Learning Apps And Videos For Toddlers

Want to combine fun and learning for your todddler? Educational apps can come to the rescue. Here are some top learning apps to get your toddler started.

By Sahana Charan  • 15 min read

Learning Apps And Videos For Toddlers

In these digital times, the focus is often on education that is active, ongoing and accessible. Learning apps or educational apps for toddlers are applications for cell phones (or other gadgets) to facilitate age-appropriate learning. The content in these apps is supposedly interesting and enlightening, and holds a toddler’s attention without being addictive.

For a toddler, whose brain is like a sponge, learning apps can be exceptional tools for developing cognitive and fine motor skills, and learning different concepts, actions and emotions. They are often useful in keeping toddlers engaged while helping them to take their first baby steps on the road to learning.

There are various types of educational apps such as vocabulary apps, language apps, number apps, story-telling apps, apps about shapes and colours, music-based apps and so on.

While parents need to strictly monitor the amount of screen time they allow their toddlers, the time spent with gadgets like mobiles and tablets can be made productive through learning apps as they:

  • Allow children to be creative and use their imagination
  • Help develop hand-eye coordination
  • Keep children productively engaged and entertained
  • Introduce children to technology-based education
  • Teach different concepts such as shapes, colours, comparisons, opposites and so on
  • Demonstrate different emotions
  • Promote learning through fun

Best educational apps for toddlers

The importance of early education in shaping future success is known to all. Here, we have compiled a list of a few of the best educational apps for your toddler:

1. Shapes Toddler Preschool (Free for download)

Developer: Letterschool Enabling Learning B.V.

Operating System: iOS

This award-winning learning app has been used by thousands of little children and has even been adopted by many schools, for interactive learning. It allows toddlers and preschoolers to learn their first letters, shapes and simple words through the process of tracing with their fingers. The app features interesting activities and colourful animation which will captivate your child. The app also allows you to keep track of your child’s progress.

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2. Moo, Baa, La La La (Paid)

Developer: Loud Crow Interactive Inc

Operating Systems: Android, iOS and Kindle Fire

Do you love reading the beautifully illustrated children’s books by Sandra Boynton to your child at bedtime? Your little one will love this interactive and lively app version even better. Apart from reading the story, your child can listen to and identify different animal sounds, learn about day and night, enjoy the lovely illustrations, learn songs and begin to read. The educational app also facilitates learning through sensory perception, while children are intrigued by the story and emotions depicted.

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3. Fish school (Free for download)

Developer: Duck Duck Moose, LLC

Operating Systems: Android, iOS and Kindle Fire

If your little one is fascinated by creatures of the sea, Fish school is one of the best learning apps for toddlers. It is the perfect way for him to learn and play at the same time through a host of educational activities. This learning app, which has bagged the Children’s Technology Review Editor’s Choice Award for Excellence in Design, has eight different learning activities that teach numbers, shapes, colours, differences and letters. It promotes memory-building and has a sing-along song for the musically-inclined. When your little one needs a break from learning, she can enjoy some playtime by touching the fishes and watching them transform into different colours and sizes.

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4. Peek-a-Zoo (Free for download)

Developer: Duck Duck Moose, LLC

Operating Systems: iOS

This is a charming, nursery rhyme-based interactive learning app for toddlers. The animals depicted in the app dance, eat, sleep, wear sunglasses and display a variety of emotions. All these would help your toddler learn about daily activities, and social and emotional interaction. He would also learn to identify different animals and birds such as the dog, cat, hen and so on. He can learn about animal sounds, become familiar with actions such as waving and winking, and learn about different emotions like happiness, sadness, surprise and so on.

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5. LEGO DUPLO Train (Free for download)

Developer: LEGO System A/S

Operating Systems: Android and iOS

Pretend play is an important part of every child’s learning experience and this interesting app allows just that. The colourful animation and sound effects stimulate the senses and make learning fun, while the building activity helps in the development of fine motor skills. Toddlers will also enjoy the much-loved LEGO characters depicted in the app.

The app allows a child to drive a train, move from station to station, stop at crossings, build bridges and involve themselves in many such activities. In fact, the app is a dream come true for all toddlers.

