Being an iOS developer and dad myself, I let my 2 year old son play with my iPad. He likes it a lot and I don’t have to tell you that he can already find it’s way to his favorite apps himself. This is because the device is so easy to use. He already played some games on my iPhone before I got an iPad, but the iPad is more suitable because of it’s bigger size. Here we go:
Number one on my son’s list are the apps from Toca Boca: They have a couple of apps and what I like about all of them are the little details. The design is great and the game mechanics are fun. The mini games in Toca Doctor are great fun and easy enough for the youngest.
Toca Hair Salon is also a great app. You can cut, paint, trim, … the hair on some strange character. Especially the blow drying of the hair is pretty funny.
And their latest creation Toca Robot Lab is amazing. Boys like robots, and in this app you can create you own Robot. After creating the Robot, it can be tested in small game. The game is easy enough for young kids, but the robots are different every time and the combinations are endless.
Great work guys and keep em coming!
Peekaboo: Find Hidden UFO Characters
Nice little app about aliens that land on earth and you have to find them. It’s like “Where’s Waldo” but for the youngest. I like the little details and animations. The only thing that could still make it better, are some more levels.
Coloring apps on iPad are very widespread. There are lot’s of them out there, but most of them are just unusable for small kids. This app from HeyHey Apps brings the colorful world of street artist Bue the Warrior in an amazing iPad coloring book to your child’s fingertips. It’s very easy to use, and there are also a lot of colorful patterns available.
My First Puzzles
There are a couple of My First Puzzle apps by Alexandre Minard. All their games have the same look and feel. It looks like real wooden pieces. Check out the website for more apps, or watch this review of one of their apps.
This another real world kids game ported to iOS, but it works really well. And it’s a lot less work cleaning up afterwards.
And last but not least check out the games we worked on for a Belgian Media company called Studio 100. One of the apps is only in Dutch but it’s about Pirates, so let’s hope we can port it to English in the near future. The other app is for toddlers and there is no real language.
Bumba is a Clown and a famous TV Character in Belgium. The app is an interactive experience for the youngest kids who like Bumba and his friends.
Piet Piraat (Dutch)
Piet Piraat is a very friendly Pirate. In the game you can play against the AI or you can play in versus mode. So you can play together with you child. The goal of the game is to collect coins and treasures by shooting at then with canons. Along the way you collect items for your treasure.
So that’s it for now. If you have any other good apps for kids to share with me, please comment.