Monday, August 27, 2012

Great Apps for Toddler Learning

People are always happy to talk to you about the apps that their kids love and come back to again and again. Over the weekend I was able to talk to a number of mums who gave me a series of apps that their littles one play. There are a number of really interesting apps here, some I would have thought were too complex for toddlers, but the mums say their little ones spend ages trying to get a handle on them. Have a look and see what you think.

Spelling Bus: FREE
Spelling Bus is for learning to spell and practice to spell. Kids see the pictures and listens to the word and then type the spelling. The simple to use user interface is designed to be child friendly, it allows kids to engage in learning with out parents help. See, Listen and Spell. 50 most common sight words kindergartner must know. Beautiful visuals and clear sounds to keep kids engaged. 6 Chapters full of words. Chapter size big enough to be completed without losing the concentration.

Lil Flippers: FREE
Race through sea and sky in the action-packed adventure, Lil Flippers! Dive, Jump, Surf, and Swim as you seek treasure, evade enemies, and build a school of friends to protect you. 6 beautifully themed worlds with randomized level generation means you never play the same game twice. Enjoy the Sargasso Sea, an old Ships Graveyard, weedy Kelp fields, the beautiful blue Pacific, and the lost world of Atlantis!

Small Street: FREE
The app allows kids to build your own town of shops, restaurants and apartments then grow the population of happy citizens to work and play. It’s up to you to decide the future of the Small Street citizens. Keep them happy by finding them a dream house and matching them to their perfect job.

Toca Kitchen Monsters: FREE
Ever wanted to play with your food? Now you can! In this Monster edition of the super-hit Toca Kitchen you can cook and play with food for two hungry monsters. Pick any ingredient and prepare it in your own way! Slice, boil, fry, cook, microwave or mix? And wait for the response from the hungry monster...

Cake Pop Party: Be Creative!: FREE
Want a creative, kid-and-family-friendly app? Cake Pop Party lets your child’s imagination run wild. Getting started is a piece of cake; soon you’ll be combining shapes, coatings, candy and sprinkles to bring your favorite pet, character or tasty treat to life in Cake Pop form.

Playtime: $0.99 AU
Playtime With Dora the Explorer is a chance for kids to play fun games while developing their memory and observation skills! Put together puzzles, test your memory matching up hidden pictures, and spot Dora and all her friends!

Dr Suess Band: $0.99 AU
Experience the excitement as Dr. Seuss Band transforms your device into a vibrant, energetic musical instrument that all ages will enjoy! Jam along with playful Seussian melodies or create your own whimsical masterpiece. As you play, you'll unlock new instruments, silly effects and catchy songs. Contains over 120 combinations of sounds, so you'll always have something new to discover!

Whers’s My Water: $0.99 AU
Where’s My Water? is a challenging physics-based puzzler complete with vibrant graphics, intuitive controls, and a sensational soundtrack. To be successful, you need to be clever and keep an eye out foralgae, toxic ooze, triggers, and traps. Now with iCloud support to synchronize your hard earned progress across multiple iOS 5 devices. One game, multiple devices!

Monkey Preschool Lunchbox: $0.99 AU
The #1 preschool game in the app store. Learn and have fun by helping monkeys pack lunch! Monkey Preschool Lunchbox is a collection of six exciting educational games for your preschooler (ages 2 to 5). 

Create a Car: $0.99 AU
This app is developed specifically for young children. The user interface is intuitive and simple enough for my 3 year old daughter. Create a Car is a click and drag activity for elementary age students. Choose from over 30 fun vehicle body styles and then select from over 70 different parts to place on the vehicle body. Once your vehicle has been designed you can save it to your profile and send it to friends.

Bananas in Pyjamas: Bubble Time $0.99 AU
Especially designed for children 2-4 years old, Bananas in Pyjamas Bubble Time is a digital toy that allows your child to have fun blowing and popping bubbles. By blowing into the microphone or tapping on the bubble blower, bubbles will float across Cuddlestown and then pop, pop, pop! Your child can pop bubbles with their finger until they are all gone. Tap on the residents of Cuddles Town to say hello.

Toca Train: $1.99 AU
All aboard? Time to get on Toca Train! Your kids are the train driver in this fun and friendly train simulator. The controls are intuitive and there are no written instructions. Just pull the levers, push the buttons and start exploring the island with your train!

Toca Houses: $1.99 AU
Welcome to Toca House! Help the five friends to do fun chores around a cosy house. Let your kids do the dishes, ironing, sweeping or planting flowers in the garden. Loads of fun with 19 different mini-games! And if your kids liked Toca Doctor, they are going to LOVE Toca House!

Toca Store: $1.99 AU
Toca Store is a Store Play Set that triggers your child´s imagination and inspires role-playing. We wanted to create a toy that can be included in children´s natural exploration of everyday life and help them to master social and mathematical skills. That´s Toca Store!

Toca Hair Salon: $1.99 AU
Let your kids run their own Toca Hair Salon! Cut, color, comb and blow-dry lifelike hair on six different cute characters. Using your fingers you can make any hair style you want! And of course - take a snapshot and save your creations!  Cut and trim hair with the scissors and electric hair trimmer. Wash the characters hair with shampoo, shower, and towel. Use the hair dryer to get the right look.

Thomas and his friends: $2.99 AU
All aboard for the newest adventure on the Island of Sodor with 3 new games featuring Thomas and his friends. Start your little engineer on the right track with matching games, puzzles and mazes, guaranteed to entertain for hours. Find as many engine matches as possible and test your memory skills in “Matching Mission”. Help the engines collect cargo and find their way back to Tidmouth Sheds in “Cargo Mazes”. Drag and connect shapes to find out which engine is hidden behind the puzzle pieces in “Engine Puzzles”.