menu search

The 10 Best Apps for 2-Year-Olds

mothersonwithipad400The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends waiting until your child is two years old to bring digital devices into his or her life. Just in time—the terrible twos bring temper tantrums, willful disobedience, and endless whining. If used correctly, smartphones, tablets, eBooks, and apps can be powerful tools during this wonderful and confounding age. From Born Reading: Bringing Up Bookworms in a Digital Age–From Picture Books to eBooks and Everything in Between.

The Monster at the End of This Book by Sesame Workshop Apps
This was one of the earliest kids’ book apps and it stands the test of time. It takes a beloved Grover story and makes it interactive. Be sure to cheer your child on occasionally while playing.
Available in the Apple App Store; works with iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.
Requires iOS 5.0 or later.
Available in Amazon Appstore for Kindle Fire and Android Devices

Fiete by Wolfgang Schmitz and Ahoiii
This book app chronicles the adventures of a sailor crossing a fairy-tale seascape. Instead of nonstop action that defines the video game genre, it tells a quiet story of fixing hats, putting wheels on cars, and playing a good old-fashioned record. Most two-year-olds can master the simple navigation, perhaps prompting some sailor adventures around the house.
Available in the Apple App Store; works with iPhone (3GS, 4, 4S, and 5), iPod Touch (third, fourth, and fifth generation), and iPad.
Requires iOS 4.3 or later.

Interactive Alphabet by Pi’ikea St.
This app introduces toddlers to uppercase and lowercase letters, giving kids a chance to play with an olive-eating ogre, a Jack-in-the-box, and an old-fashioned quill pen that really works on the screen. Includes a letter-tracing function for older kids.
Available in the Apple App Store; works with iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later.

One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss and Oceanhouse Media
This is a great way to introduce kids to Dr. Seuss’s master storytelling. If your kid loves the print edition, try this eBook version with a professional reading and interactive words that literally pop off the page.
Available in the Apple App Store; works with iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. Needs iOS 5.0 or later.
Available in Google Play for Android devices.
Available in Amazon Appstore for Android devices.

What Color is Bear’s Underwear? by Todd H. Doodler and CJ Educations
When your kid starts talking about potty training, you should try this gentle storybook introduction to post-diaper life. A sweet teddy bear sings a catchy song about undies and your child can explore the storybook three ways, with interactive, traditional, and video options.
Available in the Apple App Store, but only works with iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later.

Pango Book series by Julien Akita and Studio Pango SAS
This lovable storybook app series features the adventures of a cute raccoon. The book app offers simple gestures and games to make the books interactive. The gentle app will transfix your child without overwhelming him or her.
Available in the Apple App Store; works with iPhone (3GS, 4, 4S, and 5), iPod Touch (third, fourth, and fifth generation), and iPad. Needs iOS 4.3 or later.
Available in Google Play for Android devices.
Available in Amazon Appstore for Android devices.

StoryKit by International Children’s Digital Library
A clever app that requires significant parental involvement. Your child can create a simple digital book by photographing the world and drawing or writing extra pages. Olive and I took the app around our neighborhood, giving her a chance to use the iPhone for a more useful purpose and learn about photography.
Available in the Apple App Store; works with iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later.

Endless Alphabet by Originator Inc.
This is my favorite letter-oriented app—a crew of mischievous monsters teaches your kids letters, phonics, and a huge set of 25-cent words.
Available in the Apple App Store; works with iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later.

ArtKive by The Kive Company
If you have a kid who loves drawing, painting, or scribbling, you can use this app to preserve digital copies of his or her masterpieces. It will help your child be proud of his or her work and see how useful the device can be.
Available in the Apple App Store; works with iPhone (3GS, 4, 4S, and 5),
iPod Touch (third, fourth, and fifth generation), and iPad. Requires iOS 6.0 or later.

Available in Google Play for Android devices.

Wheels on the Bus by Duck Duck Moose
An animated version of the classic song that most kids learn during this time in their lives. The app shares the lyrics in five different languages and adds interactive features to make the song more engaging—a good way to make device time more active.
Available in the Apple App Store; works with iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later.
Available in Google Play for Android devices.

MORE FROM AROUND THE WEB

Powered by Zergnet