Best Kindle Fire apps for kids ages 1 to 5

Times have changed. Parents no longer have to hang out in the back seat entertaining their kids for hours at a time during road trips. You don’t need to pack a suitcase of toys and books for a simple plane ride either. All you need is a Kindle Fire Kids Edition tablet to get you through take-off and landing, long road trips, and endless hours of travel.

Kindle Apps for Kids

Everyone should use screen time in moderation, but a lot can also be learned from a young age from apps and games you can download onto your Amazon Fire device.

My boys and I have been playing on my Kindle Fire since it first came out. We’ve seen games come and go. My oldest son has tested more than his fair share of Kindle Fire apps. In fact, I’ve had to add a microSD card to expand storage.

Most of the goofy games we get are free apps. I do like to pick up the higher quality educational apps every now and then, or upgrade to full versions.

TIP: Testing out the free version of an app can save you a lot of cash. Make sure your kid likes the app before you go all in.

The Amazon Fire tablet is an Android tablet. If you have an android phone, check the Amazon.com app store to see if you can download the same games your kids love and put them on your tablet.

If you have an iPhone, have no fear: many companies make their games for both Android and iOS.

Kindle Apps for Kids
Must-haves Kindle Fire apps for parents

Parental Controls

Learn how to set up your parental controls on your Kindle Fire and lock anything you don’t want your kids to do without your consent.

Without thinking, I handed my Kindle to my oldest one day. I was pregnant and desperately needed to lay down. He managed to spend over $30 on TV shows he wanted to watch right away. This was when he was barely three years old.

He had no idea what he was doing. He just kept hitting buttons until it allowed him to see the show he wanted to watch. Mind you, all of this happened while I was right next to him.

I am now the proud owner of Season 1 of Lunar Jim and Super Why.

Not sure how to set up your Parental Controls? Read How to Lock Your Kindle Fire, our step-by-step guide that will get you set up in minutes.

Kindle Free Time

Now that my boys are older, setting time limits has become even more important. If you have a tech-loving kid you need to become familiar with the Kindle Free Time app. You can set up profiles for each of your children to give them access to specific things on your tablet, or even their own Fire 7 tablet (or if you really love them, the Fire HD 10 Kids Edition, which also comes with a kid-proof case). You can also set the time they are allowed to play each game.

If you hand your child a Kindle with Free Time already activated, they won’t be able to access your content unless you enter a password. In fact, you have a totally separate account on the tablet, giving your kids freedom to access what you allow on their own account and login. I even shut off web access so my can’t go wandering. That in-purchase app block sure is handy too for unauthorized purchases made by a 3 year old.

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Kindle Fire Apps

Best Kindle Fire Apps for Kids Ages 0-5

We all love the Kindle Fire Kid apps, but which are the best ones when your children aren’t in school yet? I continue to marvel at the number of educational games coming out for kids under the age of 5. Some are just sounds and pictures, while others are puzzles even a two year old can enjoy. Check these out and let us know what you think.

Educational

Dr. Panda’s Airport 

The Dr. Panda Airport game makes it easy to prepare your children and get them excited for air travel. Go through security, get passengers to their gate and even clean the plane before take off. Let’s just say flying with babies and toddlers is way more joyful after he or she plays this app.

  • Created by: TribePlay
  • Other games in series: Dr. Panda’s Home, Dr. Panda’s Veggie Patch, Dr. Panda’s Toy Cars, and more.
  • Available: Kindle Fire

Pepi Bath

Your child can choose a boy or a girl character when they play Pepi Bath. Help your character through the various tasks that all center around getting clean- taking a bath, washing your clothes, brushing your teeth, and even using the toilet.

  • Other games in series: Pepi Tree (I do not recommend Pepi Doctor. It is a bit intense for smaller children- for instance, giving a shot to an abscessed tooth!)
  • Created by: PepiPlay
  • Available: Kindle Fire, iPhone

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Play at home with Daniel

Let your child take control of their favorite PBS character as they take Daniel Tiger through playtime, bedtime and even bathroom time.

  • Created by: PBS Kids
  • Other games in series: Daniel Tiger’s Day & Night ($2.99)
  • Available: Kindle Fire, iPhone
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Teach Your Monster to Read

Build a monster and teach it how to read- what could be more fun? The Teach Your Monster to Read app brings learning and play into one space filled with fun. Your child will work their way through three games- First Steps, Fun With Words and Champion Reader- that teach everything from matching letters and sounds to enjoying stories together.

  • Created by: Teach Monster Games Ltd
  • Available: Kindle Fire, iPhone

Wild Kratts Rescue Run

Play Wild Kratts Rescue Run as Chris, Martin or Aviva, using different creature powers to rescue animals, solve problems and learn about the South American Rainforest, Australian Outback, and snowy North American forest. Adjust the runner speed depending on your child’s age as they tackle 24 replayable levels containing 3 Villain challenges.

  • Created by: PBS Kids
  • Available: Kindle Fire, iPhone

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Monkey Preschool Lunchbox

I first got this on my iPhone, but when it came out as a Kindle Fire app I knew we had to have it. A silly monkey brings your child through easy drills that teach colors, counting, matching and even gives them small puzzles to put together.

Stickers are awarded after a set number of games, making it even more fun for your child to keep going.

  • Created by: THUP Games
  • Other games in series: Monkey Word School, Monkey Math School, Monkey Preschool Fix-It
  • Available: Kindle Fire, iPhone

Trains, Planes and Sea Vehicles- Puzzles for Toddlers

If your little one loves puzzles then Trains, Planes and Sea Vehicles is a good place to start. Build trains and other vehicles together or let your child figure it out on their own.

The best part? When you complete a puzzle balloons fly up from the bottom and you can pop every single one of them!

