Though we can understand your reservations about getting your little one addicted to mobile-media before they're out of nappies, with the right toddler friendly apps you can help your child learn, as well as develop their motor skills, problem-solving and reaction times.
And while it's important to limit screen time and give your child plenty of other outlets to channel their imagination and energy through, there's no denying that in this digital age early mobile literacy will be a valuable skill.
We've found 10 apps that are all well designed, educational and can be counted in your guilt-free screen-time quota.
13 toddler-friendly apps:
If you're looking for an app to help your tot with their speech, or just to teach them different words, then this app is a must to download! It has UK spelling and pronunciations of over 110 that are clear for your little one to understand and also has some amazing features, including 2-gender voice recordings, resizable text that is easy to read, a quiz mode to test their learning and even autoplay so your tot doesn't have to worry about navigation.
You can also change how the photo images appear, changing from a cartoon to real life images. It's also a great app for little ones with autism, as you can turn off the background colours and animation to make it a calmer learning experience.
Buy the £1.99 version
for over 360 words and a lot more fun!
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“By it’s very nature, the internet provokes what we call a ‘Butterfly mentality’; where the brain flits from thing to thing without having to focus for very long,”says Martina Barrett, Managing Director at VAKS: Tuition & Revision Centers.
When children are constantly on iPads and smartphones, it’s no surprise they find it increasingly difficult to sit in a classroom and concentrate for up to an hour at a time. We are finding that children become tired quicker, their engagement with printed texts is not as great and even their motor skills are suffering from the constant use of touch screens as opposed to toys and tools that require manual manipulation.”
For more information about what's healthy for your child in terms of screen time, click here.
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