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 App Poster Image
Simple and engaging music app for toddlers encourages touch.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2011)
(2012)
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Bubl Ice Cream - a musical dessert for kids App Poster Image
Sweet fun for littlest app users brings ice cream to life.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2014)
(2015)
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Busy Shapes App Poster Image
Super-smart playground designed for youngest app users.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2014)
(2014)
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Busy Shapes 2 App Poster Image
Simply brilliant puzzler develops critical thinking.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2017)
(2017)
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Daily Vroom App Poster Image
Parents get great brain-building tips for little kids.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2018)
(2017)
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Duckie Deck Homemade Orchestra App Poster Image
Have fun and make simple music with common objects.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2016)
(2016)
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Duckie Deck Collection App Poster Image
Sweet mini-games let toddlers "do it myself!"
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2014)
(2014)
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Eli Explorer App Poster Image
Delightful, open-ended journey helps teach words.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
(2015)
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Five Little Monkeys App Poster Image
Musical counting game full of slapstick fun for toddlers.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2011)
(2011)
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Hungry Caterpillar Play School App Poster Image
Engaging learning games, parent tips via subscription.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2018)
(2018)
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Little Chickies (Los Pollitos) by Canticos - Sing, Play & Learn with Latino Nursery Rhymes App Poster Image
Learn Spanish rhyme in other languages; limited content.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2018)
(2016)
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Moo, Baa, La La La! App Poster Image
Boynton does hilarious bit of creative whimsy for toddlers.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2011)
(2011)
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Music Sparkles - All In One Musical Instruments Collection HD App Poster Image
Great play-along music app for little ones; upgrade is fab.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
(2012)
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My Very Hungry Caterpillar App Poster Image
Famous book inspires activities, encourages kids to nurture.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Windows Phone
(2015)
(2015)
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Nighty Night HD App Poster Image
Lovely app lets toddlers turn off the lights for bedtime.
Devices: iPad
(2011)
(2011)
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Pat the Bunny App Poster Image
Innovative update of the original tactile book.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
(2011)
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Peek-a-Zoo by Duck Duck Moose App Poster Image
Tots learn to recognize emotions, behaviors with cute app.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
(2011)
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Peekaboo Barn App Poster Image
Cute toddler app teaches barnyard animal names.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2010)
(2012)
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Peekaboo Wild App Poster Image
Fun way to learn 10 wild animal names and sounds.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2010)
(2010)
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Potty Time with Elmo App Poster Image
Nice guide to childhood milestone, but needs more Elmo.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Kindle Fire
(2012)
(2012)
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Sago Mini Friends App Poster Image
Fascinating first app features familiar, friendly fun.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
(2014)
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Sound Touch App Poster Image
Toddler-friendly app has more than 250 sights and sounds.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2010)
(2012)
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Tozzle - Toddler's favorite puzzle App Poster Image
Drag-and-drop shape puzzles made especially for toddlers.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2010)
(2010)
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Friends - First Words App Poster Image
Eric Carle faves teach vocab in English and other languages.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2015)
(2015)
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