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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  1. by Julie

    On April 9, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    I’d also like to recommend “FW Deluxe”. It’s the best application out there. My 19 month old has been spelling the words since he was 13 months. It allows the children to move the letters into the appropriate spaces. Get the free one first and when you fall in love with it, upgrade. He
    Has so much fun with all the words and sounds.

  2. by John

    On April 9, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    Here are the list of Apps which is in my toddlers folder, well they were in a folder until he figured out he could create his own page. These are in order of quality and usefulness:

    iWriteWords – just awesome, after a few days our son was writing letters on his own without prompting

    Starfall ABC’s – the BEST alphabet application

    Drawing Pad – another way to practice writing and great to see his imagination at work

    Fish School HD – good for two years and younger

    Wheels on the Bus HD – good for two years and younger

    Monkey Preschool LunchBox – helps with matching and counting

    Complete Toddler Preschool

    Quizzing Toddler Preschool

  3. by Lesli

    On April 9, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    Monkey preschool lunchbox is my 26 month olds fave app!

  4. by Marlys Mahan

    On April 9, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    Kids will love the storybook adventure format that mimics the beloved show.


  5. by Carly

    On April 10, 2012 at 8:54 am

    There is a free New iPad giveaway that ends this week. We have the iTouch but with two kids you need two of everything right. You can go to Globe Life Insurance on FB to enter.

  6. by Joanne

    On April 10, 2012 at 11:37 am

    My daughter is only 15 months but LOVES Peekaboo Barn. She now knows all the animal sounds and can say “doggie,” “cat,” “duck,” and “cow.”