There’s something about technology that tends to attract small kids if they are exposed to it. Our son obviously notices that there’s smartphones, iPads and computers in the house and wants to use what we use.
Since nowadays all these technologies are touchscreen-based, operating them is a breeze: no more hard buttons to press, no more long times to wait, things just happen. Therefore, we have felt quite comfortable with our toddler using the devices. His favourite games and apps below.
GigglePad (Windows phone): Our lifesaver when our son started crying like a madman at night when he was 9 months old. Tapping shapes, play phone and baby piano with a soothing voice and a couple of lullabyes.
Kapu Forest (iOS): Finnish-developed “toy” with little mini-games, a Jazz soundtrack and beautifully illustrated characters and settings. A must have if you let your toddler touch your iPad.
Miny Moe Car (iOS): Different mini-games related to an old 50’s car. Change the lightbulb, fill the tank, repair a tyre and take it for a ride. The two characters also make cute sounds when pressed, which is probably the most fun for a small kid.
Toca Doctor (iOS): Swedish developer Toca Boca has released a series of beautiful-looking games with no in-app purchases allowed. Repairing bones and getting rid of ticks was never so much fun.
Goodnight Safari (iOS): Beautiful e-book for going to bed. Just make sure your toddler knows to select the “read to me” option.
Word of warning: just like with TV or candies, make sure you set strict limits on how much they play at a time and overall. Thankfully ours is quite active so it’s not too much of a problem.