Where It’s App: iPhone/iPod for Toddlers

I love my iPod Touch.  I want to enter into a plural marriage with it. The amount of things I am able to do on this thing amazes me. At the end of the day, it is really just a mini-laptop that is extremely portable.

Of course, one of my priorities in using this device has been finding apps for Maia. At the tender age of 2.5, I have her hooked on it thanks to the many toddler-friendly applications. Below are a few of the favorites in our house.

Suzy Dress Up – Best described as “My First Dress Up Game” or “Intro to Avatars.” Maia loves choosing different hair styles, clothes and even skin colors on this very basic application. A great time-sucker while waiting for the meal to come. This pink-splashed app is seemingly targeted toward girls. ($0.99, 3DAL, LLC)

Suzy Dress Up


Dress Chica – Featuring Chica from the Sprout channel, this is a free dress-up app. Simply dress Chica in assorted clothing items and then mail the final product as an e-postcard. As a frequent Sprout viewer, Maia instantly took to this application. (Free, PBS Kids Sprout)

Dress Chica

Chica from Sprout

Preschool Adventure – For $0.99 cents, this app includes a handful of educational activities including color recognition, shape matching, animal sounds, and connect-the-dots. ($0.99, 3DAL, LLC)

Preschool Adventure
“Preschool Adventure” Menu Screen

Preschool Arcade– From the same developer as Preschool Adventure, this app is arcade themed (including claw-crane, pinball, and space invaders inspired mini-game). ABCS, 123s and shapes are taught here as well as how to spot a real claw-crane in any restaurant. ($0.99, 3DAL, LLC)

Preschool Arcade

“Preschool Arcade” Menu Screen

Wheels on the Bus – Described as an “interactive musical book”, this is one of my favorites. Unique illustrations and triggered animations accompany each line of this standard kids’ song. ($.0.99, Duck Duck Moose)

Wheels on the Bus

Move on Back, Move on Back

I See Ewe: A Preschooler Word Game – Another educational title, this also includes several mini-games to help toddlers recognize shapes, objects, colors, animals, and their “first sight words.”($0.99, ClaireWare Software)

I See Ewe

“I See Ewe” Menu Screen

Wooly Willy – Ah yes, this one is based on the old metal shavings-and-magnet toy. I tried to get Maia to play with the real deal after finding it at a general store in North Conway, NH. No dice. This app will never replicate the true Wooly experience, but it certainly has retro appeal. ($0.99, Paze)

Wooly Willy

Just like mama used to shake

Toddler Teasers Quizzing – While this game is not flashy by any means, Maia simply loves it. It is actually a compilation of a few different titles and includes testing on letters, numbers, colors and shapes. Maia loves the cute virtual stickers she gets to choose from after answering a set number of questions. The vocal coach cheering her along helps as well. ($1.99, Toddler Teasers)

Toddler Teasers

Collect stickers along the way

Colorama: Kids Coloring Book – This neat little app features 53 illustrations to color in. Also features a cute color palette made of pencils that will make you want to mess around with it as well. ($0.99, Artizia LLC)


Sample illustration

Parra Plays – Created by one-named Dutch artists Parra, this application was created as promotional app for tech accessory company Incase. The urban graphics are what caught my eye, but it was the Pairs matching game that made it appeal to Maia. (Free, Incase)

Parra Plays
Parra’s Unique Art

Buddy the Bus #1: There’s Always Tomorrow – Essentially, an interactive storybook. I look forward to seeing more book apps, including adaptations of some of our favorite titles. I assume it won’t be long until writers will be creating original material for this platform as well. (Free, iOrbi LLC)

Buddy the Bus

Buddy Himself

Bubbles – Already a staple on the iPhones and iPod Touches of many parents, this simple “pop-the-bubble” app is a no-brainer. (Free, Hog Bay Software)


A Girl and Her Touch


  1. An iPhone kids application you might want to check out is iStoryTime. It’s a library of narrated and illustrated kids books for the iPhone. There are 6 books available in the Apple AppStore today: With new ones coming out every week.

    Great for driving in the car, on the airplane, or at a restaurant waiting for the bill when the kids are going crazy.

    Books are $1.99/ea from iTunes and can also be purchased on your phone from anywhere. Great for entertaining the kids in a guilt free way. All the wholesomeness of a book with the convenience of your phone.


    On the AppStore:

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