Those who have travelled with kids would know an iPad can be very handy. Whether it is during long plane trips, waiting at train stations or when you just need a break from squabbling children the iPad can be a little magical tool (used in moderation of course!).
Rather than have them send emails to your contact list, hijack your Facebook account or make random calls on Skype, it would be wise to download a collection of apps to keep them amused. Jack has road tested a few apps along the road to date, so here 8 of the best free iPad apps for toddlers (according to Jack).
ABC4Kids Play School Play Time
This would have to be one of the best free apps on the market. It encourages kids to play with the clock at the activities at each hour. From feeding Humpty breakfast, to gardening, to playing blocks, this app combines it all. It is easy to use, the graphic are great and the sounds don’t drive us parents mad. One of the best things though is there are no upgrades or add ons you need to purchase!
App store: Play School Play Time (Free for inside Australia, $2.99 for outside Australia)
Endless Reader By Originator Inc.
Endless reader is a great app to help kids identify letters and words. It has some quirky graphics and fun sounds to keep the little ones entertained. It is amazing how quickly they pick how to use the app and the words. Also from the same developer is the Endless Numbers and Endless Alphabet.
App store: Endless Reader (Free A-F)
Toca Kitchen Monsters By Toca Boca AB
This is a great app for kids wanting to play cooking as it allows you to pick the food from the fridge, chop it, blend it and then microwave, boil or grill. They then have the fun of feeding their creation to the monster.
App Store: Toca Kitchen Monsters (Free)
Nighty Night! HD – The bedtime story app for children By Fox & Sheep
Any app that encourages sleep is a good app! Nighty Night is a beautifully designed app and very easy friendly. It encourages kids to say goodnight to the barn animals when they are tired and flick off the light switch. There is also a nice little sleep song!
App Store: Nighty Night! HD (It was free, now $3.99 – but worth it!)
Music Sparkles – All in One Musical Instruments Collection HD By Kids Games Club by TabTale
The free version of this app consists of two instruments, a xylophone and a drum kit, and some additional sounds within. It’s pretty basic and the graphics are a little clunky. Whilst it’s not my favourite app, Jack seems to love banging on the drum kit!
App Store: Music Sparkles (Free for 2 instruments)
Talking Ben the Dog By Out Fit 7 Ltd
The Talking animal series is very popular in our household. You can talk to Ben, feed him, poke or tickle him or have a telephone conversation with him. You can also go into his chemical lab and make little explosions! Talking Tom Cat is also a winner!
App Store: Talking Ben the Dog (Free)
Mibblio by Mibblio
This is a sing along ‘Wheels on the bus’ app where the kids can also play with different instruments. The graphics are fun and there are lots of different buttons for the kids to push.
App store: Mibblio (Free)
Video Downloader Super Lite – VDownload by George Young
This app makes it possible for you to download movies, TV shows or video clips onto the iPad and watch them later offline. The light version allows you to have up to 15 items downloaded and saved on the app at one time. This is not only great for kids, but the adults too!
App store: Video Downloader Super Lite (Free)