The 13 Best iPad Games for Kids

Kid-Friendly and Family-Safe iPad Games

The iPad can be the ultimate family entertainment system with tons of games and entertaining apps that are perfect for kids of various ages. Every game on the iPad has an age-based rating, so you can tell if a game is right for your child. And because most games cost between $.99 and $1.99, with even the "expensive" games rarely going for over $5, you don't have to break into your kid's piggy bank to pay for their entertainment.

Note: It is recommended to turn off in-app purchases before installing any iPad games for your kids. Some games can seem like a great deal until you get that iTunes bill with all of the in-app purchases, so it's usually best to be safe and turn them off. If you're looking for virtual reality games, this is a great list.

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Angry Birds Star Wars 2
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There's no reason to start the list with a surprise. Angry Birds has become a phenomenon unto itself do to the ease of its accessibility and addicting gameplay that will keep your puzzle skills churning. And when you add in Star Wars, this one is a no-brainer.  If there's a must-have game on this list, it is this one. If you want to try before you buy, you can download a free version of the original Angry Birds. More »

Candy Crush on an Ipad
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Candy Crush has taken on a life of its own since its release--its fun for kids and addictive for adults. It mixes the classic connect the matching symbols gameplay with everyone's favorite past time: eating candy. This is another game that can be good for toddlers because just tapping around on the screen will result in a lot of graphical fun. Older kids will enjoy the puzzles presented, and even adults will find it addicting.

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The endless runner game has exploded since Temple Rush hit the app store, and while many of the knock offs are just Temple Rush with new graphics or a new theme, Despicable Me: Minion Rush adds fun new gameplay mechanics and includes the humorous charm of those cute little minions. Kids will enjoy this game that is quick to play and fun to compete for the highest score.

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Fruit Ninja Logo
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Very few games have as many customer reviews as Fruit Ninja HD (nearing 10,000 now) and still stayed above 4 stars, and there is a reason why so few people find themselves disappointed with their purchase. Fruit Ninja is good, old-fashioned slicing and dicing fun with a simple concept and yet enough challenge to keep you swiping. The goal: slice as much fruit as you can without slicing through a bomb and blowing your virtual finger off. And if you like to try before you buy, there's a lite version available. More »

Where's My Water Logo
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If cleanliness is next to godliness, Swampy is going to make one fun little deity. Rather than slinging birds at boards and stones, Where's My Water concentrates on teaching your kid the valuable lesson of keeping clean by helping out Swampy the alligator stay clean despite the actions of Cranky, the antagonist of this story. Where's My Water? is one of the best games for kids on the iPad, and like some of the other top games, it also has a free version to try out. More »

Cut the Rope

Cut the Rope Screenshot
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Om Nom loves his candy, but he needs a little help getting it. Cut the Rope is a physics puzzle game where you use ropes to move the piece of candy by having it swing across the screen and fall into Om Nom's mouth. Fortunately, it's not as simple as it sounds, forcing you to think about how to get past the various obstacles standing between Om Nom and his candy. A free version is available to check out as well.

Lego Harry Potter Years 1-4
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The list of movies converted into video games that turned out to be duds could stretch around the world a few times, but if there's an exception to this trend, it is the Lego series of games. Lego Harry Potter is the perfect game for anyone who ever wanted to join the school at Hogwarts as a child prodigy. This iPad game is better for older kids approaching their tweens. More Great LEGO Games... More »

This list of kid-friendly games is about having fun, not learning something new. There are plenty of educational apps on the App Store for engaging a child's mind. But when you can intersect having fun with learning, it definitely deserves a mention on this list.  

Slice Fractions manages to capture fun inside of a game that's all about learning fractions. This makes it ideal for kids who are ready to move beyond whole numbers and conquer the idea of division.   More »

Paper Toss Video Game
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Paper Toss sounds more like a game you'd play when stuck without your iPad, but the transition to the touch screen can be highly addictive. It's also quick, easy fun that you can enjoy with you kid, competing to see how many wadded up pieces of paper can make it into the trash can in a row. But don't think it's easy. Even on Cubicle mode, judging the speed of the fans perfectly each time can be a challenge. More »

Bubble Ball iPad App
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What do you get when you have an addicting physics-based puzzle game made by a kid rather than just for kids? You get Bubble Ball. Developed by 14-year-old Robert Nay, Bubble Ball enjoyed a million downloads in its first two weeks on the app store. And while it doesn't have the fun graphics found in other titles like Cut the Rope and Fruit Ninja, it does contain addictive play that will please puzzle lovers aged 4 to 94. More »

Would a list of the iPad games for kids be complete without a matching game? Whether you do it with playing cards spread out on a table or cute animals aligned on a tablet computer, there's just something about matching up pictures that can delight the little ones. And it's great to have an iPad game that a two or three-year-old can enjoy rather than having the iPad monopolized by the older kids. More »

The Game of Life iPad
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The Game of Life has long been a kid favorite, but it's pretty easy to lose the pieces, especially those blue and pink pegs. No worries about losing game pieces with the iPad version. And with neat graphics thrown into the mix, this classic board game takes on a new life on the iPad.  

If you've never played Life, kids take turns moving about the board, first graduating from school, then getting married, getting a job and finally having kids. At the end of the game, the score is calculated by who has the best job and most kids.  

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Drawing Pad App
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Last on the list is a game that's not a game. Drawing Pad is simply a vehicle for an activity that all kids enjoy: drawing and using their imagination. And not only can your kid use the virtual crayons in Drawing Pad, they can also save their work and even share it via Email, Twitter or Facebook. Who says Facebook can't be like a refrigerator door? More »