8 Fun and Educational iPad Apps for Toddlers

8 iPad apps for toddlers
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From entertaining a toddler for a few minutes while you make dinner, to teaching them the alphabet, counting, and animal sounds, there is an abundance of terrific age-appropriate iPad apps for the 1 to 2 year old crowd. Here are 8 of my toddler's favorites, I hope your children love them too!

1. Petting Zoo by Christopher Niemann

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This is an illustrated storybook with a difference. Tap the animal to see what they can do, and enjoy the fun musical sounds they make! Hand-drawn by Christopher Niemann, this app is fun for all ages.

App store: Petting Zoo ($0.99)

2. Balls by iotic

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Simple games are the best games, because they don't need explaining. Balls is an intuitive game – just touch the screen to throw balls around, or turn the screen to watch gravity work its magic. As the balls collide, they make music. So fun!

App store: Balls (Free)

3. Elmo Loves ABCS for the iPad

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Sesame Street's favorite little red monster is on hand to teach your little ones the ABC's! The app has videos, a coloring book, and even a trace-a-letter feature. The fun games keep your little one engaged, and you can even personalize the app. There is also an ABC tracker for parents to see how their child is doing.

App store: Elmo Loves ABCS for the iPad ($4.99, there is a free limited version as well)

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4. The Wheels on the Bus – All In One Education Activity Center and Sing Along by Kids Games Club

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This app features the classic song in 11 verses, with 10 fun games that will keep the little ones occupied for a while. Fun features include a sing along, a coloring book, a horn piano, a car race, puzzles, and even a simulated bus ride.

App store: The Wheels on the Bus – All In One Education Activity Center and Sing Along  (Free)  

5. Peekaboo Barn by Night & Day Studios, Inc

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One of the first apps released for toddlers, Peekaboo Barn remains one of the top apps. Little ones will love tapping the barn doors open to see which animal will be revealed, what sounds they make, and the names of the animals. You can even record your own voice for the narrative!

App store: Peekaboo Barn ($1.99)

6. Mibblio by Mibblio

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Another fun interactive storybook, this time with music! Toddlers can “jam along” using the keyboard and other instruments. Featuring classics such as “Old MacDonald” and “Itsy Bitsy Spider”, Mibblio also has a few original songs that kids can sing along with. 

App store: Mibblio (Free)

7. Laugh and Learn™ Shapes & Colors by Fisher-Price

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A really great app for toddlers, especially the younger ones, as it teaches them shapes and colors in two levels. They can tap or tilt the screen to interact, and the shapes bounce and tilt across the screen. 

App store: Laugh and Learn™ Shapes & Colors (Free) 

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8. Toca Kitchen Monsters by Toca Boca

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Toca Boca apps are a great favorite in my household! Toca Kitchen Monsters encourages children to “play with their food”. They can cut and slice, microwave and boil, even fry and mix food for the hungry monsters. What I love about this app, is that there is no advertising, and no in-app purchasing options. The graphics are also incredible.

App store: Toca Kitchen Monsters (Free)

As with everything, moderation is key. Limit screen time to just 60 minutes a day, preferably broken up into several chunks of time. Do try the app yourself before introducing it to your kids, and make sure you are comfortable with the content. Don't forget to turn off in-app purchasing as well. Have fun!

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8 Fun and Educational iPad Apps for Toddlers

Alison Lee is a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world’s biggest sports brands, she traded in product launches and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Alison is a former blogger (Writing, Wishing), and her writing has been featured on Mamalode,On Parenting at The Washington Post,The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, Club Mid, andDrGreene.com. She is one of 35 essayists ... More

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8 comments

  1. LIZ says:

    the babies now born with the chip in their brain they now how to play with the cellphone right away 🙂

  2. maria says:

    I was a working mom for 12 years @ the beginning of this year I disced to stop working and give more time to my kids some times I think to go back to work because of the extra income but I think my kids deserve from me to stay with them.

  3. Mary says:

    I am so sad to read this article. Screen time should be limited or not allowed at such a young age, it can do a lot of damage to the still forming cones and rods of toddlers’ eyes. There are countless other ways for toddlers to be entertained and educated. I have included the AAP’s position statement below: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/128/5/1040.full

  4. Cyra says:

    The Endless Alphabet app is amazing!

  5. Always looking for new fun apps. We are big fans of Toca Boca Train, Doctor and Haircut, and Chef/Cooking or should I say, my four year old is. (:

  6. My littles love the Toca Boca apps – Toca House is a fave here. This is a great list to check out! Thanks, Alison!

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