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Best iPhone & iPad apps for entertaining children

David Price | Aug. 27, 2013
Fun iPhone and iPad apps to keep kids amused on a Bank Holiday

The best iPhone and iPad apps for keeping the kids entertained and happy, from simple games to educational apps.

It's Bank Holiday Monday, and here in London the weather looks good; hopefully you've got fun plans for the day off. (Perhaps you've checked out our guide to the best apps for planning days out.) But if it's raining where you are, or you've got a long journey ahead, you may well be desperately wondering how to keep the children amused - and quiet. The iPhone and iPad can help, provided you can find suitable children's apps.

To help you find a little respite, then, we've put together a list of some of the best iPad and iPhone apps for children.

Best iPhone & iPad apps for children: Games

The Monster at the End of This Book
This updated and improved digital version of the classic Sesame Theme-themed kids' book is a lot of fun. As Grover performs, the words appear on the screen, highlighted as they're spoken. And you can interact with the app by touching a knot, for example, to make it unravel. Tap Grover to tickle him.

£2.99 | 

Where's My Water?
A great and simple game that slightly older children should be able to get the hang of. There's a supply of water at point in each level, and an alligator at another, waiting for a shower. You have to remove intervening rock and clay (with a swipe of a finger) to complete the circuit. It gets harder later on, mind.

69p | 

Wombi Treasures
A basic but fun and graphically rich treasure hunt game for kids, which sets players the challenge of finding various ancient treasures hidden around the world.

£1.99 | 

Peppa Pig - Happy Mrs Chicken
If you know small children, you'll know Peppa, George and the family. Peppa Pig - Happy Mrs Chicken comprises four interactive games and a virtual 'sticker book'. By completing challenges in the games, you win stickers for your book.

£1.99 | 

Kumo Lumo
This unique, adorable and free game won our game of the year award for 2013. Kumo Lumo doesn't really fit into any specific genre, but it can be best described as a 'rain 'em up' game. You play as Lumo, a smiling storm cloud with a surprisingly deep, rumbly voice. Lumo's job is to circle the planet and rain on things to make them grow. Fun for adults and kids alike.

Free | 

Toca Band
Beware, parents, beware: kids love this game, but the one song (with variations) that the app plays as the little characters are moved around the bandstand can get annoying to those over the age of 18...


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