Seven best apps for grandchildren

Lynn Wright / 02 March 2016

We round up seven of the best fun and educational iPhone and Android mobile phone and tablet apps that will keep your young grandchildren amused.

Children of all ages love to play on smartphones, iPads and other tablets – and are surprisingly clued-up at knowing how to use the latest technology. 

While too much screen time is best avoided, these entertaining and educational apps for iPhone, iPads and Android tablets and smartphones will allow you to join in the fun with your grandchildren.

1. BBC CBeebies Storytime

Free, iOS and Android

Encourage your grandchildren’s love of reading with this delightful storybook app from CBeebies. 

It’s filled with 12 interactive stories featuring much-loved CBeebies characters, including Topsy and Tim, Peter Rabbit, Mr Tumble and Charlie and Lola. 

Once you’ve finished a story, you can download new ones for free using the app’s library feature.

BBC CBeebies Storytime app

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2. LEGO Duplo Train

Free, iOS and Android

This beautifully animated app lets toddlers build and drive a toy train around a colourful landscape. 

Taking the role of the conductor, they can choose wagons, build bridges, refuel and lay new tracks around rocks. 

There are simple games to play and charming details, such as animated animals and plants that make sounds when tapped.

LEGO Duplo Train app

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3. Abc PocketPhonics: letter sounds & writing + first words

£4.99 iOS

Help your grandchild master letter sounds and write their first words with this popular educational app that uses the same teaching methods as UK primary schools. 

It helps children learn to recognize letters, listen to letter sounds, form letters by tracing them with their finger, and use the letter sounds to build words. 

Abc PocketPhonics: letter sounds & writing + first words

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4. Squeebles Times Tables 2

£2.99 iOS; £2.49 Android

Ideal for children aged five to 11, Squeebles Times Tables 2 makes the dull chore of practising times tables interactive and fun. 

By answering times tables questions, children help rescue the cute Squeebles characters from the clutches of the nasty Maths Monster, earning rewards along the way. 

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5. Makies Fashion

Free iOS; £1.99 Android

Perfect for budding fashion designers, this fun dress-up app lets children to create a virtual Makie doll, dress her in clothes they’ve created and then shoot fun fashion photos as she struts down the catwalk. 

Full of beautiful graphics, the app encourages children’s creativity to mix and match patterns, clothes, accessories and hair to produce original creations.

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6. Toca Builders

£2.49 iOS and Android; £2.29 Windows

Toca Builders is a creative Lego-like construction app that’s ideal for kids aged five and older. 

With the help of six different builder characters, children can create their own worlds from scratch using colourful blocks. 

You can save your worlds so that you can continue building the next time you play and take photos to share with others.

Toca Builders app

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7. Doodle Buddy

Free iOS, Android and Windows

Perfect for kids of all ages, Doodle Buddy lets you draw and doodle with your fingers, just like finger painting. 

It comes with loads of colourful backgrounds to doodle on and fun stamps so kids can unleash their inner Picasso. 

You can share drawings by email or save them to your photo album. 

An ad-free version costs 79p.

Doodle Buddy app

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