Monday, February 11, 2013

Our Favorite Toddler Apps

Hudson has been in love with our iPhones since he was about 2 weeks old. Maybe I exaggerate a little, but not that much. He's mastered them and can navigate his way around them with no trouble. Occasionally he'll even make a phone call or send a text message. If he's done that to you, I apologize. I've also caught many a Facebook post or Tweet from being sent out! Yikes!

The various games and learning apps on the iPhone have been really beneficial for helping Hudson learn shapes, colors, letters, animals, etc. 
We decided to buy an iPad mini for Hudson(& us) to use and try to get him away from our phones. It's the absolute perfect size for him and he's in love with it. In fact, good luck getting it away from him without a monster FIT!!
All of these apps are also on my iPhone. I'm about to search for some more great ones to add to the list. A few of our top favorites:
Shapes - This one is probably the best app I've seen to teach kids their shapes. It has 4 different games(the balloons game is his favorite!) and he can identify every single shape correctly now. It's free and I highly recommend it!!
The iTot Cards/Counting/Alphabet - These are all great for object/number/letter identification. I've seen a vast improvement in his knowledge since using these apps.
Coloring - This one helps kids with color identification, but it's mostly just really fun!! I may have tried it out myself. ;)
Disney Junior - This one is just great for entertainment purposes. If you're on the go and need to entertain the little ones for a bit, they can watch full episodes (a couple each) of several shows that come on Disney Jr. (Doc McStuffins, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Jake & The Neverland Pirates, etc)
Stories - Hudson is getting more interested in this one. It can read the stories to the kids, or the sound can be turned off and the kids can practice their reading with it. It comes with previews of a few stories and you can purchase the full story, along with more stories for like 5/$1. I'm going to do that when Hudson gets more interested in reading them. 

(like I said....he loves the balloons!) 
Some of these apps are the "lite" versions so they are very limited, which is why I'm going to look to add more for him to enjoy. It's good to download the free versions, so you can see which ones are worth purchasing the full versions of. The ones I listed are definitely our favorites around here and have really helped Hudson learn shapes, letter, colors, etc. 

I hope you find them beneficial for your little ones as well!!


  1. Oh my goodness, he looks so cute with that little iPad. Such a happy, sweet boy!


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