50+ Top Kindle Fire Kids Apps

We've got eight kids ranging in age from high school down to toddler and they each have their own Kindle Fire tablet. Today, I'm sharing what we've discovered to be the best Kindle Fire kids apps!

Best Kindle Fire Kids Apps

This post is a full disclosure. I didn't skip any categories. Yes, there are some plain old "video games" on this list because, well, that's part of how we use and enjoy our tablets! I didn't want to "sanitize" the list to pretend that we are strictly "educational" with the tablets. Why should we be? Tablets are tools. We embrace all of the benefits and I'm going to be upfront about that. 

Just a side note - if the thought of screen time gives you hives or if allowing your children on devices makes you feel like a bad mom, you might want to check some of these resources first:

Some of these apps were free when we originally downloaded them. Some were paid. Also, free and paid apps on Amazon change frequently. Please use your own discretion about which apps are worth paying for and which are best to try only if they are free.

Kindle Fire Kids Apps for Learning to Read

kindle fire kids app for learning to read from all about reading

Letter Sounds A to Z and Phonogram Sounds are Kindle Fire apps from All About Reading. You can use these to help your child learn basic letter and phonogram sounds no matter what reading program you use. If you're also using the All About Reading or All About Spelling Curriculum then I highly recommend the Letter Tiles for Learning app, which is way less sanity-stressing than keeping up with a bunch of magnetic letter tiles! (Works better on a Kindle Fire 8 or above, but is manageable on the Kindle Fire 7.)

kindle fire kids app for learning to read from duck duck moose

Duck Duck Moose Reading Duck Duck Moose recently joined forces with Khan Academy to offer free learning opportunities to kiddos who are too little for the Khan format. Drag and drop letter and sound recognition, bright colors, fun interactions.

kindle fire kids app for learning to read from PBS Kids and Super Why

Super Why: ABC Adventures and Super Why: Power to Read include all of your favorite Super Why characters and practice many of the same skills the show addresses: letter recognition and tracing, sounds, reading, even map skills!

kindle fire kids app for learning to read from Starfall

Starfall is a free app with tons of language and math content, but about 70-80% of the activities are only available via subscription. However, we've never subscribed and my littles have still enjoyed the free content they were able to access. (Note: If you quickly tire of hearing the same songs over and over, either skip it or plan to subscribe!)

Math Games for Kindle Fire

math games for kindle fire kids apps with elmo

Elmo Loves 123s is hosted by Sesame Street characters Elmo and Abby Cadabby, little learners explore one number at a time. For each number, children trace the number and watch a little animation about it (throw-backs to some of your favorite Sesame Street segments). Then they have access to coloring pages, games, puzzles and other activities about that number.

math games for kindle fire kids apps fish school from duck duck moose

Fish School is another winner from Duck Duck Moose that covers language and math skills. Kids can rotate through a variety of activities about each letter or number. The interface is simple and intuitive even for pre-readers!

math games for kindle fire kids apps moose math from duck duck moose

Moose Math is another hit from Duck Duck Moose. Help build Moose Town! Each building you add has another fun activity to practice counting and math skills. My favorite is "Moose Juice" - a little juice hut where you have to add the appropriate number of fresh ingredients to your blender, then blend and serve smoothies!

math games for kindle fire kids apps matching and counting

Numbers and Counting offers three games to choose from: "Groups," "Numbers & Groups," and "Numbers" in which your kids can practice matching-card style pairing groups of same-numbered objects or numbers and objects.

math games for kindle fire kids apps pet bingo from duck duck moose

Pet Bingo is another great title from Duck Duck Moose. Practice basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts by choosing the correct answer from a bingo card. Win Bingo to earn and care for your pets!

math games for kindle fire kids apps fruit ninja academy math master

Fruit Ninja Academy: Math Master includes the same fabulous slicing and swiping action as the original (listed under games below).  The main difference is that effective slicing is based on math knowledge: slice a certain number of fruits, slice a certain fraction, slice the answer to an addition problem - good fun!

Kindle Fire Word Games

kindle fire word games aplha betty saga

Alpha Betty Saga is a virtual version of Boggle - letter tiles are arranged in a grid. Swipe from one letter to the next connecting adjacent tiles in a string to make words. When the tiles included in the word disappear, new letters fall into the puzzle. The grids get more complex (non-rectangular) and bonus letters appear for extra points.

kindle fire word games wordsearch pro

Word Search Pro - This is really just a digital version of the age-old, tried-and-true word search! Find words from the word bank in the puzzle and drag your finger across the letters to highlight them. Conveniently, the words in the bank at the bottom disappear as you find them. You can also choose "blitz" mode - find as many words as you can in a limited time.

kindle fire word games words with friends

Words with Friends is the familiar app you may have played on Facebook. It's very similar to two-player Scrabble. In order to play, users need an account with an email address. There is a messaging function within the game where players can text each other, so I don't allow my kids to accept game requests from strangers. (There isn't a way to block or turn this off in the app, so it would need to be something you could trust your child to refrain from using, if that's what you wanted them to do.)

