Three years ago, I felt that I had the busiest two year old boy I have ever seen in my life. No matter how many books, blocks, painting, or outside activities I had set for him, it was never enough. We finally decided to get Jax an Ipad with educational games and activities. Not only did he have sensory issues, was still pretty much non-verbal and hyperactive, he was extremely bright. By 2 1/2 he was spelling lengthly words like “birthday” and “animals”, as well as doing basic addition. Here’s some of my favorite educational apps for around 3-6 year olds, that we used years ago, and some slightly-less educational, keep busy apps as well.
Here are a few on the younger side, for 2-3 year olds.
Disney 123s is a cute educational app for young ones learning numbers. It has their favorite Disney Characters counting along from 1-20. They also have Disney ABCs, but we haven’t played that one.
Toddler’s Farm Animals
This is a cute one that helps young toddlers identify their animals with the sounds and interact with them! If you get the full (paid) version I believe they do colors and numbers as well!
Farm Animals – Barnyard Animal Puzzles
Does your toddler love puzzles and coloring? This one has little activities to keep your toddler busy!
Montessori Rhyme Time
Rhyme Time is great for identifying pictures as well as what they rhyme with. They have nice big pictures for the kids to click on and listen for the word.
Feelings – For Kids
We found this app from YouTube. It’s made from Baby Bus, and teaches your kid’s how to handle their feelings and how to solve them. For example, “Mommy is taking care of the new baby and is really busy, that makes you feel sad. What should you do? Make the baby laugh and play with them by blowing bubbles.”
My First Alphabet Phonics ABC
Cute for 2,3,4 year olds learning their alphabet and how to practice tracing upper and lower case letters.
My last two favorite for this age group are the PBS Kids Video & PBS Kids Game apps. The game one is more age-appropriate for older kid’s but some are easy enough for late 2yr olds or 3 year olds! The PBS Kids Video is the only video I can get my 1 year old to watch, besides listening to Baby Shark on repeat… but that’s a different story.
Apps for 3-6 year olds
These are my beyond favorite apps for IPhone or IPad. They are also the most annoying as well. They include Spanish, Alphabet, Wordplay, Reader, 123 (Numbers). Also apparently in the Endless Learning Academy they offer a music activity as well!
Similar to Endless Alphabet, your child will be spelling words and playing games!
TinyHands – Kids Puzzle Games
This is educational app is great for younger ones. The app suggests 3+, but depending on your child 2 1/2 would be oaky as well. It starts off with simple skills such as sorting numbers, shapes, colors/sizes, and increases in difficulty.
These math games start with basic counting, and have three addition levels.
I specifically only use this app for early math or geometry. If you haven’t heard of it yet, you need to look into it! It has math, science, economics, arts and humanities, SAT, MCAT and other test prep subjects. This website and app is amazing for learners. We used it for practicing missing numbers, counting, addition, subtraction, and geometry shapes.
Stack The States
If you have a 4-7 year old who loves learning about the United States, it’s flags, capitals, etc. This is an educational for your little learner.
Those are my favorites, let me know in the comments what your favorite educational apps are for your kids!