Below you will find the best of the best of Toddler/Preschool apps released in 2013. Enjoy!
Avokiddo Emotions, by Avokiddo, is a brilliant app by the developers of the much loved and ever so popular, Beck and Bo. Avokiddo Emotions provides over-the-top fun and is an extraordinary educational tool to help kids develop their social and emotional awareness. This app never ceases to amuse and delight youngsters (and adults) while delivering FUN, FUN, FUN in an open-ended play style. This app incorporates prime activities to help children understand the cause and effect of the subtleties of facial expressions. The app’s premise is to expose young children to freely explore a wide range of feelings and understand the emotional connection with the feelings. These expressions are generated while the child interacts with three the incredibly responsive and delightful animated animal characters: giraffe, zebra, and sheep.
Big Baby, by Big Ice Cream Pty Ltd, has passed the toddler+ test with flying colors! This absolutely adorable app gives your child the opportunity to take care of their own baby. There are four very responsive babies to choose from, tons of fun, and lots of loving and tickles to go around. The babies react when you touch their toes, hands and head. Pull out the bottle, and the baby cries. Food preferences? They know what they like and don’t like, you’ll see! Put the dirty diaper (result of eating some food) back on the baby and watch their reaction. Touch the babies’ toes twice, and see what happens. Big Baby comes with loads of giggles, soothing music throughout, and the occasional need for a blankie and nap.
BinaryLabs released a version of its award winning app Dexteria for the preschool audience, aptly named Dexteria Jr. “Parents, Teachers, and Occupational Therapists love Dexteria, but have said that the activities are sometimes too hard for toddlers and preschoolers,” said Frank Jensen, CEO of BinaryLabs. “We designed a new app from the ground up just for the younger audience. We think it will be popular with our current customers for use in therapy, as well as with everyday moms and dads looking to ensure their child succeeds in school. This app expands our target audience significantly,” said Jensen.
Dr. Panda’s Airport, by TribePlay, is a wonderfully creative, exploratory play app that gives a lot of educational bang for the buck! Kids are exposed to inconspicuous numbers and letters, engaging and often tricky matching & mazes, as well as the challenge and excitement of landing the planes! Obviously this app is set in an airport and there are 10 different airport themed activities to keep kids engaged – such as air traffic control, baggage handling, passport control and security checks.
TinyTap, Moments Into Games – Create free educational games & books for kids, by TinyTap Ltd., is a free app with endless possibilities for classroom use. With this app users can create their own ‘tap the right answer’ game using photos, text, their own drawings, etc. These can then be played on the iPad or emailed to someone else (who has the app) to play. What’s so great about it? Simple to use, fosters creativity, features galore, access others games and share yours… Oh yes, and it’s free!
PrestoBingo Shapes – Puzzle & Counting Game for Preschool to Kindergarten Kids, by PrestoBingo, gives children a delightful way to learn shapes and counting skills. A narrator explains circles, diamonds, ovals, rectangles, semicircles, squares, triangles, trapezoids, and triangles in kid’s terms. Tap through whimsical illustrations by Joyce Hesselberth to uncover hidden shapes and learn their names through adorable animations.
Talking ABC…, by Jutiful, is more than just another ABC app, it’s claymation and completely crammed full of great activities to help your child learn the alphabet! The first tap will turn the letter into a jaunty animal and the second tap takes it goes back to a ball of clay to be formed back into the same letter. Options include listening to just the letter names and the phonetic sound. We wish they had the letter name, letter sound, and letter representation (animal) all together, but this ABC app offers so much else, we can overlook that, for now. Talking ABC… engages young learners with its bright colored, cute animated clay animals. When holding the screen in portrait mode the screen shows just the letter and animal, rotate it to landscape and it shows the letter and the whole alphabet on the side.
