5 of the best apps for pre-schoolers

MFM's pick of the best apps for pre-schoolers - from flying penguins to Lego

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  • Penguin Wings (Free)

    If your kids like the idea of Angry Birds, then this is a cool, free alternative. The focus of the game is to get the penguin to fly, using all available scenery for an extra boost. Your kids can even get the penguin to switch continents. There are similar paid-for apps out there, like Tiny Wings, so this is a good free option. Suitable from 4+.

    Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later. Currently not available on Android Market.

  • Where's My Water? (Free- £0.69)

    This hugely popular Disney game will keep children busy as they try and help Swampy the croc collect enough water to have a shower. It involves some logical thinking and is fast-moving, with lots of different levels to tackle. The free version is fine, although make sure you turn off in-app purchasing to stop kids inadvertently upgrading to the full version. Suitable from 4+.

    Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later. Requires Android 2.1 and up.

  • LEGO Photo (Free)

    Take a photo and transform it into your very own LEGO creation. Kids can turn themselves, their favourite teddy or even their brothers and sisters into LEGO-style pictures. Easy to save, keep and print off. Not always the clearest photos, but a fun little freebie for the LEGO lovers in your life. Suitable from 4+.

    Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later. Currently not available on Android Market.

  • Fireman Sam Junior Cadet (£1.99)

    This app is an excellent game for any Fireman Sam enthusiasts or firemen/women in the making. Kids add their name to become a Junior Cadet in training before trying their hand at five interactive games. Reward stickers can be unlocked as they go. They’ll even get a chance to try their hand at squirting a fireman’s hose. Although one of the pricier apps, it’s well worth the money. Suitable from 4+.

    Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later. Currently not available on Android Market.

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  • Shapes Toddler Preschool (Free)

    Children learn about shapes while they play with this interactive game – earning stickers for their own special rewards chart. This app was designed by a mum and dad and ticks all the right boxes in terms of being fun, educational, bright and enjoyable. Suitable from 4+.

    Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later.  Currently not available on Android Market.

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