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Today I’m excited to be sharing a huge list of the best apps for kids that don’t need wifi or data!

A few years ago, we spent Christmas in Hawaii. I knew that three little boys on a six hour plane flight both to Hawaii and back was going to be a little tough, so I needed to be prepared.

When we took a previous trip to Miami, I brought all of our electronics, but much to my chagrin, without wifi only ONE of our kid apps worked on the plane flight. Mom fail.

I was bound and determined to be much better prepared this time around.

So I asked you wonderful people for your best non-wifi app recommendations, and of course you came through for me.

We downloaded a bunch, and both my kids and I checked them out.

best apps for kids that don't require wifi

(FAVORITE KIDS HEADPHONES LINKED HERE)

Here are the ones that ended up being our favorites (but I’ve included the entire list of your recommendations at the bottom of the post).

YouTube Red [Free trial, then $11.99/mo]. This is a great app that allows you to download youtube content to your phone. Fos is obsessed with Art For Kids Hub videos right now, so I downloaded six or seven of them before our flight so he could draw on the plane. Then I deleted them and downloaded a bunch more for the flight home.

Netflix App [FREE – need a paid account to log in]. If you already have a netflix account, this is a really great app to have for traveling. You can download episodes straight to your phone so you can watch them without streaming.

Stack the States [$2.99] We LOVED this one. It has trivia about the states, and when you get the correct answer, the state falls down onto a platform and you try to stack them up to reach a designated line. Some of the states are not very easy to balance and your stack comes crashing down. I played it too and had a blast.

Tozzle [$3.99]. This a great drag and drop puzzle game for toddlers and little kids. I also love that it automatically has a parental lock.

Tozzle Words [$1.99]. This is a great one for kids learning to spell. It has the same drag and drop system as Tozzle. My only complaint about it is that it doesn’t seem to have any kind of direction that tells you what you’re supposed to do. It gives you a few clues here and there of where you’re supposed to click, but I had a hard time getting the train to go where it was supposed to, and the animals to do what they were supposed to. But it’s still educational and fun.

Quick Math Jr. [FREE] This one is fun for early learners. Simple math and counting, and you earn pieces to build your own monster.

Sudoku [FREE] My almost eight year old is really into Sudoku lately, so I downloaded this app right before we left. My husband actually ended up playing it while the kids were watching a movie, so it’s good for all ages 😉

Duck Duck Moose TRUCKS [FREE] San is obsessed with trucks right now so this was a great app for him. It’s very basic, but you can tap the different trucks and make them splash in the mud and then go through the car wash, pick up the garbage and recycling, or scoop up and dump dirt with a dump truck and digger. He spent a good amount of time on this app during our flights. Duck Duck Moose also has other trucks, cars and vehicle apps that are all free. They’re great for ages 2-4.

Below are all the other apps you shared, but I wanted to share one other quick tip…

Have you heard of Guided Access??

It’s a capability on your iPhone that allows you to lock the phone in a single app, so if your toddler pushes the home button it doesn’t automatically bump them off and cause frustration.

Get to it in your Settings app > General > Accessibility > Guided Access.

You set a passcode so you can unlock it, and then to start Guided Access, triple-click the home button on your phone when you’re in the app. To unlock it, triple-click again and enter your passcode.

This is seriously a mom’s best friend. Turn yours on right now!

[I’m sure Androids have something similar, but I don’t know what it is. If you know, leave a comment and share!]

Your recommendations for best kid apps that don’t require wi-fi

These suggestions range from apps that are good for little toddlers up to preteens!

