Fab Frugal Mama’s Picks: Educational Apps for Kids

Summer is in full swing and if you’re like me, your kids have already said “I’m bored” a few times (at least!).

It’s completely unwarranted, of course, because I’ve already booked play dates, registered them for classes and day camps, planned local excursions and topped up the huge stash of craft supplies to keep them busy.

No matter how many fun things there are to do (board games, anyone?), kids will find a way to seem bored. While we do our best to limit screen time and encourage outdoor activities, there are just some instances when playing on the iPad is warranted.

For those moments, I’ve compiled a guilt-free list of educational apps that both you and your kids will love. 


Apps by Toca Boca (Android and iOS) Various prices
All of the apps by Toca Boca encourage open-ended play, and little ones are drawn to the whimsy and curiosity of these games. My kids have played (and love) these two:


‘Endless’ Apps

This suite of beautifully illustrated apps engages young minds, setting the stage for early reading and numeracy.



ABC Preschool Car, Truck and Engine Dot Puzzles (Android and iOS) Free
This app helps little kids learn numbers, letters and increases hand-eye coordination.


Kids Animal Piano (Android and iOS) Free

Get your kids playing music with this app that will keep them entertained with various animal (and other) sounds.


Tiny Firefighters Seek & Find (Android – $1.38* and iOS – $2.49)

With a vintage look and feel, this interactive app lets kids explore the world of firefighters and police. This was one of my son’s favourites; he loved discovering new animations and sounds.


Lego Apps:


For ages 2-5

Lego Duplo Train (Android and iOS)

Lego Duplo Forest (Android and iOS)


For ages 4-7

Lego City My City (Android and iOS)

Lego Juniors Create and Cruise (Android and iOS)

Let’s be honest, sometimes we just need a break. And there are times when kids need to chill out as much as we do.

So the next time they say, “I’m bored”, you’ll be ready!