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Great iPhone apps for Toddlers

posted by Alex Porter on October 06, 2011

The iPhone's touchscreen interface is a perfect, simple introduction to interactivity for little hands. So if you have a toddler in your home, give this handful of safe, smart and fun apps a try. They have both kid and parent appeal. And if you're looking for choices for a slightly older child, take a look at our picks of apps for pre-k learners.

The Wheels on the BusThe Wheels on the Bus
An interactive version of the popular kids song, the app has loads of items to touch, swipe and poke, and a bright, fun art style. Kids can hear the song in English, French, German or Spanish, or even record themselves singing. The simple, bright art style and playful, surprising bits of interaction make for lots of replay value, too. For three-year-olds, really any app from developer, Duck, Duck, Moose is a great early learning choice, but this one is a nice starter. Price: $0.99 on iTunes


Moo, Baa, La La La! Moo, Baa, La La La!
What’s not to love about the simple, charming rhymes and illustrations by beloved children’s author, Sandra Boynton? They’re presented in this app as a traditional board book, but with interactive elements. Kids can be read to by an audio narrator with text highlighting, or have a parent read to them. Better still, every animal than appears on the page responds by quacking, barking, moving and more. Price: $1.99 on iTunes


Sound ShakerSound Shaker
Think of this as baby rattle 2.0. You start by picking sounds to play with such as chime, whistle, drum, barnyard animal and mystery. Sounds are created by tapping the screen, and represented by colorful circles that can be rolled around, flicked and expanded. The whimsical, simple interface and surprising audio effects make this a gem for sound exploration. Price: $1.99 on iTunes


Pat the Bunny Pat the Bunny
Another childhood classic – this one first published in 1940 – gets a digital makeover. Random House has turned Dorothy Kunhardt’s touch-and-feel children’s book into an interactive experience in which kids catch butterflies, tuck the bunny in bed, color. The app lets users pop bubbles, bang pots and pans, catch butterflies, tuck the bunny into bed and more. The app even lets iPad2 users “look in the mirror” by accessing the tablet’s dual cameras. Price: $3.99 on iTunes


Jellytoons Toddler Skills: Bobo’s Birthday ChallengeJellytoons Toddler Skills: Bobo’s Birthday Challenge
Of all the apps in the toddler category, this one has the most, rich educational value. Featuring the Jellytoons, a crew of silly, gelatinous creatures, the game takes the user into six, birthday-themed mini-games. Fine motor, shape and color recognition and counting skills are put to work and the game also tracks a child’s progress in each area, too. $1.99 on iTunes


Family and Parenting, Phones and Mobile, Mobile Apps, iPhone/iPad Apps, Baby & Toddler, Guides & Reviews

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From Angus on October 12, 2011 :: 10:06 am

This is a really useful list - thanks. I especially like the look of Pat the Bunny. One I discovered recently via The Guardian newspaper is Me Books. You can read or listen to vintage fairy tales from much loved UK publisher Ladybird Books and then, the best bit, you can draw around words or images with your finger and record your own voiceover or sound effects. This makes the story telling experience so much fun for the kids and really helps them learn how to read. There’s a sweet video on their website if you want to know more - Right, I’m off to download Pat the Bunny!



From Vladislav Rakov on October 18, 2011 :: 9:25 am

I haven’t thought that toddlers need apps actually but though good idea for their bringing up and development.I saw similar apps at snappii web site which is really useful for those who are fond of creating apps.



From Miriam H on May 24, 2012 :: 2:29 pm

Hi Alex,

I read your post and i found it very useful, especially learning of Pat the Bunny which i didn’t know about and my girls enjoy very much now.

Couple of big hits with my kids that are also worth mentioning are:
it’s a small world by Disney -
and Blue Hat, Green Hat by Sandra Boynton



From Terry Granderson on August 20, 2012 :: 3:04 pm

My daughter loves Toy Store Delivery Truck, Singing City, FlySmacker, Guess Who Silly Shadows and Baby Tap and Learn.


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