There’s no getting away from technology and toddlers, and as much as there is a concern about time spent on tablets and cell phones, there’s no doubt that limited tech-time isn’t a bad thing.
Here’s a list of the top apps (according to this particular website)
Endless Alphabet is a huge hit in my house, especially first thing in the morning. It sees users learn the alphabet by sliding “talking” letters into place to spell various words. Think “Gargle” and “Quarrel” rather than “Cat” or “Dog”. They are then rewarded with an amusing animation illustrating the definition.
App Store: Endless Alphabet (Free)
As parents and their children read about the likes of Charlie the Chipmunk and Eli the Elephant, kids are encouraged to find the first letter of the animal in the animations. They also get to practice drawing letters on an interactive sketchpad.
App Store: Wee Alphas ($2.99)
Rather than simply trying to teach kids the names of the various animals featured in this stylish app, Peek-a-Zoo also aims to educate them about emotions, actions and positions. Examples include trying to identify the character in an image who is crying or hiding.
App Store: Peek-a-Zoo ($0.99)
Eric Carle’s My Very First App
Eric Carle is probably best known for The Very Hungry Caterpillar, but his My Very First Books are also very popular and this app is the digital version of them. Complete with his distinctive illustration style the app consists of interactive games that teach about things like colors, animals, shapes and numbers. In-app purchases add additional games.
App Store: Eric Carle’s My Very First App ($1.99)
Maily: Your Kids’ First Email
Though it might still be a while until your toddler needs to send emails, it can be a nice way for them to keep in contact with family members. Maily is a parent-controlled email account that makes it easy to create images and messages and then share them.
App Store: Maily: Your Kids’ First Email (Free)
In Peekaboo Barn, young users press on the doors of a barn to discover who is inside. They then get to meet a variety of animated barnyard animals as they hear the noises they make and how to say their names. There’s also the option to record your own (or your child’s) voice saying the names of the animals.
App Store: Peekaboo Barn ($1.99)