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!
Best App to Learn Letter, Numbers, Shapes: Happy Valley Friends
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.
Best Vocabulary App: Metamorphabet
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.
Best Tracing/Writing App: Writing Wizard
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.
Best Sight Words App: Endless Reader
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.
Best Phonics App: Endless Alphabet
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
Best Bedtime Storybook: The Going to Bed Book
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.
Best App for Overcoming Nighttime Fears: Comomola Fireflies
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.
Best Health and Hygiene App (tie): Pepi Bath 2
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.
Best Health and Hygiene App (tie): Dr. Panda Bath Time
Best Jukebox App with Original Songs for Kids: Caspar Babypants Music Time!
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.
Best Music Exploration Game: Tongo Music
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.
Best Toy App: Gigglebug's Face Race
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.
Best Health and Hygiene App (tie): Pepi Doctor
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.
Best Car Game: Sago Mini Trucks and Diggers
Best Nursery Rhymes App: Sago Mini Music Box
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.
Best Creative Game: Sago Mini Robot Party
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.
Best Drawing App: Artie's Magic Pencil
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.
Best App to Learn Opposites: Cricket Kids: Opposites
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
Best App to Discover the World: Toowoo Explore Paris
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.
Best Nature Exploration App (tie): Sago Mini Ocean Swimmer
Best Family Photo App: Duckie Deck Family Photo
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.
Best Jigsaw Puzzle Game: Wee Puzzles
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.