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Ten Best Free Toddler iPad Apps

Updated on September 20, 2016
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Are you puzzled by the number of available iPad apps for children in general and toddler iPad apps in particular?

Are you unsure which are the best iPad apps for toddlers, apps they will love to play with time and time again and which ones will prove to be a flop?

Are you looking for the best free toddler iPad apps?

Are you unwilling to pay for toddler iPad games that might not live up to its blurb?

Since the age of nine months Chiquitito has been playing games that are educational and fun on my iPad2.

I have downloaded countless toddler iPad games that looked excellent, only to consign them to the trash bin when I realised you needed to pay to be able to do more than one simple activity..

He first started playing some of these iPad games when he was nine months old and they were still being played with regularly a year later. All these apps reviewed here were played regularly by my toddler between the ages of 9 months and 2 years of age.

The great thing about the best iPad apps for toddlers, or indeed a good book or toy, is that they will stand the test of time. As your child develops they will be able to do more things with the app and enjoy it's activities on a whole new level.

The apps are not listed in any particular order, but are the ones that have stood the test of time, and provided hours of fun for my toddler.

If you enjoy these apps please read "10 More Free iPad Apps For Toddlers" for even more top free apps for toddlers.


Protect your iPad

My 5 year old is allowed to play with my precious iPad2, and has been doing so since he was 9 months old.

He picks it up, drops it, spills liquids on it.....and I let him.....because I had the foresight to buy a protective case for it.

I have a Griffin Extreme-duty case that was worth every last dollar.

I can let my son have his fun without having to worry about my iPad being damaged!

The case is suitable for the iPad 2, iPad 3 and the 4th gen iPad.

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Check out Baby TV

1: Shapes Game HD (Baby TV)

This toddler iPad app features Tulli, the loveable pink slug.

Review:

If your toddler is familiar with Baby TV their attention will immediately be grabbed by the familiar music and the lovable pink character, and if they have not had the delight of Tulli before they will soon become captivated, as Chiquitita did.

The object of the game is to tap the shapes to put the pictures back together.

Your toddler will see the complete picture, and then it will separate into simplified coloured shapes.

"Our picture has fallen apart. Let's click on its parts to put it back together again!"

As your child touches each shape it moves to complete the picture, and words of encouragement are offered by Tulli.

There are 8 pictures - truck, duck, butterfly, house, boat, alarm clock, teddy bear, fish.

Conclusion:

Chiquitito got very excited when he heard the music and saw Tulli, and loved putting the pictures back together again.

Out of all the toddler iPad apps this was definitely Chiquitito's favorite until he reached about 16 months of age, and even as a grown up two year old he still loved to return to this game from time to time.

I just wished you could pay to obtain new pictures!

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2: Music Sparkles

This toddler iPad app features the parrot, Vocabu-Larry

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With the free version of this app you get a xylophone, drum set and vocals.

As well as the musical notes there are a choice of 5 backing styles, accessed by the icons at the top of the screen: guitar, African drums, banjo, drum set and piano.

The xylophone has 8 coloured keys and a choice of 4 octaves, the drum set has 5 drums and two cymbals and the vocals (accessed by pressing the treble clef) has 8 notes.

Chiquitito was enthralled with this app form the age of nine months, and it was the first free app that I actually paid to upgrade.

On the full version you get a drum set, saxaphone, classical guitar, electric guitar, harp, saxaphone, recorder, grand piano, accordion, harmonica, 2 pan flute, 2 violins, a classical pipe organ and a synthesizer - a grand total of 14 instruments.

Conclusion:

My son has been using this toddler iPad app since he was 9 months old, and I am sure it will continue to be one of his favourite games for many years to come. He quickly learned that the yellow house button took him back to the menu, and he loves to make a noise with all the instruments!

This app will provide hours of fun for all the family.....from toddlers to grandparents!

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3: VocabuLarry's Things Go Game (BabyFirstTV)

This toddler iPad app features the parrot, Vocabu-Larry

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The app features 3 things that go... a car, a truck and a ship, plus Vocabu-Larry the parrot. When you touch the object on the screen it makes a noise and moves away, reappearing at the other side of the screen on its return.

Chiquitito loved to watch the vehicles move, disappear then reappear, and now he is over a year older and very much into cars he still enjoys playing this game.

Conclusion

My son really enjoys playing with this iPad app...it is very colourful and makes some realistic noises.

