We all know just how much activity and attention our kids need, and there’s nothing like using modern technology to help moms do just that. There’s no greater feeling in the world than to keep our kids busy while having fun and learning at the same time. Okay, perhaps it’s not the greatest feeling in the world. But it’s definitely in the Top 10.
So, here’s my “Top 5” list of free educational apps for toddlers, and yes, I said FREE.
1. Endless Alphabet. Available for download on the App Store, Google Play, Amazon App store for Android, and the Windows Store.
This interactive app offers tots a fun and engaging way to learn the alphabet at their own pace. There are over 50 words to learn, with letters that talk and animations that explain the words’ meanings using monsters (of the Monster’s Inc. variety). Too cute!
2. Laugh & Learn: Shapes & Colors. Available for the iPhone, iPad, Android, and Kindle for Android devices.
This is a great app for toddlers to learn shapes and colors. So what’s the “laugh” part all about, you ask? It’s the sing-a-longs. The songs are infectious and you’ll have hours of fun singing along with your toddler on these tunes.
3. Jellytoons Toddler Skills: Bobo’s Birthday Challenge. Available for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.
If you’re looking for a good app that covers more than one subject, this one will promise to be worth the time downloading it. Topics include math, logic, reasoning, health, and fitness, all under the guise of a charming birthday party theme. Games are short, with clear (and cheery) voice-over instructions, and my favorite part is the ability to track your child’s progress. Six games in all.
4. Animal Preschool Word Puzzles HD. Available for iPhone and iPad.
Ok, so this is another alphabet app, but you and I know the importance of keeping your toddler from getting bored. Plus, there’s cute little animals that you will fall in love with. Many countries have rated this app #1 for learning the alphabet. There’s a free version and a full version for $1.99.
5. Toca Kitchen Monsters. Available for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.
More monsters! Why do our little ones love these creatures? Here’s a quality app where the tots get to cook their food, and play with it! One of my favorite parts of the game is the condiments section, where food can be seasoned, and when too much salt is used, it makes the monster sad. A wonderful introduction for understanding the preparation of food, and appreciating differences in taste and preference. Plus, this fits right in with my plans to make my kids awesome chefs so that I can stop cooking when they turn 12. I’m kidding. Sort of.
Free is always good, but as a word of caution, sometimes the “free” versions of an app are designed with the intent of making you buy a “full” version. Also, sometimes these apps are only offered for a limited time as “free,” so check your app store for the latest details. Finally, if your toddlers don’t learn anything, or hate these apps, there are hundreds more to choose from on the app stores, so don’t give up. J
Share your favorite apps in the comments below. Would love to know which ones keep your little ones happy.