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
Peekaboo Barn 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
Animatch 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.
Animatch matching pairs
Spot The Jungle Animals 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.
My toddler loves the Play School app. He will sit there and go through the activities over and over. Its great because it both simple and stimulating enough to keep him entertained. I also love that it has some snippits from the show you can play.