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Best Apps for Toddlers

Developmental play is fun for toddlers! Find creative apps to help you entertain and stimulate your 1½, to 3-year-old child. Encourage cognitive and language development with these fun, everyday toddler learning apps.

Digital tablets seem like they were tailor-made for toddlers: intuitive, easy-swipe games, inviting animation, and the ability to keep wiggle worms calm, even on long car rides. From practicing those ABCs to putting together all kinds of puzzles, here are the best toddler-friendly apps.

    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 , iPad

    This app links to the popular Reading Eggs website and programme. The programme aims to help young children learn how to read through the fun exploration of different games as they make their journeys through different settings and games. Children learn to read through phonics as they begin the process of learning this important life skill.

    Devices: iPad

    Speech Blubs is a Speech Therapy application that uses voice controlled and video technology to develop speech articulation for young children with or without speech difficulties. The app has thousands of activites that aid over practice of speech sounds in a fun and engaging way. 

    Devices: Android , iPad

    ‘Baby Mozart Children’s Music’ is a unique application that is guaranteed to help improve your babies sleep and help develop their brain by listening to music. The application is full of content and includes high quality popular classical music tracks, lullaby’s, audio flashcards, nursery rhymes and much more. The app is free from in-app adverts although there are in-app purchases that relate to other musical packages that you can purchase such as Popular Kids songs, Children’s Classic songs, Christmas Classics and more.

    Devices: iPad

    Kindergarten Kids Math Games is a wide-ranging maths learning program for children of ages between 3 to 5. There are over 180 maths games with activities that essentially cover the curriculum for the UK ensuring a coverage of the basic concepts in maths principles.   The games and activities contain a rich variety of bright and colourful animations to keep children focused and amused.

    Devices: Android , iPad

    KidzGrow is a skills development mobile application available for both iOS and Android devices. The app contains activities for children aged 0-6 and can be customised to a child’s age. Suggested activities support five domains of development: Gross motor skills, fine motor skills, cognitive skills,  speech-language skills, social skills. The app provides personalised feedback after a child has completed an activity and an overall progress summary for  each set of skills indicating the percentage of activities achieved, not achieved and not attempted.

    Devices: Android , iPad

    Reassure your child as you share their bedtime with this storybook-style app designed to show that there is nothing to fear when the lights go out.

    Devices: Android , iPad

    Puzzle World is an app designed to help your child with geography. The app has a number of countries to discover each with colourful illustrations and fitting puzzle parts, related to the culture and iconic features. Children learn about national traditions, geography, anthems, country flags and monuments. 

    Devices: Android , iPad

    Bingo is essentially an educational game based around the game Bingo as the title would suggest. The interesting aspect of this game is the fact that a number of different devices connect across a common WiFi system to play the game. One iPad is the controller and they flip the cards to the other devices on request. The game has an immediate ‘social’ property that is an example of technology enhancing the social process.

    Devices: Android , iPad

    This application is essentially a reading app with a twist. The twist is the fact that the stories can be narrated by you or anyone else of your choice and the programme is interspersed by educational content and games. All of the child’s interactions are recorded and the parent can look them up on the management dashboard. The app developer has stated that the stories and games provide a complete curriculum for children between 2 and 6 years old. They also have an Arabic version.

    Devices: Android , iPad

    Hopster provides a safe place for young children to access educational and entertaining media.  Famous characters, actors, and writers all feature in its superb content.

    Devices: Android , iPad

    Funny Teeth! Fun games for kids is essentially a game about, as you may have guessed from the title, dental hygiene. The worthy message is wrapped up in a number of amusing games to stimulate logic and reasoning. 

    Devices: iPad

    KiddZtube is a video-quiz app that has selected and sanitised a vast range of YouTube videos making them safe for children to use and free from distractions. A group of teachers have selected the videos and written context-specific questions for essentially pre-school children to learn.

    Devices: Android , iPad

    Boo Articulation Helper is an app that helps children to practice speech sounds that they need to improve. The app encourages children to imitate articulated sounds and raise phonological awareness.

    Devices: iPad

    Just having the knowledge to solve problems is not enough. Children need the confidence to develop their own strategies to reach a solution. Kids Brain Games by Digital Copel is fun, varied and constantly challenging children to develop their thinking skills.

    Devices: Android , iPad

    Animal Band is an application that encourages young children to explore music while listening to their favourite nursery rhymes and popular early years songs. All the animals that make up the band are asleep and the user has to wake them up and they then begin to sing or play instruments. The animals have a limited time before they start falling asleep again so the child will have to remain observant to keep them awake.

    Devices: iPad

    Outloud Citymals is an app that can be used to support speech production, understanding emotion/causality and develop communication skills in children with complex communication needs. The app can used across a variety of settings; therapeutic, education and home. 

    Devices: iPad

    Sea, from Papoo Games, is an interactive picture book with illustrations, pictures, and sounds taken from habitats around the sea. The app has been carefully designed with engaging illustration of various types of sea and coast environments, followed by a selection of real life photographs of the objects or themes in their setting. The app does not include any words or speaking and is designed to work internationally, with guidance from parents or carers to take their children through the journey.

    Devices: Android , iPad

    Animals, from Papoo Games, is an interactive picture book with illustrations, pictures, and sounds drawn from five different worlds. The app has been carefully designed with engaging illustration of various different animals, followed by a selection of real life photographs of the animals in their natural environment. The app does not include any words or speaking and is designed to work internationally, with guidance from parents or carers to take their children through the journey.

    Devices: Android , iPad

    This app is designed to build and develop your keyboard skills and pitch identification. It takes you through from basic songs using animals to identify notes, to developing to more difficult songs, removing colours to ensure further complexity, and then eventually removing the animal, so that the pupil can identify the note purely by where it belongs on the stave and on the keyboard. There are also flashcards in order to explain each note, and where it belongs on the stave, before moving onto the next one. 

    Devices: iPad