Apps for kids 2-4 learning

Discussion in 'iPad Apps' started by tips, Nov 30, 2011.

  1. tips macrumors member

    Nov 30, 2011
    On Top Of The World
    New to this forum, and introduced to Apple through Ipad2, which has created a dent in my brain! to look for more Apple before Oranges.

    Looking for Kids learning apps, Like 2-4 years old, books/words etc.
    I have few of them, but I am looking for an extensive list, so that I can exlore this with my kid and make Ipad2 more productive with my kid.
  2. Soccer5se macrumors member


    Oct 21, 2011
    South Korea
    Try Story Chimes, Tab Tales Books, Magic Ink Books. Most of the books have free versions. My 4 year old daughter loves dress up games so I downloaded a ton of free ones. There are a ton of educational apps out there, just do your research before you buy. Check out the reviews, as well as online reviews.

    If your children like the Smurfs, the Smurf book from iStorytime $3.99 is great! It has a fun find the difference game and the book is great!!

    Hope this helps

  3. tips thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 30, 2011
    On Top Of The World
    Hi Thanks for response, I tried 'Try Story Chimes' , There first free book is very good. Looks like there other book cost 2.99 or more.
  4. BJMRamage macrumors 68020


    Oct 2, 2007
    My sone Loves Elmo ABCs:
    click here

    Another neat story is MoroTobi's Adventure:
    click here

    I cannot remember any others. We have some baby flash cards and such stuff but most of the FREE ones have ads that are very clickable and unenjoyable because of that. Baby Piano is iPhone only but works in 2x.

    Looking for Numbers apps now so he can learn his numbers too.
  5. OneMike macrumors 603


    Oct 19, 2005
    If you have a stylus or even if not. My kids enjoy iWriteWords
  6. tips thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 30, 2011
    On Top Of The World
    Thanks for all the replies.
    Since some xyz research says, TV is not good for kids in the range of 1-3 .
    I prefer some flash cards , with no animation, but they should interest kids.

    Books are good too.
  7. BJMRamage macrumors 68020


    Oct 2, 2007
    i find that funny, the research that says that (not you/your thoughts).

    I suppose a TV is just something a child will stare at, not knowing what is going on. but that is the same for books. without knowing how to read, they are just staring at it too. With a TV they might just be sitting there too, though books seem to be the same for kids, not really moving when reading.

    I'm not saying it is a great idea to park your kid in front of the TV and think that is good. And when my son was 6 mo to about 2 he mainly watched music channels/concerts, discovery with us and the like. asking what this was doing or what that was. and like a book, we'd tell him what it was.

    I think it is the same with a computer/iPad. let them mindlessly sit there and it won't do them much good, however, sit with the child and "teach" them what things are and help them learn the concepts and it will be just as good as a book. for some Flash Card Apps he can see the picture, the letters/word, the sound if it makes one and sometimes motion of the object.

    sorry for going on a tangent here.
  8. Ifti macrumors 68000

    Dec 14, 2010
    I've reviewed a couple of educational games etc for kids in a YouTube video titled 'iPad apps for kids'.
    Link in my sig leads to my channel, where you should find the video.
    Hope that helps.
  9. apptwits macrumors newbie

    Jan 2, 2012
    San Francisco
    I'll try to stay out of the debate about whether 'parking' your child in front of an iPad is good. We'll have varying parenting philosophies.

    For me personally, when I do let my 4 year old daughter use the iPad, she likes either the 'big red thing' (a.k.a netflix) or the kindle app.

    There's quite a bit of engaging content on netflix that can be educational. You will likely need to spend some time in advance curating. Also there is the downside of your netflix recommendations quickly adjusting to his/her preferences.

    I use the kindle app on the iPad since amazon has heavily discounted certain good kid's books. I'm not quite sure whether its 'better' to use normal books or not. I still use paper-bound books but will occasionally try to find e-books that lend itself well to what she's currently learning about.
  10. coop macrumors member

    Mar 2, 2006
    My kids don't play a ton and most of these are iPhone apps that are also iPad friendly. I am not really going to get into the debate, but we don't really play the iPad/ iPhone in the hour, but more when we are at the Doctors or waiting for something. I tend to buy apps that are more learning oriented.

    Here are a few favorites of ours (I have a 2 and 4 year old)
    Teach Me Kindergarten
    just noticed they have a teach me toddler- going to buy for my iPhone

    Preschool Adventure (has a ton of games and we have had this one for years- both my kids love it)

    Preschool Adventure Island (geared at a little bit of an older range, like the original a little better if your child is younger)

    Park Math (my 2 year old really can't play it, but he loves trying- great for 4 year old)

    Follow the link on Park Math for others by Duck Duck Moose
    We have Wheels on the Bus and Old MacDonald. These are great interactive songs (if your kids are on the younger end) They also have a Word Wagon game I have on my wish list.

    Word World Terrific Duck

    Super Why!-for-ipad/id362179828?mt=8

    First Words (they have different categories)

    A Bumblebee touchbook (my 2 year old likes this)

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