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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Baby's Musical Hands

age 2+

Simple and engaging music app for toddlers encourages touch.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2012)
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Bubl Ice Cream - a musical dessert for kids

age 2+

Sweet fun for littlest app users brings ice cream to life.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2015)
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Busy Shapes

age 2+

Super-smart playground designed for youngest app users.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2014)
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Busy Shapes 2

age 2+

Simply brilliant puzzler develops critical thinking.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2017)
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Daily Vroom

age 2+

Parents get great brain-building tips for little kids.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2017)
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Duckie Deck Homemade Orchestra

age 2+

Have fun and make simple music with common objects.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2016)
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Duckie Deck Collection

age 2+

Sweet mini-games let toddlers "do it myself!"

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2014)
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Eli Explorer

age 2+

Delightful, open-ended journey helps teach words.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2015)
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Five Little Monkeys

age 2+

Musical counting game full of slapstick fun for toddlers.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2011)
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Hungry Caterpillar Play School

age 2+

Engaging learning games, parent tips via subscription.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2018)
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LEGO DUPLO WORLD

age 2+

Branded blocks build early skills with co-play, mini-games.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2019)
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Little Chickies (Los Pollitos) by Canticos - Sing, Play & Learn with Latino Nursery Rhymes

age 2+

Learn Spanish rhyme in other languages; limited content.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2016)
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Moo, Baa, La La La!

age 2+

Boynton does hilarious bit of creative whimsy for toddlers.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Kindle Fire (2011)
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Music Sparkles - All In One Musical Instruments Collection HD

age 2+

Great play-along music app for little ones; upgrade is fab.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2012)
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My Very Hungry Caterpillar

age 2+

Famous book inspires activities, encourages kids to nurture.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2015)
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Nighty Night HD

age 2+

Lovely app lets toddlers turn off the lights for bedtime.

Devices: iPad (2011)
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OK Play - Learning Activities

age 2+

Quality activities for enriching parent-child interactions.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2020)
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Pat the Bunny

age 2+

Innovative update of the original tactile book.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2011)
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Peek-a-Zoo - by Duck Duck Moose

age 2+

Tots learn to recognize emotions, behaviors with cute app.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2011)
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Peekaboo Barn

age 2+

Cute toddler app teaches barnyard animal names.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2012)
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