With the long summer holidays on their way, it’s a great time to stock up on free apps for the kids. Quick, easy entertainment at your fingertips, they’re really useful for downtime at home, babysitting, and particularly for car journeys. Never hear the words “are we there yet?” again!
Not for couch potatoes
Not new but this simple and brilliant idea is still loved by millions of kids and adults. And it’s the perfect app game for the summer. Why? Because it gets your kids off the sofa and into the fresh air to catch Pokémon and collect things from PokéStops, as well as battle in gyms. They’ll walk miles without even noticing
BBC iPlayer Kids
TV for tots to teens
BBC iPlayer is a great free app and now there’s one for kids, too. It only shows CBeebies and CBBC with all the shows they love. There are no ads and it’s simple, fast and safe. It’s child’s play.
4 star rating
Free on iOS and Android
A great introduction to music
Your kids don't need a piano to explore their musical talent - check out Magic Piano. They It’s a virtual piano that warps into magical shapes and allows you to practice all the latest hits.
The Sims FreePlay
A world of their own
This popular app allows your kids to create a virtual world of their very own. It’s pretty addictive - so don’t expect to see you kids in the real world anytime soon.
Fun and learning for kids under 5
Simple, friendly and colourful, this is a great little app to help the little ones learn. In each mini game, a sweet cast of animal characters ask questions like ‘Who is winking?’ and ‘Who is dressed up?’. They’re simple but effective lessons in identifying animals, clothing and actions.
4 star rating
Free on iOS