Best iPad Learning Apps for Toddlers

The iPad is the perfect learning tool for toddlers, and the evidence suggests that interactive iPad apps can be very helpful for early childhood development. The key is to pick apps that are engaging and fun for your toddler and apps that will teach them fundamental concepts and skills. Thankfully there are a wide range of apps that have been developed specifically for toddler learning and many of them are free as well. If your kids are using the PC as well, use our parental software to keep them safe.

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Endless Alphabet

Endless Alphabet is a fun app that is designed for children ages 3 and older and was created by Sesame Street artists. The app teaches toddlers how to spell using talking letters that are slid into place. Once all the letters have been placed, an entertaining animation pops up on the screen as a reward. The app is free to use but $0.99 can be paid to remove advertisements. This is a great app for learning spelling but some of the words may be difficult for toddlers.

Kids Piano Lite

Kids Piano Lite is an eight tone piano with several different “learn to play” music activities, and it includes some free children’s songs. Ads are not show in the “baby mode” and the app is designed for toddlers aged 2 and older. This app offers a way for toddlers to develop fundamental music skills and can be a great way to keep them entertained when they are bored.

PBS Kids

PBS Kids gives toddlers and children access to videos from their favorite PBS television series anytime. It is a free app and only for those who live in the USA. PBS Kids is a great app for keeping your toddler entertained during the day.

Toddler Soundboard Free

This app teaches toddlers shapes, ABCs and numbers through association. When a color is touched the app says the name of the color out loud, and the same goes for numbers or letters. It is a simple app but it can be helpful for teaching your toddler the basics of colors and letters through simple association.

Petting Zoo

Petting Zoo is a picture book that was developed by animator Christoph Niemann and introduces toddlers to 21 animals with clever and creative animations that both parents and toddlers can enjoy. The cost of the app is $0.99.

Drawing Pad

Drawing Pad is $1.99 and offers toddlers a wide range of digital art tools to create with. The app is easy to use and toddlers can create their own art with the help of their parents. Creations can be printed or shared online and the potential mess and clutter of crayons can be avoided.

Abby Monkey: Preschool and Kindergarten

This is a free version of the paid app that has most of the same features as the full version. There are various activities such as shape matching, creating your own train, and more. The app is best for toddlers age 2 or older.

Funbrain Jr.

Funbrain Jr. offers five fun games for toddlers age 2 and older including a balloon popping game, pattern games, and an alphabetical order game. It is a popular free app and teaches many concepts and skills including quantity, sequence, patterns, letter recognition, sounds, and also helps with fine motor skills.

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