Every parent knows that iPads and iPhones are great for making calls, texting, keeping organized and entertaining children. Even babies under the age of one are grabbing their parents phones and playing. But you don’t want them to call China ot to mess up your Draw Something game.
So what’s a parent to do? Download the best apps for their baby, of course.
Here are 6 sensory apps for the iPad and iPhone that will entertain and even educate your little bundle of joy.
This app will teach all different shapes, including animals and everyday objects. You can add your voice to the app, giving your little one something familiar to hear. You can also take photos and add your own items. The app combines pictures, audio, voice and words to help
children learn the shapes by sight, sound and touch. The level of difficulty will be automatically adjusted as your child advances. The app supports multiple languages. $0.99.
This fabulous app is 5 games in 1 app. First there is the Choo-choo bubble blowing train that is sure to entertain your little one just as much as real life bubbles do. The Alpha-Bet-U-Can interactive game introduces your child to the abc’s. Pop-A-Lot allows the user to pop bubbles by tapping the screen. Teach basic colors with the It’s Colorific game. And the grand finale of the app is the Big Top 3-ring circus that your child taps to bring to life. $1.99.
If you’ve never had the pleasure of reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar to your child, you don’t know what you’re missing. Same goes with Eric Carle’s My Very First App. The app consists of three matching games based on the My Very First Book series. The games are separated by the levels of difficulty – easy (ages 1-3), medium (ages 2-3), and hard (ages 3 and up). The easy level features pictures from Carle’s books and requires the child to match color with an item of that color. The harder levels are memory matching games. The app can be played in six languages. There are in-app purchases available for $0.99 if you want to add numbers, shapes, food, or animal sounds. $1.99.
Who doesn’t love a good lullaby before heading off to bed? Well now instead of memorizing all of the classics, download this app. Features 10 lullabies, including Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, Hush Little Baby, and This Old Man. Every song has the lyrics so you can sing along. The music can be put on a loop and a timer can be set. All of the recorded songs are played with real instruments. The app also contains interesting lullaby facts. The music and the graphics are soothing for nap or nighttime.
Don’t let the name fool you, you cannot download this app, hand your kid the phone and go to the movies. But you may be able to throw in a load of laundry. This app consists of six interactive games with four scenes – garden, ocean, jungle, and naptime. Your little angel can shake the phone or iPad to play the tambourine, bell, drums, and other instruments. The drawing mode allows your child to select the colors and paint the animals. Background music is classical or nursery rhyme music to stimulate your little smarty pants. The bright graphics and fun music are quite entertaining. $0.99.
More than likely your child plays with your phone and attempts to call grandma anyway. That’s why this app is such a good idea. It turns your $200 smartphone into a toy phone. There are different phone interfaces all with cute features and sounds. It teaches colors, numbers, animals, and more. Parents can easily change the sounds. And don’t worry, your child cannot actually make a phone call. Whew! $0.99.
Genna graduated from SUNY Stony Brook with an English degree and realized she can do one of two things – teach or write. She opted to write, which means she is poor. Luckily her husband is not. She lives in Dallas with him, the world’s bossiest six-year old and cutest dog. She loves reading, writing, technology, and being organized. She hates mushrooms and believes that if you put the scissors back in the same place every time, you’ll never lose them…