Today, guest blogger Roberta Mcculloch, a retired RN, shares some learning apps that are great for toddlers. Roberta got real busy in the grandparent department after she left nursing. When she’s not spending time with her six grandkids, she blogs about parenting, health and wellness for fun.
The early years of a child’s life are the most critical for development, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Technology empowers parents who want to beef up their teaching toolbox with apps that enhance memory, spark the imagination and improve perception, while also fine-tuning motor skills and speech. Toddlers learn from the world around them, and parents can help by introducing some fun apps designed to enhance cognitive function.
Baby Sign and Learn
More and more parents are teaching their tots baby sign language. It is easy to confuse the concepts of language and speech. Medicinenet.com points out that a baby develops language skills long before their bodies have the ability to talk. By introducing American Sign Language into the environment, parents give their toddlers a powerful communication tool to use throughout life. Ideally, ASL training would start in the first year, but toddlers will pick it up easily even without that early introduction.
Baby Sign and Learn for the Android platforms allows you and your baby to learn at the same time using a tablet such as the Yoga Tablet 10 from Lenovo. The app will set you back $2.99 and is available for download from Amazon.
Night and Day Studios’ interactive game for tablets provides a broad learning experience for toddlers. Peekaboo Barn helps them improve motor skills as they open barn doors and see what is waiting for them. They learn the name of each farm animal and get to hear the sound it makes – fortifying memory and improving their vocabulary.
Peekaboo Barn is a great way to introduce your child to different languages, as well. Night and Day Studios notes the app offers nine different language options. Your child can listen to the animal name in English then hear it again in Spanish with just the touch of a button. It costs $2.99 to download Peekaboo Barn and it is available for both iOS and Android.
For parents who want their toddlers to learn about animals in a more realistic fashion, AniWorld by NewMtoddlearn offers an interactive game that lets kids virtually pet and feed actual animals using actual pictures as opposed to cartoon images.
This game is listed as one of TechRadar’s 10 best Android apps for kids. It will teach them names and help assimilate a realistic view of each animal that may help them avoid phobias in the future. The app offers 35 different animals using 250 photos. It works only on Android and is free to download for Google Play.
Dr. Panda’s Restaurant
Introduce your toddler to the world of food with this interactive application from TribePlay. Dr. Panda’s Restaurant takes kids into the kitchen to learn the basics of food preparation using recipes from all over the world. They will cut, mix and bake from the safety of their mobile device. When the cooking is over, they learn the importance of being a good host by serving a table of animal guests.
Dr. Panda’s Restaurant is available for iOS, Android and Kindle Fire HD. It costs just $1.99 and will provide your child with hours of learning to improves motor skills, vocabulary and helps kids recognize different foods.
Happy Family Learning Everyone!