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15 Android and iOS games to keep your kids entertained (and quiet)

Children are able to use and understand technology at an early age. They know how to operate smartphones and tablets correctly and get into their favorite apps before they can speak. There are a sea of apps available for every platform, but not all of them are appropriate for children. We have compiled a list of apps for kids, some are silly games while others are educational, but all of them are completely child-safe and fun.

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Many of these apps come with in-app purchases. If your children don’t understand that they are paying with real money every time they tap one of these, it can cause real problems. Before handing a phone or tablet over to a kid, make sure they don’t know the password for your account, and that they need to ask before they click. You can also avoid any mishaps by following our guides to turn off in-app purchases in iOS or disable in-app purchases in Android.

Games

Super Why! ($1 for Android, $3 for iOS)

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The Super Why! app features characters from the popular PBS show by the same name to help kids with reading and writing skills. It features three games that are led by different characters. Kids can help Alpha Pig follow the alphabet path to create words, Princess Presto lays out words kids can trace with their fingers to learn how to write, and Wonder Red teachers children how to find words that rhyme. The app also includes interactive storybooks where kids are instructed to plug in the correct words to complete sentences.

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Monkey Preschool Lunchbox ($2)

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One of several Monkey games, Monkey Preschool Lunchbox teaches preschoolers about shapes, counting, puzzles, and colors. Whenever he opens his lunchbox a new lesson comes out. The monkey asks for help in finding all the green fruit, grabbing only eight strawberries, or finding the fruit that starts with the right letter. You can’t lose points for messing up, so wrong guesses become part of the learning process instead of something scary. The bright colors and monkey mascot make it engaging for young kids, and the controls are easy for anyone to learn quickly.

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Moonbeeps: Fireflies ($1 for Android, $3 for iOS)

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Moonbeeps: Fireflies is a beautiful game that allows kids to discover luminous fireflies buzzing about the forest. The game is quite simple really — kids just need to catch fireflies and add them to their collection. You must tap a firefly to catch it, but it’s far more difficult than it sounds. There are four different fireflies to catch, each of which comes in a different color. You can also mix colors by catching different fireflies, and you can even tap on your screen rhythmically and the fireflies will tap back. The app features music from The Polyphonic Spree’s latest album, Psychophonic.

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Cut the Rope (free)

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An alien named Om Nom has come to earth and all he wants to do is eat candy. It’s up to your kids to figure out what ropes to cut and what bubbles to pop to get the candy to the creature with the least amount of moves. Cut the Rope is geared toward older kids because it is a puzzle game but it does force the player to problem solve and think critically. Two skills that are useful at any age. Each level is a little harder than the last and it is easy to become frustrated. There are a few different versions of this game including a sequel, Cut the Rope 2, Cut the Rope: Experiments, and Cut the Rope: Time Travel, so the fun can keep going even after you’ve completed all the levels on the original.

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Angry Birds (free)

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If you haven’t heard of Angry Birds, you have successfully avoided popular culture long enough and it is time to come into the light. The object of the game is to slingshot birds at pigs sitting in small structures in order to kill all the pigs. No one knows what the pigs did, or even if they are evil, but for some reason the birds are not happy with their presence. Levels are like puzzles and each one is harder than the last, but along the way you unlock different birds with new abilities. If your kid is tired of the original Angry Birds, you can branch out to one of many sequels including but not limited to Angry Birds Star Wars and Angry Birds Friends.

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