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We’ve gathered the very best iPhone and iPad apps for kids: a world of education, creativity and (of course) fun awaits your babies and children with these great iOS apps.

Put a child in the same room as an iPad or an iPhone and they will instinctively reach for it. Perhaps it’s the bright colours and the feel of using a touchscreen; the simplicity of the iOS interface also plays a part. But kids love messing with smartphones and tablets. (Although that does raise another question: are iPads safe for young children?) Here, we bring you our pick of the best kids apps.

Mobile devices can do a great job entertaining and educating your offspring (but remember to protect it with a kid-friendly case and protect them using parental controls). But not all apps are created equal. Some are expensive to buy or contain in-app purchases designed to tempt unwary kids. Others aren’t appropriate for youngsters.