Your preschooler is not too young for a smartphone or tablet and this piece of technology can do wonders for entertaining them for long periods of time. While you may not be ready to run out and buy your preschooler their own smartphone or tablet, you can find a lot of apps to entertain and educate your preschooler. In no time, they will begin to amaze you with her technology skills.
A preschooler will pick up how to play Monkey Preschool Lunchbox in no time. Children play match games, choose the correct color, identify letters and learn the concepts of biggest and smallest. As they choose the correct answers, they are rewarded with positive phrase and stickers to add to their sticker board.
Similar to Monkey Preschool Lunchbox, Preschool Edukitty rewards preschoolers for choosing correct answers as they learn about concepts such as letters, shapes, size and position. With three difficulty levels, your child will not outgrow the app quickly. Children will also love the bright colors, upbeat music, cheering and stamp rewards.
Your preschooler can learn math with the help of his favorite Nick Jr. characters from Team Umizoomi. Team Umizoomi Math: Zoom Into Numbers teaches basic math skills and concepts. Five different games help children identify and compare numbers, count, use a number line, add and subtract. As your child answers questions correctly, they increase in difficulty, which means he keeps learning.
Intro to Letters by Montessorium combines the ideas of Montessori teaching into an app to help children learn their letters. Your child will see letters, hear letters, trace letters and write letters until she knows all 26 of them. While the design of the app is simple and may not have as much fun music or the same games as other preschool apps, your preschooler will still have fun with it and will quickly learn her letters and letter sounds.
If you want your preschooler to watch educational videos while on-the-go, you need the PBS Kids Video app. The app gives your child access to over 1,000 videos from some of his favorite PBS Kids shows such as Super Why!, Curious George, Sid the Science Kid and Sesame Street. A simple design and icons make it easy for your child to find his favorite videos all by himself and there’s no need to worry about him accessing something inappropriate because all videos are kid-friendly.
Once you download these apps for your preschooler, you may have a hard time getting your smartphone or tablet back, but it will be worth it. Your preschooler will learn, have fun and build technology skills all at the same time, impressing you and others who notice the increase in her skills.
Samantha Kotey is the editor for AvatarGeneration and has a background in educational technology and virtual worlds. A mom of two, she is passionate about all things related to toys and technology.