Monday, April 11, 2011

M's Favorite iPad Apps

Monster At The End Of This Book
Surprisingly I never read this book when I was little, but it was my husband's favorite book as a child. And now it is M's favorite book/iPad application in the world. She listens and watches it at least 5 times a day. This fabulous interactive story is narrated by everyone's favorite Muppet superhero, Grover, who unsuccessfully tries to stop you from turning the pages so as not to get to the aforementioned Monster at the end of the book. Your kids will love it, you will love it. Get it now.

Elmo's Monster Maker
If your kids love Elmo half as much as M does, get this app. It actually is just hosted by Elmo, not featuring him, but he does pop up to play once you make your own Muppet Monster. It does take up a shiteload of room on your iPad, so you might not want to keep it on there all the time.

Tap Tap Baby
I stumbled upon this last week and M goes straight for it now when she is on the iPad. It is simply 4 different screens that your child can tap on - a house, a monkey face, shapes and animals. With each tap comes a corresponding sound - that will drive you crazy if they are a fast tapper like M is, but it is tons of fun for kid. Be sure to look for the fireworks page hidden in the house play area.

Itsy Bitsy Spider, Wheels on the Bus, Fish School and Park Math
I cannot say enough good things about applications created by Duck Duck Moose. They are incredibly well designed, very kid (and parent) friendly and a great learning tool. Itsy Bitsy Spider and Wheels on the Bus take your child through the classic kid's songs and allow them to interact with the spider or on the bus. They are fabulous, they are fun and are a must have. Fish School teaches your child her ABCs and 123s, as well as colors. There are also other games to play within this app, that are a little advanced for M, but I know we will use this frequently when she is a little older. Park Math is for kids who understand the basics of counting and math already, which is a little beyond us so we don't use this much at all. If you kid id 3+ I am sure they will get a kick out of it though.

Talking Hippo
This free app is terribly annoying, but M loves it so I keep it on the iPad. The cool part about it is that the Hippo will actually repeat whatever you say to it, which blows M's mind every time. Other than that, you can tickle it and make it do some other things. Not my favorite as the sounds aren't easy on the ears, but it is free, and she likes it.

Baby DJ
I think I like this more than she does...this allows baby to create a song using 9 different beats. She simply taps on the record of choice and the song begins, and when she taps on another, a different beat is added to the track. It is baby school fun for the inner DJ is me, and she likes it for all of 20 seconds and then moves on, but it was free so it stays!

More to come soon!!


  1. Great suggestions! Hannah also loves Itsy Bitsy Spider so I'm going to download the Wheels on the Bus right now!
    Here are a few of her other favorites:

    iTot Counting - VERY basic but she loves it

    KidArt - this is a great app with a whole bunch of different background options and the ability to choose a color and "draw" with her fingers or choose an image and "stick" it on the page. You can also save the image that is created to iphoto.

    Winnie the Pooh Puzzle Book - this is a new favorite. It's a fun interactive story book with puzzles throughout

    Monkey Preschool Lunchbox - this was Hannah's first app and was a favorite when she was younger than 2 and is still a favorite at almost 3. My favorite part is the Memory Game portion and it was a huge deal in our house when she was finally able to match all 6 cards all by herself.
    Hint: Turn the volume down low....

  2. Love the blog! My wife linked me to it. This is a great list of apps. Another one I use that is super helpful with the kids is TV Everywhere by DISH Network…it’s perfect for travelling, or having to wait in the doctor’s office or something. I use it a lot myself, it lets you watch live or recorded TV on your phone, laptop, or tablet from anywhere you can get a 3G connection. I’m a DISH Customer and employee so I use it a lot on my lunch break. Check it out, and again, your blog has been bookmarked!

  3. This site/list is really good:

    Monkey Lunchbox is a big favorite at our house. Also, Cute Math for the iPhone.

  4. Cookie Doodle and Dress Up are also great apps.
    Both our 15th month old and 3 year old love them.

  5. This is a great list.

    Duck Duck Moose in particular is awesome. All of their apps really work well. They have discovered some type of secret formula!

    Here are a few more:

    One favorite is the new Toy Story Readalong. It is a read along story with an interactive drawing part. Also it's free!

  6. The best ipad app for my 3 year old is Baby tap and learn. She finds it to be relaxing and fun, keeps her busy for hours and its so simple!