Earlier this year, headlines were full of news that smartphone use may damage toddlers’ brains.
This was based on a report reviewing the main areas of research into the positive and negative effects of so-called ‘mobile media’ on very young children.
In the October issue of M&B, we spoke to Jenny Radesky, the report’s lead author and professor of paediatric development and behaviour at Boston University, to give you the facts you need to know to let your little one use your smartphone or tablet in a beneficial way.
Here are 10 great apps for toddlers under five. They’re all well designed, educational and can be counted in your guilt-free screen-time quota.
Mini games designed to practice self-control, focus, memory, following directions and problem solving amongst 3-5 year olds. £2.33 on Google Play.
Songs, videos, colouring pages, and games about letters, sounds and words. Free on iTunes.
Free educational games featuring the CBeebies stars, including a Nina and the Neurons game that introduces computer coding to toddlers. Free on iTunes.
From British books and apps publisher Nosy Crow, this fairytale actively encourages reading. £3.99.
Sago Sago is the pre-school focused arm of TocaBoca. This app, for children aged 2-6, records your voice as you draw. £2.29.
A BAFTA award-nominated game, described by the Times Educational Supplement as ‘an out of this world introduction to synthetic phonics’. £3.99 on iTunes.
Developed by the Tate Gallery, this app lets kids draw and record their own noisy characters to add to its story. £3.99 on iTunes.
An app containing free story books, featuring CBeebies characters, for young children and their parents to read together. Free on iTunes.
Puzzles, mini games and sing-alongs designed to help toddlers learn how to count. £2.29.
10. Gruffalo: Games
6 beautiful and challenging games designed to develop reactions, logic and problem solving skills in children aged 3 and up. £2.99 on iTunes.