Best Apps for Toddlers

Some of the best apps for toddlers keep in mind how they learn and focus on exploration and open-ended play. If you've decided to make digital media a part of your toddlers' lives, you can extend their learning by helping them relate what they experience in an app to real life. Choosing high-quality programs and playing along with your kid are key components of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) updated guidelines on screen use for young children. Not sure how much screen time is OK for your little one? Check out our Early Childhood and Screen Time topic centers for research-grounded guidance and answers to critical early childhood issues.

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Simple and engaging music app for toddlers encourages touch.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2011)
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Sweet fun for littlest app users brings ice cream to life.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2014)
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Super-smart playground designed for youngest app users.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
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Sweet mini-games let toddlers "do it myself!"
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2014)
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Have fun and make simple music with common objects.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2016)
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Delightful, open-ended journey helps teach words.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
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Musical counting game full of slapstick fun for toddlers.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2011)
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Boynton does hilarious bit of creative whimsy for toddlers.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2011)
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Great play-along music app for little ones; upgrade is fab.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
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Famous book inspires activities, encourages kids to nurture.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Windows Phone
(2015)
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Lovely app lets toddlers turn off the lights for bedtime.
Devices: iPad
(2011)
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Innovative update of the original tactile book.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
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Tots learn to recognize emotions, behaviors with cute app.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
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Cute toddler app teaches barnyard animal names.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2010)
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Fun way to learn 10 wild animal names and sounds.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2010)
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Nice guide to childhood milestone, but needs more Elmo.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Kindle Fire
(2012)
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Fascinating first app features familiar, friendly fun.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
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Toddler-friendly app has more than 250 sights and sounds.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2010)
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Drag-and-drop shape puzzles made especially for toddlers.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2010)
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Eric Carle faves teach vocab in English and other languages.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
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Cute baby versions of TV favorites but lots of crying.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook HD
(2014)
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