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Roundup Guide: Free Educational Apps for Toddlers

rsz_best_apps_for_kidsTechnology is a wonderful thing, even for the toddler set! Download some games on your smartphone and you’ll keep your little one happy and entertained, not to mention the fact that you’ll encourage important developmental skills, including:

  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Number recognition
  • Color recognition
  • Letter recognition
  • How to operate a digital device – A super important skill for kids of the digital age to develop

While letting your child engage with your smartphone can offer great benefits, sifting through the countless iOS and Android apps can be a challenge. With so many options available, how do you choose the ones that your toddler will engage your toddler and ones that he will be able to successfully interact with?

Here are five of the best apps that are easy enough for 15-month to 3-year-olds to use that they will also find entertaining.

#1 – PicsArt Kids

PicsArt Kids is a drawing and doodling app that is easy for toddlers to operate. Full of tons of activities, including a coloring book mode with tons of templates, a blank canvas for doodling on and a learning mode, complete with mazes and scenes to explore, this app will keep your little one entertained and teach some valuable skills, too.

Free on Android and iOS

#2 – DipDap

Your toddler will love helping the cherry little DipDap character find his way through different scenes. This app features 16 animated scenes and a sketchpad, too. Drawings can even be saved to your camera so you can check them out later or share them with your family and friends on social media!

Available on Android and iOS

#3 – Endless Alphabet

This app was created by Originator Inc and combines education and entertainment for toddlers. Endless Alphabet introduces little ones to letters and words through a series of minigames. Words are broken up into puzzles and players piece them back together. After putting the words back together, an animation provides the definitions.

Free or $6.99 upgrade on Android and iOS

#4 – LEGO Duplo Train

Your toddler will love building, driving and transporting people and objects with the LEGO Duplo Train app. Players assume the role of the train’s engineer, selecting carts to carry and picking up people along the way. The controls are very easy to use, allowing your little one to control the speed of the train and even make its whistle blow. There are also several interactive minigames for your little one to play, like choose the right track to follow.

Free on Android and iOS

#5 – Peekaboo Barn

Your toddler will love playing peekaboo with the animated animals on this app. Friendly farm animals hid behind barn doors and happily surprise your toddler when they reveal their location. Your child will also learn the names of the animals and the sounds that they make while playing this game. Several languages are available, including English, Spanish, French and Mandarin. You can also record your own voice and have it announce the names of the animals.

Free or $1.99 upgrade on Android and iOS