  1. Toca Boca – they have a ton of different apps for kids from shopping to puzzles to games. Prices vary based on the app. ($2.99-$3.99)
  2. Daniel Tiger ($2.99)
  3. Endless Alphabet ($8.99)
  4. Endless 123 (FREE with in-app purchases available)
  5. Sago Mini Games (FREE with in-app purchases available)
  6. Dr. Panda (FREE with in-app purchases available)
  7. Transformers Rescue Bots: Hero Adventures (FREE with in-app purchases available)
  8. Gardenscapes (FREE with in-app purchases available)
  9. Subway Surfer (FREE with in-app purchases available)
  10. Tinybop: The Human Body ($3.99)
  11. Monument Valley 1 & 2 ($3.99)
  12. Hill Climb Racing (FREE with in-app purchases available)
  13. Duck Duck Moose – they have a lot of different apps (one I mentioned above!) that toddlers will love. Most are free with some in-app purchases.
  14. Ballz  (FREE with in-app purchases available)
  15. Tozzle ($3.99)
  16. Disney Emoji Blitz (FREE with in-app purchases available)
  17. Elmo ABC’s ($3.99)
  18. Cut the Rope (FREE with in-app purchases available)
  19. Build and Play ($2.99)
  20. Peekaboo Barn ($1.99)
  21. PBS Kids Games (FREE)
  22. Skyscraper by TinyBots ($2.99)
  23. Monster at The End of the Book ($4.99)
  24. Pigeon Book ($5.99)
  25. Word Wagon (FREE)
  26. Endless Learning Academy (FREE with in-app purchases available)
  27. My Panda Chef Kitchen (FREE)
  28. Mr. Potato Head ($3.99)
  29. Quick Math ($1.99)
  30. Kids Doodle (FREE)
  31. Starfall ABC’s (FREE)
  32. Where’s My Water? ($1.99)
  33. Crayola Scribble Scrubbie Pets (FREE)
  34. Monkey Preschool Lunchbox ($1.99)
  35. LEGO DUPLO World (FREE)
  36. LEGO DUPLO Connected Trains (FREE)
  37. My PlayHome ($3.99)

And if you have others that didn’t make this list that you want to recommend, feel free to share in the comments!

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The Best Apps for Kids that Don’t Require Wifi

Today I’m excited to be sharing a huge list of the best apps for kids that don’t need wifi or data!

A few years ago, we spent Christmas in Hawaii. I knew that three little boys on a six hour plane flight both to Hawaii and back was going to be a little tough, so I needed to be prepared.

When we took a previous trip to Miami, I brought all of our electronics, but much to my chagrin, without wifi only ONE of our kid apps worked on the plane flight. Mom fail.

I was bound and determined to be much better prepared this time around.

So I asked you wonderful people for your best non-wifi app recommendations, and of course you came through for me.

We downloaded a bunch, and both my kids and I checked them out.

best apps for kids that don't require wifi

(FAVORITE KIDS HEADPHONES LINKED HERE)

Here are the ones that ended up being our favorites (but I’ve included the entire list of your recommendations at the bottom of the post).

YouTube Red [Free trial, then $11.99/mo]. This is a great app that allows you to download youtube content to your phone. Fos is obsessed with Art For Kids Hub videos right now, so I downloaded six or seven of them before our flight so he could draw on the plane. Then I deleted them and downloaded a bunch more for the flight home.

Netflix App [FREE – need a paid account to log in]. If you already have a netflix account, this is a really great app to have for traveling. You can download episodes straight to your phone so you can watch them without streaming.

Stack the States [$2.99] We LOVED this one. It has trivia about the states, and when you get the correct answer, the state falls down onto a platform and you try to stack them up to reach a designated line. Some of the states are not very easy to balance and your stack comes crashing down. I played it too and had a blast.

Tozzle [$3.99]. This a great drag and drop puzzle game for toddlers and little kids. I also love that it automatically has a parental lock.

Tozzle Words [$1.99]. This is a great one for kids learning to spell. It has the same drag and drop system as Tozzle. My only complaint about it is that it doesn’t seem to have any kind of direction that tells you what you’re supposed to do. It gives you a few clues here and there of where you’re supposed to click, but I had a hard time getting the train to go where it was supposed to, and the animals to do what they were supposed to. But it’s still educational and fun.

Quick Math Jr. [FREE] This one is fun for early learners. Simple math and counting, and you earn pieces to build your own monster.

Sudoku [FREE] My almost eight year old is really into Sudoku lately, so I downloaded this app right before we left. My husband actually ended up playing it while the kids were watching a movie, so it’s good for all ages 😉

Duck Duck Moose TRUCKS [FREE] San is obsessed with trucks right now so this was a great app for him. It’s very basic, but you can tap the different trucks and make them splash in the mud and then go through the car wash, pick up the garbage and recycling, or scoop up and dump dirt with a dump truck and digger. He spent a good amount of time on this app during our flights. Duck Duck Moose also has other trucks, cars and vehicle apps that are all free. They’re great for ages 2-4.

Below are all the other apps you shared, but I wanted to share one other quick tip…

Have you heard of Guided Access??

It’s a capability on your iPhone that allows you to lock the phone in a single app, so if your toddler pushes the home button it doesn’t automatically bump them off and cause frustration.

Get to it in your Settings app > General > Accessibility > Guided Access.

