Children love building, and building apps for kids can help you do it without all the messy cleanup (or stepping on a LEGO at 3am). Here’s more from our friends at KinderTown:
Building with blocks has long been a favorite activity for kids and parents alike. Building promotes creativity, imagination and spatial awareness. Check out these best building apps for kids.
Toca Builders is a virtual 3D playground where kids can use characters to build and create their own unique world. Each character has a different way of creating in the virtual world. For example, Jum-Jum loves to spray paint, a favorite by our child testers, and Connie is able to lift and move blocks. Your child can create several different play-based worlds within the app to add to or adapt later. There are not any words or dialog in the app, so sit with your child and discuss the characters and their abilities or perhaps create a story about the characters as your child manipulates their world.
Toca builders feels like Mine-craft, but appropriate for children ages 4-8. Children are demonstrating their creativity skills as well as developing their understanding of 3D environments. Be sure to check out their “For Parents” section within the app for more ideas.
Toca Builders is $2.99. The possibilities are as endless as your child’s imagination in the Toca Builders world.
Bloxy apps allow your child to build with blocks in order to create objects that they can play with in the virtual world. For example, build an airplane and construct an airport for your airplane to land at and take off again. In addition, children can build freely with the blocks. When a creation is complete, children can also upload their creations to Bloxy World or download other creations to play with or be inspired by, in order to create their own. Parent permission is requested each time one of these actions is performed. There are over 330 bricks included in Bloxy World. Children can also use their theme collections for space, castles, trees, cars and a special girls world.
Other features include the ability to add speech bubbles to the mini-figures, and a snapshot feature to take pictures of the creations. Bloxy World is free to download but does have in-app purchases for selected blocks. We recommend the “Buy all Bricks” feature for $8.99.
Bloxy World is appropriate for children ages 4-8.
For the youngest builder, KinderTown loves BeBop Blox. In BeBop Blox, children are presented with 12 different puzzles to build. Once the puzzle is chosen, the parts spin around the screen and kids drag the matching pieces. For each matching piece, a musical phrase is played. Each added piece adds an additional musical sound to create a song that accompanies the puzzle. When the puzzle is completed a song is played and there are four additional sound effects that can be added to the song. BeBop Blox is a creative first environment for the youngest builder.
BeBop Blox is suitable for children ages three through five and is $1.99.
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