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Pedagogical studies show that early learning has a tremendous impact on the health, success, and intelligence levels of a child.
Therefore parents need to create a safe and interesting environment that stimulates the toddler’s curiosity and builds a strong foundation for the development of motor skills, cognitive skills, communication, and social skills as well as their IQ and EQ.
There are toddler apps designed by experts that can help you in your endeavor.
These early learning apps have fun animations, peppy music, and bright and vibrant colors to capture the little one’s interest.
While some apps are just for entertainment, there are many apps that combine fun and learning.
We’ve listed the top 24 toddler apps that you can download to help in your child’s early learning.
|ABC Mouse||PBS Kids||Monkey Preschool||Space Vehicles||Fish School|
|Trucks||Peekaboo Barn||Sesame Street Alphabet Kitchen||Reading Eggs||Dora and Friends|
|Little Builders||The Very Hungry Caterpillar Play & Explore
|BBC CBeebies Storytime||Nighty Night Circus||Kids Brain Trainer|
|Owl and Pals||Kutuki||YouTube Kids||Kindergarten Kids Learning App||Metamorphabet|
|Teletubbies Playground Pals||Bugs and Buttons||Moose Math
1. ABC Mouse
This early learning app for toddlers has activities that focus on reading, math, science, art and colors.
This app can be downloaded on smartphones, computers, and tablets for easy access anywhere anytime.
It has a progress tracking feature that allows parents to track the learning. The progress is depicted in easy-to-understand graphs.
Kids earn rewards and tickets on the successful completion of activities. Apart from learning activities, the app also has an interactive zoo, an interactive farm, and an aquarium where kids can interact with the animals.
It helps build communication skills and encourages creative thinking.
2. PBS Kids
PBS Kids keeps your tot occupied with interesting games, videos, shows, plays, and lots more.
It’s not just fun and entertainment. This app also learning activities, crafts and experiments that encourage learning the fun way.
The hands-on virtual learning activities revolve around reading, math, science, art, and literacy.
It also has activities that aid the development of social skills, emotional awareness, and self-awareness.
The app also has a section for parents. This section offers resources that they can use to help their children learn. Experts also talk about various challenges and give tips on various concepts.
Designed and released by Thup Games, the Monkey Preschool Lunchbox has a suite of fun and animation games that teach children all about colours, counting, shapes and letters. The app also has puzzles and spot the difference games. An animated monkey keeps your kid company as he/she plays the games or solves the puzzles. They earn colourful animated stickers based on the progress in the game.
An app that quenches your child’s thirst to know more about space and space vehicles. The kid-friendly gameplay is designed with vibrant and interesting animations that grab the child’s attention. The children get to play with 5 astro vehicles such as module transporter, rocket launching system, rock and driller rover, moon rover and Mars rover.
5. Fish School
The Fish School is an early learning app that teaches numbers, colors, shapes, and letters the fun way.
All the activities are set in an underwater environment, which makes it even more interesting.
The educational activities include finding the differences, identifying the matches, and playing games.
The Fish School is a subsidiary of Khan Academy. It has won the Children’s Technology Review Editor’s Choice Award for Excellence in Design and the Parents’ Choice Gold Award.
If your little bundle of joy loves playing with his/her truck toys, then download this app This free app is from Duck Duck Moose that has won Parent’s Choice Awards, Children’s Technology Review, and Best Children’s App awards.
This entertainment app has 5 interesting activities that revolve around trucks and keep your toddler engaged.
Launched in 2008, Peekaboo Barn is one of the most popular games for toddlers. This app was researched for its success in integrating play and learning by the scholars at the Illinois Institute of Technology. All the activities are set in a farm. This toddler app game has many friendly animals that “talk” to the children, making them subconsciously learn sounds, letters, names and basic literacy skills.
The Sesame Street Alphabet Kitchen teaches alphabets the fun way. It was a winner of the 2016 Cynopsis Kids !magination Awards: Best Mobile App – Preschool. Children cut, prepare and frost cookies shaped like alphabets. The app teaches letter identification, letter sounds, and letter blending. As they learn to put the letters together, the toddlers also learn to form words and gradually build their vocabulary.
9. Reading Eggs
This multi-language learning app has guided learning activities, reading games, and activities for toddlers. The Reading Eggs junior is designed for toddlers of ages 2 to 4.
It teaches phonics and letter identification using videos, read-aloud books and games.
The Reading Eggs is for children of ages 3 to 7. The activities focus on building vocabulary, comprehension, and phonics. This self-paced educational app also has more than 2500 e-books.
Let your little explorer learn the world around him/her with Dora and her friends. This app is based on Nick Jr’s show of the same name.
The kids get to join Dora on a virtual tour as she explores the world. They can choose Dora’s friends to join the exploration or create custom friends. Kids can decide on the hairstyles, facial features, and characters of the custom friends. The activities in the app encourage creative thinking, curiosity, imagination, and storytelling.
11. Little Builders
Does your little one love to build things? Then he/she will love the Little Builders app.
This 3D app gives a realistic feel of the environment and equipment. Your child gets to virtually visit a construction site and do the various construction tasks such as mixing cement, driving a sweet sweeper, operating a crane, laying a roof and painting a building.
