Best Apps for Two-Year-Olds

I have three sons: Philip, Noah, and Hugo. When I meet other parents at Philip’s school, they would ask me to recommend them the best iPad apps for their children. So I started noting down children’s apps that I would personally recommend to anyone.

This list contains the best apps for two-year-olds. I have taken the liberty to organize them based on their use cases, a format that we also use in our yearly Best Apps for Kids list, to make it easier for parents to find the apps they need. Enjoy!

If your child is 18 months old or younger, check our Best Apps for One-Year-Olds list. If your child is 30 months old or older, check our Best Apps for Three-Year-Olds.

Farm 123 is an adorable 3D pop-up book for juniors to learn counting.

Farm 123 is an adorable 3D pop-up book for juniors to learn counting.

Best App to Learn Letter, Numbers, Shapes: Happy Valley Friends

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In this app, kids learn shapes, letters, numbers, math, time and more as they meet new friends. They also play 18 different educational games and 6 unique mini games in a friendly environment.

Link: App Store | Our Review

Best Counting App: Farm 123 ~ StoryToys Jr

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An adorable 3D pop-up book that offers mini games with multiple difficulty levels to help kids learn to count. Many of the app’s design elements help reinforce the counting activity. Supports several languages including French, German, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, and Korean.

Link: App Store | Our Review

Best Vocabulary App: Metamorphabet

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Metamorphabet delights players of all ages with tactile user interface and beautiful, organic animations. It also features a diverse vocabulary coupled with surreal imagery that inspire a sense of wonder and encourage creative thinking.

Link: App Store | Our Review

Best Tracing/Writing App: Writing Wizard

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This app trains kids to write more accurately in smaller and longer forms. It features a replay mode and detailed reports to aid parents in monitoring their child’s progress. Parents can create multiple user profiles and add custom words. The latest update has features for accented letters and support for French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Swedish.

Link: App Store | Our Review

Best Sight Words App: Endless Reader

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The sequel to Endless Alphabet, this app focuses on simple sight words like go, house, and in. Funny animations help teach new words that are often difficult to explain, like funny, please, and very. Parents can unlock more words via in-app purchases.

Link: App Store (Free with IAP) | App Store (School Edition with no IAP)

Best Phonics App: Endless Alphabet

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A silly animated app for constructing words. Each letter makes a phonetic sound in a silly accent to encourage juniors to mimic it. The app is great for teaching “big” words like contagious, juggle, and lopsided. You can download new words each time you connect to the internet.

Link: App Store

Best App to Learn Sound Association: Domi Domi Listen and Guess

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This app helps kids develop listening skills and learn new words with 80 high-quality sounds and pictures across 6 categories. It's available in 7 languages, including English, Chinese, and Spanish.

Link: App Store | Our Review

The Going to Bed Book is a great adaptation of Sandra Boynton’s board book

The Going to Bed Book is a great adaptation of Sandra Boynton’s board book

Best Bedtime Storybook: The Going to Bed Book

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An adaptation of Sandra Boynton’s work of the same name, this app retains the look and feel of the board book while adding fun new interactions. Handy features, such as narration and a gentle soundtrack, set the app up to be the perfect companion for bedtime.

Link: App Store | Our Review

Best App for Overcoming Nighttime Fears: Comomola Fireflies

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A sweet app that makes bedtime less scary for kids and less frustrating for parents. It helps calm nervous tots through relaxing imagery and quiet interactivity, and is great for daily bedtime ritual. Includes voice-over in English, Swedish, Spanish, German and French.

Link: App Store | Our Review

Best Health and Hygiene App (tie): Pepi Bath 2

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In this excellent app, kids learn about personal hygiene by helping cartoon characters with their bathroom activities. With enhanced graphics, a simple interface, and pressure-free gameplay, there's a lot to like about the app.

Link: App Store | Our Review

Best Health and Hygiene App (tie): Dr. Panda Bath Time

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If you're looking for a stress-free app to get your kids accustomed to good hygiene habits, Dr. Panda Bath Time is perfect. This vibrant, fun-filled app will get them giggling away while helping Dr. Panda and friends clean up.

Link: App Store | Our Review

Fiete Sports is a collection of fun sport-themed mini games

Fiete Sports is a collection of fun sport-themed mini games

Best Jukebox App with Original Songs for Kids: Caspar Babypants Music Time!

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A collection of 100 original songs from professional musician Caspar Babypants, each with guitar chords and lyrics to sing along to. The initial download comes with 12 songs, and parents can unlock more by buying the full albums from iTunes.

Link: App Store | Our Review

Best Music Exploration Game: Tongo Music

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A beautiful app in which kids explore a world of classical music. Great for all ages, it includes a helpful handbook that provides parents and teachers with excellent information about the learning theory behind the activities so they can set their kids up for learning more beyond the app.

Link: App Store | Our Review

Best Toy App: Gigglebug's Face Race

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A playful game in which kids try to copy expressions from animated characters. The more accurately they replicate the faces, the higher their score and the bigger the laughs. Requires a device with a front-facing camera.

Link: App Store | Our Review

Best Adventure Game: Sago Mini Planes

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A playful app that's loaded with giggling-inducing surprises and cute animations. Great for all ages but most excellent for tots who love planes and flying!

