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, there's no denying that in this digital age, early mobile literacy will be a valuable skill.
13 educational apps for toddlers round-up:
Best language app: First Words UK
Best problem solving app: Elmo Loves 123s Lite
Best alphabet app: ABC Kids Tracing & Phonics
Best storytelling app: Jack and the Beanstalk
Best observation skills app: Disney Junior Play
Best logic development app: Gruffalo Games
Best reading app: Teach Your Monster to Read
Best reading and interaction app: Cbeebies Storytime
Best counting app: 123 Numbers
Best self-expression app: Playtime Island
Best musical app: EasyXylo Xylophone
Best motor skills app: Hey Duggee: The Big Badge app
Best creative app: Peppa Pig: Paintbox
Now that you know which apps are well designed, educational and can be counted in your guilt-free screen-time quota, it's time to find out more about them...
13 toddler-friendly apps:
1) First Words UK, Free, Google Play
If you're looking for a resource to help your tot with their speech or to teach them different words, then you must download this app. Not only does it have UK spelling and pronunciations of over 110 words, but all of these are clear for your little one to understand. It boasts amazing features, including two-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.
We love that you can change how the photo images appear, changing from 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 its 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.