Tech time for toddlers (try saying that
three times fast) is a tricky business when it comes to parenting. You want to
do the best for your child—you're aware of the recommended limits on screen time—but you also need just 5 minutes of peace to make phone calls , do the dishes or just sit in silence to calm your
nerves. Apps for your phone and tablet have come a long way and many can even help your children in the same way Sesame Street taught
all of us how to count and say our ABCs.
Here are 10 apps for toddlers that I recommend:
1. Monkey Preschool Lunchbox
This oldie but goodie app has been keeping kids
busy for at least five years. Children learn their colors, the difference
between large and small, do puzzles and even play a matching game. After each
set, your child is rewarded with a virtual sticker.
Kids who love puzzles can't get enough of Tozzles. Your child can pick from a number of different pictures.Some are easy, while
others build upon layers to make objects like trains and airplanes. Your child
will love it when the puzzle springs to life through animation. He can control
the airplane going up or down and the train moving along the track.
3. Dr. Panda
This app is more like a video
game, but it also works fine motor skills. Kids can drive a bus around town, where they'll have to obey traffic signals and pick up passengers. In other versions, the users make food at a restaurant, travel to the airport to their next
adventure and even fly into outer space.
4. Teach Me Toddler
Children go through numbers, letters,
shapes, colors, the ABCs and counting drills to earn stickers. Once your child
graduates into Kindergarten, you can move up to a new app made just for that age group.
Work through numbers one through 20 in this fun and interactive game. Put away twelve toys, race two cars, find
13 baby chicks in eggs and more. Your child can even play over and over
again until she is sick of the number three.
6. Photo Hunt
Get your kids motivated to explore outside
and around the house with this fun and very simple app. The app will ask them
to take photos of water, clouds, patterns, flowers and even trash. Not only
will it get your kid up and moving, it can also help you get out the door so
you can explore together.
7. Pepi Bath
Teach your child simple hygiene while having
a little fun. Help the boy or girl (your choice) take a bath, do the laundry,
brush his or her teeth, or even go to the potty.
8. First Words
Kids can practice spelling from a very early
age using First Words. Parents can set difficulty level, including uppercase or
lowercase letters, letter hints (faint outline of letters), speech (sounds the letter out for your child) and letter order. After
each word is spelled, it springs to life with a little spin and goes onto the
9. Frequent Flyer
If you are planning a trip with your kids, this is the perfect app for them no matter their age. The game brings your
child through the packing process, getting to the airport, going through
security and getting on the plane. It is a fun way to take any fear out of that
10. Endless 123
Just like the name says, there seems to be endless ways to reinforce numbers in this app. Silly antics ensue as your child places the "monster" numbers in their proper order, does a little simple math and watches animated counting unfurl.