Now, is it just me, or are children’s television and literary characters a little bit, well, bland lately? Can you honestly see Bob the Builder being around another hundred years from now like Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit? No, me neither.
Move over Spongebob Squarepants and Dora the Explorer, our childhood classics are now available on iOS and they are better than ever. Hit the jump for a trip down memory lane.
Dr. Seuss Short Story Collection comprises eight interactive titles written and illustrated by the legendary Theodore Seuss Geisel. Each story can be either read out loud by an adult or child in the form of a traditional storybook, narrated by the app itself, or animated like a movie.
Recommended for ages three and over, Dr. Seuss Short Story Collection is an essential app for any parent looking to keep their child entertained this summer without the presence of Peppa Pig or any other newfangled cartoon character that you have never heard of before.
Developer: Oceanhouse Media
The Wizard of Oz is a freemium game that is based on both the original novel and movie, following the adventures of Dorothy Gale and dog Toto in their quest to escape the mythical land of Oz.
Re-build the Yellow Brick Road with the help of the population of Munchkinland, and meet familiar faces such as the Scarecrow, Tinman, and Cowardly Lion as you get closer and closer to the Emerald City. The Wizard of Oz is sure to appeal to all ages, whether you are familiar with the storyline or not, and is dangerously addictive, especially when the Wicked Witch of the West comes to pay you a visit!
Developer: Warner Bros.
Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a book that many of us are familiar with from childhood, featuring a rather ravenous caterpillar who takes a bite out of a variety of edibles and then emerges as a beautiful butterfly.
Counting with the Very Hungry Caterpillar takes this concept and uses it to help children count by allowing your child to control the caterpillar and letting it devour a certain amount of food as dictated by the app.
Developer: Night & Day Studios, Inc.
Winnie-the-Pooh and friends are back once again, albeit this time on the iPad.
Written by A.A.Milne and illustrated by E.H.Shepard, Classic Winnie-the-Pooh chronicles the adventures of everyone’s favorite bear, with more stories available to purchase in-app.
Many of us have fond memories of Peter Rabbit and the other anthropomorphic characters that Beatrix Potter created in the late 19th Century. Now, The Original Tale of Peter Rabbit is available to read digitally for the first time, complete with 3D sound effects to really bring the story to life.
The Original Tale of Peter Rabbit also boasts a number of games and activities, as well as a coloring book containing scenes from the tale.
Developer: Penguin Group
All of your favorite classic Disney tales are now available to read via your iPad with Disney Classics, a series of books digitally reimagined for the iOS platform.
Disney Classics includes a great selection of books, from Aristocats and Dumbo to Bambi, Peter Pan, and more. Additionally, each book also contains coloring pages, puzzles, and games related to the storyline, too, for hours of fun and entertainment.
Price: Between $0.99 and $1.99
Sophie la Girafe is something of a French icon, with many children worldwide growing up with this classic seven-inch high teething toy manufactured by Vulli. Now, Sophie la Girafe is available to interact with on your iPad, too, along with her friends: Lazare, Margot, Gabin, Joséphine, and Kiwi.
Featuring ten games designed to stimulate all five senses, Sophie la Girafe is the perfect companion for children who may have outgrown their Sophie teething toy but would still like to keep this loveable giraffe in their lives.
Developer: Europa Apps
Moomin Play is, according to the developer, not a game but a digital toy where children can explore the wonderful world of Moominvalley. It is designed to be a relaxing experience that will encourage your child to develop a natural curiosity of their surroundings, and features all of your favorite Moomin characters, such as Snork Maiden and Little My.
Developer: Dohi Sweden
Help Thomas the Tank Engine save the day once more with Thomas & Friends: Engine Activity Fun. Containing a number of coloring pages and puzzles inspired by the television show, Thomas & Friends: Engine Activity Fun is the ultimate activity book for budding train conductors and railway engineers.
Additional activities may be bought via an in-app purchase, complete with collectible Thomas-themed cards featuring all of the engines that appear in the show.
Developer: HiT Entertainment
Enid Blyton’s Noddy was created in 1949 but has only recently made its iOS debut with Noddy in Toyland, an interactive game based in the fictional town of Toyland.
Children are invited to explore Toyland in its entirety, solve a number of puzzles, and even sing with the wooden puppet himself. Noddy in Toyland also includes video footage from the television series, with appearances from Tessie, Mr. Plod, Bumpy, and many other Toyland residents.
Developer: Avanquest Software