Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Toddler apps

We have recently added a few toddler learning apps to our learning lessons. My goals are: animals, animal sounds, number and letters, and I am trying to find a good an entertaining mix which teaches each of theses.

Our newest and greatest success is Endless Alphabet by Originator (Endless Alphabet on iTunes).The basic gameplay is pretty simple: A word is presented correctly and then all the letters are scrambled. The child drags each letter back into place as it repeats the letter sound, and once it is placed it says the letter name. I was a little sceptical as I thought that it might be too advanced for her (22 months) but boy was I wrong! Within days she had mastered the game, dragging letters like a pro and matching most on the first try. On the second day of using this as a learning aid, she pointed at a "Happy Birthday" banner and proudly proclaimed "C".  Well obviously there is no "C" in  "Happy Birthday", but just the idea that she knew what a letter looked like and that C was a letter blew me over. Hopefully we see some interesting progress from here on.

We also purchased Pocket Zoo by tiny hearts (Pocket Zoo on iTunes). It was a little pricy as apps go, but I think it was worth it, plus it is Canadian! At her age it  is definitely a Mommy guided app, but I could see an even a much older child enjoying it solo. The primary mode is a zoo full of animals who, when clicked, fill the page with a real life picture and "says" a real recording of their noise. This is great for learning noises, though the animals are pretty advanced! But thankfully there is a penguin area, which has just fed her love of "ging-guins". Other modes allow you to watch live feeds of animals and videos, and I admit playing with these all by myself! I really like this app, but I really wish there was such a thing as pocket zoo, as it would be nice to reinforce a few more basic animals at her age, I think a tapir is a little beyond her  ;)

We also like Plain old Fisher-Price Let's count. Its simple, but it is free. It basically plays a touch responsive video while you count 1 series. Each screen features an animal which is highlighted and counted. At the end it animal makes its noise so that is nice to reinforce some of the other things we are working one elsewhere.

Do you have any other learning apps that you love for your toddler? I would love some suggestions!


  1. I'll have to check these out! I have a 5 year old, 3 year old, and 20 month old. Some of the apps we like are Bugs & Buttons (different learning and just plain fun games), Letter School (teaches proper letter formation in a fun way), and Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Shapes and Colors.

  2. My five year old would I think LOVE these, especially the zoo. Thanks for doing the research for us!

  3. I'm always looking for apps for my toddler, thanks for sharing these! I'll have to go and check them out. Coming to you from our SITS Tribe.