Learning Apps and Games for Toddlers
During the months of January through May 2012 I wrote several posts
about apps that were appropriate and recommended for young children, especially those with speech and language delays/disorders. It's been over two years and since then I have discovered many new wonderful apps and I'm sure even more yet have been created. Today's post is the first in a series, as an update of some of my favorite apps for very young children and toddlers. Most will focus on following simple commands and understanding basic concepts such as shapes, animals, colors, counting, etc. All are colorful, exciting and designed to teach little ones the foundational skills they need to know!
Peekaboo Barn - This app was recently updated on 3/15/14 according to the info listed in the app store. It now includes numerous animals including a donkey, llama, cow, pig, and all the basic barnyard animals. I really like this app for young children, even as young as 12-15 months because all they need to do is tap the screen to make the barn door open and see what is inside and then tap it again to move on to the next animal. Perfect for following a 1 step command. I currently work with several 2 year olds recently diagnosed with autism and this has proven to be a fun interactive app that does not overwhelm the child. It holds their interest and they like to lean in to listen for which animal is behind the barnyard door. The animal "knocks" on the barn door and oinks, moos, neighs, or does whatever it does behind the door. For young children learning about animals, this app offers an opportunity to GUESS what is in the barn! A great way to begin developing early "prediction" skills!
If interested, this app also offers some additional features, namely the opportunity to record your own voice, so that is what your child will hear when they use the app and the ability to change the setting to one of 12 different languages. Your child will both see the word written in each language, as well as hear the word said in the language chosen.
*There is also a Peekaboo Sesame Street, which features the real voices and images of the sesame street characters. Perfect if your child is a fan of Elmo and Cookie Monster!
Join me on Tuesday for more of my toddler and young child app picks!