Link: App Store | Our Review

Best Role-Playing App (tie): Highlights Monster Day

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A beautiful app that nurtures positive values in young kids by letting him guide a friendly monster throughout his day. The app is easy enough for kids to play on their own, plus it's engaging but not addictive.

Link: App Store | Our Review

Best Role-Playing App (tie): Toca Pet Doctor

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In this app, children become doctor to 15 little injured pets. They will learn how to take care of common pet problems and feed their pets. Some of the injuries are also applicable to humans, so kids can also learn to take care of themselves.

Link: App Store | Our Review

Best Health and Hygiene App (tie): Pepi Doctor

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An adorable role-playing app where kids can play doctor and cure common ailments. Along the way, they learn about hygiene and first aid. The games are intuitive and text-free, suitable for toddlers.

Link: App Store | Our Review

Best Best Mini Game Collection (tie): Nampa Tivoli

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Nampa Tivoli takes kids on a trip to a virtual amusement park filled with fun activities and surprises. There are six mini games to try, all accessible to preschool-aged kids. No reading is required to play.

Link: App Store | Our Review

Best Mini Game Collection (tie): Fiete Sports

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An excellent app to introduce your kids to the summer games and sports in general. The games are definitely fun for young kids, and it's exciting to try and win gold medals for each sport. Gorgeous graphics and quirky characters also help make the app even more engaging.

Link: App Store | Our Review

Best Car Game: Sago Mini Trucks and Diggers

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A great construction toy set for boys and girls alike. It has various trucks and machines to play with, plus a house-building activity to encourage creativity in kids. Like all Sago Mini apps, it's safe and easy to use.

Link: App Store | Our Review

Sago Mini Music Box lets juniors play and explore the world through popular nursery rhymes

Sago Mini Music Box lets juniors play and explore the world through popular nursery rhymes

Best Nursery Rhymes App: Sago Mini Music Box

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A nice combination of nursery rhymes and an explore-and-discover gameplay. Kids can experiment with musical instruments and tempo using up to 10 fingers. The app brings new nuance to popular rhymes Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star and Row, Row, Row, Your Boat.

Link: App Store | Our Review

Best Creative Game: Sago Mini Robot Party

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The fun always continues in Sago Mini Robot Party, an open-ended app where kids build all sorts of silly robots and play with them in a factory-like lineup. Created for small children, it features giggle-inducing activities such as smashing cupcakes and breaking piñatas. It’s also not geared towards any gender, meaning boys and girls can enjoy playing the app together.

Link: App Store | Our Review

Best Drawing App: Artie's Magic Pencil

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A cute app that teaches kids the fundamentals of drawing with a fun and interactive adventure story. It features colorful artwork, a cast of funny characters, and a simple and intuitive interface. Parents can get downloadable drawing worksheets which allow kids to extend their creative time away from the screen.

Link: App Store | Our Review

Toowoo Explore Paris lets kids discover a vibrant Parisian neighborhood

Toowoo Explore Paris lets kids discover a vibrant Parisian neighborhood

Best App to Learn Opposites: Cricket Kids: Opposites

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In the app, kids learn about the concept of opposites through open-ended activities. They also learn new vocabulary, put things in order, make associations, and solve puzzles. Available in six languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese

Link: App Store | Our Review

Best App to Discover the World: Toowoo Explore Paris

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An excellent app that introduces kids to Parisian culture. This open-ended experience takes kids to a diverse neighborhood with interesting people, landmarks, and language. It's also safe and easy to use.

Link: App Store | Our Review

Best Nature Exploration App (tie): Sago Mini Forest Flyer

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An open-play environment that takes kids on an adventure with Robin the Bird. Her forest is full of surprises that can keep juniors engaged and curious. The animations are smooth and polished, making the playing experience a joyful one.

Link: App Store | Our Review

Best Nature Exploration App (tie): Sago Mini Ocean Swimmer

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An open-ended app in which kids can explore a magical ocean. It offers more than 30 mini activities that feature an adorable cast of characters. Simple but with plenty of details to discover, it leaves the storytelling part to the players.

Link: App Store | Our Review

Designed by kids for kids, MoMoMonster Memo features cute hand-drawn graphics

Designed by kids for kids, MoMoMonster Memo features cute hand-drawn graphics

Best Family Photo App: Duckie Deck Family Photo

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A lovely app that lets kids create their own family photo. Intuitive and simple, it comes with an extensive library of features to experiment with. Also a great tool for storytelling and remembering new faces.

Link: App Store | Our Review

Best Memory Matching Game: MoMoMonster Memo

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Designed by kids and made for kids, MoMoMonster Memo is truly fun to play. It has a unique game mode: three-of-a-kind, which challenges you to find three cards of the same image. With support for cooperative play, two game modes, and four difficulty level, the app will delight fans of memory games everywhere.

Link: App Review | Our Review

Best Jigsaw Puzzle Game: Wee Puzzles

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We don’t deny that there are many jigsaw puzzle apps out there, but Wee Puzzles is still worth looking into. Having 50 puzzles in one app means that you’ll have enough content to entertain your children during road trips, airplane rides, etc. It doesn’t hurt either that the app has nice graphics and background music.

Link: App Store | Our Review

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