My kid is almost four, and like a lot of little kids who are growing up surrounded by computers and smartphones, he’s way into playing games on my phone. I’m very picky about what I let him play, but I have found a few targeted at kiddos between two and five that I like:
Kid’s Preschool Puzzle
First things first: I am a little in love with Intellijoy. Of the five kiddo apps on my phone, four of them are produced by that company. Kid’s Preschool Puzzle is pretty straight-forward: after opening it up, you’re presented with an outline of something next to a virtual pile of colorful puzzle pieces. You drag the pieces over, and upon completion you find out what the shape is. A cow? A frog? An alarm clock? THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS. The app helps toddlers out with shape recognition, and hones fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination for preschoolers. Win-win.
Bonus: it’s $2.99 online, but we’ve been playing the free version for months. I’m not sure if I’m about to be asked to pay for it or if we just don’t use it that often, but hey! Free app!
Kids Learn to Read
OH LOOK: another Intellijoy product! When I first saw this app I was highly incredulous: if you want your kid to learn to read, I feel like no app or computer program is more effective than actually sitting down with your kid and reading a book. That aside, it’s not always as easy to pull out a book as it is to pull out a phone, and this game has totally come in handy on long car trips, in waiting rooms, and for a special treat.
Connect the Dots
I can’t decide if my Intellijoy thing is getting embarrassing or if it’s just awesome, but I feel like I should point out that this post isn’t sponsored… I’m just a nerd for the brand. The “lite” version of Connect the Dots is free, and the game is simple and sweet. Like the others I’ve linked to, it’s very toddler and preschooler-friendly — like, they can do the whole thing themselves. This particular app is just like the connect the dots puzzles you can do on paper, but it’s digital! After the numbers are connected a fun picture pops up, and then you start again. Your kid will get help with number progression, and you might even enjoy helping out if asked.
My picks were focused on preschoolers because that’s how old my child is — what apps do your kids of ALL ages like?