In my post on Apps for Preschoolers, I admitted that I have really fought against my kids using the iPad/iPhone. I finally conceded for a variety of reasons, but mostly because I want to use technology as a tool for helping my kids learn (within reason and with time limitations, of course). I had several people ask if I would share apps for kids of other ages (besides preschool), so I thought I would start with the only other age of child I have–a toddler! I have compiled our top 10 apps for toddlers below. Seven of the apps you must purchase and three of the apps are free!
Although I am sharing with you these apps that I have found beneficial, I want you to remind you to exercise extreme moderation with how much time you let your child sit behind any screen. Hands-on, creative learning will ALWAYS trump electronic learning (in my opinion anyway). I encourage you to use these apps as a tool for no more than a few minutes at a time.
1. Peekaboo Barn (iPhone or iPad–$1.99) This is a very simple app for young toddlers than introduces a child to animal names using a peek-a-boo format in a barn (hence the name). The animal name is said by the most adorable toddler voice. The animal does make a sound right before its name is said, but it is much softer than the name so it is difficult to hear.