6 Fun iPhone Animal Apps to Get Kids Reading and Learning

If you own an iPhone, and you also have toddlers or kids who are about to enter school, put the iPhone and the kids together with some of the apps listed below to keep the kids busy as they prepare themselves for school.

The list below is separated by categories, and each app is listed alphabetically under those categories to show that we do not favor one app over another. The links lead to reviews about the apps or to the businesses that created the apps. This way, you can learn more about the apps before you download them.

While many of the apps listed below are free, some cost anywhere from $0.99 to under $4.00. Also, the reviews can help you learn whether the app truly is age-appropriate for your child.

1. ABC Animals Teaches Kids to Write Using iPhone

ABC Animals is a clever application because it can be used by children across a large age range. I’m not sure if the developers at Critical Matter intended this. But, I’ve found it can be used by children as young as 18 months, up to as old as seven – depending on their level of development. And, given the rate at which children grow and develop during the first 7 years of their life this a decent achievement.

The application supports children to learn their ABCs. A child is able to flick through iPhone cards from A-Z. Each card has the letter in upper and lowercase and a cartoon picture of an animal that begins with that letter. (Geek sensibilities are catered for a “D” is sometimes represented by a dragon).

Young children can simply flick through look at the pictures and repeat the letters and words. While older children, by double tapping the screen can flip the card over to examples of how the letters are written. Then, using their finger or a iPhone pen they can trace the letter, just like they do in school learning to write.

This second aspect of the application has a lot of potential; my only qualm is that the double tap feature is not offered in any form of instructions in the application. I discovered it by accident.   I love the fact the letters are sitting on “lined paper” graphics and the clear directives on how to write letters had me imagining school classrooms full of children with iPhones (a high tech return to the “chalk and slate” that our grandparents used).

ABC Animals could do with some options and instructions. Still, it offers ABC activities for young children right through their development.

Though, the developer’s images are poorly targeted at kids. I think the images suit children aged 8+. The eyes of the animals look like they belong on Bratz dolls and to better engage younger children they could use much simpler graphics

Still, another fine app, once a few refinements are made. Worth the $2.99 price at iTunes because it can be used by children of different ages and stages.

Wired: An iPhone App that supports child literacy from 18 months to 7 years.

Tired: Need instructions and the images aren’t the best for younger children.

Seen any good iPhone Apps for young children recently? Let us know in the comments (below the articles).

Animal Match Kids is a fun filled memory match game for kids of all ages. Improve/test your kids memory skills by matching pairs of cute and friendly animals.

Features:- Cute and friendly animals graphics.

– 26 available cards.

– 4 difficulty levels (6, 12, 20, 30).

– Very Easy level with just 6 cards for kids just learning.

– Adorable animals.

– Cute animations.

– Fun and challenging matching pairs gameplay.

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3. AnimalSays is memory game for kids and all ages.

AnimalSays is memory game for kids and all ages. Just like Simon

Tap the animal in the order the animal call.

Fun and educational for the whole family.

– Animals dog, cat, elephant, lion, duck, sheep, horse, and pig

– High Score

– OpenFeint for online high scores & achievements.

– How many can you memorize?


4. Dex ABC Animals flash cards

Camdiloo media’s Dex ABC Animals flash cards is one of a series of educational applications developed for the iPhone, designed with toddlers and pre-school children in mind. As parents, we have all witnessed the attraction the iPhone holds for young kids. As designers, their goal is to combine educational tools with the iPhone’s interface, and to merge that with a high emphasis on quality, mindful designs. Flash cards are a wonderful learning tool for young children and they bring hours of enjoyment and educational benefits. Inspired by traditional, familiar card layouts, their flash cards combine bold colors, large simple alphabet letters and custom illustrations to bring the flash card concept to life. Each letter of the alphabet is paired with a corresponding animal, helping to teach your toddler ABCs, animal names, first sight words, upper- and lower-case letterforms, and the pronunciation of letters and the animal names.They have kept the interface and overall touch-screen experience simple and intuitive, so children of all ages can navigate the cards. With a simple “tap”, the card flips, while a “slide” of the finger advances to the next card. They have also included some custom settings which allow the deck of flash cards to be shuffled and restacked, among other features.

They have enjoyed creating this application and have been motivated by watching the excitement level of their own children increase during the development process. 

Languages: English

Compatible with iPhone and iPod touch
Requires iPhone 2.0 software update


5. Landleben Shows Kids Farm Life on iPhone

Florian “Utsi” Martin announced Monday Landleben 1.0, a children’s game for the iPhone that allows to experience farm life. The game presents kids with a 360 degree picture with various farm animals. The art and imagery was developed by Lee Barlage, a German-based illustrator for children’s books.

Tapping on different elements within that picture presents kids the appropriate animations and sounds. The game includes a counter that keeps track of how many sounds and animations have been discovered.

The game is priced at US$.99, and is available on the iTunes store.


6.Landleben, a charming barn adventure for toddlers and families

For your iPhone or iPod touch.

Inside a little bouncing barn, friendly farm animals are waiting to pop out and surprise your little one. Try and guess who they are; tap the doors to find out!

Work with your child to learn the names of animals — in English or Spanish — and hear the sounds they make! Younger children will love opening the barn doors to find a new animal animation, as they learn about cause and effect and become familiar with animal names and sounds. Preschoolers will enjoy guessing animals by sound, then seeing the animal names, which helps them develop early literacy skills. And everyone will adore the illustrations by Divya Srinivasan, whose work is regularly featured in the New Yorker.

Peekaboo Barn was made for you and your toddler by artists and educators, not marketers, robots, or companies repackaging clip art. Our team has backgrounds in cognitive science and child development, and we’ve worked in educational media everywhere from Yahoo! to the Smithsonian Institution.

When you could really use a safe distraction — in airports, restaurants, and waiting rooms — or you’d like to try something new with your little genius, Peekaboo Barn is the educational, artful solution. Enjoy!


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