If you have young boys in your household, then you know that they have a style all their own. Here’s a great list of free apps that boys from preschool through early elementary grades will absolutely love!
Racing & Driving Apps
Kids Car Racers
Adam Berent – Free with ads
With controls designed to be intuitive for kids as young as 18 months, this app will get your little guy racing like the big kids. Racers can go for speed or they can “bump” other cars and obstacles, which can be fun in and of itself. With 18 car types and 5 environments, there’s no shortage of fun.
Slightly older guys will enjoy the point system and work to grab that high score. This game has something for every racer, and it will entertain the young men for hours.
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Kids Racing Islands, Race for Kids
Azul Multimedia – Free with in-app purchases
Race karts using the device as the steering wheel. Guys will have a great time tearing around the island in toy cars. Best of all, there are realistic crash sounds, skid marks, and tire smoke-all the things that make racing worthwhile!
As you race, you can earn coins to use for improving your ride. This will make it even more satisfying to cross the finish line in record time.Google Play
Beach Buggy Racing
Vector Unit – Free with in-app purchases
Options are the name of the game in this off-road kart-racing app. Customize the cars, and roll off in anything from a monster truck to a lunar rover. The game offers 25 power-ups and 15 different tracks with a whole range of obstacles, including dinosaurs and lava.
The app has options to modify the way you control the cars, too, making it ideal for young men who need to tilt the entire device or use a touchscreen.Google Play iTunes
3D Snow Ice Cream Kids Truck Traffic Driving
Innovative Soft – Free
Is racing on a track getting a bit boring and humdrum? Boys can try their hand at careening through traffic as they hurry the ice cream truck to its hungry customers.
Kids have even more control with the zoom in-zoom out camera, adding to the sensory fun. And players can collect coins along the way, which is always a plus.iTunes
Dinosaur & Monster Apps
Dinosaur Games – Jurassic Dino Simulator for Kids
Yateland – Free with in-app purchases
Preschool boys and up will enjoy these 12 mini-games themed around dinosaurs. All are adaptive, meaning that they will adjust the level of difficulty to your guy’s abilities so things don’t get too frustrating.
Kids can play a memory game, excavate dinosaur fossils, bring a baby pterodactyl to life and more as they play. There’s even a whack-a-mole-like game where you get to bop dinos! What could be more fun than that?iTunes
Dinosaurs for Toddlers
romeLab – Free with in-app purchase
This app combines dinosaur fun with learning and a virtual coloring book. Kids can find out about their favorite dinosaurs. They can also color right on the screen.
This museum at your fingertips will provide hours of learning and fun for boys who love dinosaurs. They can easily choose which of the big guys to explore and color.Google Play
Kids Dinosaur Puzzle Games: Toddlers Free Puzzles
Gennadii Zakharov – Free
Little boys will adore this collection of dinosaur jigsaw puzzles designed just for them! The simple shape puzzles will promote logical thinking and matching skills. The dinosaurs will capture the imagination!
This app features brightly-colored and simply-drawn dinosaur pictures. There are even sound effects that will tickle your boy to pieces.iTunes
Highlights Monster Day
Highlights for Children, Inc. – Free with in-app purchases
These monsters aren’t so very monstrous – they will help your young guy develop kindness, compassion, and several other positive traits. The app also builds skills with daily routines, self-confidence, and many other important things.
Help the monsters through the school day, a visit to a farm, and more. The familiar environments will only add to the fun.Google Play iTunes
More Fun for Boys
Lego Duplo Train
Lego System A/S – Free
Build the tracks and bridges, load the cargo, and drive the train in this hands-on app from Lego Systems. Your young man will love this virtual train set that mimics the Duplo First Train.
Preschoolers will develop thinking and planning skills as they navigate the train around obstacles and work their way around the virtual world. It’s also great for helping young minds grasp shapes, colors, and other important concepts.Google Play iTunes
Transformers Rescue Bots: Hero
Budge Studios – Free with in-app purchases
Young guys will love taking each of 4 rescue bots on five missions through fires and floods. Everyone loves to be a hero! The app encourages teamwork and other positive values.
This app will appeal to the imaginative guys as they save the day again and again, just like the Transformers in the movies and on TV. And what kid doesn’t love Transformers??Google Play iTunes
Trucks-By Duck Duck Moose
Duck Duck Moose LLC – Free with in-app purchases
Do all the big-boy things with the trucks in this app-take them to the car wash, put on a parade, use the big machines like dump trucks, and take out the garbage. The app is designed for little fingers, with intuitive, colorful controls.
Each of the games teaches some important concepts, too. Kids will do sorting, sequencing, and problem-solving, to name a few.Google Play iTunes
The Cat in the Hat Builds That
PBS Kids – Free
Introduce your inquisitive boy to engineering concepts in this great app from PBS Kids! Build bridges, explore friction, and much, much more in this free app that’s designed to push limits of curiosity.
Young engineers also earn rewards to decorate their tree houses. There are mini-games to unlock, too. Budding engineers will find tons of fun with this app that offers hours of constructive play.Google Play iTunes