I’m often amazed at the way that kids pick up technology and my 2 year old already understands the principles of using an iPad or tablet. However, it can be hard to find apps for under 5 year olds that are suitable for their age and stage. Here is a collection of apps for under 5 year olds that they can enjoy without you having to worry about inappropriate content.


Gigglebug is a new type of app for iPad that lets kids play and laugh together with friends. The game for kids based on the simple idea that laughter is contagious.

Apple – https://itunes.apple.com/nz/app/gigglebug/id643693732?mt=8 (free)



Sago Mini Music Box

Apps for under 5 year olds

Play a song for your furry friends as you go on a musical adventure. This adorable touch-anywhere app is perfect for toddlers. Every tap fills the world with art and music.

Apple – https://itunes.apple.com/nz/app/sago-mini-music-box/id734464274?mt=8 (NZ$3.79)

Windows – http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-us/app/sago-mini-fairy-tales/939cc556-ff61-4a49-b943-14f3e5b804a0 (currently free)

Endless Wordplay

Apps for under 5 year oldsEndless Wordplay sets the stage for spelling, word building, and wonderful rhymes! This app introduces key spelling patterns and phonograms that are important for beginning spellers and early writers.

Apple – https://itunes.apple.com/nz/app/endless-wordplay/id727871636?mt=8 (free)



Apps for under 5 year oldsDRAWNIMAL helps kids to learn the alphabet and learn to draw. It lets kids expand their iPad by using simple tools like pen and paper. DRAWNIMAL motivates kids to draw around the device and encourages them to think outside of the box.

Apple – https://itunes.apple.com/nz/app/drawnimal-by-yatatoy/id586239095?mt=8 ($2.99)

We’d also love to hear your thoughts about apps for under 5 year olds. What apps do your kids love? Do let us know in the comments below!

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Rochelle is mum to three gorgeous daughters. She wishes she had more time to garden and read the newspaper in peace!

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