4 iPhone Apps to Reinforce Toddler Learning
Toddlers are like little sponges that are constantly absorbing information. Since they’re naturally drawn to technology because they see you using it, why not allow them to play some great interactive games with a learning component to reinforce important math and reading skills along with healthy habits while also nurturing their caring side.
All Aboard the Dinosaur Train! ($1.99, iPad)— Whether playing alone or with a sibling, parent, or friend, All Aboard teaches beginning math concepts such as estimation, capacity, and matching in a game that starts off easy but becomes more challenging as players use critical thinking skills to figure out which dinosaur will properly fit in each car. Young fans of the show will love playing with their favorite dinosaur characters in a game where visuals match up with the show. Parents will appreciate that there’s nothing tricky about navigating this game on the iPad and the fact that additional concepts like cooperation, sharing, and turn taking are also being taught by sharing the iPad in a 2 player game. All Aboard is best for ages 3+.
D.W.’s Unicorn Adventure ($1.99, iPhone/iPod Touch)— Reinforce healthy eating habits with Arthur’s little sister, D.W. through this fun app for iPhone and iPod Touch where players fuel the adventure through the magical Forest, Castle, and Cloud worlds by feeding their unicorn healthy snacks in a rainbow of colors. Children ages 4+ will enjoy searching for healthy fruits and vegetables to energize their unicorn over junky snacks such as sodas, chips, cookies, doughnuts, French fries, and candy. A fun game that starts out easy and works to reinforce healthy habits through interactive play.
Super Why Alpha Boost ($1.99, iPhone/iPod Touch)— Practice letters and other beginning reading skills by being Wonder Red, Alpha Pig, Super Why, or Princess Presto as they search the sky for “super letters” and interact with content that reinforces letter recognition and letter sounds. Kids will love the storybook adventure format that mimics the beloved show.
iMommy ($1.99, iPhone/iPad)— Young children who love to care for their dolls and stuffed animals will enjoy having their own virtual baby to take care of through the iMommy app. Start by customizing a baby by choosing its gender, outfit, hair, eye color, and from a select number of ethnicities before selecting from six different areas where the baby can play, eat, sleep, or even take a bath. Dragging and dropping items is a way to interact with the baby in the various playrooms or bathtub and when the baby is tired, children can take their baby to the bedroom where the crib is located and tap the icon to rock it to sleep. Another nice feature of an automated message that will appear after a certain length of time suggesting a break from game play.
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