6 Apps that are Toddler Friendly

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Tech is everywhere; it is a regular part of daily life. Children now are growing up with it always in their sight and as a result they are becoming interested in learning how to interact and use these devices at younger ages. Over the past few weeks, my toddler Noah really has become interested in playing games on the iPad. He tends to want to try to out the apps his four-year-old brother plays, but quickly becomes frustrated, as most of the games are not developmentally appropriate for a toddler. So, I began my hunt for apps that would work for him. Thankfully I was able to find a core group of apps that Noah can enjoy. Most of them he can play independently, which is nice when I need to get a few chores done around the house. A few of the apps require a bit of adult assistance. My favorite part of these apps is that it gives me some snuggle time with Noah because he likes to sit in my lap to play. Snuggles from a busy 2-year-old are very rare, so I take what I can get these days. Here is what we have been playing lately:

app farm animals

Peek-A-Boo Barn from Night & Day Studios, Inc. (Android/iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch/Kindle)
http://www.nightanddaystudios.com/app/peekaboo-barn/

Age range: 2 – 4 years

This adorable, colorful app is great for teaching your toddler animal names and sounds. The barn shakes and your child must tap it to reveal what animal is hidden inside. Once the door opens, the name of the animal appears in on-screen text and is reinforced verbally. My favorite part of this app is that you can record your own voice or have your child record theirs.

app coloring

Color Doodle from Merge Mobile (iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch)
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/color-doodle/id548327450?mt=8

Age Range: 2 – 10 years (Assistance required for 2 – 3 years for some features)

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This is a fantastic coloring app that has great graphics. The app comes with 10-pictured scenes and your child can also import their own pictures from the iPhoto library. My toddler loves coloring on pictures of him and our cat. Once your little one is finished with their creation you can save it into your phone's picture library. This is the best coloring app we have tried! If you don’t have an iPhone, here’s an Android App that had great reviews and seemed comparable.

Mrs. Potato Head Screen Shot

Mr. Potato Head Create and Play from Callaway Digital Arts Inc. (Android/iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch)
http://www.callaway.com/mr-potato-head-create-play/

Age Range: 2 – 4 (Assistance required for 2 – 3 year-olds for some features)

Both of my children are obsessed with Mr. Potato Head and I must admit I love him too. In this app, your child picks from a wide variety of different body and clothing pieces to create a fun Mr. or Mrs. Potato Head combination. Then they can take their creation on an interactive adventure with full touch screen capabilities. My toddler requires some assistance navigating around this app, but really enjoys building his spud. With over 200 mix and match parts, the possibilities for creativity are endless. This is a great app to teach your child names of body parts, clothing, and spatial concepts (in, on, over, under, up, down etc.)

app for kids spider

Itsy Bitsy Spider from Duck Duck Moose Games (Android/iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch)
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/itsy-bitsy-spider-by-duck/id331863487?mt=8

Age Range: 2 – 4 years

This interactive book encourages your child to poke and slide various objects and animals to watch the action unfold. From a window that opens and closes to a girl splashing in a puddle, your child will giggle with anticipation while engaging in this app. With this app, there is a feature that allows you to record yourself singing the song (or you can just use the preprogrammed song). I love how this app teaches your child about cause and effect, as they interact with the various objects, people, and animals.

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app furry friend

Furry Friend (iPhone/iPad)
http://www.furryfriendapp.com/

Lenord is your toddler’s virtual friend. They love when he repeats what they say, blows his pinwheel, or eats a sandwich in such a messy way that it makes them giggle. They can pop his bubbles or get him to brush his teeth by swiping them. He’s a completely interactive ‘friend’.

This app is super easy to use for toddlers and a great way for them to learn the beginning skills of tablet use.

app wooden puzzles

Wooden Puzzles Collection (iPhone/iPad)
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wood-puzzles-collection/id447622656?mt=8

This is a wonderful collection of “wooden” puzzles that come in varying levels of difficulty. They are colorful and come in a wide array of themes as well as in shapes, numbers, and the alphabet. The app promises updates to include categories relating to places and transportation, building on the already varied categories of animals, occupations, space, and more. It’s very engaging and worth the $1.99 to unlock all the puzzles.

What are your toddler and/or preschooler’s favorite Apps? Do you let them use your tablet or phone regularly?

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6 Apps that are Toddler Friendly

Mindi is a working mom with three boys ages 4, 2, and an infant (born June 2013). She spent her first 8 years of her career in Speech-Language Pathology at a Children's Hospital. She currently works with adults and children in home health. The real fun for her happens when she is at home with her boys, chasing them around and pretending to be a super hero. She blogs about life as a working mom at Simply Stavish. Her weekly feature, Words in the Sand, teaches parents how to grow their child's s ... More

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8 comments

  1. LIZ says:

    interesting im gonna keep this info very close tnx

  2. Member says:

    My son loves the Tozzle Toddler Puzzle app!

  3. Rose says:

    The article says that it is available for Android, yet I cannot find a way to get it on my device. Very disappointed.

  4. Thuraia says:

    Admittedly, every time I see a young child immersed in technology I want to cry and lament the future. While I realize my comments may seem luddite-like and outdated, the f/act (not a typo) is that children learn through manipulating objects; the danger with technology in this regard is that many will never grow competent in utilizing their hands, for the effort of creating a Mr. Potato Head physically v. virtually wires the brain in different ways. I do recognize that children familiar with a range of apps seem super-bright but the mastery that arrives hereby is, again, a bit unstable and potentially even very destructive…. Proceed cautiously and minimally with technology, I say.

  5. kathleen says:

    My 2 year old son cannot get enough of my android tablet! The bst app I’ve found is called Zoodles. The app shows up as "Kid Mode" on my tablet, and can also be downloaded onto my PC. Kid mode is all-inclusive, it comes pre-loaded with a bunch of kid friendly games, short song/video clips, art, books, and video mail . You can also add any other apps on your device to Kid Mode. I love that my son can send video mail to family members, which they receive through email, and he can receive video mail back. The absolute BEST thing about this app is that it locks the screen (so your little one can’t "accidently" get into grown up apps) an you can choose to unlock it by drawing the letter Z or by typing in your birthdate. Bottom line: my son calls it "Liam’s games" and he shocks me with how much he can do every time he plays on it!

  6. Alicia says:

    I have a 2 year old little girl, just turn 2 on the 14th , and we got her a Kurio tablet for her birthday since he has been so enthralled with our Ipad for the last year. Right now her favorite apps are, Fisher Price’s Animals, Letters and number apps along with some surprising ones like Angry Birds and Where’s my Water. She also enjoys the music apps by Leap Frog and the numerous coloring book apps I have on there for her from Disney. You wouldn’t think a 2 year old could play angry birds, but she’s got some pretty good scores!

  7. My toddler loves all of the nursery song apps! Old McDonald Had a Farm, the Alphabet Song, If You’re Happy and You Know It, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star – these are all created by the same Developer – Kids Games Club – same as the Itsy Bitsy Spider. He also loves Phone for Kids and Music Sparkles, also by the same developer. And then he loves the Animal Puzzles for Toddlers.

  8. Anna says:

    My 3 year old’s favorite app is Endless Alphabet. It teaches letters, letter sounds, and vocabulary using some very cute monsters. Kids select a word and then drag the letters into the matching slot. As you drag the letter it makes the letter sound. When the word is completed, you see an animation illustrating the meaning followed by a preschooler friendly definition. It’s free and they add new words all the time. They use complex words like experiment and demolish.

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