Favorite Kindle Fire apps for kids ages 1 to 5

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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 tablet to get you through take off and landing.

Screen time can lead to parental guilt though, and although everyone should use screen time in moderation, a lot can also be learned from a young age from apps you can download onto your device.

My boys and I have been playing on my Kindle Fire since they very first came out. We’ve seen games come and go, and we have tested more than our fair share of Kindle Fire apps. Most of the goofy games we get are free, but I do like to pick up the higher quality educational apps every now and then, or upgrade to the full version.

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 Kindle Fire can host Android apps. If you have an android phone, check the Amazon.com app store to see if you can also download the same games your kids steal your phone to play and put them on your tablet.

Must-haves 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. 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. 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 TimeParents- if you have a tech-loving kid you need to become familiar with this app. You can set up profiles for each of your children to give them access to specific things on your tablet. Hide the movies and apps you don’t want them to see, while giving them the freedom to pick their own games. Hand them your Kindle with Free Time already activated and they won’t be able to access your content unless you enter a password.

Kindle Fire Apps

Educational

Dr. Panda’s Airport. This 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.
Created by: TribePlay
Other games in series: Dr. Panda’s Home, Dr. Panda’s Veggie Patch, Dr. Panda’s Toy Cars, and more.
Price: $1.99
Available: Kindle Fire

Pepi Bath. Your child can choose a boy or a girl character to take 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
Price:
$1.99
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)
Price: $1.99
Available: Kindle Fire, iPhone

Monkey Preschool Lunchbox. I first got this on my iPhone, but when it came out on the Kindle Fire 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 and Monkey MathSchool
Price: $1.99
Available: Kindle Fire, iPhone

Trains, Planes and Sea Vehicles- Puzzles for toddlers. If your little one loves puzzles this 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
Price: Free (additional puzzles available for a price)
Available: Kindle Fire

Shape Builder – Learning Puzzle Game. This 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
Price: $0.99 (Free version is available)
Available: Kindle Fire

Little Piano (Pro). Although this 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
Price: $1.19 (free version available)
Available: Kindle Fire

Kindle Fire Apps

Video Games for the Rated G crowd

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 and what they see other kids playing.

Angry Birds. I have a love/hate relationship with Angry Birds. I only allow my boys to play the games in this series when we are on a plane. 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
Price: $0.99, but free versions are available
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
Price: Free
Available: Kindle Fire

Where’s My Perry. We’ve got a Phineas and Ferb addiction in my house. The boys love it. I love 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
Price: Free (full version $2.99)
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
Price: Free ($1.99 full version)
Available: Kindle Fire

Mindcraft- Pocket Edition. Kids love Mindcraft? Yeah, mine thinks he does too. Although my boys aren’t ready to take on the world of Mindcraft, no matter how much they want to, this is an easy version to take on the road with you when you feel like your kids are old enough. As any parent will tell you, this is the game kids are playing now, 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
Price: $6.99
Available: Kindle Fire

What’s your favorite app for your kids? 

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Keryn Means
Keryn is the founder and editor-in-chief of Walking on Travels, an award-winning site that gives hope to today’s active parents who don’t want to stop their lives; they simply bring their kids along for the ride. Keryn utilizes her project management background, along with a masters degree in journalism and an undergrad degree in photography to the team to create dynamic content and a vision that keeps up with the latest technology and trends. You can find Keryn dragging her 2 boys around the DC area most days and across the globe several times a year. Follow along on their adventures on Instagram and Pinterest.
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  • 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. 🙂

    • 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.

  • Amanda

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

    • Keryn Means

      Amanda that is my favorite book too!

  • 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…

  • Mary

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

  • 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

    • Keryn Means

      Ahhhhh! Penny I am so excited for you!

  • Robin

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

    • Keryn Means

      Robin I will definitely be checking that one out!

  • Karen Dawkins

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

    • 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.

  • Jenny.U

    Non fiction

  • Erin

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

    • 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 🙂

  • 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.

    • Keryn Means

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

  • 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.

    Visit http://www.theeducationaltourist.com for tips on traveling with the kids and activity guides for destinations like cities and museums.