out that it’s always possible that some inappropriate content might slip through their family-friendly net, but considering the amount of YouTube videos available, they seem to be doing a pretty good job of keeping a tight rein on things. If this does happen though, they urge parents to report what they find and will quickly review it.

10. TOCA KITCHEN 2

Price: Free with ads

Toca Boca has numerous educational and pretend-play apps but unlike most of the others, this one is free. If you’d like your child to learn all about food and become more interested in cooking, the Toca Kitchen is a great place to start. They can try out different food combinations, invent tasty recipes (or not-so-tasty ones), select from a variety of kitchen tools, and watch the reactions of their guests when they try the dishes. The best bit is that it doesn’t matter how messy the virtual kitchen gets so they can really be as creative as they like.

11. HOW TO MAKE PAPER AIRPLANES

Price: Free with ads/ Offers IAP

How to make Paper Airplanes android app for kids
How to make Paper Airplanes is an android app kid will just love. The app illustrates how to make paper planes in a 3d animation view which allow kids to learn quickly how to makes airplanes by folding papers. The instructions are clear and simple.

12. 123s ABCs HANDWRITING FUN

Price: Free with ads/ Offers IAP

123s ABCs Handwriting Fun app for android
Help your child to practice the Handwriting with this finger tracing flashcards app. 123s ABCs Handwriting Fun app allows tracing the letter & number then play it. Shake and erase to start from the beginning. A great tool to achieve good handwriting.

13. COLORING BOOK

Price: Free with ads/ Offers IAP

Coloring Book android app for kids
Coloring Book is a simple application for preschool kids to color things. The application contains more than 200 images including animals, people, nature and airplanes among others, to keep the little ones entertained for hours. Coloring Book has the features zoom, to approach the smallest details, and the option undo, to undo the last action.

14. KIDS NUMBER AND MATH

Price: Free with ads/ Offers IAP

Kids Numbers and Math android app

It’s an educational application for your kids, which allows your children to enter the world of mathematics and numbers and learn them, through a friendly voice, in a fun way. The game features images and sounds to stimulate the child, but without creating a confusing environment, because the main thing is to learn. The game progresses in difficulty and thus reaping advances in mathematics go slowly.

15. HOMEWORK

Price: Free with ads/ Offers IAP

Homework is useful and aimed at older children. With this application, your kids can schedule tasks and lessons, set reminders, review the test plan, and manage their time more effectively.

16. KIDS ZOO ANIMAL SOUNDS

Price: Free with ads/ Offers IAP

This app will help your babies to recognize and learn more about zoo animals through photos and the sounds that they make.

Conclusion

Every child is different and in our pick of the best free apps for kids on Android we’ve tried to cover a wide variety of interests. Although some contain in-app purchases, most of these are completely free to download and use, so your kids can try out several to find the ones they like most. It’s always nice to hear from readers about our articles, so do send us a comment and let us know which of these apps is your favorite. Happy Playtime!

20 thoughts on “Top Android Apps for Kids to Download (FREE)”

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  2. Here are a few other good ones. Endless ABC – this one is awesome with really nice animations.
    Bible for kids – byYou version
    Kids ABC Trains
    Friendly Shapes
    Their are also a bunch of lego junior and lego duplo games that my little guy likes

  3. Sarah Hartwell

    My kids enjoy colouring apps, so I’ll be checking out the one you recommended. I also like the sound of AniWorld.

    A lovely little app I recommend for younger kids is Ben and Holly’s Big Star Fun. There are four fun interactive games and sticker rewards to collect throughout to add to a sticker book (my daughter loves this part the most!)

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