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6. Even monsters get sick (Paid)

Developer: Busy Bee Studios

Operating Systems: Android and iOS

This beautiful, interactive story about a little boy named Harry and his pet monster not only tugs at the heartstrings but also allows toddlers to understand different actions and emotions. The interactive games promote logical thinking, sensory perception and hand-eye coordination as your child helps Harry take care of his sick monster, feed him, go through a maze and even navigate a pirate ship. This app has won many accolades and is recommended for early learning.

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7. Toddler games (Free for download)

Developer: Bimi Boo Kids

Operating Systems: Android

The different activities in this app promote logical thinking, stimulate the senses, boost attention and improve hand-eye coordination. This educational app for toddlers encourages all these through counting games, puzzles, sorting of colours, shapes and patterns, and simple memory games. This learning app also contains pre-kindergarten activities that help develop a variety of skills in toddlers.

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8. PBS Kids Games (Free for download)

Developer: PBS Kids

Operating Systems: Android and iOS

This is a Parents’ Choice-recommended educational app for children in the age group of 2 to 8 years. PBS Kids Games has a variety of games and activities based on popular PBS characters from their television shows including Daniel Tiger’s Neighbourhood, Sesame Street, Arthur, Dinosaur Train and many more. The app features more than a hundred educational games based on a variety of themes, which focus on colouring, mazes, puzzles, numbers and pretend play. PBS Kids Games allows children to be creative and use their imagination.

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9. Laugh & Learn: Shapes & Colors (Free for download)

Developer: Fisher-Price, Inc.

Operating Systems: Android and iOS

Does your toddler jump and dance every time the music starts playing? Then, Laugh & Learn: Shapes & Colors will provide a perfect learning experience for your child. One of the best educational apps for toddlers in the Laugh & Learn series, this one encourages toddlers to learn about shapes, colours, actions and first words through the magic of music. Your toddler can dance to the beats of music and learn to sing a few songs. She needs to tap on the screen to listen to the name of a shape or colour, tilt the screen to move the shapes and play the piano at the bottom.

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10. Sago Mini Road Trip (Free for download)

Developer: Sago Mini

Operating Systems: Android and iOS

This interesting learning app will keep your toddler engrossed whether you are inside your house or travelling. If your little one has a fascination for vehicles, he will like it even better. Sago Mini Road is specially designed for toddlers and preschoolers to explore the vast world and its landscape while pretending to drive different vehicles on a road trip. They can also wash the car and fill up on fuel on the way. This app uses role-playing as an important learning tool.

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Educational videos for toddlers

Along with apps, educational videos are also available for toddlers. You can download these on your cell phone or just play them on your computer for your little one. Here are five learning videos that you can watch with your toddler:

1. Sesame Street: This quintessential television show is available in the form of short videos online that are a wealth of knowledge for your toddler.

2. Five senses: This informative video teaches children about the senses of sight, smell, hearing, taste and touch. It includes a quiz to test how much a child has learnt.

3. Learn about animals: This learning video is a fun way for your toddler to learn about and identify different animals and match them to their sounds.

4. Hippo Funny Supermarket: Your toddler will gain knowledge about what happens in the supermarket through this funny video. He will learn about fruits, vegetables, cheese and other items available in the supermarket. He will also learn how to pay for the products with money, credit card and so on.

5. Wheels on the Bus: This immensely popular nursery rhyme is depicted in the form of an educational video that will have your little one hooked.

Also read:Best Learning Videos for Kids

Technology-driven learning is becoming popular among children because it is captivating and interactive. Combining conventional learning with educational apps will enable a winning experience for your child. However, as a parent, you need to be careful about how much time your child spends with screen devices.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommendations for children’s media (2016), parents must avoid the use of screen media for children younger than 18 months, other than for video chats. The Academy recommends that, for children between 18 and 24 months of age, parents may introduce their little ones to digital media through high-quality content. However, parents should be with their children to help them understand what they see on the screen.

For children between the ages of 2 and 5, screen time must be limited to one hour per day of high-quality programmes.

Based on the guidelines, it can be summarised that, parents should:

  1. Ensure their toddler does not use a gadget for more than a few minutes at a time.
  2. Encourage their child to explore her surroundings, and learn and play through touch and feel method.
  3. Read books to their little one every day.
  4. Set aside a few hours every day to play and interact with their child without the use of gadgets.
  5. Keep certain spaces in the house gadget-free.

About the author:

Written by Sahana Charan on 15 November 2019.

Sahana Charan is an independent writer and journalist with an interest in writing about health and wellness, environment, urban living and child rights.

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