When you’re on-the-go, or you are looking to keep your little one entertained while you have other things you need to tend to, your trusty smartphone or tablet can be a wonderful resource. Here’s a look at some awesome apps that will instill some valuable knowledge in your little tyke, help develop hand-eye-coordination, and provide him with some interactive entertainment.
15 Baby Musical Hands
With this toddler-friendly app, your little one will receive immediate audio and visual feedback, including musical sounds and brightly colored starbursts, whenever he touches the screen. There aren’t any buttons to press, or interfering ads to content with. Once your toddler develops more coordination, he can touch a colored square to hear different sounds.
This app is available for iOS and Android devices.
14 Duckie Deck Homemade Orchestra
This app features six discovery activities that will capture your toddler’s interest. Interactive activities include cleaning floors, picking fruits and vegetables from a garden and feeding animals. They also get to be magicians and pull items from a magic hat, as well as match up three-part animal puzzles. There aren’t any instructions to follow, so kids can explore as they wish. There’s also no need to worry about screen ads or links for parents.
This app is available for iOS and Android devices.
13 Baby Games My First Shapes
Reinforce color and shape learning with this app. Your little one can move shapes to the appropriate spot and interact with the different colors and animals. Take photos with the app and combine them with audio, voiceovers and words to help engage all three sight, sound and touch senses. It’s also multilingual, which offers opportunities for second language learning.
This app is available for Android and iOS devices.
12 Bubl Ice Cream
Your toddler will love making virtual ice cream sundaes with this app. She can choose her favorite ice cream flavors, touch them and drag them onto bowls, cones, or glasses. They can also add toppings. Visual and audio prompts, like “woo hoo!” will grab your toddler’s attention and encourage him to interact with this fun app.
Android and iOS users can enjoy this app.
11 Moo, Boo, La La La!
This app is a interactive version of the board book of the same name by Sandra Boynton. They can read along with the book, with or without narration, and they can also hear individual words when they tap on them. They also get to hear every sound the animals in the book make, as well as play with the animals.
iOS and Kindle Fire users can enjoy interacting with this app.
10 Five Little Monkeys
This app is inspired by the classic children’s rhyme, and it’s totally toddler-approved. Your child will love tapping on the monkeys and watching them fall off the bed. Each time a monkey “bumps” his head, stars dance around his head, and mama shows up with a phone, and an owl doctor arrives, waving his wing.
This app is available for Kindle Fire, iOS and Android devices.
9 My Very Hungry Caterpillar
Another app that is inspired by a beloved children’s classic, the My Very Hungry Caterpillar app offers a collection of activities that are centered on the caterpillar from the Eric Carle book. Kids can tap and drag on the screen to tend to gardens and care for the caterpillar. Delightful music and vibrant colors make this a totally toddler-friendly app.
This app is available for iOS, Android devices, as well as the Windows Phone.
8 Eli Explorer
Offering open-play exploration, this app helps promote speech development by teaching them how to pronounce commonly used words and phrases. Words can be heard in a variety of languages, including English, Spanish, Chinese and Russian. With the swipe of the screen or the tap of Eli, your child will be able to explore the different worlds and hear the different phrases.
iOS and Android users can download this app.
Alligator, cat, chicken, cow, dog, elephant, giraffe, hippo, lion, monkey, mouse, panda - are just a few of the animals your little one will love getting to know. Tots can learn about emotions through this interactive app. Which animal is yawning? Which is crying? Which is frowning? Kids tap on the animals that correspond to the given emotion. There are also name recognition activities to enjoy as well as lively jazz versions of popular kids songs.
iOS users can enjoy this app.
If you like wooden jigsaw puzzles, this app is an excellent way to introduce them to your toddler. Featuring a collection of jigsaw puzzles, which include animals, shapes and letters, this puzzle is fun and interactive for both toddlers and parents to enjoy together. Puzzles start out simple, with big, basic shapes, and increase in difficulty with smaller, more involved designs.
This is an iOS-friendly app.
5 Nighty Night HD
This short, interactive book is all about going to bed. It’s short and sweet, so it’s a great way to unwind before tucking your toddler in. Your child can tap the rooms on house or a barn that still has their lights on to enter them. Once they’ve entered the room, they can turn off the lights and tuck the animals in. It’s a great app for teaching cause-and-effect.
This app is available for iOS.
4 PicsArt Kids
Get your tyke’s creative juices flowing with this drawing and doodling app. It features tons of activities, like a coloring book with different templates, and a blank canvas. There’s also a mode that features mazes and shapes. Choose the brushes and colors you want to use, and then save the creations in the gallery.
Android and iOS users can download this app.
3 Duckie Deck Collection
Teach your toddler how to perform simple, but important, life tasks with this app. There are a total of six mini games, which are simple, yet imaginative. Each game reinforces different skills, such as feeding animals, or cleaning up, and reinforces the habit. The app also features matching games.
This app is available for both iOS and Android devices.
2 Lego Duplo Train App
My toddler LOVES this app! Your tot can build and drive his very own toy train and then act as the engineer, guiding the train to different locations and picking up passengers and cargo. The colors are bright and vibrant, and the directions are easy to follow. A big hand appears on the screen to show your toddler what needs to be done.
1 Potty Time with Elmo
If you’re ready to introduce potty training to your toddler, this app is an excellent tool. It’s educational and features fun songs and games that are based on the bright red, friendly and beloved Elmo. Tots can give Elmo a drink of water from a sippy cup and then help him use the potty. There’s a virtual sticker book, which acts as a reward system, too! Positive reinforcement when potty-training is always a good idea as is this app!