Reading and Audiobook Apps

audiobook apps audible from Amazon

Audible is one of the main reasons we got the kids Kindles - so that the kids could independently enjoy the audible audiobooks that I had purchased for them. This app comes already installed on your Kindle Fire tablet.

You can use this app regardless of whether or not you have an Audible membership. However, membership is only $14.95 a month and includes one credit for a free audiobook.

Best bang for your buck is to grab some high-dollar titles - like this one or this one - with your credit and save the lower cost ones for out-of-pocket. Members also receive 30% off on any additional purchases.

kindle app for the kindle fire tablet

Kindle, an ereader app, is also already installed on your Kindle fire. One of the things I love about the Audible/Kindle combination is "Whispersync Technology" - if you own the Kindle and Audible version of a book, you can listen to the Audible version while the Kindle app highlights line-by-line for you.

This is a fantastic way to help young readers make the connection between print and spoken words. It's also allows you to switch conveniently between listening and reading depending on which is more useful in any given setting.

audiobook apps overdrive

Overdrive allows you to borrow ebooks and audiobooks using your library card if your local library subscribes to the service. Some of the titles you can borrow are actually Kindle Books and Audible audiobooks, so you can listen via those apps while oyu have the title on loan!

audiobook apps hoopla

If your library doesn't use Overdrive, they may use RBDigital or  hoopla - services similar to Overdrive.

Games and Puzzles for the Kindle Fire

games for the kindle fire minecraft

Minecraft Pocket Edition is a version of the popular game designed for moble devices. If you haven't tried Minecraft with your family let me encourage you to give it a go. It's almost like virtual Legos - building worlds out of regular-sized blocks.

My kids can play in each other's worlds (up to 5 people in one world) just by being on the same Wifi network - no need to log into unknown servers out there on the net. And via the Android version of MPE on my tablet, I can join them, too!

games for the kindle fire minecraft skinseed

Skinseed Pro is an app that works well as a companion to Minecraft. It allows players to design their own skins (i.e. how the player figure looks, what he wears, etc.) and then import that skin into the Minecraft app and play as that character. My son used this app to design skins for himself and me for our Minecraft date!

games for the kindle fire escape room

Can You Escape is a virtual escape-room game! Solve puzzles, decipher codes, hunt for patterns and missing objects to open the door and move to the next level! Each game has ten levels. When you finish Can You Escape, try these sequels: Can You Escape 2, Can You Escape 3, Can You Escape - Tower, Can You Escape - Tower 2 by MobiGro and Empire Escape and Fantasy Escape by Trapped

games for the kindle fire flow free

Flow Free is one of my personal favorites. The concept is simple, but the execution can get pretty complex! You begin with a small grid and three or four pairs of colored dots. You must draw lines between each pair of same-colored dots. But you must also make sure that none of the lines cross each other AND none of the squares in the grid is left open. It's a great visual-spatial challenge! If you love it, you can also try Flow Free Bridges and Flow Free Hexes!

games for the kindle fire fruit ninja

Fruit Ninja - Another game for happy swiping. Slice the fruit as it is tossed in the air. But be careful - don't let any of the fruit drop unsliced, and definitely don't slice a bomb by accident! Good performance can earn you extra blades and other powers-ups.

games for the kindle fire jigsaw puzzle

Jigsaw Puzzles Epic is a fun, virtual way to do jigsaw puzzles without the ninja toddler in your family making off with the pieces. The free version includes lots of puzzles. Purchase the upgrade to have access to more puzzles and even make puzzles out of your own images!

games for the kindle fire majhong

Mahjong Village game play is very similar to the non-virtual version of the game. Tiles are laid out in various patterns and/or stacked. The goal is to remove all tiles from the play board by tapping pairs of matching tiles. However, some tiles which are covered or surrounded by other tiles are not available, so strategy and order of play are important!

games for the kindle fire solitaire

Solitaire - This is just your basic Klondike solitaire game for the Kindle. One or three card draw. Regular or Vegas scoring. Similar to the app that comes with most computers these days.

games for the kindle fire sudoku

Sudoku plays like the books you can pick up from the grocery store. One of the features I love about virtual Sudoku are the opportunities to "undo" and use "draft mode" (i.e. fill in a square with a tentative guess, reminding yourself that it's subject to change if you find later that it causes a conflict.

