Best iPad Apps for Toddlers

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?!

best ipad apps for toddlers

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.

  1. Peekaboo Barn

    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.

Download Peekaboo Barn here

  1. 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.

Download Happy Babies: Ladybird Baby Touch here

  1. 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!)

Download My Little Town: Toddler’s Seek & Find here

  1. 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.

Download Puzzle – fun for kids 2 here

  1. 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.

Download Amazing Shape Puzzle here

  1. 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. 

Download Monkey’s Preschool Lunch Box here

  1. Preschool Edukitty

    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.

Download Preschool Edukitty here

  1. 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.

Download Lazoo Art Box here

  1. 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!

Download Peppa Pig’s Party Time here

  1. 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.

Download Itsy Bitsy Spider here

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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