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dibdabdoo14 Thu 08-Sep-11 08:41:21

Hi All

We recently bought an iPad and are trying to find some good apps to entertain our 9-month-old son. Admittedly, he's quite young, but we live abroad and have to do relatively long flights quite often, so are hoping it will be a godsend.

Does anyone have any recommendations for apps for the 0 - 2 bracket? And maybe up to 5 yrs?


jellycat1 Wed 10-Jan-18 10:55:47

Little Baby Bum has saved our sanity over the years!

NeonSun Wed 10-Jan-18 10:37:59

There are so many of them but I suppose that he's too smal for such apps... For example, our daughter wasn't interested much in them till she was 3 years old. Before that the best decision for her was watching cartoons on our I-Pad or laptop smile
Anyway I can recommend a few simple ones for this age, only the entertaining ones because it's not a proper time for him in case of more complicated and educational ones. Nighty Night about sending animals to sleep is a good one, also Cosmic Top, it just shows various spinning lights and is more like a bright cartoon for a kid, not a classic game app. Also Kids Shape Puzzle, Kids Piano and Coloring Book Game are nice ones too.
And for the perspective till 5 years old I can recommend to concetrate more on teaching games and apps. We've already started with them and our daughter adores such games, they bring her much fun and are interesting and also veyr effective in teaching her various things. I can advise to try Kids Math, Counting Caterpillar, Crazy Times Tables and Zebrainy ABC Wonderlands for learning alphabet. Such games usually have a better quality comparing with simple entertaining ones so rather often kids like them more than other types of games smile

MancMum27 Tue 12-Dec-17 16:32:58

great for kids, check it out

MancMum27 Tue 12-Dec-17 16:31:59

Best app for babies is called buzzin app

myriam1025 Fri 27-Jan-17 12:44:37

brilliant, love this free learning App for my toddler smile smile

Gamelover25 Wed 15-Jul-15 10:47:32

We've just discovered this great new app for our kids who are 2 and 4 years old - Heidi Alpine Adventure. There's loads of different games and no in-app purchases. The app is very educational as it helps them to develop skills like counting and memory. We have a long flight ahead of us for our holiday and got this app to keep them occupied. Check it out at and

fizin Thu 23-Apr-15 12:04:58

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louise54 Tue 13-Aug-13 14:06:59

My little boys favourites so far are anything from Ocean House Media and Pathway apps, these 2 are ones which ive enjoyed reading with him:

Niles Snappington free version:

Dr Seuss £3:

AnuC Fri 22-Mar-13 17:58:38

Haystacks is a iPhone travel app for families in London. You can search for things by age group eg 0-2 or also by area or type of things you're looking for. Lots of my friends who are parents have started to use it. Hope you find it useful !

QTPie Fri 07-Dec-12 23:59:56

Monkey Preschool Lunchbox - although 9 months is probably a bit young for it...

BettyPJones Fri 07-Dec-12 12:38:38

My other half got a samsung galaxy S3 recently so some good android suggestions here, I recognise a few that the children like.

Some of the ones we have had success with:
Kids Piano
the iStoryBooks
Nursery Rhymes for Kids
Classic Simon

Their absolute favourite at the moment are, of course, Angry Birds Seasons (its not very educational but they love it):

And since the Christmas decorations went up they've been on Seen it! Christmas a lot:

JollyToddler Sun 23-Sep-12 16:37:44

We took a 13 month on a 4 hour plane journey and it was the worst experience of my life. You don't 'just need books and toys', you need something more, or a child who will sleep the whole way.

We don't have an iPad but if we did I'd definitely have taken it on that journey!

noblegiraffe Sun 23-Sep-12 16:22:02

Don't forget you can buy TV series and films from iTunes too. Many a long journey has been saved by a few episodes of Timmy Time.

dj2five Sat 22-Sep-12 17:37:22

My son loved the app iCanCount. This app made eating our hassle free for us. it was free at the time and has much improved with additional languages.

It also helped him to learn numbers at a very early age. A link is available on its website, here is the link anyway.!/id523502821?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4.

Auroborea Mon 31-Oct-11 19:48:43

Zoola is great as a first app. My dd (just turned 2) also loves Starfall ABCs, FirstWords Deluxe, 3 Little Pigs by Nosy Crow, Color & Draw for kids, Park Math HD, and interactive Thomas books (Misty Island and Hero Rails).

I know exactly what you mean about flights, we survived a return flight to Barbados this Summer largely thanks to an IPad and IPhone (as well as in-flight kiddy films) to keep dd and DS (3) in their seats. If you also have an IPhone, my dc love Toddler Teasers, SoundTouch (another great first app), 123Counting, Tozzle and LetterWriter.

Dilan Mon 31-Oct-11 00:33:42

There are educational apps that are good to babies. It’s like a simple illustration bring magic to your kids, catch their attention in a fun, entertaining and educational way and help them.

QuietNinjaZombie Sun 16-Oct-11 17:19:37

Babyfirst amuses my ds no end. Lots of videos and lots if characters, good fun.

KateRipsley Sun 16-Oct-11 02:44:55

Hubby got one of those new galaxy tabs today. Its very nice for the drawing and coloring in apps! only just got a chance to play with it lol

Just realized that all the apps we bought on phone have got downloaded to the samsung after signing in. Very cool! :D

KateRipsley Wed 05-Oct-11 13:18:22

Hi joad - is Splingo's language universe on Android? I can't seem to find it.
Thanks smile

joad Sun 25-Sep-11 21:25:37

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KateRipsley Sat 24-Sep-11 02:06:38

Hi all!

Just thought I'd make a list of apps my little one likes (Android)

Kids Shape Puzzle
Nursery Rhymes For Kids
Peekaboo Barn
Kids Piano
Kids Coloring Book Game
Kids Doodle
Toddler lock

Does anyone else have suggestions for other apps to check out? Thanks smile

beautifulgirls Thu 08-Sep-11 21:43:51

Happy Babies by Ladybird, worth the small fee.

thesurgeonsmate Thu 08-Sep-11 11:26:49

There are two Sandra Boynton books which have been made into impressive apps - The Going to Bed Book and Blue Hat, Green Hat.

dibdabdoo14 Thu 08-Sep-11 11:07:32

great, thanks all. Will get onto apps store asap.

ChunkyPickle Thu 08-Sep-11 10:31:34

Oh, and a knackered old nintendo ds is also a favourite on flights - he can't actually play the games, but loves pressing the buttons (held it properly from the start... he's a natural)

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