There is not much that can be done for free, so this may be the second app that I pay to upload.

You can upgrade to get the full digital book, with basic vocabulary and the option to record the book in your own voice.

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4: Laugh & Learn Where's Puppy's Nose?

This toddler iPad app teaches babies and toddlers about their nose, ear, eyes, mouth, feet, tummy, hands and head.

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The app has 2 levels:

In the 1st level you tap anywhere on the screen and the animal will point to and say the correct body part.

In the 2nd level there is a choice of playing with the puppy or the kitten, and if your toddler manages to find the required body part they will get a "Great job!"

Conclusion

As soon as my toddler hears the music to this app he gets excited.

"Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes" is one of his favourite songs and this iPad app reinforces the body parts that he is already becoming familiar with.

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5: Laugh & Learn Animal Sounds!

This toddler iPad app encourages babies and toddlers to learn the names of animals and the noises they make.

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This iPad app has 2 levels:

In the 1st level the animals are introduced one at a time. If your toddler taps the screen or tilts the ipad the animals will make a noise and move across the screen.

There are an elephant, bear, lion, monkey, penguin, tiger, kangaroo, horse, cow, sheep, pig, , rabbit, duck, frog and goat.

In the 2nd level 4 animals appear on the screen at the same time and your child can choose which ones to interact with.

The pictures on both levels are fully interactive. If you touch the sun, clouds, flowers etc they make a noise and move.

Conclusion

This game quickly became a firm favourite. My little one loves seeing the bright animal pics and hearing the noises they make.

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6: Laugh & Learn Shapes & Colors

This toddler iPad app encourages learning about colours and shapes.

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This is a very colourful and musical iPad app with 2 levels:

In level 1, tapping the screen makes a shape appear. There are five different shapes: star, heart, square, circle and triangle. Tilting the ipad will make them bounce around the screen.

In level 2 there is also a piano at the bottom of the screen.

Conclusion.

My son loves this app. He loves to pick the ipad up and move it to make the shapes move!

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7: Laugh & Learn Let's Count Animals!

This app encourages toddlers to learn their numbers, up to 10, with the use of music and animals.

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If required the background music in this app can be switched off - a useful feature for a toddler app.

The animals will be familiar from the animal sounds app, with an elephant, cows, lions, pigs, monkeys, ducks, penguins, frogs, bees and butterflies guaranteed to delight your little one.

Conclusion

My toddler is not old enough to understand the concept of numbers, but he loves to see and hear the animals, and we are practising counting! This iPad app will a favourite for a long while to come yet.

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8: Peekaboo Goes Camping.

This toddler iPad app features Peekaboo, the cute character from the TV series

Review

There is not much content to this toddler app, but for a free game it is still worth a look at. If your little one likes to play "peek-a-boo" they will love trying to spot where Peekaboo is going to appear from next.

Conclusion

My little one loves to play "peek-a-boo" and he squeals when Peekaboo pops out from his hiding place.

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9: Color Drops - Children's Animated Draw & Paint Interactive Game

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Most of the colouring apps for the ipad are too advanced for my toddler, but this app provides a fun and colourful game.

There are more than 200 colouring pages, most of which have to be paid for.

For younger children the drawing feature is better.....when their fingers touch the screen there is an explosion of animated drawing drops.

There is also the option to save the completed picture for posterity in your iPad photo album, which gives you the added option of emailing it to proud grandparents.

Conclusion

We use Color Drops as a drawing app, and while my toddler is still too young to get the most from it, he enjoys swiping at the screen and seeing the explosion of colours.

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10: Animal Memory Game HD

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8 animals appear on the screen and when touched they will perform one of four actions.

The game is touch both animals that do the same action, thereby deleting them. The object is to match all 4 pairs.

Conclusion

My toddler is not yet old enough to match the actions, but he loves to play the game with me.

We talk about what the animals are doing and have fun matching them together.

Ten More Free Toddler iPad Apps
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10 More Free Toddler iPad Apps

If you enjoyed reading the reviews of the free toddler iPad apps in this article then please check out the all new 10 More Free Toddler iPad Apps.

Each of these iPad apps has been tried and tested by my son, Chiquitito, and were played with by him on a daily basis between the ages of 9 and 24 months.


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      randomthings lm 5 years ago

      Hi, great lens. I did not know there were apps for toddlers. Of course there are. WOW. Thanks for sharing and welcome to Squidoo!!

