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Toddler Talk: Best Apps

Today's babies are born with this strange innate ability to work a touchscreen, and toddlerhood is the perfect time to flex those skills. (It's also just about the time when mom needs something to occupy her little ones during extra-long car rides or just for five minutes of quiet time. Funny how that works out.)

Download these toddler-approved apps for those times when you really need something fun, interactive, and a little educational:

Peekaboo Barn

Even the youngest toddlers will love tapping and swiping the little barn as animals pop out, teaching animal sounds and names. You can even choose a different language, or record your own voice.

Night & Day Studios Inc., $2

My Coloring Book

This was my son’s very first iPhone app, and it fully occupied him through even the longest rides and the longest lines. (Heck, I’ve gotten sucked into the coloring game, myself.)

Jeff Pedersen, FREE

Shapes Toddler

They’ll think they’re playing a fun little game, all while learning their shapes through puzzles, flashcards, and quizzes.

Toddler Teasers, FREE

Little Fox Music Box

It’s like an interactive songbook that always has little ones laughing, tapping, and singing. Choose between classic toddler tunes (like Old MacDonald or London Bridges) or record your own song.

Shape Minds and Moving Images GmbH, $3

Wee Alphas

This app—which is like an interactive ABC book—is one of my favorites for older toddlers. Not only does it involve the alphabet (a favorite subject for toddlers), but the illustrations and sentences are more modern and fun than typical ABC apps.

Wee Society LLC, $3

Jake’s Never Land Pirate School

And if your little one is a Disney Junior fan, like mine, this app will be a top pick. It’s interactive, entertaining, and includes a variety of different games (like sailing a boat around obstacles and recording their own music).

Disney, FREE

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