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Parent's Megathread for Children's free apps -iOS

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After FrostbiteXIII's request for apps on my Peppa Pig deal I thought it would be a good idea if all us parents pooled our knowledge and recommended free apps that their kid's enjoyed. Please post… Read More
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After FrostbiteXIII's request for apps on my Peppa Pig deal I thought it would be a good idea if all us parents pooled our knowledge and recommended free apps that their kid's enjoyed.

Please post recommendations in the comments and I'll add them to the description.

Ideally recommendations should be;
A) Apps your children have used. Please no random recommendations.
B) Apps that are free. Apps with microtransactions are fine as long as they aren't a requirement to fully enjoy it. For example If a colouring app requires you to pay to unlock enough colours to paint a rainbow it's not really "free".
And
C) Full games are preferred. Demos are okay but please be wary of point B above. The last thing us parents want are for our kids to nag us into paying for something we wanted for free.

This is just for iOS apps so feel free if you want to setup a Android, Blackberry or WP8 thread.

Links and descriptions will be posted in the first comment.
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Peppa Pig Paintbox
Color Drops This is quite a nice colouring app. It's basic but has a range of flashy water colors and plays sparkly tones with each paint stroke. It does have microtransactions which take the form of individual colour packs or a single one off payment to unlock the all. The game doesn't push you to buy them and there's enough tools in the free package to keep kids entertained.

Thank you Bingohomer
Lego Duplo
Seasame Street Breathe, Think, Do
The Big Moving Adventure (Seasame Street)


Edited By: Mattevansc3 on Dec 11, 2014 19:54: edit in deals
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Lego Duplo

The Lego Duplo ones are good, my 2.5yr old loves them. Just search App Store with 'Duplo Free' and 5 of them come up.

Edited By: Bingohomer on Dec 11, 2014 18:56
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Also 2 Seasame Street apps he likes are,

Seasame Street Breathe, Think, Do

The Big Moving Adventure

Edited By: Bingohomer on Dec 11, 2014 19:02
#4
Why should they be free from in app purchases parent need to take responsibility and switch them off, our two only get only free apps and they wouldn't dream of asking for the in app purchase. We often see people moaning about them not been free because of in app purchase and I always say switch it off doesn't harm the app itself.

Easiest way to find the free apps on Apple is just check the charts, keep an eye on here for when paid apps become free.

And.....switch off in app purchase and say no when asked :)

Adding this in case people don't know how to switch off in app purchase, really you should set up restrictions on other things as well, website content, tv and films etc. this us for iOS 7 but us the same for 8

http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/how-to-turn-off-in-app-purchases-ios-iphone-ipad/


Edited By: eslick on Dec 11, 2014 20:30
#5
eslick
Why should they be free from in app purchases parent need to take responsibility and switch them off, our two only get only free apps and they wouldn't dream of asking for the in app purchase. We often see people moaning about them not been free because of in app purchase and I always say switch it off doesn't harm the app itself.

Easiest way to find the free apps on Apple is just check the charts, keep an eye on here for when paid apps become free.

And.....switch off in app purchase and say no when asked :)

Adding this in case people don't know how to switch off in app purchase, really you should set up restrictions on other things as well, website content, tv and films etc. this us for iOS 7 but us the same for 8

http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/how-to-turn-off-in-app-purchases-ios-iphone-ipad/


Its more about the aggressive in-app purchases, the ones with pop up banners, timer lock outs, games where the actual content is behind a paywall as opposed to extra levels. Yes you can turn off microtransactions but in some cases iOS won't let you download the app or you'd still end up half an app.

Younger children aren't necessarily going to understand the concept of money and why they can't play the rest of the app. This thread is to help parents sidestep that whole issue hence the reason why I've asked recommendations not have microtransactions or that they don't inhibit the child's entertainment.
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Mattevansc3
eslick
Why should they be free from in app purchases parent need to take responsibility and switch them off, our two only get only free apps and they wouldn't dream of asking for the in app purchase. We often see people moaning about them not been free because of in app purchase and I always say switch it off doesn't harm the app itself.

Easiest way to find the free apps on Apple is just check the charts, keep an eye on here for when paid apps become free.

And.....switch off in app purchase and say no when asked :)

Adding this in case people don't know how to switch off in app purchase, really you should set up restrictions on other things as well, website content, tv and films etc. this us for iOS 7 but us the same for 8

http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/how-to-turn-off-in-app-purchases-ios-iphone-ipad/


Its more about the aggressive in-app purchases, the ones with pop up banners, timer lock outs, games where the actual content is behind a paywall as opposed to extra levels. Yes you can turn off microtransactions but in some cases iOS won't let you download the app or you'd still end up half an app.

