Favorite Apps for Preschoolers
If you’re like me, you are hesitant to put your child, your flesh and blood, your legacy on some mind numbing app just to get a moment’s peace. You know about the screen time limits suggested by the AAP (see quote and link at the end of the article) and only want your child’s brain filling with creative, thought provoking content that will lead them down the path to a full ride at an Ivy League school.
Also, if you’re like me, you need some sanity in your life and five effin’ minutes without being hit with incessant questions and comments from your precious
tyrant angel. I also use apps on occasion whenI take my little for a run. She’s at an age where some days she’s cool to watch the clouds, and some days she’ll complain and do everything in her power to ruin my run. Enter: the iPad. (Just remember to get an Otter Box if you let small hands hold expensive electronics.)
I have my Master’s in Elementary Education. I taught for 5 years before following my passion as a mother and inspirer of other mothers. I know what I’m talking about here.
Give your kid screen time.
It’s ok. The only people judging you are those who don’t have kids… and the Amish (j/k, they rock).
However, it’s important for it to be high quality. Really high quality. (You didn’t want to listen to Sponge Bob anyway, did you?!?!)
Below are my recommendations for my favorite non-TV show apps for preschoolers. I’ve used every one of these apps, and I believe in the quality so much, I purchased the full app, with all the bells and whistles, for each of them (and that’s a HUGE deal for me… I never pay for apps unless they’re stellar).
If you’re looking to buy yourself some sanity, or just sone quiet time after lunch, take a look at these apps. You and your kiddo will thank me!
Homer Rocks, and is ripe with a ton of amazing content. The voice of the singer is weird, but the lessons, and the pickles, are top notch.
OK, Endless Reader, Numbers, Spanish, Alphabet, and Wordplay are the best apps ever. I love the voices, the sentences, the animation, and the little characters. They’re the cutest little monsters in town, and the opposite of scary. The Endless apps were our daughter’s first apps, and I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love them. Bottom line, buy them!
Toca Lab: Elements is such a cool science app. It’s totally hands on, and intuitive. Instead of telling kids what to do and what button to click, it really lets the kids explore and learn through trial and error, just like “real” science. Super fun, for my 4 year old AND my 14 year old.
This one is lots of fun, and a great way to learn about other cultures. We started with the free version, and I quickly purchased the full app, and haven’t been disappointed.
What are your favorite apps for preschoolers? Comment below and share your faves.
Among the AAP recommendations:
- For children younger than 18 months, avoid use of screen media other than video-chatting. Parents of children 18 to 24 months of age who want to introduce digital media should choose high-quality programming, and watch it with their children to help them understand what they’re seeing.
- For children ages 2 to 5 years, limit screen use to 1 hour per day of high-quality programs. Parents should co-view media with children to help them understand what they are seeing and apply it to the world around them.
- For children ages 6 and older, place consistent limits on the time spent using media, and the types of media, and make sure media does not take the place of adequate sleep, physical activity and other behaviors essential to health.
- Designate media-free times together, such as dinner or driving, as well as media-free locations at home, such as bedrooms.
- Have ongoing communication about online citizenship and safety, including treating others with respect online and offline.