Ho Ho Ho. Get the kids ready for the holiday season
We Reviewed Hundreds Of The Best Christmas Apps For Kids So You Don’t Have To. Here Are Our Top Picks.
What better way to celebrate the festive season than to load up on some Christmas and holiday apps. Our resident moms have gone through the App Store and found the ultimate list of apps for this holiday season.
Grab some seasonal fun apps to help the kids get all excited for Christmas (and channel some of that enthusiasm once they have found it!). Seasonal apps are great for those long car trips to visit over the holidays, and for unexpected wait times. Check out these offerings to help make the holidays even more festive.
Video Call Santa
Any child of Santa-believing age will love to video chat with the jolly fellow this holiday season. This app allows you to arrange video calls where Santa calls children by name, asks what they want for Christmas, and even will “discuss” their behavior with them. It produces a shareable video of the conversation, so you can listen in later to get the low-down on their gift list or share with family members, too.
The app is free to download and use. In-app purchases allow you to increase the level of personalization and also offer 38 different “episodes” so your child can make multiple calls. Some are even specifically set up for Santa to comment on homework habits and other common behavior points. The in-app purchase options include premium content for $1.99 and personalizations for a wide array of children’s names (over 6,000 at last count) at ninety-nine cents each.
Color Santa: Christmas Coloring Book Pages Fun Kids
This app stands out among all of the Christmas coloring apps for a few reasons. Users get to choose colors, and they can also choose the “media” they’d like to use. The app can mimic fingerpaint and water color as well as standard coloring. It’s also got a great system for choosing the exact shade wanted, and for mixing colors, so children can learn a lot about art in general.
Best of all, the app is completely free to use! It includes multiple pictures and will keep your young artist occupied for hours. Developers remind everyone that coloring can be quite therapeutic, a stress reliever and a very portable hobby. Why not consider this app for some of those car rides to visit distant relatives?
Looking for a bit more excitement for your holiday entertainment? Try this gingerbread-themed running game. The elusive Gingerbread Man is at it again, escaping down the road, flipping, running, jumping, and dancing away. Help him escape from one peril to the next, and earn points along the way. You can even unlock additional characters!
This app is free on the App Store, though it does offer in-app purchases. $4.99 will remove the advertisements, and other goodies are available for purchases ranging between $1.99 and $29.99. Unlock all the characters and everything else for a one-time purchase of $49.99.
This free app offers 40 different pictures with choices about size and complexity of each puzzle. It’s perfect for young children who are just learning how to do jigsaw puzzles. Remember, puzzles like these build all sorts of critical academic skills, including seeing parts and wholes, matching, and more.
This app offers a timer, so players can work to beat their high score on familiar puzzles, which increases the play value. It will post the best times, so everyone can brag! There’s also a unique magnifying glass feature that makes it easy to see the small details in the picture to help with the puzzle. The app is designed for children ages 4 to 8 years.
Here’s a fun app that will keep the kids occupied for hours in the run-up to the holidays and afterwards, too! They must go on a virtual scavenger hunt through scenes from Christmas, like Santa’s Workshop, and find hidden tree decorations. Once they have found what they are looking for, they can use their loot to decorate a tree. It’s possible to color-coordinate it, even changing the color of the tree itself. If your child is like most, the more garish, the better!
There are loads of possibilities, with literally boxes and boxes of ornaments to collect. It’s all the fun of a scavenger hunt combined with the sheer joy of a tree with endless decorations to collect and arrange. And best of all, this app is completely FREE!
Numbers or letters, this app will help your young child learn to color by symbol. Easily switch between the two, as well. The app gently guides kids into using the correct color and learning about the letter or number used as a guide. The app even has a mode where kids can color by shape or pictograph!
One unique feature in this app is the ability to change the preset colors for given numbers. The process is simple, and will allow you to personalize the artwork with your favorite color scheme. You can unlock all of the pictures with an in-app purchase of $2.99.
Here’s a fabulous match 3 game that the whole family will love! Match 3 holiday symbols and work your way through the boards. You can earn power ups and other bonuses. It’s relaxing fun with absolutely no pressure. Plus, it includes over 2400 levels, so there is tons of content.
Additional levels and other goodies are available for purchase, as well, with prices ranging from $1.99 to $49.99.
Here’s another match – 3 game that will tickle the fancy of the younger crowd. It’s themed around Christmas cookies! Click, tap, swipe, and clear the board by combining cookies to make amazing new flavors. There are the usual power-ups and bonuses, so your younger child will feel just like he or she is playing like the older siblings and adults.
Kids will adore melting snowmen, opening gift boxes, and more as they help Santa get ready for a big holiday event. There are over 2,000 levels and many, many ways to power up. There are in-app purchase options for in-game currency ranging from ninety-nine cents to $29.99, but these are optional.
This wonderful app combines the fun of drawing with the satisfaction of brightness. Kids can use glittering, neon colors on a black background to draw an array of seasonal drawings. The app shows them exactly how to create the figures, with step-by-step instructions.
Kids will love making their own versions of Santa, reindeer, holiday trees, stockings, presents and more. In-app purchases add additional content for $1.99 each.