Kids and learning apps go hand-in-hand. Just be sure to monitor the amount of time you allow your toddler to play on a screen (the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests children ages 2 to 5 limit screen use to one hour a day). Remember, she needs time playing in the real world too, and plenty of time to just talk and have fun with you!

TOP APPS FOR TODDLERS

ABC MOUSE
Free trial. This is a virtual educational app with lots of adventures. It's very popular with early learning teachers and is used in lots of preschools and kindergartens. 

PBS KIDS 
Your toddler can see all of his favorite PBS shows with this easy child-friendly app. There's also a weekly  video focusing on an educational topic and a parent control panel.

MONKEY PRESCHOOL LUNCHBOX
Fun and easy, this app teaches basic literacy and math.

PEEKABOO BARN
$1.99. Your little one can learn about farm animals and their sounds with this popular app.

TRUCKS
Free. A quality educational app from Duck, Duck Goose.

LITTLE BUILDERS
$3.99. Your toddler can drive trucks, build houses, pour cement and more. 

THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR AT PLAY & EXPLORE
Download a demo for free; fee for the full version. The beloved book in app form includes the familiar images from Eric Carle's books, early learning skills and more. 

DISNEY COLOR AND PLAY
Free. It's been around for awhile, and there's a reason why. It's a high-quality app with 2D, 3D and music.

SCRIBBALOO TRAIN
$1.99. Music and unique images make this an artistic choice for little ones. The only action required is clicking (not dragging). A beautiful train carries a few friends looking for the pieces of the missing collage.

LOOK AND FIND ELMO ON SESAME STREET
$2.99. Good for memory-building and observations and starring the adorable Elmo!

DANIEL TIGER'S GRR-IFFIC FEELINGS
$2.99. Good for memory-building and observations and starring the adorable Elmo!

 

NIGHTY NIGHT CIRCUS
$2.99. The sequel to the Night Night app, it's just as good but includes new animals.