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July 31st, 2012 at 5:00 am

Free Educational, Fun, and Entertaining iPad Apps For Toddlers

Isn’t it amazing how quickly toddlers take to our gadgets? They’re naturals, especially with the iPad. Give them a few minutes to get them started and they’re off and running.

With all of the many thousands of apps available, there is something for everyone, at every age, and almost every need. To help your little ones started with some excellent app choices, I’ve put together a list of 5 educational apps, 5 that are more fun and games, and 5 apps that are just pure entertainment.

Best of all they are all free. And some of them you might enjoy yourself!

To start, you must check out our very own Garanimals app, Learn, Play, Share. We put a lot of love into creating this one, so please enjoy.

Educational Apps

  • Memory! - Classic memory game with vivid colors and 3 levels of difficulty.
  • Little Stars – Earn stickers and points for correctly answering the recorded questions by choosing the right picture.
  • Amazing Shape Puzzle – This app is full of puzzles that have sound effects and word learning features.
  • Mini Adventures – Let’s Go and Learn the Alphabet – Children learn letter and word recognition using high quality photos and videos.
  • Phone for Kids – An fun activity center that lets your child explore keypads for phones, texting and typing, as well as colors and seasons.

Fun and Games

  • Squiggles! – Draw squiggly lines and watch the characters move. Make your own pictures and watch them animate. Fun.
  • Magic Fingers Lite – A wonderful app that lets you make gorgeous moving patterns set to music. It’s mesmerizing.
  • Kids Doodle – Movie Your Drawings – Create a drawing with a variety of brush styles and watch the app play back its creation.
  • I Hear Ewe – Touch the animal or vehicle and hear the sound they make.
  • Bubble Popper – Pop the colored bubbles with your fingers and score points. This one is addictive.

Silly and Simple Pleasures

  • Talking Tom 2 – Let the talking cat repeat what you say in a silly voice.
  • Bubble Popper – Not the same as Bubble Popper game above. This one is virtual bubble wrap. Enough said.
  • Fireworks Toy – Touch the screen with your finger and watch the fireworks. Touch with multiple fingers and light up the sky.
  • Heatpad Lite – Run your fingers over your display and see the heat paths.
  • Falling Stars – I love this app. Draw vines to catch the falling stars and make beautiful music.

I’m pretty sure your toddlers will enjoy these. I hope you do too.

You can also find Paula on LinkedInFacebook and Twitter @techsmart319. Feel free to reach out if you have questions.

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March 5th, 2012 at 6:51 am

Some Favorite Children’s Apps

As a parent I don’t know how my parents survived doctor visits, car rides, or waiting in the car pool lane without much of the technology that exists today. When I am unavailable to my children my iPod and iPad are great ways to entertain, teach and distract my children. They also work great as “rewards” for completing chores or behaving correctly.

Many of the apps we have for the children are free or just a few dollars. If my boys want an app that costs money they usually use their own ITunes gift card to buy it. This makes a great gift idea when you don’t need any more toys.  We all know that my family doesn’t need any more of them.  

Now many of these apps are available for all kinds of tablets, smartphones, and other devices. My boys and I wanted to share some of our favorite apps with you.


One of my boys favorite apps as toddler/preschoolers was Peekaboo Barn. Animals hide behind the barn doors and wait to play peekaboo with their little friends. I remember my youngest son giggling all the time when the animal would pop out! Great for animal sound and name recognition.


When I was younger I had The Monster at the end of the this Book  as a Little Golden Book. I would look at it and my mom would read it to me all the time. The pages were torn and the binding was repaired several times. I was so excited to find an app that brings the book to life! It not only contains the same story, but you can interactively try to turn the pages to get to the end of the book, but Grover interacts by pleading and asking you to please not turn another page. This app is a little more pricey but definitely worth every dollar!


This app carries on the enjoyment that my kids love in the app above. Another Monster at the End of this Book adds even more interactivity and adds a favorite character Elmo to the story. Check out what other of your favorite books have apps. Another one we enjoy is Don’t let the Pigeon Run this App!  or Skippyjon Jones.

The Teach Me app series is not only educational, but fun! There is one for toddlers, kindergarten, 1st grade and 2nd grade. For toddlers, it covers many different educational areas, including numbers, letters, colors and letters. A very well rounded educational experience that builds on concepts and provides “rewards” for answering sections correctly. It warms my heart when my boys choose to play educational apps like this!


A free app, music is the key to the fun here. Create your own Seussical instrument by selecting different horns and then playing Rockband style. The easy levels are good for small children while the middle levels work for lower elementary aged children. My boys also have a lot of fun creating their own freestyle tunes.



These are just a few of my favorite apps. Have you ever thought of just searching the App Store? Once we searched with the word – MAKER. Now our iPod holds games to make ICEE’s, donuts, pizza, and every other food you could imagine. These entertain my kids much of the time and save me the mess! Have you ever searched under your favorite company or toy?. There is an app for Easy Bake Oven, Play-doh, and Battleship, to name just a few. There truly is an app for almost everything your child loves!

What are some of your favorite apps?

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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February 21st, 2012 at 5:00 am

Educator Approved Apple Apps at APPitic

Are you looking for educational games and apps for your child? There are approximately 250,000 apps at the itunes store. Yes 250,000. They run the gamut from entertainment, productivity, news, games, food and so much more.

So how do you find good quality, educational apps that can help your child with real learning and skill building? How do you filter through all of what’s out there to get to the good stuff?

I found a website called that is a wonderful source for apps that have been vetted by Apple Distinguished Educators. This is a distinguished group of over 1,500 teachers from around the world that use Apple products to create and implement new, innovative ways to teach.

You can take advantage of their formidable expertise to find apps that can really help your child master skills and applications that can assist in everything from multiple intelligences to SPED and autism, to music and art. There are over 1,300 apps listed on the site and it’s easy to find what you are looking for via category for something specific or just by browsing.

Many of the apps are free, most run only a few dollars. The best part is that they all come recommended by educators who know their stuff and can share the apps that support best practices and demonstrate actual learning outcomes.

Here are some examples of what’s been recommended by the ADE’s:

APPitic is a huge help in navigating the sea of options. There’s so much out there and it’s great that a trusted group of advisers has done the work to curate the best choices so you can help your kids have fun learning.

Do you have a favorite educational app you’d like to share?

You can also find Paula on LinkedInFacebook and Twitter @techsmart319. Feel free to reach out if you have questions.

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