Looking for some ideas of iPad Apps for toddlers? Look right here. Love it or hate it, you can’t deny that the iPad can be a lifesaver when flying with small children. It would be all too easy to switch on Frozen or 6-hours worth of back-catalogue Peppa Pig to keep the little ones quiet, but I prefer to load up the iPad with educational apps, so at least I can fool myself that there is some benefit to their 40,000 feet iPad binge… and I can sip on a gin and tonic and watch a Jennifer Aniston movie with a guilt-free conscience. Obviously they eventually gravitate towards Disney movies, but at least I tried, right?!
Here is a round-up of some of the best iPad apps for toddlers (ages 1-3 approx.), as tried and tested by my kids over the years. If you have any other favourites to share – please leave a comment below, I am always looking for new ones.
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by Night & Day Studios, Inc
A bouncy little barn encourages little fingers to press on it and see which animal will be hiding behind the sliding doors. Helps with learning animal names and sounds. A great first app for younger toddlers to learn how to use the iPad.
Happy Babies: Ladybird Baby Touch
by Penguin Books
Another favourite iPad app with younger toddlers. A succession of mummy and daddy animals float onto screen and are joined by their babies when the screen is touched. Simple and effective, the bright colours and soporific music keeps novice iPad users mesmerized.
My Little Town: Toddler’s Seek & Find
by wonderkind GmbH
This interactive picture book contains over 80 animations. Simply click on different parts of the drawing and see it come to life, with sound effects too. Make kids brush their teeth, mum flip the pancakes, a man walk his dog, and even a crocodile appear out of the sewer. (Even the grandparents had a fight over who got to play with this one!)
Puzzle – fun for kids 2
by Jens Blom
This digital equivalent of a wooden puzzle, the iPad app for toddlers encourages little ones to drag objects onto the corresponding shadow shapes. Once they’ve completed each of the twelve different scenes, there’s the added fun of popping the balloons that float onto the screen.
Amazing Shape Puzzle
by Joy Preschool Game
Once your toddlers have mastered the simple puzzles above, they can move onto this more sophisticated version. Each scene contains a selection of 5 or 6-piece puzzles. Once each puzzle is complete, the word is clearly vocalised to help with vocabulary building.
Monkey’s Preschool Lunch Box
by THUP Games
Help Monkey to pack his lunch box by playing a selection of six educational games, including colours, matching, counting, letters, puzzles, spot the difference and shapes. The monkey does backflips when you get it right.
by Cubic Frog Apps
Another educational iPad app for toddlers, where a selection of games helps your toddler learn numbers, colours, matching, directions and sizes. Parental controls enable you to choose which games are played and at what level, meaning the app can be tailored to suit your child.
Lazoo Art Box
by Lazoo Worldwide, Inc
Watch pictures come to life, as your little one’s squiggles, drawings and colouring-ins become animated. Simply scribble on or colour in the picture, press GO, and watch the scribbles swirl, rock, soar and wiggle.
Peppa Pig’s Party Time
by P2 Games Limited
Peppa is having a birthday party and your toddler is invited! Help Peppa design the invitations, fill the goody bags and make the cake, before joining in with party game favourites Pass the Parcel, Musical Chairs and the Pinata. Fun!
Itsy Bitsy Spider
by Duck Duck Moose
A fun, interactive musical book, based on the popular children’s song. Sing along to the song as you help the spider climb up the water spout, count nuts with a squirrel, play peek-a-boo with a frog and watch a caterpillar become a beautiful butterfly. Also available as part of the Favourite Nursery Rhymes bundle.
Looking for some ideas for other toys and activities to pack for your holiday? Then check out our other post: Top Ten Toys to Pack for Toddlers and Pre-schoolers.
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