Do you have an iPhone (or iPad or iPod Touch) and think it would be helpful to entertain your toddler with it for 2-20 minutes while you’re at a restaurant waiting for food to arrive, in the waiting area of the doctor’s office, etc? Well, since our daughter Julia was over a year old, we have resorted to getting kid friendly apps on our Apple devices and have found it wonderfully helpful! So, this post will focus on apps for toddlers – say for a 1 year to 2 or 2 1/2-years of age…yes, that means our 1-year-old, Stella, is using these now! We found these apps to be simple, entertaining, interactive and educational.
Calling All Knee Bouncers – Costs $1.99.
Straight from the website KneeBouncers.Com, this colorful app replicates a phone keypad and as your toddler presses any number the number is spoken and after pressing ten numbers or the call button, a KneeBouncer friend appears and speaks to you. It’s educational, interactive and engaging!
Tiny Tunes Toy Sound Machine – Costs $.99.
A colorful music app with base display like a set of xylophone keys and has different sounds/instruments to choose from as well as some moving/dancing animals.
Peekaboo Barn – The “lite” version is free! The full version costs $1.99.
Inside a bouncing barn are friendly farm animals waiting for your child to touch the barn and let them out. Once the farm animal is released, you hear a child say the name of the animal and you hear the noise the animal makes. Education in teaching the names and sounds of farm animals. FYI – there is also Peekaboo Forest and Peekaboo Wild.
BubbleFree – Free!
Original bubble popping app. It’s like having a sheet of bubble wrap on your screen and you just keep tapping to pop as many bubbles as you can in a time limit. Simple fun!
MiniPiano – Free!
Let your toddler tickle the ivories! A piano keyboard on your screen for easy musical entertainment.
Uncolor – Cost $.99.
For kids too young to color, they can uncolor! Simple app with a beautiful picture under a black screen that the child “uncolors” by rubbing their finger across the screen. Stella, our 1 year-old, loves doing this and seeing the magical colors appear after she swipes the black screen.
There are tons of apps out there. Share your favorites/recommendations by posting a comment! And don;t forget to update the apps you have to make sure you have the latest version/upgrades/new material!
Stay tuned for my future blog posts of our favorite apps for our preschooler and ourselves (my wife and I – our guilty pleasure that comes in handy while waiting in carpool, during dance class, etc!).