While there are mobile apps for everyone, finding the best app for your child or toddler can be a difficult task. This is due to a variety of reasons ranging from the content that they are exposed to and the fact that most apps are merely out there to milk money off their customers. But there are a few exceptions to this thanks to a few mindful developers who have designed apps meant for toddlers. We did an article on the best kids games available out there, which might be worth checking for slightly older kids (8+).
We’ve compiled this list keeping toddlers in mind. These are some of the best games for toddlers in 2018.
5 best games for toddler kids
One of children’s favorite animated characters Peppa Pig has its own game, which should help your child strike an instant connection to the game. In essence, this is a painting app and you can paint with Peppa or George. There are 7 paintbrush colors and 7 paint tin colors available with the app, which helps the toddlers get creative with their color choices. In addition to this, there are 6 magical tools, and 3 full characters that the kids can color into.
The app is completely safe for children as it’s free from ads or in-app purchases. You can download this app for free, so you don’t have to part ways with your money to give your child this amazing app. It’s definitely not a complex painting app and the adults might find it somewhat limited in its approach. But the point of the game is to provide a healthy environment for young children to let their creativity flow. The app is compatible with devices running Android 4.0 and higher.
This is an interesting puzzle game following Caillou to his massive house to solve a few handy puzzles. You are taken into rooms, which will have missing objects in the form of jigsaw puzzles, allowing kids to solve them and progress further with more challenging puzzles. You can play the game multiple times since it’s randomized every time, so the same puzzle will not be repeated. As a neat little reward, the puzzles, when completed, turn into a neat animation, highlighting your child’s achievement.
Caillou will also teach kids about some of the household objects by venturing into the kitchen and other areas of the house. Kids can potentially spend hours on this game so a bit of parent supervision is recommended before handing this game to your child.
Gameplay is relatively smooth and the user interface is easy to understand, even for kids. It’s an exciting game, and something that can keep children hooked for long intervals. Keeping this in mind, we recommend this game to every parent. The app is free to download but comes with ads and in-app purchases.
A much simpler puzzle game, Puzzle Kids offers your child the ability to solve puzzles based on everyday characters or animals, insects that we see in the wild. This is a standard jigsaw puzzle, which still remains one of my favorites. It sparks imagination and increases the level of thinking of a child by imagining what goes into the empty space. There’s a match game here where you have to match three identical objects.
It’s pretty easy to play as you simply have to drag and drop the pieces of the puzzle in the right place. The developers have designed it in a way that makes it comfortable for toddlers to use. The gameplay settings can be controlled by the parent, so you can adjust the difficulty of the puzzles depending on your child’s preference. It will definitely improve the learning ability of your child and comes highly recommended as an educational app. Thanks to the dedicated difficulty setting, Puzzle Kids can also be played by adults.
To avoid bombarding kids with ads and the possibility of accidental in-app purchases, the developer is offering the app without ads or in-app purchases. This makes it one of the most favorable kids games out there and we definitely recommend you to try it out. The game appears to be in Beta, however, which means it probably won’t be perfect, although we expect that to change soon. You can download Puzzle Kids for free from the Play Store.
If your child watches PBS Kids, this game is definitely worth a try. It includes all your child’s favorite PBS cartoon characters in over 100 games within the app designed to educate and increase their learning ability. This app is a perfect starter for your kid to the world of gaming as it has several characters and elements that they probably come across on a daily basis on television. Most of the top PBS Kids shows have their own game here, so if your child has a favorite character, the chances are that it is included in the game.
The developers claim that the app is designed for kids aged 2-8. The app is also designed to help parents as it can inform you of the local PBS Kids station schedules and also offer suggestions on other apps by PBS Kids designed for your toddlers. You will also find Sesame Street characters here with more games being added by the developer over time. Much like most kids apps, this one too is devoid of ads and in-app purchases. PBS Kids Games can be downloaded for free from the Play Store.
Who doesn’t like Elmo? The ever-loved character from Sesame Street now has his own game designed to keep the toddlers entertained. The app basically lets you make (fake) video calls to and from Elmo to their children. There are multiple pre-recorded scenarios where Elmo can converse with your toddlers over a video call. The app can be used as a good disciplining tool as it can be set to ring at a particular time. For ex: the app can make Elmo call the phone when it’s time for your kid’s lunch or meal. Several other reminders can be set by the parent depending on their child’s preferences. It will surely put a smile on your child’s face as Elmo tries to make sense of what’s happening.
Elmo can help your kids read the alphabets together, making it a learning experience. Elmo is also the best cheerleader your child can have as he will motivate you to solve problems and overcome obstacles. There’s a dedicated singalong version of Elmo which can encourage kids to singalong. The app has been around for quite some time, so all you need to have is a phone or a tablet with Android 2.3 or higher. The game is free to download but comes with in-app purchases. There are no ads, however.