Younger children aren't necessarily going to understand the concept of money and why they can't play the rest of the app. This thread is to help parents sidestep that whole issue hence the reason why I've asked recommendations not have microtransactions or that they don't inhibit the child's entertainment.

sorry can't agree, you shouldn't side step the issue children are never to you to learn about money, most of the games will allow a child to play up to a level if they can't go further you have to say no, in the end the game makers add extra levels. Even the big game makers realise this at one stage on candy crush they wanted you to pay but soon realised that it was easier just to add levels. Games such as bad piggies let you get as far as the end and again few months later even more levels. Allowing you to buy coins or whatever to allow you to pass a level doesn't help a child all it means is that they think they can buy their way out if anything, if the child likes the game they will continue until they get past the obstacle or stop playing with it.

Children need help to understand, don't just discount something just because it has in app purchases teach them. As I said it can be done mine have had iPods for about 5 years iPads for 3 but I have never paid for an in app purchase and the only game I think we bought was Minecraft.

Don't get me wrong this is a great thread but we do need to think about teaching kids at the same time, I read a tread the other day about a mother who said her child was desperate to see Paddington she wouldn't wait till it was on at the pound club at the cinema as the child was desperate they where 3!! No child can be desperate at 3. Sorry rant over good thread though :)
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eslick
Mattevansc3
eslick
Why should they be free from in app purchases parent need to take responsibility and switch them off, our two only get only free apps and they wouldn't dream of asking for the in app purchase. We often see people moaning about them not been free because of in app purchase and I always say switch it off doesn't harm the app itself.

Easiest way to find the free apps on Apple is just check the charts, keep an eye on here for when paid apps become free.

And.....switch off in app purchase and say no when asked :)

Adding this in case people don't know how to switch off in app purchase, really you should set up restrictions on other things as well, website content, tv and films etc. this us for iOS 7 but us the same for 8

http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/how-to-turn-off-in-app-purchases-ios-iphone-ipad/


Its more about the aggressive in-app purchases, the ones with pop up banners, timer lock outs, games where the actual content is behind a paywall as opposed to extra levels. Yes you can turn off microtransactions but in some cases iOS won't let you download the app or you'd still end up half an app.

Younger children aren't necessarily going to understand the concept of money and why they can't play the rest of the app. This thread is to help parents sidestep that whole issue hence the reason why I've asked recommendations not have microtransactions or that they don't inhibit the child's entertainment.

sorry can't agree, you shouldn't side step the issue children are never to you to learn about money, most of the games will allow a child to play up to a level if they can't go further you have to say no, in the end the game makers add extra levels. Even the big game makers realise this at one stage on candy crush they wanted you to pay but soon realised that it was easier just to add levels. Games such as bad piggies let you get as far as the end and again few months later even more levels. Allowing you to buy coins or whatever to allow you to pass a level doesn't help a child all it means is that they think they can buy their way out if anything, if the child likes the game they will continue until they get past the obstacle or stop playing with it.

Children need help to understand, don't just discount something just because it has in app purchases teach them. As I said it can be done mine have had iPods for about 5 years iPads for 3 but I have never paid for an in app purchase and the only game I think we bought was Minecraft.

Don't get me wrong this is a great thread but we do need to think about teaching kids at the same time, I read a tread the other day about a mother who said her child was desperate to see Paddington she wouldn't wait till it was on at the pound club at the cinema as the child was desperate they where 3!! No child can be desperate at 3. Sorry rant over good thread though :)

I perfectly agree with what you have said, when my daughter is old enough she'll be taught the work/reward system the same way I was. Do a chore like tidy her room and get rewarded with a toy.

With the microtransactions the main issue is that this is in the "Freebie" section. If you can't enjoy the app without paying a fee, such you only get the first few levels, you only get a few boring colours on a drawing app, etc then it's no longer free. If it's like Bad Piggies where your child can easily play start to finish without paying then yeah that's absolutely fine. I can't remember the name but a few months ago I downloaded a drawing app for my child that was "free" except that the vast majority of the colours were behind a paywall and I'm talking about basics like brown. There's no point in recommending that as a free app because you have to pay something to use as a colouring app.

It was a good rant though and I'll edit that bit about the microtransactions to make it more inclusive :D
#8
The TocaBoca games are good and usually £1.99 each. On windows 8 app store (PC, not sure about mobile) Toca Boo is free
#9
Joining hands
Skylanders
Glow hockey
Pokemon tv

To stop the badges and notifications coming up go to the settings/notifications and switch them all off
#10
My 2 yr old likes the Sago Mini games. They're often on offer and have something for all ages.
#11
Oh and through offers all the sago games I've downloaded were free at the time.

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