A favourite for Under 3s
When sitting still is needed on a long journey or in a waiting room, some simple Apps on an iPad can be a very welcome distraction with a toddler. There are plenty of Apps which are very interactive and great for developing fine motor skills, simple problem solving and building vocabulary.
Here are five of my favourites for toddlers, with no adverts or in-App purchases for little fingers to click on by mistake.
Itsy Bitsy (by Duck Duck Moose)
Poke and slide items in the interactive scene to see what happens. Make the girl in gum boots jump up and down in puddles, move the spider up the spout and make the wind blow. A very catchy "Itsy Bitsy Spider" song plays in the background interspersed with some fun spoken facts and counting. Overall, this App is very interactive and engaging.
Poke and slide the items on the screen on Itsy Bitsy
This is a really simple one. Touch the shaking barn doors to reveal an animal. The name of each animal is spoken.
Fisher Price Laugh & Learn - Shapes and Colours
This is a simple App to explore colours and shapes. Move star, heart, square and circle characters around to music in the first level. In the second level, play a colourful piano and make the shapes dance onto the keys to make different notes.
Fisher Price Shapes and Colours
This is a simple matching pairs game. Turn over a card to reveal an animal and an animal noise. Try to find the matching animal.
Spot The Jungle Animals
Animatch matching pairs
There are five animals in each scene. A voice speaks "Where is the.... zebra?". Touch the zebra to move on to the next animal.
Spot The Jungle Animals App
Which Apps can hold your toddler's attention? Share your ideas in the comments section.
For the next level of difficulty up, check out Top 5 iPad Apps for preschoolers
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