We are very excited to share our BEST Baby/Toddler Apps of 2012! We asked our readers to submit their favorite apps for the baby/toddler set. Next, we got busy doing some serious field testing with children two and under. Once again, were amazed at the dexterity, the focus, and the definite preferences of this distinct age group. Some of the apps we had already reviewed, some have been in our que to review and a few are new to us. TWA realizes that there are many, many wonderful apps designed specifically for the youngest iPad users. Unfortunately, we can’t cover them all but please enjoy this list that proved to be hottest with the tots.
Whether you are a grandparent, parent, teacher, caregiver, or just extremely young at heart, get out your iPad and get busy downloading!
*NOTE: List is in no particular order
Little Fox Music Box – Kids Songs – Sing along, by Fox & Sheep. We reviewed this app and thought that the audience appeal would be for 2 and older. The first thing we said in our review was ““WOW-O-WOW!” This app not only offers songs, but a musical “play space” for each. It features adorable, detailed illustrations, high-quality music that never misses a beat and the most delightful sound effects ever experienced in an app. The animations are also top-notch and state-of-the-art, which will keep audiences engaged for hours and hours. This is an app that will have a place on your iPad, starting with the tots right through the primary grades. Read our review
Worth noting* their Nighty Night is also a terrific app – the perfect calming bedtime story, where the child turns the lights out in every room in the house.
The Peekaboo series has quite a few apps; Peekaboo Barn for iPad is the first in the series by Night and Day Studios and probably the best well know. In all, there are six Peekaboo apps in the series: Peekaboo Barn, Peekaboo Forest, Peekaboo People, Peekaboo Wild, Peekaboo Presents (for the holidays), and Peekaboo Trick or Treat. All are available in nine different languages.
Inside a little bouncing barn, friendly farm animals are waiting to pop out and surprise your little one. Try and guess who they are; tap the doors to find out! The Night and Day Studio had tots in mind when they developed this series, they hit the bulls eye with their targeted audience.
Bunny Fun: Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes, by Auryn Inc, is an exciting and innovative concept from the renown author, Rosemary Wells. TWA reviewed this app and loved it! This FAB app combines education and entertainment by featuring an adorable bunny singing and dancing to the familiar song in four different languages, sporting four different attires and backdrops that coordinate with the native tongue being sung. The four languages are English, French, Spanish and Japanese. This app get’s tots moving, engaged and giggling. Read our Review
Don’t Let This Pigeon Run this App! by Mo Willems and Disney, lets you create your own Pigeon stories with your pal, Mo Willems. Just follow, as the Bus Driver asks for your ideas—then shake the Pigeon. Your story is ready! Sit back and enjoy the show. Once you’re finished, try again…and again. You can make as many silly stories as you want. This fully animated app includes hilarious shake-and-play technology, customized voice integration, and other exciting interactive features. Plus, tots can draw the Pigeon with Mo.
BOB Books – Reading Magic HD, by Learning Touch – These products follow the same method and principles as the #1 bestselling Bob Books series. Bob Books were created to lead to the ah-ha moment when letters first turn into words. By slowly introducing new letter sounds, using consistency, repetition and stories that fit short attention spans, your child will quickly find his or her own ah-ha moment. This is the reading magic of Bob Books. Soon your child will join over 3 million children who can proudly say, “I read the whole book!” We thought this group was a bit young to be concerned with reading skills, but we learned tots know a good thing when they see it!
Animal SnApp: Farm, by Nosy Crow, is a stellar app any way you look at it! The tots love the rhythm and rhyme that this app offers and from what we can gather, Nosy Crow apps in general are a big hit with the toddlers. This is the kind of app that keeps kids wanting more, and asking to return to again and again. Parents, you might have these six darling tales memorized before long and be able to recite them in your sleep. This book app is better than good, better than great, Nosy Crow has put all the right ingredients and blended them perfectly to make Animal SnApp truly outstanding. Spectacular, sensational, and yes a steal, so purchase this soon to be classic and share it with a child today!
Musical Flash Cards – Animals images sounds and words for kids HD, by Kids Place, will introduce your young ones to the most fabulous, robust and high quality realistic animal image collection. This app has an amazing collection of over 65 animal images and sounds wrapped together in a super intuitive and easy to use flash card packages (12 first animals are completely free. All other animals are available in a single and simple in-app purchase inside the app). Designed to engage children, toddlers and babies, Musical Flash Cards has appeal to many age groups. While smaller children enjoy the high quality images and sounds, older children can learn about the animals. Tots never seem to get enough animals and this one is “just right” for the youngest of the digital learners.
ABC ZooBorns, by Peapod Labs, is the perfect app for toddlers. It showcases newborn baby animals, from the world’s zoos and aquariums, and teaches through sight, sound and touch. There are over 50 baby animals from all over the world to pick from, with eye-popping pictures and zoo videos that are educational. Toddlers adore exploring the truly exotic world of tiger cubs, penguin chicks, baby giraffes and more, through captivating and interactive scenes. This unique adventure is brought to you through a special collaboration between Peapod Labs’ award-winning ABC Series and ZooBorns.com This is one app you will not want to miss sharing with the tots in your life.
Draw and Tell – by Duck Duck Moose supplies the creative outlet for the youngest iPad users. This will keep toddlers engaged and learning while they create their first masterpieces – without the mess! From Children’s Technology review, “exciting new creativity app for young children — the first to successfully mix a full featured drawing program with narration…. In the short history of children’s apps, Duck Duck Moose has more than its share of home runs, but this one is the most important.” Tots will get their daily dose of creativity with this awesome app and you’ll know that they are in good company.
Pat the Bunny, by Random House Digital, Inc. – This app is a clever re-telling of the well-known children’s book by Dorothy Kunhardt. The color, style, and artwork are very similar to the book, and the gentle play that is encouraged also follows the original style. Toddlers will giggle with delight as they play hide and seek with Bunny, pop bubbles in the bathtub, make music in the kitchen, catch butterflies in the garden, and much more. Plus, on devices with front-facing cameras, kids will be amazed to find they can “look in the mirror” and see their reflection smiling back at them. When TWA first looked at this app we were unsure if justice could be done to this classic on the iPad, but it didn’t take long for the tots to convince us otherwise.