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      Expat Mamasita 5 years ago from Slovakia

      @randomthings lm: Thank you. My 14 month old toddler loves "our"ipad and its nice to be able to share good apps.

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Amazing! I would have enjoyed having an iPad with cool apps when my kids were little, particularly when we were traveling or waiting for an appointment, etc. Thanks for your personal reviews!

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      Expat Mamasita 5 years ago from Slovakia

      @SusanDeppner: Thank you for taking the time to read my lens and leave a comment!

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Thanks for sharing. My two young grandkids love the iPad! We appreciate your good suggestions! ;-)

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      Expat Mamasita 5 years ago from Slovakia

      @DrBillSmithWriter: I'm glad you found the review interesting!

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      BestRatedStuff 5 years ago

      Wow, now how did we all mange before the iPad? These are some really cute apps, that a toddler should enjoy.

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      Expat Mamasita 5 years ago from Slovakia

      @BestRatedStuff: Thank you! Life without the internet seems a dim and distant memory!

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      antoniow 5 years ago

      Great lens, thank you for sharing! Squidlike

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      Expat Mamasita 4 years ago from Slovakia

      @antoniow: Thank you :-)

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      Expat Mamasita 4 years ago from Slovakia

      @GiwanP: Thank you for stopping by :-)

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      Kumar P S 4 years ago

      Nice lens ! Useful and informative.

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      Kumar P S 4 years ago

      Nice lens ! Useful and informative.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      nice

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      nice

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      CoffeeWriter LM 4 years ago

      Yes, but I'd get the protective cover first!

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      Thamisgith 4 years ago

      I had no idea that there were so many apps available for toddlers. Thanks for sharing.

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      mouse1996 lm 4 years ago

      I will give this a consideration once I have kids.

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      pawpaw911 4 years ago

      You have to love Hi-tech toddlers.

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      spids1 4 years ago

      Great lens very well written.

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      iMANDY 4 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Yes, great lens!

      I downloaded all of the apps that you recommended, some of them we already have and love.

      I am sure my 5 and 3 year old boys will enjoy them, thank you :)

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      They are all very cute.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      They are all very cute.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      yes :)

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      mjoonline 4 years ago

      Awesome! I have my nieces and nephews play on my iPad and iPhone but they tell me my current app selection is boring lol. Now I have ammunition mwahaha.

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      Vikki 4 years ago from US

      Wow, I had no idea they even had apps like this. I guess I'm showing my age...mine are all grown up.;)

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      Darcie French 4 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      Thank-you for this great list - I'm sure it's frustrating to download apps that don't keep the toddlers entertained.

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      atthehotel 4 years ago

      Great lens. I love the Toca Boca apps. Check out their music app.

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      mistaben 4 years ago

      These are all so cute! Thanks for a great lens :)

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      dellgirl 4 years ago

      Great Reviews of Ten of the Best Free Toddler iPad Apps. I like all of these, theyâre really cute. Thank you for sharing this.

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      imagelist lm 4 years ago

      Cool lens... Thumbs Up!

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      kimark421 4 years ago

      My 3 year old grandsons can work my iPhone better than I can. Well, almost. Pretty scary.

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      capanicus 4 years ago

      You have provided here bundles of source. They are all great for kids. Awesome Sharing!

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      Doc_Holliday 4 years ago

      Fun ways for kids to learn.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I'm amazed! I didn't even know that apps for toddlers even existed. Very cool!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thanks for this list! I've spent hours looking through apps and downloading them, and then having to spend even more hours deleting crappy ones. When I found this list, and it had 5 apps that I regularly use, I knew the other 5 were probably along the lines of what I was looking for too! :)

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      oliviagonzalez099 3 years ago

      Thanks for sharing these useful apps. I would definitely get one of them.

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      Hansoph 3 years ago

      Thanks for posting. My 2.5yr old loves using the iPad and I'm always looking for new apps for her. Some great suggestions here.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      super helpful! wow! you did your homework! great list of free apps for my toddler.

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      Genesis Davies 3 years ago from Guatemala

      Excellent way to keep your toddler occupied. I just featured your lens on my Happy Homeschooler FB page.

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      williamslaw 3 years ago

      These apps are cool. Great lens. Kids will enjoy them.

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      asereht1970 3 years ago

      My nieces and nephews are hooked on playing with their ipads and tablets. These apps are cool. Will tell their parents to download it for them.

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