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Leo03 Fri 02-Dec-11 14:14:10

I have been looking for something nice and simple for a long time for my toddler to use on the ipad. Finally I found Shape Up! by busythings which he adores. All he has to do is trace shapes on the screen to make characters come to life. The Nosy Crow fairy tales are also fabulous for toddlers. I have found there are so may dull apps out there for very young children. Can anyone recommend any other apps for this age group?

Nux Sun 06-Jan-13 16:41:52

Another vote for all the Toca Boca apps - DD has loved these (she's 3.5) -favourites are the tea party and birthday party, hair salon and doctor.

rathlin Sun 06-Jan-13 16:45:26

Have used hairy letters..must try out some others.

BetsyTrotwood Mon 07-Jan-13 12:00:14

Just what I've been looking for. I think we've got all the Toca Boca apps out there but that's about it so this thread is very useful. I've heard Leo and the Windy Day mentioned before so I'll definitely check that one out. The multilingual ones sound good too although probably more for me wink

SucksToBeMe Mon 07-Jan-13 12:17:41

I'm the same as you flussymummy. I have a looong flight to South America with 4yr old DS this month! Also marking place!

Summersbee Fri 11-Jan-13 12:52:45

Hey 'SucksToBeMe'! Off to South America!! If your DS is not already a fluent Spanish speaker, why not get the headphones out and listen to Spanish songs. Find good ones on Amazon by searching for Spanish songs with translations or look up Spanish listening for kids online - don't know about any Portuguese ones though if it's Brazil you are going to ..!

Nevercan Fri 11-Jan-13 21:11:00

Not language related but my dd likes cupcake maker and donut maker which are freebies

leelteloo Fri 11-Jan-13 21:30:46

My daughter had been playing Puzzingo recently and lives it. Quite a clever, nicely put together app where they have to fit pictures to shapes. Tocabocca are great as lots of people have said. She likes Monkey Preschool too, there are a few of these; quite educational but fun.
Look forward to looking up all the other apps suggested on this thread smile

Needalifeagain Fri 11-Jan-13 21:48:16

Tozzle is a huge hit with my 22 month old.
Another vote for Boca Boca too.

MammyKaz Sun 13-Jan-13 22:12:23

Just what I've been thinking about!! Lots of great suggestions, will be checking them out.
If you get Counting Bear you can adjust settings to start at any number up to 20 & record your own "cheer". DD loves the individualised praise smile

Bakingtins Wed 16-Jan-13 12:12:16

Thanks for recommending Maths 3-5, it's great. New levels are £2.99, not £6.99 as someone posted, and I think it is good value.
We also like Hairy Letters and The Singing Alphabet.

bbgames Thu 07-Feb-13 13:10:17

Hey, I'm an app developer and decided to make an app for my little girl who is 9 months old. I looked on the App Store but a lot of what was there was pretty poorly produced and deceptively tried to get kids to hit the In-App Purchase buttons.

I hope you guys don't find it spammy, and also hope it's not against the forum rules, but here are the links to the apps. There is a free version which gives you 1 rhyme and supports buying the rest from the app or there is a version you can buy outright with 6 rhymes. The app works on iPod touch, iPhone and iPad.

Free Version:

Paid Version:

I am also including 5 "promo codes" that allow you to get the paid version for free. The links should show if the promo code has already been claimed.

Any feedback is appreciated.

bbgames Tue 19-Feb-13 13:40:32

I can't seem to edit my post so I'll have to make a new one, there is still 1 active code if anyone wants it:

bbgames Mon 25-Feb-13 16:00:46

Thats all the promo codes gone now. If any one has any feedback about how I could improve the app in the future it's always welcome.

Jezzawdh Sat 30-Mar-13 21:44:57

If you want a game that will keep the little and bigger kids entertained, easy controls and lots of fun have a look at Alpine Train 3D for iPad, a delight!

You get to drive a train around the mountains and blow the whistle, even change tracks.

I find some games aimed at kids can be over complicated with two many controls and menu screens.

EthelredOnAGoodDay Sat 30-Mar-13 21:52:36

Marking place to read later!

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harryhausen Tue 09-Apr-13 14:18:49

My ds is 5 now but had liked apps since he was about 3.

Another vote hear for Nosy Crow. However they do much more than Fairytales (although the Fairytales are v good). Try looking at-

Axel 'Gruffalo' Sheiflers - Animal SnApp Farm (a great mix up animal game) by Nosy Crow

Bizzy Bear on the Farm
Bizzy Bear builds a house

Rounds Franklin Frog

Pip and Posy

(All by Nosy Crow)

My ds also still loves one called Nighty Night where you simply gently put all the animals on the farm to sleep by switching off lights (but my ds loves the fact that the fish glow and make dinging sounds and the goat poops!)

jaabaar Wed 24-Apr-13 01:11:14

Just found Montessori letter sounds. I thought it is so clever in its simplicity! Then again what we mums live is not always what our DCs find entertaining.... But my 3 year old loves it!

Anyone used it?

bbgames Wed 24-Apr-13 21:45:21

Hey guys,

The next version of my nursery rhyme app is out.

The rhymes in the app are:

•A Sailor Went to Sea, Sea, Sea
•Sing a Song of Sixpence
•Little Bo-Peep
•Incy Wincy Spider
•Polly Put the Kettle On
•Baa, Baa, Black Sheep
•Hey Diddle Diddle
•Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary

There are 3 free copies here using these codes. The app is for iPad or iPhone:

If you miss out on a code you can try the free version of the app here:

jellysmum77 Wed 01-May-13 15:14:24

Hi all
I haven't read all the posts so apologies if I repeat anything;

Fudgy Bear is a lovely one for younger children- it has puzzles, a story, matching games etc.

Mr Thorne Does Phonics has lots out there for younger and older children- word wallpaper is a nice one for drawing, there is phonics pairs and spellbook for older children.

Maths for older children - there is mathelona and total maths.

Katiebeau Thu 02-May-13 15:49:09

Hello. I have the singing alphabet but no sound (sound is on othe apps) and the ssshh in the upper left corner and the pencil in the lower left corner don't do anything when pressed. Any advice welcome!!! thanks

Nevercan Sat 04-May-13 18:56:49

Have you tried pressing a letter. Each time you press one a musical note should appear above it and the it starts its musical note. You then press another letter and so on... The sshh then stops all the music so you can start again. The pencil doesn't do anything. Does that help?

DobiAndMilo Thu 09-May-13 15:20:05

I'm seeking feedback on our Language Independent FREE iPad App for young children, Lonitoy, my (much older!) kids love it but I'd really value some feedback from Mums with younger children.

alice105 Sun 26-May-13 11:55:48

Try 'First Phonic Sounds' for the iPad, really fun educational app for kids learning the alphabet, really simple and easy to use!

All letter sounds are in English accent with matching hand drawn animations that animate when you match the correct letter sound with the image.

Definitely recommend this app for toddlers! Have passed on to all my friends with babies already.

BazilGin Sun 09-Jun-13 22:40:55


My DD likes:
All Toca Boca,
Little fox-great fun, good quality app
Peter Rabbit-book with activities
Amimal Snap by Nosy Crow and gruffalo ilustrator, farm puzzle with great animal stories
Endless ABC

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