You set a passcode so you can unlock it, and then to start Guided Access, triple-click the home button on your phone when you’re in the app. To unlock it, triple-click again and enter your passcode.

This is seriously a mom’s best friend. Turn yours on right now!

[I’m sure Androids have something similar, but I don’t know what it is. If you know, leave a comment and share!]

Your recommendations for best kid apps that don’t require wi-fi

These suggestions range from apps that are good for little toddlers up to preteens!

  1. Toca Boca – they have a ton of different apps for kids from shopping to puzzles to games. Prices vary based on the app. ($2.99-$3.99)
  2. Daniel Tiger ($2.99)
  3. Endless Alphabet ($8.99)
  4. Endless 123 (FREE with in-app purchases available)
  5. Sago Mini Games (FREE with in-app purchases available)
  6. Dr. Panda (FREE with in-app purchases available)
  7. Transformers Rescue Bots: Hero Adventures (FREE with in-app purchases available)
  8. Gardenscapes (FREE with in-app purchases available)
  9. Subway Surfer (FREE with in-app purchases available)
  10. Tinybop: The Human Body ($3.99)
  11. Monument Valley 1 & 2 ($3.99)
  12. Hill Climb Racing (FREE with in-app purchases available)
  13. Duck Duck Moose – they have a lot of different apps (one I mentioned above!) that toddlers will love. Most are free with some in-app purchases.
  14. Ballz  (FREE with in-app purchases available)
  15. Tozzle ($3.99)
  16. Disney Emoji Blitz (FREE with in-app purchases available)
  17. Elmo ABC’s ($3.99)
  18. Cut the Rope (FREE with in-app purchases available)
  19. Build and Play ($2.99)
  20. Peekaboo Barn ($1.99)
  21. PBS Kids Games (FREE)
  22. Skyscraper by TinyBots ($2.99)
  23. Monster at The End of the Book ($4.99)
  24. Pigeon Book ($5.99)
  25. Word Wagon (FREE)
  26. Endless Learning Academy (FREE with in-app purchases available)
  27. My Panda Chef Kitchen (FREE)
  28. Mr. Potato Head ($3.99)
  29. Quick Math ($1.99)
  30. Kids Doodle (FREE)
  31. Starfall ABC’s (FREE)
  32. Where’s My Water? ($1.99)
  33. Crayola Scribble Scrubbie Pets (FREE)
  34. Monkey Preschool Lunchbox ($1.99)
  35. LEGO DUPLO World (FREE)
  36. LEGO DUPLO Connected Trains (FREE)
  37. My PlayHome ($3.99)

And if you have others that didn’t make this list that you want to recommend, feel free to share in the comments!

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34 Comments

  1. Paige Flamm says:

    TOtally pinning this so we have it the next time we travel! I always forget to plan ahead and then we get on the plane and realize we have nothing!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.com

  2. Rachel says:

    Thanks so much for sharing. only, i couldn’t find the blippi app and my son loves blippi! BummeD!

    Also, guided access — best invention ever!

    Thanks again for sharing.

  3. i really enjoyed reading this! i travel with twins and it can be very hard trying to entertain to young ladies on a plane.

  4. Claire says:

    excellent post. There are many there that I will have to try. We have flown to the US from Australia twice with 2 young boys and that 14+ hour flight is a killer! My boys love the free LEGO apps, most of which don’t require wifi and are age appropriate.

  5. amar says:

    Hi,
    Nice article keep it up

  6. JeSs says:

    I love all you tips and suggestions. I am a Teacher No wifi-peggle blast
    Homescapes, plant nanny, and More to come

  7. Midhha says:

    The app my chil loves these days is Khan AcEdamY kids. That has some educatIonal videos and ebooks with read to me option, my kid lVes it. Also its comp free

  8. Sarah says:

    Thank you so much for this list! AlSo, I did not know about Guided Access… my kids have been able to diAl 911 from their apps and now I don’t have to worry about it!

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  11. NicolE says:

    I’ve pinned this. I didn’t know about gUided access. We will be Downloading some of these for our flight next week!

  12. Benjamin says:

    Thank you for your recommendations. This is a great app. Now is a good time, with the help of various gadgets and technologies, we can take their children during the trip or at home. And now there are a lot of not only entertainment apps but also developing. I often read about new technologies that can be used at home on the site https://smartifylife.com/, it helps me to be aware of all the novelties in the technology and gadgets industry.

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