Whether we like it or not, technology is everywhere, including in places where your toddler can reach. Little kids are prone to copy your behavior, so if you’re holding your phone or tablet a lot, there’s a chance they will want to play on it too.
Luckily, you can make the most of their time online by choosing apps that are designed to keep your toddler entertained while sharpening their cognitive skills. Let’s take a look at some of the best Android apps for toddlers.
1. Baby Games for 1+ Toddlers
If your kids are just starting out with technology, it’s important to choose apps that will benefit and teach them, rather than just entertain them. There are expert-approved apps and games for kids under five out there, so it’s vital you choose the right ones.
If you found some coloring websites to keep your kids entertained, apps can add a lot more value for your kids because they are not just static pages, but interactive tools designed to help them learn.
The Baby Games app is made for very young children. Your kids will likely need some help to get started. The app is dedicated to early-age education because it covers the ground roots of learning. Toddlers are inspired by the game designs and the friendly voice which tells them what to do, step-by-step.
There are games for learning how to recycle, choosing between healthy and junk food, as well as identifying animals. From various games to choose from, the app allows you to play its free sections first, then wait for levels to be unlocked over the course of a few days.
If you don’t want to wait for levels to be unlocked, there is also an option to purchase all the games for $4.99.
Download: Baby Games for 1+ Toddlers (Free, in-app purchases available)
2. Baby Games: 2+ Kids, Toddlers
Part of the same collection of apps, this one features learning games for children two years and up. With a motto such as “play and learn”, your kids can do both. It’s easy to get started, they just need to tap on the play button and choose the figures which are marked “free”.
In the free section, your kids can tackle spatial recognition exercises, color games, and other fun activities designed to teach them through play. There are many games to choose from, and the designs are easy on the eyes and fun to watch move.
Just like in the previous app, some games automatically unlock new levels after a few days, but if you don’t want to wait, you can unlock all ten for $4.99. Before you buy, you can preview the “locked” games to see if you would like to purchase them.
The Baby Games 2+ app is a part of a collection of apps such as Bebi Academy, Baby Coloring, Baby Games 3, and many others which are suitable for the toddler age group.
Download: Baby Games 2+ (Free, in-app purchases available)
3. Shapes and Colors Kids Games
If your kids are crazy about colors, there are a lot of coloring book apps out there for them. If your kids love sorting out shapes, then this Shapes and Colors Kids Games app is a good fit for them. It’s easy to set up, and you can start playing it right away.
It is designed to help children learn geometrical shapes, sizes, and colors while playing. Kids are presented with various shapes on the screen which they then have to place into the outline of an empty shape.
These types of exercises test kids’ spatial recognition skills. Much like early-age education games, the activities facilitate a smooth entry into the world of mathematics. The app is accompanied by music and voice instructions.
While there are free games on the app, to get the full version, and to be able to unlock all the levels, you will need to pay $3.99 for the whole experience.
Download: Shapes and Colors Kids Games (Free, in-app purchases available)
4. Balloon Pop Kids Learning Game
The Balloon Pop game is an interactive adventure game in which children get to experience the world of learning. While exploring different places such as the jungle, underwater world, countryside, Dino world, and many more, kids have to pop the balloons that appear on the screen, but also pop letters and numbers. Each time they pop a letter, the voice sounds it out for them.
By distinguishing between balloons to pop, and balloons containing real-world things (letters and numbers), they learn and play at the same time. With a clean and colorful interface, the activities to choose from are both simple and educational.
The app has free games available with levels that unlock over time, but if you want to unlock all the levels you’ll have to make a purchase.
Download: Balloon Pop Kids Learning Game (Free, in-app purchases available)
The Yummies app is interactive from the get-go. A carrot welcomes you and lets you pick a game. You can choose from food selection games, fun math activities such as slicing a pizza into fractions (while choosing your favorite topping), re-ordering foods so that they align, and many more.
The themes are all centered around food, so kids can also learn about the culinary world. The background music and the instructional voice is easy to follow and ensures that kids are fully engaged, especially with headphones.
There are ads, however, but you can opt out of those with an in-app purchase to eliminate them. A parent or guardian will have to type their birthday on the home page to start the app.
Download: Yummies (Free, with in-app purchases)
Aim for Apps That Are Educational for Toddlers
With so many to choose from, it can be difficult to find a selection of apps for toddlers that are not only fun, but also educational. Opting for visually interesting games with background music and friendly instructional voices is one way to get them engaged.
Learning through apps should be an interactive experience that kids enjoy so much that they don’t even know they are learning. It’s easy to pick out a few, and then test them on your toddler to see which ones they like best.