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12 iPad Apps That Are Great for Toddlers

Any parent today knows the struggle of getting their kid off electronic devices. While once upon a time, it was video games that were plaguing parents and making them force books into their kid's hands, now the annoyances parents struggle with have to do with iPads, iPods, and pretty much any other handheld electronic device that allows their kids to be connected to the internet. While some parents want to banish these things from their households completely, maybe the trick is to embrace the technology. Finding the best iPad apps for toddlers can help parents do just that.

It doesn't have to be about allowing your kid to spend hours trying to get birds to fly between sewer pipes that are coming from both the ground and the sky. It can be about showing your toddler how to learn while interfacing with an electronic device that they'll likely be spending years getting to know.

These particular apps for the iPad are some of the best ones to introduce to your toddler, and to enjoy yourself as you watch your little one's mind click as he or she starts to understand and absorb the knowledge these apps have to offer. We aren't saying that you need to completely get rid of the iPad apps that feature adorably high-pitched cats who repeat after your kid, but these are the kind of apps to go to first.

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12 Endless Alphabet

How To Play: This game of pictures and vocabulary will teach your kid how to read and spell words that go beyond the usual cat and dog options most kids are taught to read. Instead, your toddler will be reading words like juggle and invisible. Or, at least they'll be that much closer to understanding them.

Age Group: Ages 5 and under.

Price in the iTunes Store: $6.99

11 Peek-a-Zoo

How To Play: By tapping on the screen, your toddler can play peek-a-boo with different zoo animals, all while eliciting different sounds from the appropriate animals. The game also allows your little one to hear the names of the animals spoken in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. Not too shabby, eh?

Age Group: Ages 5 and under.

Price in the iTunes Store: $3.99

10 The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Friends

How To Play: This game, based on the popular children's book The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, features illustrations of animals that are very much in the style parents and children have come to recognize from the author. And through these images, kids can learn about different shapes, counting, and even facts about animals themselves.

Age Group: Ages 5 and under.

Price in the iTunes Store: $3.99

9 Toddler Counting 123

How To Play: As to be expected, Toddler Counting 123 allows toddlers to learn about counting in the simplest way--with pictures and numbers. There are no added extras on this game to complicate things. It can even be considered a beginner iPad app for toddlers to get used to before moving on to more complicated games and tools to navigate.

Age Group: Ages 5 and under.

Price in the iTunes Store: FREE

8 Grandma's Preschool

How To Play: Grandma's Preschool includes subjects on pretty much every topic your little one would learn in an actual school. Science for toddlers? Sure. Reading numbers instead of just identifying them? You got it. Basically, your toddler, along with guidance from an adorable dancing grandma, can learn about all sorts of preschool stuff even before they're in the real thing.

Age Group: Ages 5 and under.

Price in the iTunes Store: $2.99

7 YouTube Kids

How To Play: Let's face it--eventually, your kid is going to want to delve into the wonderful world of viral videos, and YouTube is the place to do that. But we all know the sort of treacherous traps kids can get caught in when clicking on video after video, delving deeper into the pit of YouTube. Get them started with YouTube Kids, filtered with the sort of educational and fun videos your toddler should be watching, and only that.

Age Group: Ages 5 and under.

Price in the iTunes Store: FREE

6 Toddler Soundboard

How To Play: Not surprisingly, the Toddler Soundboard app for the iPad allows your toddler to learn about numbers, letters, colors, and shapes, all through touching them on the screen. This sounds pretty simple, but teaching by word and a visual association isn't a bad way to get your toddler started.

Age Group: Ages 5 and under.

Price in the iTunes Store: $0.99

5 Moo, Baa, La La La

How To Play: Based on the Sandra Boynton book of the same name, Moo, Baa, La La La is simply a digital version of the book, but with added animal sounds when your toddler taps each animal on the screen. It also includes original music to go with the barnyard animals.

Age Group: Ages 5 and under.

Price in the iTunes Store: $3.99

4 Super Why

How To Play: Super Why is all about learning to read, but this time, it's through your toddler's favorite characters from the PBS television series of the same name. Basically, you get to trick your kid into learning, which is always the best way, right?

Age Group: Ages 5 and under.

Price in the iTunes Store: $2.99

3 Make Me Smile

How To Play: The Make Me Smile app is great for toddlers because it's one that allows them to just play and get to know the iPad, in a way. They get to show their best smiles or sympathetic faces to photos of upset monsters. And the best part? Your toddler's expressions are captured with your iPad's front-facing camera.

Age Group: Ages 5 and under.

Price in the iTunes Store: $0.99

2 Funbrain Jr.

How To Play: With five different games, Funbrain Jr. allows kids to learn while they play, as it touches on letters, numbers, shapes, and fine motor skills. While popping balloons or connecting dots, toddlers get to learn about different number amounts and putting things in alphabetical order.

Age Group: Ages 5 and under.

Price in the iTunes Store: FREE

1 Writing Wizard

How To Play: Writing Wizard helps toddlers learn how to actually write letters and words by tracing letters on the screen with their fingers. Parents can customize how big or small the words their kids are working with and the size of the letters themselves. At the very least, it's a fantastic way to begin preparing your toddler for preschool.

Age Group: Ages 5 and under.

Price in the iTunes Store: $4.99

Finding the best apps for your toddler can be hard since there's no shortage of apps that your little one can enjoy. But if you can adopt at least a few of these into your toddler's iPad activities, you'll both have fun while they learn.

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