Mom approved apps for toddlers and PreK

I am going to be honest. I don't relish the idea of screen time with my kids. I realize that the APA recommends limiting screen time before age 2 and I am on board with that. 

However, I also understand that my children will be surrounded by technology their entire lives. So yes, I let my 3-year-old child have iPad time each day. It's not unlimited and it's not uncontrolled. He gets 15 minutes a day to play with educational apps and maybe additional time as a reward. And I want that time that he is using the iPad to help develop his brain. 

Today I wanted to share my favorite apps for toddlers and PreK. 

Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood. We love Daniel in this house. He is like a friend. And this app buts a big emphasis on listening. 

Kids help Daniel tiger through several situations, going to the doctor, getting dressed and getting ready for bed. 

It's great for different concepts like follow steps in a certain order and learning to understand directions. 

Starfall. My mom (a retired kindergarten teacher) turned my on to this app. And we LOVE IT!! It was free and for a free app it is loaded with great content. 

The emphasis is on learning to read and letter recognition. There are lots of songs and games that come free with this app and Ryals loves singing along. 

Sprout. I was told that Sprout is a TV channel. (This is how clueless I am.) The app offers a lot of great content from music, to short video clips to games and color pages. 

Of course, I don't think this is a substitute for good, old-fashioned crayons, it's still fun. 

There is also connect the dots and tic tac toe.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  This is based on the Eric Carle classic. Children are asked to count the fruit the caterpillar is going to eat. Or identify the different fruits or objects among several other objects. 

It works on counting, number recognition and logic skills. 

Little Writer. This app is great for teaching children to recognize and write letters. The child is asked to trace the outline of a letter and the app will repeat the process until the child masters it. 

However, I don't think this is a good alternative to teaching a child to handwrite. But... it's still great for building that letter recognition. 

What are some apps your children love?