When choosing apps for my younger children, I try to find games and activities that are both educational and entertaining. I look not only for familiar characters but also subjects that I know will be attractive to my children.
When at all possible, I try to make a point to have “tablet time” with my children. This is when I sit down with them and we work on an app together. This allows me to gauge their level of understanding, learning and progress.
Today, I want to share three of our favorite children’s app companies. All three of these companies make a variety of children’s apps that are both educational and fun. They are colorful, have engaging music or sound effects and are especially easy for my toddler to navigate.
Duck Duck Moose
Many of their apps have a leveled choices for easy, medium and hard. You can also purchase their apps in singles or bundles starting at $0.99.
One of the nice things about these particular apps is that they are very deaf friendly. Flashing objects and visual cues help Ezra navigate the mazes and dot to dots easily. They also have a wide variety of common holiday games and puzzles which I am sure all kids would enjoy. They have many apps that you can download for free and bundles starting at $3.99.
This is a very deaf friendly game, as there are little signs along the path that give you clues as to what you need to be doing. At first Ezra needed a lot of help figuring out the smaller tasks but once I showed him what he was supposed to do, he picked it up quiet quickly. I would be comfortable saying that he can finish almost all the vehicles tasks in all four apps independently now. However, he definitely has his favorite vehicles and tends towards playing the same ones over and over.
Unlike the other games I mentioned, these apps focus more on sequencing and logic. They require the child to remember a sequence of activities and complete them. While there is some matching, ABC and number work but these apps are not traditional preschool apps. You can find them individually and in bundles starting at $2.99.
These are just a few of our favorite Toddler friendly apps. I would love to hear about any products that your children love. Let me know in the comments.