Currently, if you have children, you may have to listen to the notation that you have to limit the time toddlers spend with gadgets. And they might be right because if you don’t limit your 2-year age in using gadgets that are connected to the Internet, it could get you both in trouble. However, we know that today it is almost impossible to take a tablet from your toddler because we live in an age of technology. So why not turn your iPad into a useful instrument that will help your child develop and learn new things? Luckily, the App Store is full of interesting apps for toddlers even if you aren’t ready to pay for them. So, let’s see.
1. PBS KIDS Games
This educational application for toddlers collects more than 90 games for children aged 2-8 years. With PBS KIDS Games you can keep your child busy with a number of useful things. Playing your iPad a child will learn some basic skills and knowledge, develop intelligence, creativity, and logical thinking. There are many mazes, puzzles, dress up games for your child that will be loved.
This application is specifically designed for toddlers so they can use it safely. The application has no in-app purchases. Children will love to play with their favorite characters from PBS KIDS and will definitely find the best game. Your job as a parent is to direct your toddler and watch the space the app uses in your iPad’s storage. Remember that playing iPad can also be a good time for you and your child to spend time together.
2. Starfall FREE
Another application for your child’s education. The interface is simple enough for a 2 year old child so your child will only be familiar with electronics but will also safely learn some basic things like the alphabet, arithmetic, colors, shapes, simple songs and so on.
The game is available on the Starfall website developed by Stephen Schulz who had problems with learning as a child but now is a Ph.D. Now the task is to help children develop by giving them all the resources they need. So, let your child play and develop at the same time!
3. Alien Assignment
This is the coolest game for children of all age groups (especially toddlers) and their parents. Your child must help the cute alien Gloop family repair their spaceship.
This game is very interactive. A child must take photos of things around and find the parts needed to repair a spaceship. After everything is found, the Alien family can return to its home planet! Gleep and Glop, alien children, will provide some useful hints.
The best part is that this application encourages adults and toddlers to work together. As a parent, you must help the child review the picture and solve the problem.
This game has a good motivation system, it is not only fun but also teaches toddlers’ problem solving skills. Strongly recommended!
4. Preschool! & Toddler kids learning Abby Games
The developer of this application claims that it is perfect for preparing your child for school. This is the lite version of this application, here you can find four different games connected with numbers, letters, patterns and matching recognition. The full version contains 8 more games about other skills.
The advantage of this application is a good and understandable motivation system. The toddler is guided by a monkey and receives a gift if he succeeds. This is a good way to let children know that learning can be fun.
5. The Wheels On The Bus Musical
Ok, not all apps for iPad are good about counting and letters. This game is only fun because it’s about … singing together!
If you don’t mind your kids being noisy, little kids love this app. Full of color, it contains 12 different interactive songs throughout the game. Your child can learn useful skills and sing at the same time.
This application will bring you and your child so much joy! But be careful, this contains in-app purchases.
6. ABC Animal Toddler Adventures
Another great application for preschool education and only for your child’s pleasure. It provides several games aimed at different basic skills such as spelling, tracking, counting. The game develops creativity and cognitive abilities.
This menu can be understood intuitively so that children will handle it themselves. If a toddler is good at games, he is given a cool sticker. As I mentioned, when choosing an application for your child, you must pay attention to the motivation system. When it’s good, it will be fun for a toddler to become better and better in some skills.
This game is really cool, but in the free version, not all features are available. Pay attention to in-app purchases.
7. YouTube Kids
Okay, we all know that for our generation, the most common source of education and pleasure is YouTube where you can find anything. However, it is not safe for children because of some offensive advice and parent content.
Fortunately, there is a special YouTube for children where they can only watch good videos. YouTube Kids provides all types of parental controls. Toddlers have their own accounts. You can block any videos that your child does not want to see and watch their history. What’s more, this application provides blocks for children younger and older up to 12.
Make sure everything your little one will see will be appropriate, useful and fun!
8. PlayKids – Learn Through Play
This is a great educational platform where you can find almost all types of activities that your child needs: more than 4000 cartoons, books, games and so on. Everything needed for preschool education is there. This application supports 7 different languages so your child can also learn a foreign language.
This application has a friendly interface and it is a kind of application when one application is enough. However, to access all content, you need to subscribe. But even without subscribing, your child can enjoy this game.
9. Elmo Loves ABCs Lite
Elmo Loves ABCs is an application for learning English letters with fun. Don’t you think that learning the alphabet doesn’t have to be difficult, boring and monotonous? In this application, each letter is accompanied by a funny game, coloring pages, and Sesame Street video series that your child will definitely love!
What’s more, this application provides protection from accidentally leaving the game. So, you can be calm about your toddler using your iPad.
As for the disadvantages, the lite version of the application only gives access to 3 letters of the alphabet. However, all games with them are available.
