5 Educational Apps

 Tablets, Teaching & Toddlers: Bring It All Together with 5 Educational Apps

Content : The use of tablets among toddlers is as ubiquitous as it is controversial. According to a recent report by Common Sense Media, 38 percent of children under the age of two have used tablets or smartphones. The same agency conducted a similar study in 2011, which found that only 10 percent of kids under two were trying out mobile devices. While this usage has some experts worried, parents find it helpful to use the trend to their advantage with educational apps designed for learning and development.

But before you get excited about educational apps, make sure your tablet is compatible. If you’re in the market for a new tablet, explore more information about the best tablets for kids.

1. Peekaboo Barn

(iOS, Android, Kindle Fire HD, and Nook HD)

Teach your little one about the sounds of the country while you’re deep in the city with Peeakaboo Barn, an app where animals pop out of their barn stalls to teach and entertain children. Fun animations bring learning to life, while built-in children and adult narrators help to foster reading skills. Parents can even record their own voices on the app.

2. Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Play at Home with Daniel

(Android and Kindle Fire HD)

Part of growing up is learning how to be responsible and self-sufficient. This app gives kids a head start on everyday routines, so you don’t have to experience the tantrums from first-timers. Using Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, kids learn about bathroom routines, eating habits and going to the doctor. Choose topics that are especially relevant to an upcoming event and help your child stay prepared.

3. Dora ABCs: Rhyming Words

(iOS, Android, Kindle Fire HD, and Nook HD)

Kids who are well into talking and maybe even reading will love learning how to rhyme with one of their favorite cartoon characters. Kids can match rhyming words with one another, with a few tricky ones thrown in to make sure they understand the sounds and sequence. As you would expect from Dora, the app also allows kids to go on an imaginary journey and pass through obstacles after solving rhyming riddles.

4. Drawing Pad

(iOS, Android, Kindle Fire HD, and Nook HD)

This app is just as popular with parents as it is with kids since it makes coloring fun and mess-free. A customizable, virtual palette features markers, paintbrushes, crayons, colored pencils, roller pens, and stickers. Children can easily save and share their masterpieces, so far-away family members can join in on the fun. If your little one is the type to get bored easily, Drawing Pad even allows children to work on several drawings at once.

5. JumpStart Preschool 1 and 2

(iOS, Android, Kindle Fire HD, and Nook HD

Whether your little one has already started preschool or is anxious to get there, JumpStart Preschool is a perfect app to get them started on all the basics. Kids can play games involving pre-reading, math and critical thinking. Helpful highlighting features allow children to follow along with a story as it’s read to them, complete puzzles to make letters and sort objects by size and shape.

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