Tablets and smartphones can be the perfect source of distraction when the kids are losing their patience while sitting in traffic or getting bored while shopping or out to dinner. These communication devices, thanks to the many apps available, can also act as centres of creativity, exploration and education for kids at little cost (many are free!) Whether you have an iPhone, iPad or Android tablet or phone, we’ve found 9 great apps for babies and kids that the entire family will appreciate.

Baby Apps

Baby Tap & Learn by MindSmack (For iPad and iPhone) – Free

9 Great Apps to Enjoy From Birth to School

Watch your baby enjoy learning as he or she taps on the screen to learn numbers, learns and hears the alphabet, learns shapes, hears classical music, and sees cute animals.

Trancit Lite Edition by Ken Karakotsios (For iPad and iPhone) – Free

9 Great Apps to Enjoy From Birth to School

Engage baby and introduce her to a vibrant visual experience with the Trancit Lite Edition app. The beautiful imagery lighting up the screen will stimulate her mind and relax her, leaving you with some time for peace and quiet.

iBabyPhone by Wiseit Education (for iPad and iPhone) – $0.99

9 Great Apps to Enjoy From Birth to School

This is an app that babies and toddlers will enjoy! Let your kids pretend to call people without actually doing so thanks to a dial pad that makes different sounds and teaches babies and toddlers different colours, animals, numbers and more.

Toddler Apps

Alphabet Aquarium by 22LEARN (For Android) – Free

9 Great Apps to Enjoy From Birth to School

For a free app, Alphabet Aquarium offers a lot. With four great games,  all geared towards improving toddlers’ ability to match and learn letters and words, as well as bright and colourful designs, kids are able to learn and play on their own without the help of an adult.

Wheels on the Bus by Duck Duck Moose, Inc. (For iPad, iPhone and Android) – $2.99

9 Great Apps to Enjoy From Birth to School

Based on the popular song, this app takes kids as young as 18 months onto the big yellow bus with swishing wipers, busy people, spinning wheels, barking dogs and more. This is an interactive, entertaining app that will have your kids singing along as they use their fingers to explore the big bus.

Eric Carle’s My First App by Night & Day Studios, Inc. (For iPad, iPhone and Android) – $3.99

9 Great Apps to Enjoy From Birth to School

This is an app that’s both engaging and educational without being overly stimulating – perfect for busy toddlers! Based on The Hungry Caterpillar author, Eric Carle’s, book “My Very First” books, this app combines beautiful artwork with narration and different games to play.

School-Aged Apps

Eggy Words by ABC Reading Eggs (For iPad, iPhone and Android) – Free (for light version) or $2.99 (for the full version)

9 Great Apps to Enjoy From Birth to School

Using interactive, educational games, this is a great tool for helping kids learn everyday sight words such as “when”, “the”, and “can” to help improve their reading skills.

Preschool Arcade by 3DAL LLC (For iPad and iPhone) – $0.99

9 Great Apps to Enjoy From Birth to School

Introduce your kids to an on-screen arcade of activities, games and high-quality graphics that will teach them their ABCs, shapes, animals and more!

Moose Math by Duck Duck Moose, Inc. (For iPad and iPhone) – $2.99

This is an educational app that will keep kids entertained while learning! Moose Math teaches kids numbers, counting, addition & subtraction, geometry and measurement through five multi-level activities designed for kids aged 3 – 8.

Kids love technology, so use tablets and smartphones to educate and entertain with the variety of apps, for all ages, available today.