These days you’d be hard pressed to find a kid that didn’t know how to work an iPad or phone.  Technology is just part of their everyday life now.  I’ve tried to make sure, however, that the iPad or my phone is something special rather than an everyday activity.  This keeps Mr. G from having too much screen time and it keeps his attention longer when he gets to play with it.  But I also don’t like to have just any random app on there.  I like for him to be learning, wether or not he realizes it or not!

So I thought, with Christmas coming up and many little ones probably getting a tablet or device of some kind, I thought I’d share some of our favorite apps that are both fun and beneficial for your tot or young kiddo.
Mr. G has been playing with this one for a while now and still loves it!  You pick from a variety of toys that are broken into pieces for your child to put back together.  I like that in addition to being a puzzle like game, it promotes problem solving since the toy has to be put together in a certain order.  This used to frustrate Mr. G but now he understands that if one piece doesn’t click in, that means there’s another one that has to go first.  Plus, once they’ve built the toy, they can play with it.  My personal favorite is the firetruck where you save kitty cats from houses.
This one is from the same app family as Build and Play but is good for the younger ones.  It works the same but the toys are more color coded and easier to put together.  
This is such a great letter app.  Each letter has a few words that it changes, or morphs, into with every tap.  It’s even fun for me!

Book Builder

This app is reminiscent of the “choose your own adventure” books from my childhood.  The story is narrated up to a certain point and then your child can push the buttoner where they want to go next.  The story can be different every time they listen to it!

Endless Reader, Numbers, etc

There is an entire series of apps under the search “endless”.  From numbers to letters, reading to word building.  Almost all of them have free versions and then, or course there are bundles and in-app purchases.  These are so great for learning the basics of math, reading, word and letter recognition, and I could go on and on.  Plus, Mr. G loves the funny sounds the letters and numbers make so it’s fun for him while he’s learning.

Curious World

Mr. G loves Curious George so I knew this would be a hit.  I love how much is in this app!  Puzzle games, number games, books, and educational videos.  It has a little bit of everything and a little fun thrown in too!

What are some of your favorite app for your little ones?
XO, Kelly

*all images from iTunes App Store