I have never been one of those moms who is opposed to screen time. I know there is a stigma towards iPads and televisions in kids under a certain age, but for our family it works. Whether it is to distract my child so I can take a shower in peace, for long trips in the car or on an airplane, or just for some leisurely educational fun, we love the iPad in our house. Here are my favorite apps that are both fun and educational for toddlers ages 1-3.
1. Mini U- Zoo Alphabet
This app helps teach kids the alphabet in flash card form. Each card has a different animal with a narrated and interactive letter. At the end of the flash card set you can even take a quiz to see which letters you have learned.
2. Youtube Kids
This app is definitely a household favorite. No longer do I have to worry about what my toddler may get into when browsing through videos. It has its own channels just for children to watch and NO ads. You can even set a timer to restrict how long your child uses the iPad. Total savior!
3. Nighty Night! and Nighty Night! Circus
These apps are actually a part of our bedtime routine on most nights. There are several animals on the farm and at the circus that need to be put to sleep. You can interact with them and then shut out the lights so the animal goes to sleep. After putting all of the animals to sleep, it prompts you to go ‘nighty night,’ and I let Mila turn out the lights throughout the house.
4. Little Fox Music Box.
An interactive song book and music studio. Right now Mila is super into “Old Macdonald” so we play this song over and over on here. She gets to click along with all the animals on the page and even change the seasons, making each animal have new interactions.
5. Peek-a-Zoo Pack.
This has always been one of our favorites for ages 1-2. With a single click new animals will come out of hiding and play Peekaboo. Each animal has its own interaction and will make different sounds/movements. Mila has always been a huge fan of animals and learned most of her animal words through this app.
6. Petting Zoo
Petting Zoo is an interactive picture book with musical sounds for each animal. The hand drawn art, humor, and music is fun for the whole family. This is one of those apps that I enjoy watching and playing as well.
Do you guys have any of these apps? Are there any I left out that you and your toddler enjoy? If so, please share and we will try them out!