Free Apps for Kids

Free apps are great -- but wading through all the terrible free apps in the App Store and the Google Play Store? Not so great. This list features some of our favorite free-to-download apps for kids, and although some of them have optional in-app purchases, we've only included the highest-quality selections that are still fun to play. If you're looking for apps with more learning potential for your kids, check out these awesome educational resources that won't cost you a dime.

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Daniel Tiger for Parents

age 3+

Grr-ific songs and videos in two languages.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2017)
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Kanopy

age 3+

Watch free movies, shows, animated books with library card.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2018)
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Khan Academy Kids

age 3+

Creative early-learning activities engage and inspire.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2021)
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PBS KIDS Video

age 3+

TV show clips in easy-to-navigate app for young kids.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2012)
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Toca Kitchen Monsters

age 3+

Silly spin-off is more fun for Toca veterans than newbies.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2012)
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Breathe, Think, Do with Sesame

age 4+

Adorable monster de-stresses kids with Sesame Street style.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2013)
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Think & Learn Code-a-pillar

age 4+

Dancing caterpillar gives young kids easy intro to coding.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2016)
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GoNoodle Games

age 5+

Jump, wave, and wiggle with fun immersive movement games.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2020)
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Libby, by OverDrive

age 5+

Browse, borrow books with online library; filters available.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2019)
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Nature Cat's Great Outdoors

age 5+

Multitool TV tie-in for capturing outdoor adventures.

Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2016)
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Pick Your Plate!

age 5+

Meal-builder game teaches nutrition from around the world.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2020)
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Smiling Mind

age 5+

Content-rich meditations offer something for everyone.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2018)
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Zigazoo

age 5+

Creative challenges, social media for kids with purchases.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2022)
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Kinzoo Messenger for Families

age 6+

Cute communications platform puts safety first.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2021)
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Toontastic 3D

age 6+

Same great easy animated story creator, new 3D graphics.

Devices: Android, Chromebook (2017)
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Angry Birds

age 7+

Popular knock-down-blocks app pits birds against pigs.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2011)
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NASA

age 7+

Information-packed tool delivers videos, photos, and more.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2011)
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Sushi Monster

age 7+

Clever and challenging addition and multiplication practice.

Devices: iPad (2016)
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Flow Free

age 8+

Color puzzle game grabs grade-schoolers to grown-ups.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2012)
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iBiome - Ocean Lite

age 8+

Kids dive into virtual world of aquatic food webs.

Devices: iPad (2017)
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