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Best Apps for 12-18 Months

Whilst we would not recommend children spending long periods on apps or other screen-based software at 12 – 18 months, if you are keen to let your child try them for a few minutes at a time at this age here are some great apps that can entertain and support development in various areas.

Related: Best Toddler apps

These apps will help your kids to discover a wonderful world of different shapes, colors and sounds, not mention learning how to use interactive devices. Here is our list of the 10 best apps for your 1-year-old:

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    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    This app is first and foremost a colouring app that is aimed at the younger end of the market. However, this doesn't mean that it can only be used by younger users in fact being a colouring app and colouring being linked strongly to positive mental health this app could indeed be used by anyone of any age. That being said this is app will though, predominately be used by those children on the younger end of the scale. The developer's have recognised this and have created the app to help parents engage young children in the content of the app whilst also keeping them busy, something the developers claim is every parents dream!

    Devices: Windows


    Zayn and Zayna’s Little Farm is about a family that lives in an English village. The aim of the application is to provide simple activities to reinforce the principal that family life is the foundation of human society and is the seed bed for passing on some key virtues. The application has a great variety of activities ranging from videos to colouring in sheets that can be printed out.

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    Montessori Preschool app is crammed full of high-quality learning activities for young children. It packages them into an environment that encourages exploration and stress-free learning. The Montessori Preschool app is available to download for iOS (iPad and iPhone) and Android devices. Download Montessori Preschool for free. There are in-app purchases available. To unlock even more content by subscribing starting at £5.99

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    This app is aimed at helping young children, who are just beginning to learn about language and numbers, the opportunity to extend their understanding through creative enterprises. Users are encouraged to draw a number of different pictures throughout the app which are all linked to the learning of specific areas such as language or numeracy. These are all backed up with lots of helpful comments and directions through the app meaning that there is a lot of support even for those children who are just beginning to learn all the new aspects of communication. The developer has a few other apps in a similar vein, and these are all well used across many platforms with lots of users currently accessing their content.

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    My Pizza Family is designed for young children and offers emotional and social learning experiences as well as some more traditional learning activities.  Players take part in the lives of Alex and Camilla as they learn and help their family in the best Pizzeria in Toon York City.

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    Kiddopia is a collection of games and activities designed to entertain and educate kids. This app is available for iOS and Android devices and is free to download. Kiddopia app helps to develop cognitive development and is suitable for children over the age of one.  Kiddopia is a fun app that teaches a variety of skills to young children. It covers everything from shapes, colors, alphabet, spelling, logic and patterns to creativity and self-expression. The games are designed by parents focused on making the learning process fun and intuitive. Kiddopia is free to download for iOS (iPad and iPhone) and Android devices. 

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    Join the star of the Baby Joy Joy YouTube channel on an arcade-style adventure to learn about numbers and letters.  With forgiving gameplay designed for young children, it is good fun and introduces the names of letters and numbers to young learners.

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    The software ‘Baby Games: Knowledge park’ is an exciting educational learning app suitable for boys and girls aged 1 year and above. The app features four exciting themed zones that focus on Numbers, Colouring, Letters and shapes. Each zone provides a variety of educational, fun and engaging games that are child-friendly and beautifully presented. The application is free from in-app adverts and offers in-app purchases for further levels. 

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    Brili Routines-Visual Timer is a dynamic visual scheduling app that takes the chaos and stress out of daily routines. 

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    Speech Blubs is a Speech Therapy app that uses voice controlled and video technology to develop speech articulation for young children with or without speech difficulties. Speech Blubs is free to download for iOS and Android devices. It helps develop cognitive and communication skills as well teaching children how to read. This app is best suited for children 2-11. The app has thousands of activities that aid over practice of speech sounds in a fun and engaging way. Speech Bulbs is available for iOS (iPad and iPhone) and Android devices. 

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    Entertainment, education, songs, and puppets - Hip Hop Kangaroo and Friends brings a modern spin to a classic children's learning experience and offers great fun at a fantastic price.

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    Otsimo Speech Therapy is a voice-controlled and video modelling-based language and speech therapy app.

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    In this polar-themed app, children help Ruffy the Husky assemble his broken pictures.  As they play, they learn the names of each letter, number, and a variety of shapes.  Success is rewarded with a selection of fun animations.

    Devices: iPhone iPad


    Resilient Family: Happy Child provides simple mindfulness based, movement and awareness training for individuals, parents and older and younger children. It uses movement to discharge stress and build body awareness.   The aim is to support development of resilience and self-regulation through training in mindful movements.  

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    Who's Hiding There? is a delightful interactive storybook designed for young readers.  With its interactive elements and optional narrator, it is great for shared bedtimes and independent constructive entertainment. 

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    Pepi Wonder World is an educational app that encourages kids to use their imagination and creativity through its free-play design. Pepi Wonder World puts a toybox of colourful characters, worlds, and objects in your mobile device. Together they form the keys to a world of discovery and imagination for your young child.

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    Little Robot Shapes and Colors is a beautifully designed collection of games designed to help young children develop shape and colour matching skills.  It provides an unpressured environment and a calm play experience that children will enjoy using to learn.

    Devices: iPhone iPad


    Visual Reading-Special Education is a targeted program to support learners with special educational needs and associated learning difficulties. Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) principles are used to engage children in reading. 

    Devices: Android


    Peek and Seek has been created to address a very specific need - that of developing visual discrimination skills in children.  Through careful graphical design and varied tasks, it meets its aims.

    Devices: iPhone iPad


    Join Stampy the Wizard as he searches through the village for his missing wand in this eBook-style app that merges a hand-made setting with modern technology to form a fun and entertaining experience for parents and children.

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    Smart baby is an educational game for the early development of children from two years old plus. The game has six learning games for pre-schoolers with a combination of letters, numbers, shapes and colours. The app claims to develop the child’s logic, attention, memory and fine motor skills.

    Devices: iPhone iPad


    Toddler Learning Games is designed to appeal to young children with its vibrant appearance and to parents with its many learning games suitable for toddlers.  It is packed full of content and more is added on a regular basis for those who subscribe. 

    Devices: iPhone iPad


    Peg and Pog are two children who want your child to join them as they play.  The app provides a place where you and your child can play, experiment, talk and learn together.

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    Reading Eggs is the multi-award winning learning programme that helps children learn to read. They will learn how to read using interactive reading games, guided reading lessons, fun activities and over 2,000 digital story books. It is recommended as one of the best reading apps for kids by our parents and teachers. This app is available on the iPhone, iPad and Android devices.

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


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