  • Created by: Pixel Envision
  • Available: Kindle Fire

Shape Builder – Learning Puzzle Game

Shape Builder is a great beginner puzzle app for kids that are just getting used to playing on a tablet. The vibrant colors make it easy to distinguish between pieces that need to fit within the fun shapes including letters, firemen and more.

  • Created by: Darren Murtha Design
  • Available: Kindle Fire

Little Piano (Pro)

Although Little Piano is not technically a game, it is a portable piano that can distract your kids and give them a bit of musical fun.

Let them choose from eight instruments and twenty songs to learn from through the “Follow Me Play” Guide, or just let your little Beethoven make up a few tunes of his own.

  • Created by: playground
  • Available: Kindle Fire

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RATED G Kindle Fire Kids Apps for Little Kids

If you have kids like mine, then they won’t just want to play educational games all day long. They will want racing games and games that connect to some of their favorite shows (think Pokeman on the Kindle Fire and others that will drive you insane) and of course, whatever other kids playing. It happens a lot younger than you think.

Angry Birds

I have a love/hate relationship with Angry Birds. I only allowed my boys to play the Angry Birds games when we are on a plane when they were little. It is their treat while up in the air.

It does test their hand/eye coordination, and make them think about new ways to get those darn piggies, but it is also addictive. My oldest would play all day if he could.

  • Created by: Rovio
  • Other games in the series: Angry Birds in Space, Star Wars, Rio, Seasons and more
  • Available: Kindle Fire, iPhone

Hot Donut

A donut with a purple cape and red gloves who thinks he is a superhero? What could be more fun?!

Catch fire flies for extra points, jump chasms and fly through the skies on your way to victory. The simple one-touch controls make it easy for smaller kids to feel like their older siblings, without mom worrying about game violence.

  • Created by: GameNUG
  • Available: Kindle Fire

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Where’s My Perry

We’ve got a Phineas and Ferb addiction in our house that is going on 10+ years. The boys love it. I love it. Their dad loves it.

Where’s My Perry brings you into the secret agent world of Perry the Platypus. Guide Perry through tubes to get him to headquarters to hear about his next mission.

These puzzles get harder the farther you go to keep those little brains problem solving as they go. Fifteen puzzles are included in the free version, while 140 puzzles are in the full version.

  • Created by: Disney
  • Other games in the series: Where’s My Water (see below) and Where’s My Valentine
  • Available: Kindle Fire

Where’s My Water

Much like Where’s My Perry, this physics-based game makes your child think about how to get water from one part of the screen down through the tubes that pump water to Swampy the Alligator’s shower. Watch out parents! This is a fun one that will suck you into the action.

  • Created by: Disney
  • Other games in the series: Where’s My Water 2 and Where’s My Valentine
  • Available: Kindle Fire

MinEcraft- Pocket Edition

Dp your kids love Minecraft? Yeah, mine do too. Although my boys weren’t ready for the full version of Minecraft, no matter how much they want to at ages 4 and 5, Minecraft Pocket Edition was an easy version to take on the road when we did feel like they could dip their toes in to play

As any parent will tell you, this is the game kids are playing (and have been for quite some time), and even many adult. The pocket edition can satisfy that craving to play while you are on the road. Just remind your kids (and spouse) to turn it off every now and then.

  • Created by: Mojang
  • Available: Kindle Fire

What’s your favorite Kindle Fire app for your kids? 

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18 thoughts on “Best Kindle Fire apps for kids ages 1 to 5”

  1. Jenna

    My younger son loves that Daniel Tiger one, too. The air travel app looks like a good one for me to get this summer. We have lots of faves which will be showing up on a post all about apps and e-books soon. 🙂

    1. Keryn Means

      Jenna the airport one is a new app for us and the boys are obsessed. There are a bunch of games in the series to keep the boys entertained on our next trip AND there are free versions of a lot of them.

  2. Amanda

    My favorite book to read (season notwithstanding) is Pride & Prejudice – love it!

    1. Keryn Means

      Amanda that is my favorite book too!

  3. Nancy Sathre-Vogel

    Great list of apps! I don’t have small kids any more, so won’t be using them, but I’m sure your list will come in handy for many. I could use a Kindle Fire though…

  4. Mary

    I love the Kindle and can’t wait to win this one:)

  5. penny

    I am entering this because all your ideas would be great for my upcoming GRANDBABY! Yes Keri, you are so old now, one of your babysitees is expecting

    1. Keryn Means

      Ahhhhh! Penny I am so excited for you!

  6. Robin

    We have an iPad, and the Umizoomi app is a favorite of our math loving tots

    1. Keryn Means

      Robin I will definitely be checking that one out!

  7. Karen Dawkins

    My favorite kindle app….. anything that entertains my daughter when I can’t entertain her! 🙂 Currently, it’s a puppy feeding game. 🙂

    1. Keryn Means

      Karen- Ha! I’m with you on that one. We haven’t tried a pupping feeding game. The baby might be into that one. Course he is 2 now, so guess he isn’t much of a baby anymore.

  8. Jenny.U

    Non fiction

  9. Erin

    Great… I was trying to work out what to do with the kids new kindles, thanks!

    1. Keryn Means

      Erin my Kindle is my lifesaver. So glad we were gifted one way back one so our travels could be just one step easier 🙂

  10. Kirsti E.

    My favorite book to read is Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale. Love the prequel too: Austenland, but Midnight in Austenland is now my favorite.

    1. Keryn Means

      Kirsti – I’ve never read them but I definitely have to pick them up this summer. Sounds right up my alley!

  11. Natalie, The Educational Tourist

    What wonderful ideas! Thanks for sharing. You can NEVER have too many ideas for keeping the kids occupied on long trips.

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