Since my last post on tablet games for toddlers, I have found a few more that I think I definitely worth a mention. Most are free, or partially free, and others you have to pay for (but I got it free when it was an Amazon Free App of the Day). They are all available at the Google Play Store (Android), but if I know it’s available at the App Store, I will also mention it. Without further ado, let’s get to the games!
Toddler Kids Puzzles PUZZINGO – My son LOVES this one so much that my husband and I decided to buy it. It is a tap-drag-drop puzzle game with lots of themes interesting to any toddler and child!
The free version comes with two play areas with several puzzles to play with. After completing a puzzle, you get to play a mini-game. While puzzling, the game will tell you the name of the puzzle pieces. For example, if the puzzle piece is a chair, it will said, “Chair!” with enthusiasm. I do find this rather funny sometimes because the range of words go from simple (elephant, space, etc.) to moderate (gingko tree, a little monkey, etc.) to advance (fusilage, generator, etc.). I am waiting for my son to say “fusilage!” one day.
PUZZINGO is really engaging, interactive, and fun. The free version has a lot already; my son played on the free version for about a month before we decided to buy it. The game costs €11.49, which is pretty expensive compared to other toddler apps, but you also have the option to buy packs if you don’t want everything. However, if you pay the full price, any updates and new puzzles added will be free for you.
This app is also available in the AppStore.
Beck and Bo by Avokiddo – My son’s second favourite app. This app is much like other puzzle games, but there are no silhouettes. Instead, the pieces can be placed and moved around a scene to make it very interactive. Each time a piece is touched, a voice says what it is. Within each scene, you can also tap a small polaroid-notebook icon to see a sort of flashcard for the pieces with text and sound.
This app is one of the more difficult ones for a young toddler to learn since there are no silhouettes and they have to figure out that the sun and clouds go in the sky and so on. It was difficult for my son to play this app when he was 18 months, but by the time he was about 20 months, he could play it. You can also set the language to Swedish, great for Swedish expats or expats in Sweden.
Beck and Bo is a really well-made quality app and costs €2.99. I was lucky enough to grab it when it was free for one day at the Amazon Appstore. Unfortunately there is no free version of this app.
Toddler Counting 123 Kids Free – This app teaches your child to count with colourful pictures of items. I love how although it’s free, it’s very customizable. There are 15 languages to choose from (a variety of Asian and European languages) which not only changes what’s written but also the voice! You can also set to show certain categories, letter case, counting mode (in order, random, etc.), and min/max numbers of items to display. This last option I find very valuable because you do not want to overwhelm the toddler with numbers up to 20 right from the beginning. I recommend starting it slow with 3 or 5, then slowly increase it to 6, then 10 and so on as they get older.
I also like how I can choose the language since I am raising a bilingual child and there are very few quality apps for toddlers that has English and Dutch available. I highly recommend this for any other parents that are raising their child bi-, tri-, or poly-ligual!
The creators of this app, GiggleUp, also has other great apps that are just as customizable and for toddlers as well as pre-schoolers, and older. They have memory, telling time, mazes, toddler phone, jigsaw puzzles, math games, and more. I have tried the memory, toddler phone, and toddler sound and I like them all. You can find a list of their apps here: GiggleUp Kids Apps And Educational Games
The biggest complaint I see about this app and other apps from GiggleUp is that the ads are too big and blocks the screen. I have never experienced any problems with the ads. I think other parents having problems with the app is because it is being used on a small screen (perhaps a smartphone). My son plays on a 10.1in tablet so the ads have never been a problem.
Toddler & Baby Animated Puzzle – For a while, my son was really into this app. He does not play it as much now since he’s a bit older now (2 years and one month), thus this app is more for younger toddlers.
Animated Puzzle is more fun (game) than educational since the app does not tell the names of things as the child puzzles around. It is nicely animated and fun with soft magical music. In a way, it is similar to PUZZINGO, just less circus-y, more magical, and has no voice telling you what something is.
The creators of this app, CFC s.r.o., also have other apps that are generally for older children (pre-schoolers and young school-aged children), however I have not tried their other apps since they are generally for an older age. You can find a list of their apps here: CFC s.r.o.
The free version of this app only has a few puzzles you can access. I was lucky enough to get the full version for free from the Amazon Appstore’s Free App of the Day. (Funnily enough, the full version was offered for free the day after I got the free version!) If you want the full version, you’ll need to pay €1.99.
I hope you find my recommendations and review of these apps helpful in deciding what to get. I was not enodorsed or sponsered to write this. I want to make child rearing just a little easier for parents. I know raising a child is not cheap or easy and we definitely cannot do it alone. Thanks for trying your best for your little one and Be Happy!