Animals for Tots – This toddler app has adorable looking graphics. It features ten animals and will teach children their corresponding names and sounds. When children touch the animals they’ll get a reaction on screen. The animal’s name is spoken out loud by the app and also appears written on the screen. There’s also an option to record the name in your own voice. Looks cute! This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad. Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later. Price: $.99 ~ See Animals for Tots in the App Store.
iKids Comics – iKids Comics is a free app that gives you 300 pages of comic books. This includes the comic “Ed’s Terrestrials”. In addition to this readers can preview content from sixteen other comics before they buy. The previews will include the first twenty-five pages of the comic book for free. My children all enjoy the graphic novel format and that is what they frequently bring home from the library. Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 4.2 or later. Price: Free with in-app purchases ~ See iKids Comics in the App Store
JigSaw Geo Apps – The JigsawGeo apps are geography games that will challenge players to correctly place states and countries on a map. There are currently USA, Europe, North America, Mediterranean, USSR, Middle East, Africa , South America and Asia versions available. The game has four difficulty levels ranging from telling you the name of the state and showing you it’s location to only showing you the state flag. Sounds like it would challenge a variety of ages. This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad. Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later. Price: $1.99 ~ See JigsawGeo in the App Store
How Did the Leopard Gets Its Spots – I remember reading this Rudyard Kipling story when I was a child. Come to think of it, why haven’t I shared Kipling with my own children? This retelling combines illustrations with interactive games. The story has been narrated in three different languages – English, French and Spanish. Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later. Price: $1.99 ~ See the Leopard in the App Store
SmartyMinds Little Ones Suite – This app is a collection of learning “modules” for toddlers and preschoolers. The download includes the alphabet module. Numbers, colors and shapes can be downloaded through in-app purchases. I like the bright look of the SmartyMinds graphics. Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.1 or later. Price: $.99 ~ See SmartyMinds in the App Store
Baby Symbolizer – Baby Symbolizer has been designed to ” both delight and focus your child’s attention by encouraging cognitive and motor development starting from birth”. The app does this by using high contrast symbols and unique sounds. The symbols can be viewed together as a slideshow and you can also swipe through the screens. If you tap on the screen the symbols will grow larger and smaller. Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1.3 or later. Price: $.99 ~ See Baby Symbolizer in the App Store