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Best Apps for Toddlers

Best Apps for Toddlers

As a parent, I have a like/dislike relationship with technology.  While technology can definitely serve its purpose (a Paw Patrol episode can provide enough time to put together a decent meal and throw the laundry in = SCORE), I also am very conservative about the amount of time I allow my kids to watch movies or play games online.  Therefore, when it came time for a family vacation and my husband suggested tablets for the kids, my anxiety went full force.  What apps are fun, violence-free and overall appropriate for toddlers?  Are free apps worth it or is it best to invest in a couple good apps, even if they have a price tag attached? The truth is that there are literally thousands of apps for toddlers, ranging from subjects such as math, science, letters, numbers, shapes, sounds, and even those that are purely entertaining.  There are apps that show videos, while others play games and even still are apps that read books to your littles. Instead of spending hours downloading and deleting apps after realizing their downfalls, check out our ultimate list of the best apps for toddlers.  These apps are entertaining, educational and most importantly, are kid and parent approved. 

  • PBS Kids – PBS has both a video and a game app, both of which are highly recommended. Each are FREE and are age appropriate for toddlers both small and big.  The video app features mini shows of Curious George, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Wild Kratts and more and their game app features learning and playing opportunities with the characters for each of these shows. 
  • Monument Valley – This 3-D dreamlike game allows kids the chance to guide a tiny princess through buildings and gardens, by creating staircases, buildings and pathways along the way. It took a little time for my toddlers to understand the process and we recommend this app for older toddlers for sure, but its wonderfully created and drives both brainpower and imagination. Price is $3.99 to download the first version, $6.99 to download versions 1 & 2.
  • Breathe, Think, Do – This is a Sesame Street app to help toddlers figure out how to complete everyday tasks without getting frustrated, such as how to put on your sneakers. This is free and is recommended for younger toddlers.
  • NOGGIN Preschool – This app is great with tons of videos and games featuring Pay Patrol, Peppa Pig and The Backyardigans and more, but it comes with price tag of $7.99 per month after a one-week free trial. Toddlers are familiar with the characters and therefore tend to play this app more than others, especially with the game and video combo.  Very similarly is the Disney Junior app which charges you $2.99 per month after a 7-day free trial for games and shows with some of your favorite Disney Junior characters.
  • Dragonbox Numbers – This app is a one-time fee of $7.99 but does a great job of teaching children the foundation they need to understand math and in a fun way!
  • Monkey Preschool Lunchbox – Another great app for younger toddlers, this helps little ones recognize shapes, colors and food as they help a monkey pack his lunch. This game is extremely easy to use and requires little or no parent interaction.
  • The Human Body by Tinybop – For any parent who has a child that loves to ask a million questions like, “where does our food go?” or “what are those blue lines on my arms?” this app is great! It helps explain the anatomy and biology of the human body in a way that is fun.  A one-time purchase of $3.99 gets you this awesome learning tool, or a bundle of 10 of their learning apps can be purchased for $24.99 which includes Mammals, Space, Weather, Plants and more.
  • Trucks by Duck Duck Moose – This free app is not necessarily educational but it is entertaining for toddlers, especially those of younger ages. Kids get to make cars and trucks dirty and then run them through a carwash.
  • Cat in the Hat Builds That – A great STEM app that is free, it introduces toddlers to science and technology as they help the Cat in the Hat in different situations.
  • Alphatots Alphabet – For a one-time fee of $2.99, this app helps toddlers learn letters and their sounds through fun games!
  • Rocket Speller – This app is a one-time fee of $0.99 and helps teach kids how to spell by teaching a friendly alien different words from our planet. Especially geared towards older toddlers as it encourages early reading and letter recognition. The higher the levels, the longer the words the toddlers need to complete.

 

 

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