Winner of the Kidscreen 2016 Award and the Mom’s Choice Silver Award, the Very Hungry Caterpillar Play & Explore app is great for toddlers.
It is available in 5 languages – English, German, Spanish, Japanese, and French. This 3D app designed for early learners teaches counting, sorting, and facts. The activities are also designed to enhance memory skills. This app has 8 activities, which include mazes, jigsaw puzzles, and interactive games.
If your child loves listening to stories, download this app. The simple stories are based on CBeebies characters.
The app has Read to me/Read to myself option.
The words highlight as they are being readout, making it easy for children to follow the story on the device as they listen to it.
The stories encourage creative thinking and also help build language and communication skills.
Activities and questions at the end of each story encourage children to recollect what they’ve heard and respond to. It helps build their memory skills.
The Nighty Night Circus is another interesting story-based app for toddlers. With this app, you will never run out of bedtime stories for your tot.
The app works even without network connectivity.
Also, you can set it to autoplay mode and the app automatically starts telling the story. It is available in multiple languages including Spanish, German, English, Italian, French, Chinese, Swedish, Russian, Korean and Japanese.
This fun app has brain exercises that stimulate the child’s cognitive skills such as visual-motor coordination, visual-spatial coordination, visual attention, bilateral coordination, tactile skills and short-term memory skills. The themed games with colourful illustrations and animations captivate the child’s attention.
16. Owl and Pals
The Owls and Pals is an activity-based app for preschool kids. It has plenty of riveting games such as shape sorting, alphabet bubbles, counting bubbles, shape racing, letter raindrops, fruit catch, jigsaw puzzles, color toy box, and shadow matching. The sound effects, interesting light effects, and gripping narration will keep the kids glued to the game.
This early learning app designed for Indian children has rhymes, videos, songs, and other activities to keep the little ones occupied.
The app has stories that revolve around Indian festivals, culture, and tradition.
It also has activities that help children learn numbers, alphabets, vocabulary, colors, shapes, and lots more.
The illustrations and animations are created based on Indian children, which the toddlers can relate to.
18. YouTube Kids
Now your toddlers can enjoy watching their favourite videos on YouTube without you worrying that they will stumble into inappropriate content.
YouTube Kids creates an environment where you can guide your child to access age-appropriate content.
Parents can also set timers to keep the child from watching the screen for too long. You also have an option to block websites. YouTube Kids has videos on toys and play, learning and hobbies, shows and cartoons, and arts and crafts.
This educational app from Greysprings features interactive games and activities that keep the children interested.
The activities are designed to teach shapes, rhymes, alphabets, counting, body parts, and lots more.
All the activities are designed keeping the toddler’s short attention span. This activity-based learning app keeps your child occupied and also makes learning fun.
A finalist of the Independent Games Festival and winner of the Apple Design Award, Metamorphabet helps your children learn the alphabet in a fun way.
It has a toy-like design that captures the child’s interest. Kids can drag, prod, spin the alphabets to create transformations, and stunning visuals that they will love to watch.
The app encourages kids to learn new words and build their vocabulary.
A pretend play game that the whole family can play together. This app has lots of games such as Pretty Flowers, Hide and Seek, Let’s Pretend and Custard Chaos.
An activity tracker helps you track your child’s physical activity and ensure that it meets the recommended time of 1 hour.
The games encourage the child to become physically active. Hence, it is recommended that the parents have control of the game at all times.
22. Bugs and Buttons
Bugs and Buttons from Little Bit Studio encourage creative learning. A few of the activities offered in this app are sorting bugs, collecting buttons, and more.
These games help in improving memory skills, hand-eye coordination, critical thinking, and problem-solving.
The activities also help develop motor skills. The self-leveling activities come with visual cues to help children grasp easily.
23. Moose Math
This early learning app from Duck Duck Moose introduces children to the fascinating world of mathematics.
It has 5 activities that help children learn basic math activities such as counting, addition, and subtraction.
The app teaches counting up to 100 in 1’s, 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s. It will also help them master the basic geometric concepts in the kindergarten and first-grade level.
The app was developed in association with Jennifer DiBrienza, PhD, an educator from Stanford University.
24. Leapfrog Academy
Loaded with tons of books, games, videos, puzzles, music and art, the Leapfrog Academy is a complete educational and entertainment app for your tiny learner. The app has games and activities that are based on math, reading and writing, science and the world, creativity, feelings and health, and problem-solving.
My Learning Lab in the app adds extra activities in the concepts that are challenging for your child. It also has a parental dashboard where parents can create profiles for the kids, check their progress, and see what activities you can use to enhance your child’s learning curve.
There are tons of toddler apps that are designed to entertain toddlers and help them learn by exploring. However, with so many apps available, parents need to take the utmost care to ensure that the children have access only to the right and age-appropriate content.
So, it is always best to have parental guidance when children use the apps.
So, what do you think of the idea of using apps to encourage your child’s learning?
Also, let us know if you have any other suggestions for toddler apps that you think we need to add to this list.
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