Any busy parent of toddlers can tell you that having a few fun apps on your phone or an iPad can be a real lifesaver! But, it can be stressful worrying about which apps are appropriate for your toddler and whether or not you should allow screen time at all.
Technology can be used as a tool when boundaries are set in place; so, I’ve compiled a list of our favorite educational toddler apps that are great for teaching, inspiring, and engaging young minds!
1. ABC mouse
ABC mouse has quickly become one of our favorite apps for kids! From the colorful kindergarten classroom home page and learning zoo to interactive books and songs, there are so many choices that will engage most Pre-K and early elementary-age kids while teaching them all about math, reading, science, social studies, art, and music!
Price: 9.95 per month or $79.99 per year!
– 30 day free trial offered!
Vooks is a kid-friendly, ad-free digital library of animated books for young kids. Each story is read aloud and animated, allowing kids to read along as they watch! My kids love to be read books, so this one is so great for them!
Price: 4.99 per month
– 30 day free trial offered!
This app is great for teaching young children basic reasoning skills and keeps them entertained with a simple to play interface! I love the variety of little games that teaches colors, shapes, letters, and counting!
Price: $1.99 to download the app
Acokiddo is extremely interactive! Kids are able to “bike” along side Beck or Bo through 26 interactive scenes loaded with fun preschool activities and puzzles! This app teaches letter recognition, names, and basic phonics. It also enhances creative thinking and problem solving.
Price: $2.99 (no in-app purchases)
This app is seriously AMAZING! You can watch all your favorite PBSkids shows! Fun literacy & stem, safe, and educational videos and clips! New videos every week including Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Odd squad, Super Why!, Sesame Street, Curious George, and so many more!
Price: Stream the PBSkids channel on the app for FREE! No subscription or login required.
A super fun, all-in-one activity center for children! With 11 beautiful and colorful verses filled with fun interactions, your children can play, sing, and learn at the same time!
Price: Download for free
– Full version with all features: $7.99
This app is a great way for kids to learn ABC’s, letter names, shapes, and spelling! This app was built for independent exploration, so it’s easy for children to navigate on their own or with a parent’s help/ guidance! Positive reinforcement and colorful illustrations really make this app great for children!
Price: Free to download
– $2.99 to unlock all features
Explore the alphabet with Elmo! This app is songs, videos, coloring pages, and games about letters! Slide, swipe, touch, and trace to discover over eighty classic Sesame Street clips!
Price: $4.99 to download
~ So there you have it! My list of toddler emergency apps that will not only entertain your little one, but teach them something, too!