Lazoo: Squiggles! is a darling story/activity book with infinite options for creative play. There is a short, but very sweet story and the follow up activities are way over-the-top when it comes to creativity! A child can draw a simple squiggle, which can then be transformed into anything their heart desires. Then hit the GO button and watch drawings soar, pulsate, move, twirl, and multiply. It’s simple enough for the youngest of toddlers but is engaging and delightful enough for older children as well. Don’t let Lazoo’s Squiggles get away from you, it’s FREE and it is FABULOUS! Education:“Squiggles!” is based on Lazoo’s “Hands On! Mind On!” curriculum, developed in conjunction with top educational experts.
Agnitus – Personal Learning Program introduces a wide variety of essential skills to preschoolers from recognizing colors and shapes to basic counting and sorting, matching with animals and letters and a whole lot more. It is enormously fun and extremely engaging as it helps young children form a solid foundation to build on. Best part, a report is generated each week to keep parents and teachers in the loop! SKILLS: Color Recognition, 2-D Shape Recognition, Memory & Recall and Shape Building. MATH SKILLS: Recognizing Numerals, Shape & Number Sorting, Number Counting, Sense Of Quantity and Counting up to 10.
Starting Sounds, from the I Can Do Apps Company, has a nice range of five play levels. The first is a teaching stage that displays one actual photo image of an object along with an audio button that states the name of the item. I really liked this feature since this level is exactly where my little ones need some exposure. Level two kicks it up a notch by asking the user to identify which of the two, vivid picture images starts with the same sound as the written target. Once you show progress at this level, you can proceed to the next, which has you match the starting sound in the target image with one of the two choices below. This time, you are not told the target sound as in the previous level. All you see are picture images. Level four mimics level three in direction, but this time, you must find the match when shown three answer choices. The final level is a matching game that requires play with an adult present.
Smart Fish: Frequent Flyer, by Social Bug Labs – This release will sweep you off your feet and take you for a ride. Get your wings ready, as this app is all about flying. Fun-Powered Education is this teams motto and we have to agree, this is a fun and very educational app. Smart Fish: Frequent Flyer – Teach Kids about Airplane Travel begins by asking kids, where would you like to go? Kids can then choose from a travel diary which location they want to go – London, San Francisco, Cairo, Beijing, just to name a few of the exciting travel options. A world map is shown, giving a hint of what to pack for this particular destination. They are taken through the initial phases of planning, proper packing, and traveling to the airport.
Gappy’s First Words, by Spinlight Studio, is ready for all emergent readers to give it a whirl! This app, from these tried and true developers, is so engaging, visually pleasing, and inviting the students simply can’t get enough of it! Gappy is cute and cool according to students! They love remodeling the house along the way while helping Gappy find his/her way home. Spinlight develops apps that garner smiles while learning, and they are allpacked with FUN! Gappy’s First Words covers a very important step in learning to read, CVC words are the simple three letter words that all kids start with. These are the words that follow the rules and learning the rules early on helps build a strong foundation to grow with.
Jam Along with Mibblio, by Mibblio, is impressive right from the get-go! This state of the art engaging musical storybook app allows children to read, sing, and play music, all while learning the basics of music composition. Inside Mibblio is a world of beautiful MIBBLETS — illustrated story-songs that invite children to read along, sing along, and jam along. This app contains nine different illustrated story-songs and an unlimited combination of musical instrument combinations. Mibblio will immediately engage your child; this app just screams play with me, please! It will bring out the natural curiosity that all children have and will nurture the creative side, instilling an ear for music. You might want to get ready to partake in some dancing, as well as singing, as your child gets in the groove with a variety of tunes. Each story-song has gorgeous illustrations, all of which are done by some major talent. Of course, the music has more than its fair share of talent as well!
Sentence Maker, by Grasshopper Apps, is just terrific! This simple, yet sensational, app is powerful. We’ve had students working with Sentence Maker for some time and have seen marked improvement in their skills. One of the first things we noticed and liked was how easy this app is to navigate and customize. The developers have included all the essentials. The left to right directionality mode is perfect for reading readiness purposes and it is great to have a choice of upper or lower case letters.