Ho Ho Ho. Get the kids ready for the holiday season
We Reviewed Hundreds Of The Best Christmas Apps For Kids So You Don’t Have To. Here Are Our Top Picks.
What better way to celebrate the festive season than to load up on some Christmas and holiday apps. Our resident moms have gone through the App Store and found the ultimate list of apps for this holiday season.
Christmas is the time when families gather together – and kids go crazy over toys. But what about the run up to Christmas? There are letters to Santa to write, seasons greetings – and a whole bunch or apps to get the kids excited. Here are just some of them…
Video Call Santa
Any child of Santa-believing age will love to video chat with the jolly fellow this holiday season. This app allows you to arrange video calls where Santa calls children by name, asks what they want for Christmas, and even will “discuss” their behavior with them. It produces a shareable video of the conversation, so you can listen in later to get the low-down on their gift list or share with family members, too.
The app is free to download and use. In-app purchases allow you to increase the level of personalization and also offer 24 different “episodes” so your child can make multiple calls. Some are even specifically set up for Santa to comment on homework habits and other common behavior points. The in-app purchases range from $1.99 to $7.99.
Color Santa: Christmas Coloring Book Pages Fun Kids
This app stands out among all of the Christmas coloring apps for a few reasons. Users get to choose colors, and they can also choose the “media” they’d like to use. The app can mimic fingerpaint and water color as well as standard coloring. It’s also got a great system for choosing the exact shade wanted, and for mixing colors, so children can learn a lot about art in general.
Best of all, the app is completely free to use! It includes multiple pictures and will keep your young artist occupied for hours. Developers remind everyone that coloring can be quite therapeutic, a stress reliever and a very portable hobby. Why not consider this app for some of those car rides to visit distant relatives?
Looking for a bit more excitement for your holiday entertainment? Try this gingerbread-themed running game. The elusive Gingerbread Man is at it again, escaping down the road, flipping, running, jumping, and dancing away. Help him escape from one peril to the next, and earn points along the way. You can even unlock additional characters!
This app is free on the App Store, though it does offer in-app purchases. $4.99 will remove the advertisements, and other goodies are available for purchases ranging between $1.99 and $29.99. Unlock all the characters and everything else for a one-time purchase of $49.99.
This free app offers 40 different pictures with choices about size and complexity of each puzzle. It’s perfect for young children who are just learning how to do jigsaw puzzles. Remember, puzzles like these build all sorts of critical academic skills, including seeing parts and wholes, matching, and more.
This app offers a timer, so players can work to beat their high score on familiar puzzles, which increases the play value. It will post the best times, so everyone can brag! There’s also a unique magnifying glass feature that makes it easy to see the small details in the picture to help with the puzzle.
This app offers 12 free levels of challenging “spot the difference” activities. Just look over the holiday artwork and spot the five differences between the two similar pictures. Sounds easy, right? Not so much! The app will challenge your attention to detail and your visual skills.
The app is free to download and includes the first 12 levels. There are 12 additional levels available via in-app purchase; unlock all the rest for $1.99. And if you get stuck, there is also a hint system.
Numbers or letters, this app will help your young child learn to color by symbol. Easily switch between the two, as well. The app gently guides kids into using the correct color and learning about the letter or number used as a guide. The app even has a mode where kids can color by shape or pictograph!
One unique feature in this app is the ability to change the preset colors for given numbers. The process is simple, and will allow you to personalize the artwork with your favorite color scheme. You can unlock all of the pictures with an in-app purchase of $2.99.
Here’s a fabulous match 3 game that the whole family will love! Match 3 holiday symbols and work your way through the boards. You can earn power ups and other bonuses. It’s relaxing fun with absolutely no pressure. Plus, it includes over 2000 levels, so there is tons of content.
An in-app purchase of $4.99 will remove the advertisements. Additional levels and other goodies are available for purchase, as well, with prices ranging from $1.99 to $39.99.
The Night Before Christmas Presented by 100 Robots
This animated story book is an up-to-date reimagining of the classic Christmas story that your children will love. The ebook offers read-to-myself and read-to-me modes, so it’s perfect for children of all ages. And like all good ebooks, each page holds a wealth of interactive surprises and goodies.
This family-friendly classic is available for free on the App Store and boasts amazing artwork on each and every page. Your children are sure to adopt it as a new family favorite for the holidays.