How did parents travel with your children before tablets? Thankfully, I have no idea because I had my son in 2010 and my daughter in 2014! Fun and educational apps on our Samsung Galaxy tablet have gotten us through long (and short!) plane rides, restaurant meals and downtime in hotel room and vacation rentals, where there are never enough toys. The Samsung tablet is an invaluable traveling companion when it’s loaded with stellar apps for kids. Here are my picks for the best apps (all $.99 or free) for traveling two-year-olds:
1. Peekaboo Barn Its brilliance lies both in its simplicity and in its adorable drawings of barnyard animals. First, the child hears the noise from the animal and then the barn doors open to reveal the animal. The child is then supposed to say the name of the animal, which is reinforced by the name being announced a few seconds later. There’s also Peekaboo Wild for those who want something a little more exotic.
2. Elmo Calls Sure, this is more of a smartphone app than a tablet app. But remember, we’re dealing with tw0-year-olds here! It’s Elmo, he’s calling and it’s even better on a bigger screen. Different situation pop up, although the conversations are fairly one-sided. The vignettes are pretty cute — watch for Elmo with a cow.
3. Perfect Piano So maybe you won’t make any friends on the plane while your toddler is banging away on this virtual piano, but they probably hated you already anyway. Kidding! Anyway, you’ll have tons of friends by the time your child is playing at Carnegie Hall due to early exposure to a digital piano on Intel Tablets . This is one of the best piano apps out there.
4. Kids Paint It’s ill-advised to have your toddler paint in a hotel room, so this is one instance in which the digital truly is better than the real thing. There are many art apps on the market, and some are extremely complicated because they are geared toward professional artists. Kids Paint is fun, easy and inspires creativity. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself using it too whenever you’re able to wrestle the tablet out of your kid’s hands.
5. Wheels on the Bus The app creator Duck Duck Moose makes a lot of fantastic apps for kids. Wheels on the Bus is my favorite for a two-year-old. It’s like an interactive storybook, allowing the toddler to manipulate different items for each line of this ever-popular song. As a bonus, you can change the soundtrack to any language so if you’re traveling that’s one way to help the foreign language immersion.
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