For toddlers and parents who need a fun distraction.

• Hear bubbles popping.
• See bubbles fly from your fingers.
• Feel gravity pull your bubbles downward.
• Draw bubble letters, numbers, and shapes.

I created Bubbles to entertain my daughter for a 12 hour plane flight to Korea in 2008. I hope it provides some entertainment for you and your kids too.

My favorite is to play Bubbles with my kids before bed. We try to draw letters, numbers, or just fling them about. Tip: Flip your iPad or iPhone upside down to slow the bubbles down for easier drawing.

Have fun!

What’s New

Version 4.1.1

Bug fix release, should now work on IOS 7 without crashing.

Ratings and Reviews

2.4 out of 5
42 Ratings
42 Ratings
Lou_Is_D_Man ,

Good app

Very entertaining, nice bubbles. It can make a good audio/visual stim.

Sleepy1.0 ,

Great for toddlers

My nephew loves this app and it’s a great distraction when he gets frustrated. Also very meditative for adults. I’ve had some parents and grandparents play with their toddlers and they continue after the toddler moves on.

alarob ,

Fascinates small children

This is the best toy I'm aware of for small kids on the iPhone, and it's free.

So why the medium-low ratings? Let me tell you about the app's history.

It was introduced in 2008 and was a hit with kids from the start. In 2011 the developer, Jesse, got restless and began experimenting with stylized graphics and alternative objects, like balloons, falling leaves, even fireworks. These were optional in-app purchases, and some users opted to buy them.

By 2015 the "feature creep" in this app had become ridiculous, and I assume the proliferating options made it difficult to maintain the app so that all of them performed acceptably. So Jesse returned to basics, completely rewriting the app code, removing everything but the bubbles, and making perfectionist changes to how the bubbles behave on screen. (E.g., they are sensitive to how you tilt your phone, and if you rotate your device 180 degrees they will slow down dramatically to facilitate "drawing with bubbles").

Now, some users who had made in-app purchases felt, as one of them phrased it, "pissy" about the loss of their balloons, leaves, or fireworks, so they barraged this app with one-star reviews. If your child loved to pop balloons rather than bubbles, and suddenly the balloons were gone, I can understand a passing feeling of pique. Still, the level of outrage seems out of proportion to their losses, which amounted to around $5 at most. That seems like a fair price for an engaging toy. But that's a peculiarity of the iOS app market: For some reason buyers expect to get perpetual access to well built, consistently maintained apps, and to pay about 99 cents or less for the privilege.

Meanwhile, I'm now using this app to entertain a second crop of toddlers in my extended family. It looks and runs better than ever. And it's free.


Jesse Grosjean
1.9 MB
Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2015 Jesse Grosjean


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