The best FREE Amazon Fire apps for toddlers and preschoolers
We absolutely love our Amazon Fire tablets for family travel. In fact, we’ve acquired a full “family set” over the years! Carrying our tablets lightens our load by cutting out some of the other entertainment (and edutainment) options we might otherwise bring, and you all know we prefer to pack light. For our family, our Amazon Fire tablets are the tickets to smooth long-haul flights and handling unexpected delays with our preschoolers. We generally limit their use at home, so the kids are always excited to be on a plane for 15 hours when they know that we’ll let them use apps and watch movies for 8 of those hours. We found that they really started to enjoy their Fires independently around age 2.5, though they’re useful for reading together even earlier. Our kids each have the Kidz Gear wired headphones, which have a volume limiter and come in great colors; they’re so comfortable, that sometimes we borrow them too!
There are a few reasons we chose Amazon’s family of tablets rather than some of their competitors:
- Rugged construction: These things are built so solidly that I don’t worry about handing them over to a toddler.
- Attractive pricing: The most basic Fire tablet starts at $49.99, and that gets you a compact device that handles basic entertainment needs on the road. That said, I’d probably bump up to the $79.99 Fire HD 8 to get a bigger, better screen and double the storage. If you’re really concerned about your kid breaking it and space isn’t at a premium (like road tripping), you can consider that Fire Kids Edition (in both 7″ and HD 8″ varieties) that includes a 2yr warranty, huge bumper/grip case and even a year of Freetime Unlimited.
- Do you like FREE content? Me too. There’s tons of it available in Amazon’s ecosystem. If you’re a US-based Prime member, you can stream or download any of the offerings for free to take on flights. On our recent trip to Europe, we discovered that there’s even a selection of Prime content available abroad (which seems to be a new feature). Your Prime membership also grants access to a great catalog of streaming and downloadable music natively on the Fire tablet (or through the Amazon Music app on your phone). Finally, there are the free apps. While there’s always been a good selection, the launch of Amazon Underground a few years ago has been a huge boon to Fire tablet owners, especially those with fickle kids! Don’t have Prime yet? Try a month for free! If you’re still in the diapering stage, you can also check out Amazon Family for the same price, but with an additional 20% off diapers – and with the same free month to start you off.
- Speaking of FREE, most public libraries allow you to borrow books on your Fire tablet or Kindle reader for free using Overdrive. We do this all the time, both at home and away. If a book isn’t available, you can even hop on the waitlist and have it automatically checked out. (If you don’t have an Amazon device, you can also access those books via the free Kindle Reading app.)
So without further ado, here are our top FREE apps for little kids to use on the Amazon Fire tablet (we’ll throw in our favorite paid ones at the bottom as well). We’ve used many of these on our own tablets and the kids love them! There are also many apps for streaming videos from different services and networks, but I haven’t included those here because so many parents are looking for non-video options for their littlest travelers.
Best FREE Amazon Fire apps for toddlers and preschoolers
Our favorite Amazon Fire apps for little kids (paid)
Even if you do have to pay for an app now and then, they usually top out around $2.99 in the kids section and you can save up to 25% buy purchasing them with Amazon coins! In reality, the list of paid apps I’d recommend for kids has gotten much shorter as many of them have moved into the free Amazon Underground – not a bad problem to have.
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