If you are a modern mama like I am and you’re okay with letting your children use technology for their education or for technology interaction then this post will benefit you. In this post, I am going to talk about my favorite mommy and toddler approved apps. I have a daughter who is 3 and a son who is going to be turning 2 very soon. Both of them know how to use an iPad and these apps have helped encourage learning and creativity in a fun way! I like to set aside 30 minutes to 1 hour a day of time for my kids to use the educational apps on their iPads. I also use this really helpful tool (Guided Access) on the iPad that allows me to lock the screen so they can’t change what they are doing. It requires a passcode first and you are able to disable the use of the volume buttons. If it is an educational video, you can lock everything so that they can’t click anything on the screen or use any buttons.
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ABC Alphabet Phonics by Innovative Investments Limited
(Free with In-App Purchases/Universal) – This app is great for a fun introduction to letter recognition. It displays 3 (or however many you choose) letters on the screen and tells your child what letter to click on. There are in-app purchases to customize just about everything on this app if you want.
100 Words for Babies and Toddlers by bigcleverlearning
($2.99/Universal) – I like this app because it incorporates speech and vocabulary while making it fun and entertaining for your toddler. When you click on a picture it will speak out loud what the object is and your child will be able to see a picture as well connecting the two together. I love watching my daughter scroll through the different photos and repeating what it is. This is a great app for learning words for simple everyday things.
1. ABC Genius by Innovative Mobile Apps
(Free version/$2.99 to unlock everything/Universal) This app is great! It’s all about learning the alphabet and includes phonics (sounds the letter makes). My daughter likes to trace the different letters and my son likes to match the letter to the correct picture (it says “A is for” and then it has a picture of an apple and an elephant, the child has to choose the correct one). It also incorporates upper and lower case letters. I feel like the $2.99 is worth it because there is so much for your child to do and so much to be learned from this app.
2. Make a Scene by Innivo Ltd
($0.99 for each scene/Universal) – These apps are great for big imaginations and creating different scenes. There are different themes: jungle, princess fairy tales, christmas, outer space, easter, arctic, under the sea, safari, pets, dinosaurs and farmyard. Your child is able to create a scene with different stickers and backgrounds associated with the themes and when they choose the different stickers to put onto their picture, it will say what the thing is. My daughter can spend a good 30 minutes playing this game.
3. Animal Puzzle by Jorg Winterstein
(Free version/$2.99 to unlock everything/Universal) – My kids really enjoy doing puzzles. This app has different kinds of puzzles and includes different difficulty levels for different ages. My son enjoys the puzzles where you place the object where it needs to go
and my daughter likes the puzzles that are a little more difficult where you put the individual pieces where they belong to create a picture of something.
4. Connect the Dots by App Holdings
(Free version/$6.99 to unlock everything/$2.99 to unlock 5 animals/Universal) – This is a great introduction to the alphabet, animals, and numbers. Your child will be able to choose if they want to connect numbers or letters and when they’re finished connecting, it shows them a completed picture of an animal that they are able to interact with.
5. Sago Mini by Sago Sago
My kids really enjoy the Sago Mini apps. They aren’t as much focused on educational aspects but they are really interactive and fun. We have a few of the apps where I will list and describe down below:
Sago Mini Pet Cafe
($2.99/Universal) – This app is a little more focused on learning. It includes counting and matching different food objects to their shadows.
Sago Mini Friends
(Free/Universal) – This game is an Editor’s Choice on the App Store and it teaches children about friendship. There are different activities for your child to do and I feel this game has helped to teach my daughter how to be a good friend.
Sago Mini Ocean Swimmer
($2.99/Universal) – This app is more for being interactive and having fun. Your child will be able to control a little fish around the ocean where it lives and there are all kinds of different things to interact with.
6. Toca Boca by Toca Boca AB
($2.99/Universal) – This is a fun app where your child can be in control of a car and drive all around a small town or they can create their own town and choose where they want everything to go.
Toca Kitchen 2
($2.99/Universal) – Teach your children that cooking can be fun and exciting. Your child will be able to make a variety of different dishes and have multiple tools to cook with. In the end, they can see if the person liked or dislike their food that they made.
($2.99/Universal) – This app is good to introduce household duties and chores to your children. They can sweep, iron, plant flowers, and etc. The purpose is to help the 5 friends who live in the house clean up and believe it or not, I think because of this app and all the sweeping my daughter does on it, she actually enjoys to sweep our house in real life too.
($2.99/Universal) – My daughter likes the interactions with this game. She likes to move the little ghost girl around the house and scare different characters using different methods since there are so many. This is another one of her favorites.
7. BabyBus by BABYBUS
(Free/Universal) – This app is fun and allows your child to use their creativity. Your child will able to:
- Create their own candy masterpieces out of different ingredients and mix fun flavors.
- Choose the shapes of their lollypops.
- Watch as the candies are sold to the different animal customers.
- Every time they sell candies they earn money to unlock more things.
(Free/Universal) – This app is a good introduction for teaching your child about different body parts. They will be able to:
- Choose which character they want: a mom, dad, brother, sister, or a baby.
- Interact with each person and learn the different body parts.
- This app does not include private parts so, you will have to teach your child that on your own.
- Complete a puzzle putting together different body parts of the person to complete their full bodies.
- Create a head for them (choose their hair, eyebrows, eye shape, nose, mouth, and ears)
(Free/Universal) – This app is a great way to teach your kids different shapes in a fun way. It includes:
- A game to help them recognize certain shapes
- A sorting game to help them sort out different shapes
- A connect the dots game to help them complete a shape with lots of things to interact with.
What I absolutely love about all of these games is that they are all FREE and they are so much fun to play and very interactive.The creators of these BabyBus games really do know how to make learning fun for children. I find that my daughter will choose to play these games over all the other ones that she has. We currently have quite the collection of BabyBus games but, there are many more. You should definitely go see for yourself!
Do you let your children have time on the iPad or your phone? What are some apps that you like or see them enjoying? If you don’t let your kids use technology, why don’t you? Please feel free to leave me a comment down below.