Naturally, toddlers want to play with what mommy and daddy are using, so having your iPhone preloaded with educational-yet-fun games for your little ones is a smart game plan. With the impending release of the iPad, apps promise to become even more interactive and entertaining for both adults and children.
Animals and ABCs
Take a learning adventure through the safari your children are sure to love without leaving your house. The Pre-K Safari iPhone app has a free lite version to teach the ABCs with the help of adorably animated safari animals (including a unicorn!), complete with a word game. If you enjoy the safari, download the full iPhone app for shape, number and color play for only 99 cents.
A favorite of children, Dr. Seuss books are brought to new life on the iPhone in a series of iPhone apps. Check out the Dr. Seuss’s ABC iPhone app ($2.99) for a classic, yet silly, way to teach your children a love for reading with a foundation of ABCs.
If you like these recommendations check out pmacoun’s Curated App List: Education Apps for Pre-Schoolers.
Shapes and 1,2,3s
The Shape Builder iPhone app provides an easy drag-and-drop approach to fitting shapes into even bigger shapes like fire trucks, guitars and raspberries. After the child completes the puzzle, the shape is revealed, along with healthy encouragement from the narrator of the iPhone app. Check out the free lite version of the iPhone app, or a full version is available for 99 cents -- $2.99 for a Spanish version.
Another way to make learning more intuitive is the classic game connect the dots. The Preschool Connect the Dots Game (99 cents) helps children make the 1, 2, 3 and A, B, C connection by dragging their little fingers over the appropriate sequence of numbers or letters to create shapes.
Color by numbers and letters becomes super interactive with the best-selling 123 Color iPhone app (99 cents). The app also allows you to set the language to English, French, German and Spanish, making for a multilingual toddler learning experience. You can even save your children’s creations to your photo roll to email or print for family.
Silly and Smart
The Super Why! iPhone app ($2.99) is filled with super interactive literacy games and brought to the iPhone by child-friendly PBS Kids. My favorite part of this iPhone app is the virtual sticker book. I was traumatized when my sticker book was rained on and ruined as a child, so carrying around an iPhone version is a pretty innovative (not to mention green) alternative.
And, $3.99 is a small price to pay for an iPhone app with videos that are pre-screened by parents and are pre-determined to be safe and educational for your children to watch. If that sounds good to you, check out the WeetWoo! Kid Videos iPhone app and hand over your iPhone to the little ones with confidence. Playlists are divided by age group, so you can easily help children select the right videos for them. If you like this recommendation, check out mobicip’s Curated App List: Top Five Apps for iParents.
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