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Before we got pregnant, and, once we did get pregnant, I swore I would not let our kiddo play with unnecessary technology at a young age. Television? No way! Play on my iPhone? Not a chance!
And then, reality set in. It started with a quick episode of Sid the Science Kid so I could get the dishes done without a million interruptions. Next, I downloaded a drawing app on the iPad and my iPhone so my daughter could scribble to her heart’s content! “75% of kids have access to a “smart” mobile device at home!”
Now, let’s be honest. Parenting is a much different game once you’re actually THE PARENT and you have a kiddo who needs you every minute of the day. You can say you won’t do “this” or “that” as much as you want, but, I can guarantee you will break that promise to yourself more than once. The best part? IT’S OKAY. Seriously. Yes, you should limit the screen time, but, your kiddo won’t be scarred for the rest of their life because they watched a few episodes of Bubble Guppies so you could keep your sanity :) You do what you have to do!
So, when our daughter DOES watch television or play on our phones, it’s not just whatever she wants. We always choose the more educational shows that either teach skills, morals, lessons, or things like colors, etc. Also, screen time should NEVER replace good ole’ playin’ outside and getting fresh air!
By the way, she LOVES calculators so when she comes up to me and says “Calc? Calc?” in her sweet baby toddler voice…I open the calculator up and she balances our check book and budget. Just kidding ;) A mom can dream right?
Now that she is getting older and learning everything around her, we wanted to branch out and find some more educational apps appropriate for her age! Our top favorite- PlayKids. It’s educational shows, activities, books, and music all rolled into one. AMAZING.
So, which apps are the best for your little ones who want to know everything they can? Check them out below!
1.) PlayKids* by Movile Internet Movel S.A.- FREE w/in-app purchases & subscriptions: Best for children ages 3 & up!
This is our favorite app. Our daughter LOVES it and I feel good about letting her use it. We use it as a positive “treat” throughout the day and at potty time.
– Kid Safe & COPPA Certified
– Education Shows & Videos
– Developmental Games & Puzzles
– Books, Nursery Rhymes, & Lullabies
– Language Learning
Kids will be able to play games that help develop important skills such as motor coordination, memory, language development, and school-age skills. This app is also always ad-free which is great as a parent- no worrying that your kiddo is seeing inappropriate ads or that they will end up downloading something they shouldn’t! The entire app is age-appropriate all the time. It also supports offline access–perfect for car rides or trips to grandma’s. You can download it free and they also have a full subscription so you can view EVERYTHING. This app is so easy to use and has customization for your kids.
We’ve been using it for a few weeks now and my 20 month old daughter’s understanding of so many things has improved dramatically. I think she’s a smarty pants anyways, but, this app definitely helps reinforce what we teach her. We also use the PlayKids app for potty time! Our daughter expressed interest in her potty early on so we always gently encouraged it. Lately, she goes “shi-shi” and “doo-doo” in the mornings right after she wakes up. Toddlers are not known for being patient or for staying put so I’ve been using the app to keep her occupied long enough to sit. She gets to listen to a few audiobooks or watch an episode of Daniel Tiger while she goes potty and I get a chance to do my morning face wash and other things!
2.) AlphaTots Alphabet by Spinlight Studio- $2.99
The alphabet is one of the first things we teach our kids. This app uses action words to teach the letters of the alphabet. Not only are letters reinforced, language skills can become stronger as your kids learn more new words! This app has “26 fun preschool puzzles and mini-games that helps kids learn the alphabet!”
• An engaging alphabet sing-a-long song.
• An interactive alphabet that helps kids recite their ABCs.
• Upper- and lowercase versions of every letter.
3.) Daniel Tiger’s Grr-ific Feelings by PBS Kids- $2.99
Little kids usually have big emotions and they don’t always know how to express them in the best way. When your kiddos are interacting with other kiddos and adults, it’s important that they can share how they’re feeling in a positive and constructive way. This Daniel Tiger app helps young kids learn about different emotions and how to handle them. With several games and activities, your kids will be “grr-ific” at expressing themselves!
4.) Park Math by Duck Duck Moose- $1.99
Math is an extremely important subject growing up and it seems that it’s only gotten more difficult for our kiddos! This app focuses on numbers, counting, addition, subtraction, sorting and patterns by using several fun activities. Park Math was created for kids ages 2 through 7 so it’s extremely versatile! This app makes math fun to learn for kids!
5.) Word Wagon by Duck Duck Moose- $1.99
Spelling tests are introduced early on for kids in school! I clearly remember studying for spelling tests, and, when you’re a little kid, that can be kind of intimidating! Word Wagon focuses on letter names, sounds and spelling of 4 and 6 letter words. This is a great app for kids 2-7 as it focuses on easier words and then more difficult ones. A great tool for your kiddos while they’re in school!
Have you heard of any of these apps or used them before?
Tell me about your favorite educational app(s)! :)
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*I received a complimentary subscription to PlayKids in return for an honest review of the app. All opinions are my own and I received no other compensation.