ByRachelle Riddle, writer at Creators.co
Writer by day, gamer by night. Everything's a story.
Rachelle Riddle

At a young age, children are fascinated with the entertaining aspect of tablets and phones. Their minds are always working though, allowing them to find learning opportunities in nearly everything they encounter. These games mix entertainment with education to keep their minds learning while still having fun, as well as reinforcing concepts they'll start learning in school.

1. 'Artie's Magic Pencil'

  • Price: $2.99 (iOS), Free (Android)
  • OS: iTunes, Google Play
  • Genre: Education
  • In-App Purchases: Yes (Android)
  • Third Party Ads: No
  • External Links: "More Apps" and "Rate Us" visible but under protected area.

This fun game teaches children the basics of drawing to develop fine motor skills. Children follow Artie as he makes his way through the world to battle a dinosaur, learning about the fundamentals of drawing through basic shapes and colors. The narrative guides children through the story and encourages them to clean up after the dinosaur's destruction by drawing objects with Artie's magic pencil. They can rebuild homes, grow trees and plants, and complete activities to fill up Artie's heart. There are 15 drawing activities and the adventure story, and children can either follow the story through its conclusion or replay parts of the map. The game includes 25 different objects to draw and downloadable worksheets to print at home.

2. 'A Parcel of Courage'

  • Price: Free ($2.99 Full Version)
  • OS: iTunes
  • Genre: Education
  • In-App Purchases: Full Version
  • Third Party Ads: No
  • External Links: No

A Parcel of Courage is an interactive storybook where children complete tasks as they follow along the true story of three brothers who help their grandmother come visit. The tasks include baking cookies, learning how to mail a letter, cleaning up the yard, navigating the map, and packing a suitcase. The free version includes the main story, but the paid version offers further skill building activities and games to learn numbers, addition, reason, and build photographic memory.

3. 'Bugs and Buttons'

  • Price: $2.99
  • OS: iTunes
  • Genre: Education
  • In-App Purchases: No

This is a simple collection of games using bugs and buttons to learn. There are 18 mini games including practicing letters, sorting bugs, solving mazes, tic-tac-toe, and memory match. Children will learn counting, fine motor skills, path finding, patterns, sorting, and tracking. The game introduces bugs of all sorts, including ladybugs, butterflies, and bees, to keep children entertained. For more daring children, creepier bugs such as spiders and roaches can be unlocked with parental controls. There are two modes, allowing children to play on their own or be guided through the games.

4. 'Caroline’s Camera'

  • Price: Free
  • OS: iTunes
  • Genre: Education
  • In-App Purchases: No
  • Third Party Ads: Yes
  • External Links: Yes

Caroline's Camera is an interactive game that teaches children about patterns and rhythm. Children play as Caroline, a brand new photographer for a newspaper, who must take catchy photos for the headlines. The game uses music to prompt photos and the challenge comes in taking the picture at the right time, using the rhythm to gauge it. As the game progresses, more rhythms will appear, increasing the difficulty. There is a practice mode in the newspaper office, or they can go out to several locations in the game such as the forest or lake for better photos. Children can earn coins with their photos to upgrade the camera and equipment.

5. 'Disney Princess: Story Theater'

Children can create animated stories starring Cinderella, Belle, Ariel, and all their friends. The game features multiple settings and props with an option for children to record their voice to bring the story to life.

6. 'Drawing Desk'

  • Price: Free
  • OS: iTunes
  • Genre: Drawing
  • In-App Purchases: Yes
  • Third Party Ads: Yes
  • External Links: Yes

Drawing Desk is a detailed drawing app for all ages. There are four modes:

  • Photo Desk
  • Doodle Desk
  • Kids Desk
  • Sketch Desk

Kids Desk is for younger children and has simple colored pencils, stamps, stickers, and visual effects to start their art career. Doodle Desk and Sketch Desk are great for older children with higher motor skills. They include a variety of brushes and colors to choose from to create all kinds of art.

7. 'Endless Alphabet'

  • Price: Free Trial ($8.99 Full Version)
  • OS: iTunes, Google Play
  • Genre: Education
  • In-App Purchases: Yes

Perfect for children learning to read, Endless Alphabet is an interactive, educational app designed to teach the alphabet with corresponding words. Children put words together using the talking letters, as the letters make corresponding sounds to help children correlate the phonics of the alphabet. When the word is completed, they are greeted with a fun animation showing the meaning of the word. The free version features seven words to start, with 100 more words available through a one-time in-app purchase.

8. 'Endless Reader'

The sequel to Endless Alphabet, Endless Reader is designed for early readers. The game teaches words and sentences commonly used in schools and known as "sight words." Children can play with the interactive word and sentence puzzles, which then become animated as they complete the challenge. The word puzzles help with spelling and the sentence puzzles define context and usage of each word. The base game is free and includes six starting words to try out, with additional word packs available for purchase within the app.

The games also come in bundles that include the collection apps available: Endless Reading Bundle/Endless School Bundle (iTunes) or Endless Reader: School Edition (Google Play).

9. 'LEGO Juniors Create & Cruise'

  • Price: Free
  • OS: iTunes, Google Play
  • Genre: Entertainment
  • In-App Purchases: No
  • Third Party Ads: No
  • External Links: No

Children can build their own LEGO vehicles in this imaginative game. Base sets are available which can be built as is or children can mix and match for more creativity. Playing the game and cruising with their vehicles unlocks coins, which can be used to acquire more sets. There are multiple levels and models, everything from small cars to big trucks to even helicopters. The game is based off actual LEGO pieces and sets, and the interface is easy and intuitive for children to master.

10. 'Pick A Pair'

  • Price: Free ($1.99 Full Version)
  • OS: iTunes
  • Genre: Education
  • In-App Purchases: Full Version

A basic memory card game, in Pick A Pair children match cards up with the corresponding pairs. There are 50 pairs in all, featuring people, animals, and objects. Four different activities are included: find the missing half out of a set of four cards, match all the pairs, mix and match with colors, and drag halves of cards to each other to create a whole.

11. 'Toca Blocks'

  • Price: $2.99
  • OS: iTunes, Google Play
  • Genre: Education
  • In-App Purchases: No
  • Third Party Ads: No

Toca Blocks is a take on Minecraft, but in a much more friendly and mobile way. Children can create worlds, filling them with whatever their imagination can conjure. The game is filled with different kinds of blocks that can be combined in all sorts of ways to make new blocks. Combining blocks will change their color, pattern, or attributes. Over 60 items are available to build with and children can import others' worlds into their own game. The possibilities are endless and their imagination can run wild as they build in their world.

12. 'YouTube Kids'

  • Price: Free
  • OS: iTunes, Google Play
  • Genre: Entertainment
  • In-App Purchases: No
  • Third Party Ads: Yes
  • External Links: No

Now you can let your child use YouTube without having to worry about what they might come across. YouTube Kids is a child-friendly version of YouTube with pared down controls and permissions.

There are four categories:

  • Shows
  • Music
  • Learning
  • Explore

Settings can be configured behind a parental lock, along with search restrictions and a timer to control viewing time. If, for come reason, an inappropriate video makes it past the filters, you can easily take care of it with a quick report.

Found any other games for kids aged 4-6? Let us know in the comments below!

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