5 Great iPad Apps for Early Childhood Teachers

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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