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Best iPad Apps 0f 2010 for Preschoolers

The Top iPad Apps for 2, 3, and 4-year-olds
Jen Leo. and work as an Co-founder of Best Kids Apps & LA Times Web Buzz column writer at BestKidsApps.

Once your toddlers become preschoolers, their ability to understand the apps they’re playing with increases exponentially.  Don’t sweat it – just remember that a lot of these apps want to both educate and entertain your child. Here’s a mix of apps that do both – no matter if you have a boy or a girl.

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best ipad apps for toddlers and preschoolers1. BUILD A WORD

Age rating: 2+ | Price $1.99

Don’t let the name of the app lead you to believe that this is a homework assignment. Sure, it’s highly educational, but it’s colorful and fun too. Little kids’ voices guide you through the creation of a word. Kids can find the letters for animals like Frog and Duck, then they push the letters together to turn the word into an animated animal. Finally, shake the iPad to move on to the next word.

best ipad apps for toddlers and preschoolers2. DORA THE EXPLORER COLORING ADVENTURES

Age rating: 2+ | Price $4.99

Take a break from Dora the Explorer on TV and sit down and color with the whole gang including Boots, Backpack and Swiper. Learn Spanish while you’re choosing scenes, adding characters to your setting and then touching colors to sections on the iPad to fill it in as you would on a coloring book. If your child is addicted to all things Dora, you won’t want to miss out on this accessory either.

best ipad apps for toddlers and preschoolers3. TRUCK MODZ BUILD AND DRIVE

Age rating: 3+ | Price: $1.99

Your child can build and paint their own cement mixers, fire trucks, dump trucks and then cruise them down the highway past an ever-changing landscape. It’s fun and kinda silly with crazy sound effects and trucker banter. Don’t forget to shake the screen to view your truck from different camera angles. Not just for boys, girls like vehicles too!

best ipad apps for toddlers and preschoolers4. FIRSTWORDS: DELUXE

Age rating: 2+ | Price $4.99
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If your child liked FirstWords: Animals, they’ll get a lot more out of FirstWords: Deluxe too. More animals, vehicles, colors, shapes and familiar words to spell. Bright graphics, cute sounds and overall impressive when your child matches the letters to the word. A great teaching tool that they will choose on their own because its fun.

best ipad apps for toddlers and preschoolers5. MISS SPIDER’S TEA PARTY FOR THE IPAD

Age rating: 2+ | Price $9.99
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This might be the most expensive app you’ve ever bought for your child unless you have older kids who love board games. But from the moment you open it up, you’ll see it’s worth every penny. Especially if your child is having a tough time making the jump from game and puzzle apps to storybooks. The book can be “watched” as a mini-movie, it can be read to you, has a coloring book feature, matching game and more.

best ipad apps for toddlers and preschoolers6. 123 COLOR HD TALKING COLORING BOOK FOR IPAD

Age rating: 2+ | Price $1.99

Take a break from all the word games and get in touch with your artist side. Color, color, color! There are pages upon pages of animals, shapes, scenes and world maps. As a bonus, you can hear adult voice overs in English, Spanish, French and German. If your child has the attention span to color for long lengths of time, why not turn on some familiar kids’ music like “Wheels on the Bus” or “Mary Had a Little Lamb.”

best ipad apps for toddlers and preschoolers7. SUPER WHY FOR IPAD

Age rating: 3+ | Price: $2.99
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Fans of the hit PBS Kids TV show will love this app. Kids play by finding missing words and rhyming words and also by spelling words and tracing letters.

best ipad apps for toddlers and preschoolers 8. COLORFUL AQUARIUM FOR IPAD LITE

Age rating: 2+ | Price FREE
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Create your own aquarium with fish, sand, bubbles and plant life. True to the name, it is indeed colorful and the tips are helpful for parents who want to show their kids all the options like feeding your fish, adding bubbles or cleaning the tank (if you have the patience to wait for it to get dirty). The free version of Colorful Aquarium for iPad seems good enough to start with. I have not tested the paid version ($2.99). A little more zen than your child might be used to.

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10 thoughts on “Best iPad Apps 0f 2010 for Preschoolers

  1. Lisa says:


    Thanks for this top 10. My daughter’s favorite is ‘The Competition’ by Piccolo Picture Books.

  2. Katrina says:

    Great list! Our Miss 2 loves The Little Explorers, SNAP! junior, Cupcakes XL and Thomas :)

  3. Chris says:

    Talking Carl – Hands down my 3 yr old’s favorite (and my least favorite).

  4. Jnova says:

    The series of books by FableTree is my toddler’s favorite. They are not the usual rehashed fairytale and are cute and imaginative!

  5. Jane says:

    My 3-year granddaughter loves iTouchiLearn Words for Preschool Kids (

    I would also recommend other apps in this series:
    iTouchiLearn Numbers for Preschool Kids ( and the most original for teaching toddler, preschool and special needs kids life skills: iTouchiLearn Morning Routines (

  6. Steve schroeder says:

    Thanks for the list! My 18 month old really likes a stickerbook app called ClickySticky!

  7. iPad Fan says:

    My aunts toddler just likes scratching my iPad

  8. Julie says:

    My 3 year old gets a huge kick out of Monkey Preschool Lunchbox and Monkey Mathschool Sunshine

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  10. Jennifer Dechanel says:

    My 4 year old loves Bogga Alphabet ( where she paint letters that turn into fridge magnets that she can use to line up her name on the refrigerator :D

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