Apps for Kids

Kids Apps

Looking for some new apps to keep the kiddos entertained during winter break or holiday travels?

Youth services librarian Carissa is always on the lookout for apps that you can feel good about using with your child. She writes regular reviews on the library website and makes special guest appearences on local NBC 15. Here's a list of her top 5 apps for road trips, travels, and school break! 

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Carissa's Top 5 Apps for Winter Break

Sago Mini Snow DaySago Mini Snow Day
Sago Mini

This app, similar to their previous apps, Road Trip, Planes and Boats, begins by users choosing a vehicle -- in this case a sled with lots of silly options in addition to usual sled designs. Select your ride, then choose your favorite characters to take on a ride down the snowy hill. You’ll encounter lots of snowy day fun along the way and, when your ride is done, you’ll see a photo snapshot of something fun that happened along the way! A delightful, exploratory app that will bring smiles to kids of all ages. (See this app reviewed on the news)

Age group: Baby/toddler, Preschool, Grades K-2


Tinybop Creature GardenTinybop Creature Garden 
Paid on iOS

Mix and match body parts from all different kinds of animals (including humans!) to create a new creature, then take it for a test run to see how well it works! There are so many different levels of creation with this game - this app is rich with potential and inspiration.

Age group: Grades K-2, Grades 3-5


Toontastic 3DToontastic 3D 
Free on iOS | Google Play

Create simple animated movies, now with three-dimensional characters and settings! The original Toontastic app has been a gold standard in the land of content creation apps for years. This new app takes all of the best Toontastic features, made them 3D and added a few new fantastic options. Toontastic 3D is perfect for home, classroom or road trips because the whole family can work together to create their own original film masterpiece!

Age group: Grades K-2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12


ChatterPix KidsChatterpix Kids
Free on iOS

Take a photo, add a mouth, then record your voice to make your picture talk! There are a number of apps available that have this function, but this free app by Duck Duck Moose is the most kid-friendly so far. Take a photo, apply funky filters, add stickers (like glasses, hats, crazy hair, eyeballs), a fancy frame or text. Once your masterpiece is complete, save it to your camera roll, then share it with friends and family.

Age group: Baby/toddler, Preschool, Grades K-2


Toca Hair Salon MeToca Hair Salon Me
Paid on iOS | Google Play | Amazon

Toca Hair Salon Me is actually the third hair styling toy app that Toca Boca has developed and the element that is unique to this version is the ability to add your own photos to the app. This allows you to try out crazy hairstyles on your own head, your mom's head, your baby sister's head, even crazy hairstyles on your pet! You can change the look as many times as you want, no time limits, no right or wrong way to play. (See this app reviewed on the news)

Age group: Preschool, Grades K-2, Grades 3-5


Learn More About Apps for Kids

The library has a list of recommended resources to learn more about using apps with kids, how to evaluate an app, what to avoid, and so much more. Also take a look at our Tablet Tips for Parents if you're not sure where to start (and even if you are!)

Miss Carissa also hosts an App Fairy podcast, featuring meet-the-author style interviews with top-quality children's app makers.

You can also join Carissa in person for The Supper Club, a special evening digital storytime for the whole family. Pack in supper from home or order a box dinner from a nearby restaurant. No registration required.

Upcoming programs include:

Friday, January 19 | 6:00pm | Monroe Street Library

Tuesday April 3 | 6:00 pm | Pinney Library

Thursday, May 3 | 6:00 pm | Central Library

Feel free to e-mail further questions to Miss Carissa at