No matter if you’re looking for an app to keep your child distracted, or something to boost their skills, there is a lot to choose from in Google’s Play Store. Below, we’ve rounded up five of our favourite kid-friendly apps that are suitable for a range of ages.

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Peekaboo Barn

R21.54

What sound does a cow make? How about a llama? Peekaboo Barn is a simple, colourful and educational game to teach younger children key cognitive skills and literary, such as the names and sounds of farm animals. A bright red barn bounces up and down and all your child needs to do is tap the screen to see what is inside. It’s both surprising and distracting, which makes it perfect for busy babies.

 “Knock, knock… PIG!
Rating: 4 Stars 

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Animal Puzzles for Toddlers

R29.50 (there is a Lite version)

Puzzles are great… that’s until a piece gets lost or broken. This virtual collection of animal puzzles comprises of 30 sweet designs (fish tanks, cats and dogs) all of which range in difficulty and work using the touchscreen. They’re also designed on a cork background, so each puzzle looks real. And once the puzzle is complete, celebratory balloons (that your child can pop!) fill the screen.

 “Colourful and challenging
 Rating: 4.5 Stars 

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Itsy Bitsy Spider

R21.33

Most parents will tell you that the Duck Duck Moose series of apps are brilliant, and this Itsy Bitsy Spider interactive musical book is no exception. There’s something new to do on every page of the story, from touching clouds to make rain come down, to turning a caterpillar into a butterfly. It’s educational, but designed in such a way that it will captivate your child quickly.

 “An interactive storybook
 Rating: 5 Stars 

DottoDotDot to Dot

R14.33 (there is a Lite version)

Connecting the dots is a lot of fun for kids. This digital version (by Moonlogics OU) will help children to recognise and pronounce numbers, letters and simple words. For less than R15, you get over 100 interactive pictures. What’s nice is that every number and letter is pronounced, to help improve recognition skills. And after completing the dots, a lovely colourful picture will show up.

 “Connect and learn
 Rating: 3.5 Stars 

ShinguZooMr Shingu’s Paper Zoo

R35.92

Folding paper into shapes (known as origami) is a fun and inexpensive activity for kids. Now imagine if the creatures you folded came to life? With clear video instructions, Mr Shingu’s Paper Zoo will teach children of all ages how to create a variety of animals from pandas to giraffes, hippos and lions. And once they’re folded and coloured in on screen, you can feed and play with your creations in a very cute origami zoo.

 “An app parents will love
 Rating: 5 Stars 
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