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10 awesome cheap iPhone apps for kids

If you were one the peeps who loved the 10 FREE iPhone apps for kids a couple of weeks ago, you're going to love this one just as much. Whilst the apps featured in todays list come at a cost, the outlay is minimal (under a buck in most instances), and the enjoyment is huge! So have a look and try them out!

Design and build your very own Robot creation! This app has a great interface that the kids will love with loads of vintage styled Robot "bits" to build with, all in kid friendly high colour. Once your guy is built, lead him through a game by following the arrows collecting stars along the way. The games are short and lead you back to building new robots which is great because that seems to be the favourite part of the game!

Guide your bandit through different levels recovering all the worlds clocks that have been stolen by Duke Clockface. The game plays a catchy little riff that the player has to tap the screen to the beat of to make the bandit move. We love this game and it's a great tool to teach kids rhythm and timing.

The whole Monkey series are winners with our boys. Monkey Maths teaches basic addition and subtraction for preschoolers. An excellent game for the 3-5s...

Another one for the 3-5 year age group, AniMatch is a touch screen version of the old fashioned game of Memory. With a screen full of turned down cards, the user turns cards over by touching them on the screen two at a time trying to find pairs. The illsutrations are all of stylized animals that make the appropriate animal sound when turned over. As the pairs are found, the cards do a funky "dance" and disappear until all pairs have been found. Very simple in it's theory and even easier for little ones to use.

Great little learning game for 4-7 year olds. It covers off the basics of spelling, phonics and mathematical problems. The user creates an "account" and is rewarded with game coins for their efforts which they can "spend" in the "game store" to buy stickers and create pictures. An excellent reward based game that doesn't only teach kids the basic Kindy stuff but gets them familiar with saving and spending money as well.

Similar to Monkey Maths in it's design, this one focuses on food. Match pairs, group fruits in colours, alphabet activities, counting games, shape recognition and more. After every 3 activities the child is rewarded with a virtual sticker to stick on their canvas..

Is there anyone who doesn't love Peppa? I know my boys adore her and her funny family and even I burst into fits of giggles every time they fall on their backs laughing and snorting! This game has lots of that. Make Peppa jump in muddy puddles (her favourite pastime) and help the happy chicken sort her brood by dragging the baby chickens to the right coloured hen house. With a few games within the game, this one has had good longevity for us and is still a favourite after months of use.

When the thought of hitting the kitchen with messy preschoolers to bake and decorate cakes is just too much to bear, pass them the phone and they can play a virtual game of cake making where they can mix, shape, bake and decorate cakey masterpieces.

This one is created by Duck Duck Moose - Check out their other apps as well. They are all around the same price but seem to be worth it generally. We've got Wheels on the Bus and the kids love that, and Fish School looks great too...

A great one for the boys! With a huge palette of car, truck and bike bodies to choose from, kids can pimp out their ride however they like - they can even add propellors to fire engines to get them to the fire in a hurry! Once they finish their machine, drive it to the garage and keep it safe for future use.

10 awesome FREE iPhone apps for kids

It's quite alarming amazing to watch kids navigate their way around an iPhone. Even my 3 year old can open apps, play them, import phots of himself into drawing apps and 'decorate' his own image... heck, he's even signed me up for things and sent an email or two in his time (although those last two weren't intentional...), but you get my drift right?

Well, bearing all that in mind (and considering their growing addiction to my iPad), I thought it might be a good idea to set up a kind of "app-swap-party". I'll tell you my list of favourite apps for the kids (both theirs and mine), and you can do the same telling me yours by leaving a comment! Good idea huh? We all stand to gain a lot from this.... Maybe even a moments peace for a cup of tea... Don't worry, you can all thank me later. Here goes...

This free app is a great one for littlies. Along with a few favourite songs like Old MacDonald and London Bridge, it features an in-app game that the kiddos can make their own music in Little Fox's studio with virtual spoons and insects...

Kids can breed, hatch and raise their own dragons in this one. The game itself gets great reviews and the graphics are perfect for kiddos, but beware the in-app purchases. There are gold packages you need to buy for some parts of the game and they start at $5 and go up to a mind-boggling $99! A good one if you have in-app purchases set to OFF in your settings.

A free app by Disney. No violence, no inappropriateness. We love Disney don't we? And best of all - FREE! Be warned though - the first thing you'll be faced with is an option to buy the full app for $1.99. You need to slide the windows across to get away from this and then you're home free. There seem to be quite a substantial amount of levels available without having to buy anything and my kids love it!

I love this game. Even though it's meant for kids - it has me hooked. The basic idea is to build a street fair. The game starts you off with a small amount of "Snoopy Coins" to buy stalls with. These stalls then earn you an income. There are plenty of opportunities to spend real money within the app, but with your settings set correctly you can leave the kiddos to play worry-free and as long as you have a little bit of patience you can easily earn enough money to build a great fair without spending real cash. One of my favourites!

Fairly simple in concept - this app allows the user to draw a cool doodle in funky neon brights and then replay a movie of the drawing being made - the kiddos love it!

Perfect for the preschoolers who haven't quite mastered the fine motor skills to draw well yet. This app converts their "squiggles" into sheeps wool, fairy floss or the exhaust from a car... Clever!

For once you'll be happy the kids are playing with their food! This free comes from US based Whole Kids Foundation for the promotion of healthy lifestyle choices for kids. It gets them sorting and stacking veges and grains, all the while learning about healthy food choices. There are 32 levels all getting progressively faster and more difficult so even the older kids will find this fun.

Another one of my favourites - this one is great for slightly older kids. Your job is to help find the hidden objects in the mansion to raise funds to bring the grand gardens back to their former glory and win the garden contest. While the list of objects is a written one making it hard for pre-readers to play without help, there are opportunities to reveal the list as picture clues instead. The kids love rummaging through the mansion and purchasing new things to decorate their gardens. You can even run up to four separate gardens on one device! Our whole family got hooked on this one and our only gripe with it was that it ended too quickly. It needs more levels. Check out other games by Playrix, the same creators as well.

An oldie but a goodie. JellyCar is a massively popular app amongst the kidlets. Drive your Jelly Car through the Jelly World and learn about the basics of soft physics as you go. Try it out and if you like it you can upgrade to JellyCar2 and JellyCar3 for 99c and $1.99 respectively.

A better way for the kidlets to watch their favourite ABC4 shows than YouTube. No more worrying about what else they might see...

Obviously there are thousands more out there. I'd love to hear what you think of these and share your own favourites in comments too... Happy Apping!

App alert: Oliver Jeffers

Lost and found by Oliver Jeffers is one of our favourite bedtime stories. A boy finds a penguin at his door and he tries to take it back to where it belongs only to find at the end of the story that it actually belongs with him because they've grown to be friends and they need one another. Sweet.
Well, Oliver can now entertain you (and your kiddo) on your iPad! Lovely Nikki over at Bellamumma (who's blog is one of the goodies - check it out here) put me onto this and I'm going to buy it as soon as I top up my iTunes account!

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