like most parents, josh and i try hard to keep screen time with our kiddos to a minimum. in the beginning when they were babes it was like, “no way. never. they will never look at or touch a screen!” (oh the things we say before we’re parents, or as new parents. i’m so guilty of all of it…) then we were introduced to baby signing time by a friend when eleanor was around a year old (i can’t recommend it enough ps, it’s so good) and after she picked up several signs the very first time she watched the DVD with us, we realized not all tv shows or apps aimed at children are bad. many are incredibly educational and fun for them, and when used in moderation, can be a great tool. a few of our family’s most favorite apps below…
this app is especially fun for the tinier ones, since it’s all about learning animals names and sounds, and is also quite interactive. they have several versions, like peekaboo forest and peekaboo safari. the barn version’s our favorite, and it was a big hit with E and samson still enjoys using it.
tiny sorting hands
this one is great for matching and sorting! it has several levels too, so you can start with colors or seasons or shapes and move onto more problem solving and logic.
this app is probably my all time favorite kids app! sometimes i find myself kind of stealing the phone or iPad away from my kids to play! it’s all about composing your own music by layering different sounds and tracks to build a song. and it’s not annoying music either! which is maybe why i’m so into it. i swear i could sing the “la! la! la la la laaaaaa!” all day and it wouldn’t grow old. ;)
bugs and bubbles
we love the bugs and bubbles app because it shares several different games and challenges from physics and memory to fine motor skills.
intro to letters by montessorium
this has been an especially useful and fun app for eleanor lately as she explores reading and writing and phonetics more. we looked at several different types of apps similar to this one over the past few months for eleanor, and this montessori approach to letters and phonics has by far been our favorite.
have you found any children’s apps you love? what are your favorites?