Kindle Fire Video Apps and Other Fun

kindle fire kids apps safe vision

Safe Vision is a YouTube curating app. You can use a free version in which the creators choose kid-friendly channels and you can add a few others. However, I pay for the annual membership which allows me to unlock the specific channels and videos I want the kids to see. If they request to have something added, it's super easy to do that from my app or from the web version.

kindle fire kids apps messenger kids

Messenger Kids is a Facebook product that allows me to choose specific people with whom my kids can chat via Facebook Messenger. I can see all of their chats and I have to approve any contacts. This has been an awesome way for me to keep in touch with my older kids (who do not yet have cell phones) when they are out at their activities. It's also allowed my girls to video chat with a friend who moved across the country.

kindle fire kids apps brain pop

BrainPOP Featured Movie shows some free movies from the paid membership site BrainPOP.com. is a paid membership site - all of their free videos, plus one new member-only video daily. If you subscribe, you can then use this app to watch all of their videos. Also try BrainPOP Jr. Movie of the Week (a different movie every week) and those who prefer Spanish can get BrainPOP Pelicula del Dia. In addition to the videos, you also have access to the corresponding quizzes.

kindle fire kids apps daniel tiger

Explore Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood - I love this interactive app. Even my two-year-old has lots of fun going to the park and into different buildings in town. Each location has areas you can tap on to discover things, hear sounds, or see animation.

kindle fire kids apps daniel tiger

Daniel Tiger's Grr-iffic Feelings - If your preschoolers are in love with Daniel Tiger's songs about feelings, this is a great app. It's essentially just the music and animation for each of his catchy tunes. On the other hand, if you find those songs annoying, this is not the app you want on continual replay!

kindle fire kids apps stoppola

Stoppola is a great app for making stop-motion movies. My kids have spent hours together creating animated films with this fun app!

Other Helpful Kindle Fire Apps for Kids

kindle fire kids apps chore monster

Chore Monster is an app that assigns and tracks chores for each child. When they complete chores, the earn points towards parent-created rewards. Each completed chore is also worth one ticket for in-app monster purchases! If you use Circle by Disney, you can integrate internet privileges with Chore Monster.

kindle fire kids apps multi timer

Multi-Stopwatch and Timer - This has been great for helping kids to keep track of time and stay focused to complete a job or assignment in a specific period of time. Because it's a multi-timer, they could track laundry in the dryer while also timing silent reading! (I also have a Multi-Timer app on my Android tablet so I can track multiple kids' jobs or assignments.)

kindle fire kids apps drawing for kids

Drawing for Kids is fun for artwork and includes a variety of tools from backgrounds, patterns, and stamps to various drawing tools like markers, paints and pencils. This tool has been especially useful, however, has digital scrap paper. The kids work out math problems on it!

kindle fire kids apps remember me bible verse memory

Bible Memory: Remember Me - You can choose from pre-loaded verses or enter your own. Then use a variety of activities to test your memory. Cover more words each time. Give you only the first letter of a word. Have you fill in the verse word by word using a word bank. Test yourself flash-card style. You can even archive verses for review later!

kindle fire kids apps notepad

Notepad is just a basic note-taking app, but my kids use it for all kinds of lists and recording notes when they listen to school assignments by audio or video on their tablets.

kindle fire kids apps quizlet

Quizlet is a virtual flash-card app. I can create lists of vocabulary or questions on the web version and my kids can practice and review them from their tablets!

What are some of your family's favorite Kindle Fire Kids Apps?


Lynna Sutherland is a homeschool mother of eight always-homeschooled kiddos ranging in age from high school to kindergarten. She loves to encourage parents in the freedom and flexibility of homeschooling and offer creative ways to manage a large family and a multi-age homeschool!

  • Hi, Lynna! Thanks for this list!
    We appreciate our Fires, too. One of my homeschool favorites is Squeebles Spelling— it’s a pay-for app, but worth every penny for my 10 year old who HATES spelling drill. 🙂

    I do have a question for you, though. Are you (or anyone else reading this?) having trouble with the Fires randomly shutting off? Two of our four Kindles do this despite factory resets and sideloaded wake-lock apps. I’m curious to see if others are also having this issue.

    Thanks for your site!

    • Thanks for the suggestion, Tess! We’ll give that one a look. I’m sorry to say that we haven’t run into that trouble, so I don’t have any suggestions for you. Perhaps another reader will have an idea.

  • All of our youngest 4 kids have Kindles. We know a lot of these apps but there are some treasures that we will definitely look into!

  • I cannot for the life of me figure out how to get epic on my sons kindle fire. Do you have a link to the directions you used?

  • Just FYI I researched the Skinseed app and there is very inappropriate content on it. I wouldn’t recommend it for anyone.

    • Micah, thanks for your thoughts. I would definitely recommend parents do their own research on any app they are considering for their children.

  • Do you also recommend The Fun Way to Learn Algebra Kindle app, which is the free version of Hands-On Equations?

    • Dr. Borenson, I’ll be honest – we tried it a while back and it didn’t work well on our tablet. It has been a few years, though, so perhaps a more updated version would work better.

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