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yes, a 2 year old can use an iphone

October 12, 2009

balloonimalsI hope to not exclude too may of you who don’t have iphones, but I had to post about the amazing applications that help me entertain my kids on a weekly basis.  Here are some of my favorites applications that you can purchase from iTunes. Wheels on the Bus, Peekaboo Barn, Elephant Song, Balloonimals, HippoShapes, HippoColors and HippoLetters.  I also frequently visit YouTube on my phone and the kids can watch shows, kid music videos, or certain animal videos they like. This phone pays for itself.  Please tell me what you are have on your phone for your kids!!

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  1. Beth huzjak permalink
    October 13, 2009 12:49 pm

    For me: Simplist, The Weather Channel Max, Facebook, Today Show, Flixster, Urban Spoon, Lose it, NPR News
    For the kids: Jirbo Match, Shape Builder, Brushes, Basic Math, Doodle Buddy and they LOVE Balloonimals — thanks for the recco on that!

  2. Amy permalink
    January 27, 2010 4:16 pm

    Babble’s list:
    http://www.babble.com/content/articles/columns/the-babble-list/kids-iphone-apps/

    From the comments section: icanmoo, kids’ memory, little bella, hip hip hooray shapes and colors, Monkey Preschool Lunchbox (basic colors, matching, fruits, numbers), Talking Carl, and Let’s Color Curious George, pickin sticks, MacDonald, Adventure (cow on the icon), Dora Saves the Crystal Kingdom

    Slightly older kids: Skee-Ball, FSS Hockey and Battleship

  3. Amy permalink
    January 29, 2010 12:17 pm

    Some mom friends have recommended:

    Talking Carl
    A really cool app that works like a flute when you blow in the mic
    Paper Toss
    Masterpices–classic books you can read like a Kindle
    Toddler Flashcards
    Toddler Teasers Quizzing
    Peekaboo Barn
    Giraffe’s Matching Game
    iZoo
    Pocket Shaker is a fun free app

  4. Laura permalink
    January 29, 2010 9:46 pm

    I agree, I have even found myself handing my iphone over to my 10 month old to play. Peek a boo barn and Itsy Bitsy Spider are big hits…

  5. Amy permalink
    March 3, 2010 3:34 pm

    Just saw a list of others’ recs: http://mylifescoop.com/featured-stories/2010/03/favorite-iphone-games-for-kids.html?page=2

    For the little ones:



    Crush the Castle ($.99): Fun physics game

    Sneezie ($.99, Lite version free): Bubble popping + cute

    Scoops ($.99): Catch the ice cream scoops!

    Pocket God ($.99): For those of you with delusions of grandeur

    Spin Art ($.99): Endlessly fascinating color effects

    Wood Puzzle ($.99): Brings chunky wooden “fit the shape” puzzles to the screen
    
DoodleBuddy (free): Free-form fun
    
Fluid (free): Touch and see the liquid surface of your iPhone move. Cool!

    Preschool Adventure ($.99): Numbers, colors, shapes, matching, body, sound

    BubbleWrap (free): free. Pop, pop, pop!

    MadLibs (free): The best grammar-teacher out there, and a natural game to share.
    
Slide-a-ma-jig ($.99): Sliding game where kids create their own characters.

    JellyCar (free): My son says this is SO fun.



    For the whole family:



    Bejeweled ($2.99, free play on the Web): Addictive pattern matching game

    Plants vs. Zombies ($2.99): The most popular suggestion; 2009 Game of the Year

    Strategery ($1.99, Lite version free): World domination!
    
Fantastic Contraption ($4.99, free play on the Web): Build a contraption that moves to a goal!

    Talking Carl ($.99): a cute iPhone “buddy” that repeats what kids say in a funny voice, among other things. Good for car rides or other times when a little noise is ok.

    Hipstamatic ($1.99): Awesome app that turns your iPhone into an old film camera, with resultant photographic effects
    
Fling ($.99, free version also available): Deceptively easy puzzle game
    EliasZOO ($1.99): Farm animal game for the little ones

    Wheels on the Bus ($.99): A digital story book that never fails to entertain little kids


    No time to download? There’s also YouTube (with supervision, of course), podcasts from Sesame Street, the Calculator (the best free math game around), and the Camera. Those should keep the kids busy until your next iTunes session.

    

If you’re looking for more ideas, here are some great resources that will keep you clicking for hours:

    • 
 GeekDad regularly covers iPhone apps and games. You’ll always get smart pointers here.
    • Babble did a fantastic survey of the best iPhone apps for kids.
    • Jamie at Travel Savvy Mom offers her best game suggestions.
    • And here are Matt Haughey’s.
    • Mashable’s coverage.
    • And Slate’s. I like how the author referred to the iPhone as the “Swiss Army knife of mobile parenting.” 


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