10. Chalk Pad
Turn your iPad into a blackboard where your toddler can draw it all! Young children like to draw on tablets, it is a proven fact. Unfortunately, many applications for drawing are paid. This application is one of the best you can get for free.
Drawing pictures on an iPad is a good way to distract a fussy kid. What’s more, it develops creative abilities. You will also love to draw with your child!
This version is free and there is a paid version of this application. However, the free version has all the basic functions and even more. But beware of in-app purchases.
11. Shape Puzzle Free
A colorful puzzle game that’s great for 2-6 years old kids. Beautiful images attract your child’s attention and keep him busy for a while. What’s more, this is very useful, when a child gains skills such as matching and solving puzzles, learning the names of animals, fruits, and other items, and developing visual memory.
This is a very easy and useful game that you should try small children!
12. Toca Kitchen Monsters
The funniest game ever! Is your child not allowed to play with food in your kitchen? Give him a chance like that! A player in this game must feed two monsters with food that they cook themselves. Let your child know what monsters he likes and doesn’t like to eat.
This game is not only fun, but also teaches toddlers to distinguish between food and provide an overview of basic cooking operations. The interface is also good for small children.
13. Animal World
A cool game for young children. This game teaches the names of animals, where they live, what sounds they make. This application contains many mini games that are connected with animals.
The free version contains 9 animals. To unlock more, you have to pay. But even the limited version is still fun.
Be careful – in-app purchases.
14. Paint Sparkles Draw
Few children don’t like coloring. Coloring pages are famous for keeping toddlers busy for a long time and develop their creativity. This is a good coloring app with many tools and coloring pages. Everything your child draws you can save to the gallery.
This is probably the best coloring app for little children. Many tools are available in the lite version. Nevertheless, its biggest disadvantage is that the free version contains ads. Please, be aware of in-app purchases.
15. Fish School
A very cool educational game that is completely free for kids under 5. Cute fish will teach your child all the basics from the alphabet to how to match pictures. This application has 9 different activities that will help your child develop and have fun.
The interface is friendly, colorful and funny. This application has no in-app purchases, so make sure your child will be safe when playing it.
16. Musical Me!
Another cool, colorful, and free educational application made by Duck Duck Moose (part of the famous Khan Academy educated with toddler education) is Musical Me. This will develop your child’s memory, hearing and musical abilities, and rhythm of reason.
The game has activities with different songs (at least 7 of them) and musical instruments. Your child will love making and recognizing sounds in this game.
17. Breathe, Think, Do
This application is perfect for you if you want your child under the age of 5 to learn how to plan things, solve problems and calm down if necessary. “Breathe, think, do” is a problem solving strategy, it will help your child in constructive decision making and self-control.
In this game, your child helps The Monster overcome challenges in several daily activities. You can personalize the application by adding your own emotional language, phrases your child will hear as encouragement. This game is very helpful for children who are fussy or hyperactive.
18. Reading Train Endless Books
This application is for children who start reading. It has many books for beginners that can be read or listened to by a child. What’s more, there you can find several songs and quizzes for children. The books are divided into several categories according to level. Words learned by toddlers can be added to the integrated dictionary. The library is constantly updated.
This application is free to download: as a free user, you can get access to 30 books, 20 songs, all quizzes, and a 450 word dictionary. Even without subscribing, this application is quite useful.
19. Angry Birds 2
Of all the popular games, this is what toddlers like the most. Why? Who knows! It’s bright and colorful and there’s something flying and crashing – what else can a child need for happiness? For those who have slept for the past 10 years: the aim of the game is to throw angry angry birds into construction with pigs to destroy them all.
Your child will definitely like this game, but we recommend not to let him play without parental control.
20. Dr. Panda Town
Let your little one explore the city! In this game, players can visit different locations in the home and city of Dr. Panda, like parks, supermarkets, police stations, and so on. In every place, there is a role play.
This application is good for understanding the purpose of places in the city and daily activities. This will be a great game for the smallest children that will make them feel like adults.
This version is free, however, some locations are locked and require payment.
21. My First Vehicle Universe
All children like something that moves, drives or flies. This application will help toddlers learn vehicle types (from 8 different categories). This application has many activities where your little one will learn the type of transportation, how to match transportation and driver, and some basic road situations. This application will develop your toddler’s memory and attention and broaden their horizons and will help you both have fun.
22. My Talking Tom
This is a very popular game where your child (or you) must pay attention to a cute cat that lives in his life. You must help her with all her needs and spend time together. What’s more, he can talk about repeating your words in a funny voice.
This game will not only keep your child busy, but will also teach you how to care for pets or themselves.
23. Todo Math
Todo Math is an application to learn basic math skills. This application has a variety of math games that your child must pass to get an award. There are daily training functions and math challenges to make the learning process more interesting. This game contains 700+ different activities.
This application is paid, but you get the chance to try it for free during the trial period.
So, change the time your child spends with iPad into a useful and fun adventure! But don’t forget that the best time your child spends is when you are together.