Great Windows Phone Apps for Kids

If you’ve got a kid, you’ve probably noticed that they often usurp your smartphone in order to play Angry Birds (or at least, that’s what I hear). Personally, I hate people using my devices to play games because then I end up missing out on a significant chunk of the game. Fortunately, there’s a bunch of apps dedicated to children which might keep them from invading your favourite games.

First Words: Learning Animals

Education is important, and the First Words series is a great tool to help younger children learn the names of animals. First Words: Learning Animals allows children to explore a selection of animals, learning it’s name through anagrams and sound.

The interface of First Words: Learning Animals is very simple, with cute cartoons and inputs that are tailored to young children’s fingers.

In the full version, children will be able to learn the names of 38 animals and their habitats.

Price: $1.99
Developer: Anlock LLC

First Words: Learning Shapes and Colors

First Words: Learning Shapes and Colors is essentially the same as the previous app, but instead looking at shapes and colours instead of animals.

Learning Shapes and Colors includes 30 different shapes and colors for the user to learn under five different levels of difficulty.

Price: $1.99
Developer: Anlock LLC

First Words: Learning Vehicles

First Words: Learning Vehicles is the third and final app in the series. This time it deals with vehicles, twenty three and their enviroments to be exact (with the promise of more to come in a future update). If you want someone to know how to spell plane or bus, this app might be for you.

Price: $1.99
Developer: Anlock LLC

Voice Toddler Cards

Voice Toddler Cards are all about getting your toddler to familarise themselves with various words in both English and Spanish, including foods, numbers, colours and animals. Adding an additional level to the traditional flashcard metaphor, Voice Toddler Cards speaks the words the child is learning to practice pronunciation.

The four-star app includes at least 380 different cards covering a bunch of categories.

Price: $0.99
Developer: Sai Services

FamilyTracker

While FamilyTracker isn’t necessarily an app for kids, it’s definately one that can be useful in conjunction with them. Family Tracker uses the GPS in your Windows Phone to track people, allowing you to keep tabs on the location of your family members.

Once you’ve registered your family members and authorised their devices, you’ll be able to use FamilyTracker to find members on maps, and even get directions to their location.

Price: $2.99
Developer: Imaaz Software

Bord

Bord is a highly rated chalkboard app for Windows Phone designed for children. The virtual whiteboard is aimed at education by using the canvas to draw out letters and shapes.

Using a realistic chalk effect with multiple colours and sizes available, the chalkboard can be drawn on for pretty much anything and is versatile to most uses.

Price: $0.99
Developer: Pixle

Preschool Spelling

Preschool Spelling is an app that, as it’s name suggests, helps your preschooler learn to spell. Using a number of games to induce some fun into proceedings, Preschool Spelling provides an equilibrium of entertainment and education.

Like the developer’s other app in this roundup, Voice Toddler Cards, words are able to be spoken by voice talent that offers a guide to pronunciation too.

Price: Free
Developer: Sai Services

Pocoyize

Pocoyize, an official app from the production company of the Spanish children’s TV show, takes your photo and turns them into a Pocoyo-style character in much the way similar apps do.

While it might not have a ton of lasting appeal, it’s definitely worth checking out if you have a young one about.

Price: Free
Developer: Zinkia

PocoyoTV

Continuing on from Pocoyize, Zinkia also makes available PocoyoTV, an app with access to more than 50 episodes of the TV show right on your phone. If you’re looking for a way to sustain your youngster’s entertainment, one commenter sums up the app’s usefulness: “Buffering can be slow but free limitless pocoyo… A todlers[sic] dream”.

Price: Free
Developer: Zinkia

Angry Birds

I attempted to leave out Angry Birds due to my introductory analogy, but everyone’s got to admit that it’s definitely a crowd-pleaser. Angry Birds brings the avian-flinging action to Windows Phone with 225 destruction-inducing levels.

Angry Birds’ premise doesn’t need explaining, since the iconic game’s basis is likely prominent in your mind. As a game that most smartphone users default to, you’ll no doubt agree that Angry Birds should be on your device – for you or the child.

Price: $2.99
Developer: Microsoft Studios

Kinectimals

Kinectimals is a great casual game that’s perfect for kids. In Kinectimals, the player visits the island of Lemuria to play with and care after their own virtual pet.

The game comes from the popular Kinect launch title of the same name and integrates with the Xbox 360 version to transfer animals between platforms through the use of QR codes.

Price: $2.99
Developer: Microsoft Studios

Color Sprouts

Color Sprouts is a very simple colouring app that takes the experience many of us have had on paper to the phone. Working in both portrait and landscape, Color Sprouts includes 80 templates to colour in with tools including bucket fill, brush and spray paint (just like the days of drawing pictures in MS PAINT).

Price: $0.99
Developer: Bit Sprouts LLC

These are some of my personal picks when it comes to kids and family apps for Windows Phone. If you’ve got a favourite that’s not featured in this roundup, leave a comment below!