Apps for Distraction

A selection of the most requested Apps by children to use on iPad/tablets for distraction in the anaesthetic room has been compiled in age groups below. Apps are particularly interactive requiring concentration and use of multiple senses, which makes them excellent tools for distraction.

Please let us know of any other good Apps that you have encountered by emailing the webmaster.

(many thanks to Dr Anna Barrow and Dr Elin Jones for collating this list)

Age 2 and Under
  App Price Review
   In the Night Garden  £1.49 All the favourite characters from the TV series! Video clips with music and simple tasks such as washing faces. Good for little hands (<2s included): touching the screen makes stars appear.
iPad     Android
   Magic Fingers  $1.99

Sensory app for very young children. Touching the screen creates patterns of different ‘particles’.

iPad     Android

   Baby's Playground  Free

Bubbles that pop when touched, animals move across the screen, first words and songs
Shake the Phone for a rattle noise!
And best of all, pressing the home button does not exit this app, so no risk of unauthorized phone calls!

iPad

 

Age 2-5 years
  App Price Review

Animatch £0.99

Simple memory, problem solving and discovery game – uncover, name and match different animals; listen to fun animal sounds when cards flipped over.

iPad     Android

  Thomas the Tank Engine Free

Matching games, painting and jigsaws of all the famous engines.

iPad

  CBeebies Playtime Free

Lots of different games (spelling, puzzles, problem solving) and well known characters. Can be personalised to each child.

iPad     Android

 
Age 6 and over
  App Price Review
Candy Crush Free

Switching and matching candies. Simple to play. Lots of music and colours. 

iPad     Android

Fruit Ninja £0.79

Simply chop the fruit thrown up on the screen using your finger like a sword. Easy to play.

iPad     Android

  Talking Tom  Free

Control Tom who does lots of funny sounds and silly things. He also listens and repeats back whatever you say in a funny voice. Similar apps for a dog and T rex. 

iPad     Android

  Crossy Road Free

Funny cartoon characters try to cross the busy road - often unsuccessfully.

iPad     Android 

 

SubwaySurfer Free 

Race on your hover skateboard and dodge oncoming trains and collect coins as you go.

iPad     Android 

   Minion Rush Free 

The Despicable Me Minions jump, roll, dodge and scramble against others in fun, fast-paced missions.

iPad     Android

   Minecraft  £4.99

The most played online game in the world currently. It's like online lego world where you get to build and create anything you can imagine.

iPad     Android

  Temple Run  Free

Run through a maze of quick turns and jumps. Collect treasure as you go whilst being chased by a large gorilla monster.

iPad     Android

  Score! World Goals Free

Try and recreate famous international goals by simply flicking your finger across the screen to try and score.

iPad     Android