When my toddler started giving up his naps around 23 months old, I knew I would have to think of an activity that would keep him entertained during his sixty minutes of mandated "quiet time" each day. Reading books quickly became playing with blocks which quickly became playing with trucks and trains and as he grew and his attention span waned, I knew I needed something more.
At just shy of three years old, my son now spends forty-five minutes a day playing with some of his favorite iPad apps which allows me just enough time to clean up the kitchen or enjoy a hot mug of coffee in peace.
I'm always on the hunt for new apps that are both educational and engaging and I wanted to take a minute to share a few of our personal favorites with you! Be sure to leave your child's favorite apps in the comments section below as I'm always on the hunt for new ones to add to our collection!
This app focuses on teaching your early preschooler actions, emotions, positions and sounds all while using creative and fun animals! This interactive app poses a different question on each page and asks your preschooler to identify the animal it is referring to all while creating a fun play space.
This app is one of my personal favorites as it's a great combination of both learning and fun. Your preschooler thinks he's merely playing with brightly colored schools of fish when he's actually learning numbers, letters, memory recall and more!
With four different kinds of trucks to play with in this app, it is every little boy's dream! Drive through the city and fight fires as a fire truck or construct a building on a construction site with the crane truck. Feeling strong? Knock it down with a wrecking ball and move on to playing with monster trucks, flatbed tow trucks and more!
This app features 5 games designed especially for preschoolers. Filled with bright, colorful and playful illustrations, these games draw your preschooler in while teaching them all about numbers, letters, shape and pattern recognition and more! My son especially loves both the train track building game and the colorful puzzles.
Earn stars and other sticker rewards as you play with this fun and exciting app. With over 103 words (44 of which are sight words), join characters Mozarella and Coco as they play hide and seek, dress up and learn their letters!
This is one of my preschooler's most favorite apps. It could be because there are no rules or specific ways to play! He loves taking control of the train and driving it all around the countryside picking up passengers and other cargo. With the push of a button and the pull of a lever, he is in charge as the train's conductor.
We're big fans of Toca Boca in this house and another favorite app is the Toca Kitchen. I downloaded this app after my preschooler took great interest in the goings on of our kitchen and he loves choosing different foods, preparing them in the chef's kitchen and serving them to customers! He's an even bigger fan of the blender and frying pan!
I downloaded this app by recommendation of a friend over a year ago and it's still one of our most-played. Based on the popular children's song, this app let's you and your child discover music and other surprises throughout the app. Not only can you change the language on this app but you could even record your own voice!