Best apps and games for toddlers

It can be tough to keep kids occupied, but apps and games tend to do the trick. Here are some of the best games and apps to keep your little ones busy.
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Best apps and games for toddlers

Young kids love to copy their parents, which means toddlers love playing with phones and tablets. That’s why there’s now a huge range of apps designed especially for the little ones that’ll keep them safe and let them have fun while learning. So we’ve found our favourite apps and games for toddlers to help you sort the best from the rest.

DUCKIE DECK COLLECTION

For ages 2-5 years

Ad free and no in-app purchases

This well designed app has six fun games that help your kids learn a huge range of skills, from how to take care of pets to the names of shapes and colours. And because the games are really simple, your toddler can control them for themselves and improve their hand-eye coordination too.

Download on Android (70p), iOS (£1.49), Kindle Fire (£1.03) & Windows 8.1 (Free)

FIVE LITTLE MONKEYS

For ages 1 and up

Ad free and no in-app purchases

Five Little Monkeys jumping on the bed… we all know the rhyme and now kids can play with those naughty monkeys and learn counting, maths and colours – and maybe the consequences of jumping on the bed. And as the app follows the words to the rhyme with highlighted subtitles, kids also take their first steps in learning to read.

Download on Android (62p), iOS (69p) & Kindle Fire (63p)

PEEKABOO BARN

For ages 6-months to 4-years

Ad free and no in-app purchases

Peekaboo Barn is a cute app that’ll entertain the youngest toddlers as they start to recognise animals and older kids as they learn to read. And as it knows the names of the animals in English, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Hindi, Japanese, Swedish, Dutch, Italian, German and French, it can even help kids start to learn a second language.

Download on Android (£1.27), iOS (£1.49) & Kindle Fire (£1.20)

YIPY GARDEN FARM

For ages 2-5 years

Ad free and no in-app purchases

Teach your kids all about food with Yipy Garden Farm. They can sow seeds, water them and then harvest the finished product before turning them into tasty meals. And with 12 fun mini games, your kids will learn loads of other helpful skills while playing with the app’s fun animal characters.

Download on Android (76p), iOS (69p) & Kindle Fire (£71p)

DR. PANDA & TOTO’S TREEHOUSE

For ages 1 and up

Ad free and no in-app purchases

Toto is a newly hatched turtle that needs someone to look after him and play with him, which is where your toddler comes in. Together, they’ll play games, make food, use a map to explore and more. It’s a great app for teaching kids about responsibility while they have fun.

Download on Android (£1.79), iOS (£1.99) & Kindle Fire (£1.79)

DR. PANDA’S TOY CARS

For ages 2-4

Ad free and no in-app purchases

Kids can explore two huge cities and play different roles in this brilliantly designed app. kids can take control of an ambulance and help people, a fire truck and put out fires and loads more. The whole app is designed to let kids play and explore however they want, letting the imaginations run away.

Downlaod on Android (£1.79), iOS (£1.99) & Kindle Fire (£1.79)

READ ME STORIES: KIDS’ BOOKS

For ages 3 and up

Offers in app purchases

Give your little one the best head start on the road to reading with the Read Me Stories app. There’s a new book available every day that’ll help your kids learn more than 1,000 words. The app can read books out loud, which is perfect for car journeys, or you can read with your toddler for a great interactive bedtime story.

Donwload on Android & iOS for free

Want to know which tablets will survive being used by toddlers? Check out our Toddlers vs Tablets video.

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