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5 Great iPad Apps for Early Childhood Teachers

Posted on April 13th, 2011 in Certification Map | 12 Comments »

Children these days are practically born with an iPhone in their hands. But while mom and dad might think the electronic “Dancing Hamster” is the best babysitter known to man, teachers have the power to download some pretty useful learning tools on their classroom iPads, apps that will revolutionize the early childhood classroom. Check out some of these top-rated iPad apps for early childhood teachers.

1. Swapsies

Currently rated 4.5 in the Apple iTunes Store, this simple App shows toddlers and preschoolers the things they can be when they grow up. They’ll “dress” police officers, doctors, firefighters and more. It’s also a great tool for children to practice their fine motor skills as they touch the screen and swap clothing. Save the hassle and money in trying to score dress-up costumes for your preschool classroom, the education version of this App is free!

2. ABC Expedition

Start your students reading young -– very young! This iPad App is perfect for toddlers ages 1 – 4, and is rated a stellar 5 out of 5 stars in the Apple iTunes Store. Taking them on an adventure with explorer Captain Wallace, little ones discover letters, animals, and myriad sights and sounds. Sure to keep the attention of kids who need constant stimulation!

3. Montessori Counting Board – Counting for Kids

For just 99 cents, this App actually contains five activities in one! Preschoolers can learn to count from 1 to 20 by touch, count up or down in order, and count by dragging numbers up or down. It’s a perfect and fun tool for assessing students’ one-to-one correspondence ability.

4.Toddler Flashcards

While it’s obvious why flash cards are useful, this App takes it to the next level:  The voices are in four languages! Turn your classroom into a language-learning environment with flashcards in English, Spanish, French or Chinese! Categories of flashcards include animals, food, things, shapes, colors, alphabet and numbers. A whole lot easier for teachers to clean up than stacks of crumpled cards.

5. Slide & Spin

Develop fine motor skills in this app designed for toddlers ages 18 months to 3 years old. Kids will have to slide or spin the corresponding color knob in order to reveal hidden surprises!

Be sure to also check out “5 Great iPad Apps for K -2 Teachers” and “5 Great iPad Apps for 3 – 5 Teachers!”

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  • http://www.facebook.com/darranm Darran Murray

    WE just launched our first iPad app for toddlers . “Farmyard! ” is an interactive farm that will bring hours of fun to parent and baby check us out at

  • Dopper_

    Try Zoo train, if you like these apps, you’ll love it, my 2 year old can’t get enough

  • Mandy

    Take a look at Preschool Classroom App, covers early years phonic sounds, line marking and numeracy http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pre-school-classroom/id488123447?ls=1&mt=8

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lars-Johannessen/528355259 Lars Johannessen

    Don’t forget Bogga Alphabet (
    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bogga-alphabet/id525392151 ) where kids explore the alphabet by painting letters that turn into fridge magnets! They can listen to and repeat the letters, line up simple words on the refrigerator, and even take a picture of their masterpiece :)  

  • Mithun Jhawar

    Also check out Splash Math apps. They are available for grade 1 to grade 5. Check out the reviews: http://studypadinc.com/reviews

  • Ann Hatherly

    Check out this blog for good open-ended apps.

  • Ann Hatherly

    Opps sorry here is the link http://exploringapps.blogspot.co.nz/.

  • Jennifer

    My daughter LOVES “Smart Toddler School Pro++” app! As my official 2 1/2 year old product tester, she can attest that she loves her “Smart Toddler School Pro++” app, referring to the alphabets, numbers, Colors, Shapes and Counting. I spent many years as an elementary school teacher convincing parents and students that sitting on the couch watching TV was not the ideal way to spend the afternoon. The app, in a very animated fashion, teaches to learn the alphabets, colors, shapes and numbers. Why is it a Smarty Product of The Week? Let’s just say that my munchkin is running around telling me every alphabet, number, shape and color she can find in the house. “What color is it?”! Can’t argue with that!

  • Maryna

    This is a great article, and I’d like to mention another game that many educators might benefit from. This Monday we released our new iPad game entitled “City Letters” for children ages 3 to 6. Its goal is to help children learn to identify
    alphabet letters, recognize their sounds, trace them, and solve
    puzzles and mini-games. It’s available on the App Store for free download: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/frugoton-city-letters-education/id730991933?ls=1&mt=8