Just because you may not have an iPhone doesn’t mean that there aren’t lots of great games available for your kids on your smart phone. The Android market features an ever expanding selection of children’s games with the low, low price tag of…free! Whether your kids are in elementary school and seeking a game of strategy, or you have toddlers in the house prepping for Kindergarten, there is sure to be a free Android game to meet your needs. Let’s take a look at a few of the more popular free game apps in the Android marketplace.
Bebbled requires users to keep a little strategy in mind as they work to connect three like-colored bubbles, which causes them to pop, and eventually clear each level by popping all of the bubbles. Other reviewers have given this game high marks for its visuals and addictive qualities. Easier levels are appropriate for children in the early elementary school years, however as the game progresses, the bubble placement and required strategy thinking may require the assistance of an older sibling or some parental help. This game is a fun way to stay entertained and put brains to work thinking one or two steps ahead.
A similar iPhone app is one of my nephew’s all time favorite games and the Android version offers just as much simple entertainment for children and adults alike. The concept is simple: users are given a crumpled piece of paper and must toss it into a trash can by swiping their finger across the screen. A fan in the area creates wind gusts in certain directions and in order to be successful the player must adjust their swipe to compensate for the wind direction and speed. Different levels allow new locations to be chosen while the distance to the can and wind speed provide more challenge. Kids can be entertained for hours while trying to beat their own high scores!
Kids Musical Balloons
Very few children aren’t mesmerized by anything that makes a noise. Kids Musical Balloons helps kids create musical masterpieces by touching, and consequently popping, balloons to create recognizable tunes. Besides balloons, this Android app features a miniature keyboard that allows kids to tickle the virtual ivories on their quest to become the next Mozart.
Kids Shape Puzzle Lite
As a lite version of Kids Shape Puzzle, this Android game contains twenty puzzles that children are challenged to complete. Individual pieces are slid into place by dragging them across the screen with a finger to the correct position. As pieces are correctly placed, an image begins to appear, just as with a hard copy puzzle on the kitchen table! I would say this app is appropriate for children approximately 2 to 7 years of age and will help build motor skills along with the ability to recognize how shapes match up.
Match N Fun Animals
Kids can use this Android game to help refine their animal and color recognition skills. To clear each level, children must properly put together an animal and associate it with the right color. Great graphics and easy functions make this game a great choice for toddlers and early learners who are ready to test their color knowledge and ability to recognize like items.