toddler playing an app

We’ve selected these apps based on their user reviews, sleek visuals, and interactivity. If you’d like to suggest an app for this list, email us at nominations@healthline.com!

As your baby becomes a toddler, they become much more active both physically and mentally. They also start becoming more social. This is an important time for parents, siblings, and anyone else around them to start strengthening their language, social, and problem-solving skills. And there are apps for that!

The apps we’ve chosen for this list are great tools to help encourage your child’s growing curiosity while promoting healthy development and letting them have fun in the process.

Avokiddo Emotions

iPhone rating:
4.5 stars $2.99
Android rating:
4.5 stars $2.99

Feelings and emotions are an important part of your child’s development. This fun, interactive app is easy to use and allows your child to learn about the different emotions, especially laughter. These fun animations react in response to how you dress them, what you feed them, and what toys you give them to play with. This is a great way to start teaching your kids social skills as they interact with the characters. Your child will learn the words associated with the feelings they have and expand their ability to communicate.

Endless Alphabet

iPhone rating:
5 stars $6.99
Android rating:
4.5 stars Free

This educational game is self-paced and uses cute monsters to help your toddler develop their language skills and expand their vocabulary. The monsters will explain the definition of each word through an animated activity. This app also helps boost your child’s problem-solving skills with fun word puzzles featuring the words they’ve just learned.

Endless Numbers

iPhone rating:
4.5 stars Free
Android rating:
4.5 stars Free

This app makes learning numbers fun! Your child will learn how to recognize numbers, sequences, simple math, and more through fun and colorful animations. It is all achieved at your child’s pace, without pressure or time limits, and fun puzzles reinforce what your child has learned.

Lego DUPLO Train

iPhone rating:
4.5 stars Free

If your toddler loves Legos and trains, then this app is perfect for them! They will build trains, load cargo, and interact with animals and passengers. Then, of course, they get to drive the train through the fun scenes. They will also be able to add fuel to the train and lay down new tracks.

LumiKids Park

iPhone rating:
4 stars Free
Android rating:
4 stars Free

This animated park is filled with fun, digital playmates who will guide your kids though various activities, like sorting by shape, color, or size, or honing their attention spans through hide-and-seek games. The activities adapt to your child’s ability level.

Magic Fingers!

iPhone rating:
5 stars $1.99

This app is the perfect place for your toddler to create their own unique designs on the go. No need to pack paper and pens when they just need a mobile device, this app, and their fingers! There are over 50 special effects for them to choose from, and images can be layered. You can also have some classical background soundtrack their art session for an extra sensory experience.

MarcoPolo Ocean

iPhone rating:
4.5 stars $2.99

Let your kid dive deep into this app — literally! They’ll be able to swim down deep into the ocean, interacting with all of the sea creatures they meet along the way. A voiceover will identify the animals they click on, which will familiarize them with their names, and there’s also the option to build your own boat, submarine, or sea creature that you can interact with later.

PBS Kids Video

iPhone rating:
4.5 stars Free
Android rating:
4 stars Free

Get access to a huge library of PBS Kids videos, among them “Curious George,” “Thomas and Friends,” “Arthur,” “Elmo,” and much more. There are new educational videos added each week. There is also parent information on each video that tells you the target ages and what educational topic that video will be covering.

Peekaboo Barn

iPhone rating:
4 stars $1.99
Android rating:
4 stars $1.99

Play peekaboo with barn animals! Your toddler clicks on a barn door to reveal a new animal, learn what it’s called, and hear what sound it makes. You can also choose to have the names given in 11 other languages besides English. This is a great app for younger kids to learn about cause and effect and familiarize themselves with animal sounds, while older kids will enjoy being able to guess what animal is behind the door just from the sound.

Sago Mini Road Trip

iPhone rating:
4.5 stars Free

This Sago Mini Road Trip allows your toddler to go on their very own road trip, choosing from six different destinations. They also get to pick out what vehicle they want to use to get there — from options like monster truck, to ice cream van, to a giant pickle on wheels! They can explore as they go and stop for gas at the stations along their route.

Toca Life: Town

iPhone rating:
4.5 stars $2.99
Android rating:
4.5 stars $2.99

Toca Life: Town is filled with unique characters, animals, and locations that your little one can use to create their own town. They can shop for groceries, cook, go camping, and even take people to the police station. Almost all the objects have an interactive feature to them, and there are plenty of hidden treasures to discover.