Best Free Holiday Apps for Kids



While it’s certainly good to limit your child’s screen time over the holiday break, there’s nothing wrong with indulging in a little digital cheer in moderation, especially when it involves the whole family! Make your winter respite a little more festive with these three free holiday apps that are sure to delight.

Frozen Free Fall
Even if your little one hasn’t yet seen Disney’s newest blockbuster hit, he or she will love this slide and match game for iPhone and iPad featuring the characters of Frozen. It’s challenging enough to be interesting but offers hints to avoid frustration. The app is rated 4+ and is a great way to reinforce shapes, colours, and patterns. It’s also a good way for older kids to hone their spatial skills. Watch out, though—this app can be addicting, even for grown-ups! More info

Tip: Be sure to restrict in-app purchases before you let your child loose on this game.

Cut the Rope Holiday Gift
This app is a holiday spin-off of the original Cut the Rope App. The object of the game is to feed Nom Nom (a cute if hungry little creature) candy by predicting where it will fall when you cut the different ropes holding it up on the Christmas tree. It’s a whimsical game that will keep little ones (and perhaps even older kids) entertained while teaching them the basics of physics. More info

Tip: The app periodically prompts users to download the new version of the traditional Cut the Rope app, so be sure that the purchasing option is password protected.

Elf Yourself
This app is one of our favourites because it’s fun for the whole family. Elf Yourself allows you to create custom elves using photos from your iPhone camera roll or your Facebook albums. Once you insert your family member’s faces into cute elf costumes, the fun begins. Just tap "Dance" and then watch as your family performs a festive and hilarious elf dance right before your very eyes. More info

Tip: Depending on his or her age, your child may need help positioning the faces from the photos into the correct spot.

There are lots of great holiday apps to choose from this year. Before downloading, though, do a little research by playing the game yourself before handing it over to your little one. Who knows? You might even have a little fun of your own!

Melissa Maypole is Head of Corporate Social Responsibility for Qustodio, a free parental control software that helps parents monitor children’s activities from connected devices. You can find her on the front lines of the uphill battle to successfully parent four kids in a high-tech world. Readers can follow or contact Melissa on Twitter @MelissaMaypole. For more information, visit www.qustodio.com.

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