So I started this series not knowing that this is how it was going to end up, a series. I have told you about top apps I totally rate to improve your life and blogging. Now I bring you top apps for toddlers.
Yep, I am one of those mothers. I completely take the iPad to restaurants to keep my kids happy. Hell yes I let them play apps to encourage a bit of quiet time. I even recommend the sturdiest of iPad cases to combat wear and tear (it’s a must buy!). I think a bit of controlled iPad or tablet time is a very good thing for kids and it has only been a positive in our house.
I will ignore the obsessive watching of egg opening YouTube channels.
I am always on the look out for fun, yet educational apps for Ari to play. There are some that I completely believe got him kicking butt on counting and helping out his hand-eye coordination.
You will notice that not many of the below apps are free but I have tried lots of freebie ones and the old ‘you get what you pay for’ most often applies.
Here are some of the best apps I have found for kids under 5 years.
MooBaa $2.49 for iPhone and iPad
This one is for the little ones. Filled with beautiful animated illustrations, MooBaa is perfect in its simplicity. Just as the title suggests this app is a selection of cute animals and when tapped they make their sounds. Cute and simple. Perfect to swipe on when the interest in your phone wins out. Also a good one for the shopping trolly if the crank kicks in.
Nighty Night $5.99 for iPad and Android
Nighty Night is a bedtime story app for kids. It has fantastic graphics and lots of tap for action areas. The activity part of the app is putting all the animals to bed by clicking on any lights. As you go around you enter rooms, barns and the fish pond to visit all animals. There is an intro and an ending once everyone is in bed. I saw it promoted for helping kids go to bed and stay there but we just play it anytime. I prefer reading a real book before bed and this doesn’t get substituted for screen time.
Toddler Counting 123 free for iPhone, iPad and Android
This where I think Ari’s counting really kicked up a gear. Toddler counting 123 is a simple counting app (duh!) that you tap and count with numerals as well as written word. It has interesting pics like snails, seahorses, vans and compasses that expand the children’s knowledge base. Not a farm animal in sight! Also a good one to get counting past 10 as this app goes up to 20. The lady’s voice isn’t grating either like you can find on some educational apps.
Play School Play Time free for iPad
In this app you get Humpty ready for his birthday party by doing things like getting him dressed, baking a cake and blowing up balloons. It does have a time telling aspect to it as Humpty goes about his day and other educational parts like sight words and hand-eye coordination but for kids this app just makes it fun.
Space Explorer $3.79 for iPad and Android
Space Explorer is one of a few Sago Mini apps that we have that all basically do the same thing except it is a different animal in a different place. I could call on the hand-eye coordination again but really it is just fun dragging the dog through space stopping at different points to watch what happens. If you don’t like farts or poop then maybe it isn’t for you but kids think that stuff is funny. The Sago Mini apps are always used if we are without wifi and Ari is persisting to watch something on YouTube. I can often sway him with this.
Toca House $3.99 for iPad
Toca House is made by some very creative people at Toca Boca AB who have a swag of apps available for iPad. All that we have tried are quite good but this is my favourite. The graphics are pretty cool and it has great attention to detail. Toca House is basically a multicultural share house where you iron, mop floors, sort mail and rake leaves. It has been made to encourage cleanliness and household chores. I am still waiting for the cross over into real life but I am sure it will happen…
Breath Think Do with Sesame free for iPhone, iPad and Android
OK this one hasn’t been so successful in our house but I wanted to include it because I think the concept is great and who knows it could be understood a little in a few months. Breath Think Do with Sesame helps teach children skills such as problem solving, self-control, planning and task persistence. Through a number of activities you help sesame monsters make good choice and calm down with deep breathing exercises. There are a lot more different aspects of the app that I haven’t even got to you because Ari’s attention span with it currently is pretty short but I think it would be great value to kindy kids and even lower primary school aged kids.
Do you have any apps that you rate for kids?
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