Best Apps for One-Year-Olds
A question I often receive from other parents is how to use technology to maximize their child’s education. They would ask me: “What are the best iPad apps for my kids?”
When my second son Noah had his first birthday, I compiled a list of iPad apps that I would personally recommend to anyone with a one-year-old child. I feel that a curated list is a good resource for parents everywhere, and I am determined to update it with new apps regularly.
This list has come a long way since its first conception, and is now in its fourth iteration. I have adopted a more streamlined format (similar to what we use in our yearly Best Apps for Kids guide) and reorganized the apps based on their use cases.
Note: If your junior is 18 months old or older, check our list of Best Apps for Two-Year-Olds.
Best Numbers App: TallyTots Counting
The app offers 20 playful activities to help kids learn to count up to 20. As they play with higher numbers, they will relearn the lower numbers through repetition. They can also sing along to the catchy counting song and learn other numbers up to 100.
Best Alphabet App: Mini-U: ZOO Alphabet
An extensive app that introduces kids to 63 animals, including more exotic ones such as emu, meerkat, and viper. Every page is interactive, with some pages allowing kids to partake in activities such as tracing, counting, and musical play. Animated and lively, Mini-U: ZOO Alphabet will appeal to small children.
Best Tracing App: LetterSchool
Best Sight Words App: Touch, Look, Listen ~ My First Words
A 3D popup book that helps kids learn the names of frequently seen objects, colors, and numbers from 1 to 5. Kids can learn objects in two languages at the same time, thus the app is suitable for bilingual families. Available in English, French, German, Spanish, and Chinese.
Best Bedtime Storybook: Goodnight Mo ~ 3D Interactive Pop-Up Book
A soothing storybook to accompany toddlers as they get ready for bed. The app follows Mo as he goes through his nightly routines such as taking a bath and brushing his teeth. Kids can tap on objects on the screen to make them yawn. The calm background music and narration help lull kids to sleep.
Best App to Get Kids to Take Medicine: Even Monsters Get Sick
Best Nursery Rhymes App: Little Fox Music Box
This interactive juke box features the songs Old Mac Donald Has a Farm, London Bridge, and Evening Song. It has multiple layers of animations and a karaoke mode with English and German captions. Kids can also create their own music in the treehouse music studio.
Best Coloring App: Kapu Bloom Tunes