Planes, Trains and Automobiles: Awesome Apps for the Transportation-Loving Little Ones

Top 10 Apps for Kids Who Like Transportation

Here are our picks for Planes, Trains and Automobiles: Awesome Apps for the Transportation-Loving Little Ones!  Our roundup of some of the best transportation-themed apps for kids!  This category has so many great apps, but I have limited to ten of my favorites!

Toca Train

Toca Train was my son’s first experience with a Toca Boca app, and still one of his favorites, though we now have purchased the majority of apps they offer!  He was 2 years old when he first played Toca Train, and is now four years old – the Toca Boca apps are perfect for preschool age children.  With Toca Train, kids will take over as train conductor in a fun steam train simulator experience.  The controls are very intuitive and there are no written instructions, kids will simply pull the levers, push the buttons and explore all on their own and make the train smoke, whistle, spark and change speeds.  There are lots of characters to load and unload, as well as cargo to pick up and deliver.  The app features wonderful scenery and 6 stations along the way, and little ones can change the camera angle by swiping and pinching as they chug along.  If you would like to share a fun-filled train experience with your little one, be sure to check out Toca Train!

Dr. Panda’s Bus Driver

The Dr. Panda apps are another great collection of educational apps for preschoolers. With Dr. Panda’s Bus Driver, kids will take the wheel and drive the bus around the city, picking up cute animal passengers and taking them where they want to go. The app features very simple, intuitive controls. I love how the world is randomly generated so there is always a brand new world to discover as you drive along, and the graphics are amazing…little ones will drive past craggy mountains, rushing waterfalls and flower-filled fields. As kids drive there are lots of real-life traffic situations, like railroad crossings, tunnels, and even drawbridges! There are fun activities besides driving as well, such as: painting and customizing your bus, filling up the gas, going through the car wash and more. If you would like to introduce your child to the great apps that Dr. Panda has to offer, maybe start with this one!

LEGO Juniors Create & Cruise

The LEGO Juniors Create & Cruise app is a great app that allows children to use their imagination to create their very own LEGO vehicles and minifigures. With LEGO Juniors Create & Cruise, kids can follow the instructions (very simple) to build vehicles and then cruise for coins. As kids earn coins, they will unlock virtual LEGO sets that can be built with a few easy touches on the screen…which will become part of the game’s 3D scenery for their next drive. The app features bright, cheery graphics and animations, as well as a fun soundtrack. My four year old son loves this app and can easily build the vehicles using the intuitive controls. I love how the app is great for encouraging imaginative play, too. If you would like to share a fun LEGO themed app with your child, be sure to check out LEGO Juniors Create & Cruise!

Toca Cars

The Toca Cars app is a great app for little ones that like things that go!  With Toca Cars, kids can cruise around anywhere they want to go, even through big puddles of ice cream.  There is an editor mode where kids can arrange their own jumps, races, trees, animals, houses and more.  Little ones will love the “no rules” aspect to driving, and can choose from two fearless drivers.  There is a fun “crash and restore” mode, if your little one knocks something over while driving, just hit the restore button and do it all over again!  If you would like to share a fun, creative driving app with your child, be sure to check out Toca Cars!

Dr. Panda’s Airport

The Dr. Panda’s Airport app is a great app for any little one who loves planes! With Dr. Panda’s Airport, kids can take flight in 10 airport-themed activities, including: stamping passports at customs, making sure luggage gets loaded properly, and even landing planes. The app features bright, cheery graphics and fun animal characters. I love how the controls are simple and intuitive for even the youngest kiddos. This is a great app to share with your child to familiarize them with the process of heading through an airport, from checking in to taking off – perfect for those little ones who may be about to travel for the first time. If you would like to share a fun airport-themed app with your child, be sure to check out Dr. Panda’s Airport!

Labo Car Designer

The Labo Car Designer app is a great creativity app for preschoolers.  With Labo Car Designer, kids get to build and then drive their very own car designs.  There are fun and easy tutorials to follow, or kids can draw in the free play mode.  The app features lots of customization options, including: 10 colors, 14 types of tires, 27 stickers and lights and more.  There are also 25 creativity (templates) tutorials.  Kids can save an unlimited number of vehicles in their garage to choose from and drive anytime!  There are 15 fun-filled roads to explore with all sorts of fun ramps and obstacles along the way, as well as 4 weather modes.  If you would like to share a fun creativity app with your child, be sure to check out Labo Car Designer!

Dr. Panda’s Toy Cars

Dr. Panda’s Toy Cars provides children with a fun mix of exploration and problem solving.  With Dr. Panda’s Toy Cars, little ones can explore two huge cities and drive all sorts of different cars and trucks.  This app is a great way for kids to explore and use their imagination as they drive through the cities and make up their own stories.  There are 8 different vehicles to drive, including a fire truck, a police car, an ambulance and a cargo truck.  Little ones can help complete missions with each car, such as: helping put out a fire with the fire truck, helping catch the robber with the police car, and delivering cargo with the cargo truck – kids will need to take the correct car to each situation, etc. (there are icons to guide them).  If you would like to share a fun car-themed app with your child, be sure to check out Dr. Panda’s Toy Cars!

My First App – Vol. 3 Airport

My First App – Vol. 3 Airport is a great app for the little future pilots of the world.  With My First App – Vol. 3 Airport, little ones can explore and play through all the different areas of an airport.  There are several different games within the app, including: Puzzles – with 4, 6, and 9 pieces, Turning Game – your child has to match two sections of a scene together, once complete a fun animation happens, Pinball Game – pinballs can be dragged and dropped, or pinballs can be rolled into holes, and a Spot the Difference Game – kids will figure out what is different between two scenes.  This app is great for helping children with their spatial awareness, problem solving, and visual motor skills.  If you would like to share a fun plane-themed app with your little one, be sure to check out My First App – Vol. 3 Airport!

My Little Work – Garage

The My Little Work – Garage app is an excellent children’s app and one of my four year old son’s favorites! With My Little Work – Garage, kids can take over as mechanic and run their very own shop. Kids will run the garage and help all sorts of customers get their cars serviced and repaired. There are lots of little jobs to be done, including: putting on new tires, fueling up, performing an oil change, washing the cars, adding a new custom paint job, or even just adding some cool new accessories! As kids perform jobs, they will earn money to buy new parts for their own dream racing car which they can race together with up to 4 players on the device! If you are looking for a fun “fix-it” app for your child, be sure to check out My Little Work – Garage!


ABC Go is a great app brought to you by Peapod Labs, the developer of the award-winning Little Explorers ABC Series.  With ABC Go, little ones can learn new words through sight, sound & touch.  Kids will explore the world of trucks, trains, cars and all sorts of vehicles through beautiful pictures, lively videos, and interactive scenes!  This app features over 60 interactive scenes with touch activities, as well as over 100 videos that let children see and hear real-life vehicles.  The app is easy to navigate, as kids can simply tap letters and letters link to words of different vehicles.  If you would like to share the world of vehicles and things that go with your child, be sure to check out ABC Go!


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