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15 Best Free Toddler Apps That are Educational and Fun in the UK

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Including screen time fun for your little one

As a parent, you may be feeling guilty about how much screentime your toddler is having but don’t. The online world is a great place for children to learn and develop their motor skills and problem-solving skills. Like everything, it works great in moderation. Having educational apps you can use to entertain your toddler can help them to engage more.

No one can deny that the online world is going anywhere, so getting your toddler used to playing games can really help them in their development, ready for primary school. Knowing how to work a tablet or computer can help your child become mobile literate which is a very useful skill to have.

Many of these free apps and free toddler games can help your toddler with their imagination, number-solving, and reading skills. Think of it as guilt-free screen time that can help them to expand their horizons.

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15 toddler-friendly apps

These are the best app for toddlers that are free. They are all fun, educational and are games that you can play together.

1. Khan Academy Kids, Free, App Store & Google Play

Khan Academy Kids is great for helping your little ones to read and write. Perfect for 3 – 7 year olds, they can pick a character and learn while playing.

Whether your kiddos are into stories, games, or interactive lessons, this app’s got it all. The best part? It’s completely free to download and use. Talk about a win-win, right?

Now, I know what you’re thinking – “But is it any good?” Let me tell you, this app is top-notch. The team behind Khan Academy has really outdone themselves, creating an educational experience that’s both educational and entertaining.

From math and reading to science and creativity, the app covers a wide range of subjects, making sure your little ones are getting a well-rounded learning experience. And the best part? It’s all delivered in a super user-friendly way, with bright colours, adorable characters, and loads of interactivity.

What we like the most is that you can track your children’s learning as they go and it’s not all about the core subjects, they also cover emotional wellbeing as well. This is a great learning app for toddlers! 

2. First Words For Baby, Free, Google Play

First Words For Baby is a great resource for helping your toddler to talk and sound out words. With each word, there is a picture so that they can associate the word with the picture. There is a fun quiz mode for them to try out and the voices can be changed depending on what your toddler likes.

Gone are the days of wracking your brain trying to remember all those first words. With First Words For Baby, you’ve got a whole library of common words and phrases right at your fingertips. From “mama” and “dada” to “ball” and “doggy,” this app’s got you covered.

The best part? It’s designed to make learning interactive and engaging. With cute illustrations, simple sound effects, and fun games, your baby will be saying their first words before you know it. And let’s be real, it’s pretty darn cute to hear them start chatting away.

The animation is really cute and makes for a really fun learning experience. You can purchase the paid version which costs £1.99 and offers over 360 words.

3. Elmo Loves 123s Lite, Free, App Store & Google Play

Elmo Loves 123s is a really cute app that is free to download. It’s full of games and videos that help keep your toddler amused and always learning. The activities include everything from counting objects to tracing to colouring. They do offer a paid version which comes with a lot more games and activities. They also offer an ABCs Elmo app as well.

The graphics are spot on, with everyone’s favourite furry red monster, Elmo, guiding the way. The activities are engaging and the whole family can get involved. From number tracing to counting games, this app’s got it all.

4. ABC Kids Tracing & Phonics, Free, Google Play & App Store

ABC Kids Tracing & Phonics is a great tracing app that is great for learning phonics. It is brightly coloured and helps them to form letters. This app is great for toddlers as young as 2 right up to year R. The games are all different and include matching and songs for recognition.

The app’s got all the basics covered – letter tracing, phonics, and even some fun mini-games to keep the little ones engaged. And the best part? It’s all wrapped up in a super user-friendly package that’s easy for even the smallest of fingers to navigate.

Whether your child is just beginning to dip their toes into the world of letters and sounds, or they’re ready to start tackling some more advanced stuff, this app’s got you covered. It’s like having a personal tutor right there on your phone or tablet, just waiting to help your little one become a reading and writing superstar.

5. KS1 Science For Kids – Tappity, Free, App Store

Available on the App Store, KS1 Science For Kids is a great problem-solving app with over 100 games that can help improve observation and imaginative play. This app is all about exploring science and the world around your child. It does have some in app purchases but offers lots of free content as well.

Tappity takes the boring out of learning science for Key Stage 1 kids. Instead of droning on about concepts, it’s got these fun, interactive lessons that get the little ones engaged. They can play games, do experiments, and even go on virtual field trips – all while soaking up knowledge about the natural world.

The best part? Tappity makes it easy for parents and teachers to track the kids’ progress. You can see where they’re excelling and where they need a bit more support. It takes the guesswork out of making sure these young scientists are really grasping the material.

So if you want to make science class a blast instead of a bore, give Tappity a go. Your KS1 kids will thank you (even if they don’t admit it)!

6. CBeebies Storytime, Free, App Store & Google Play

CBeebies Storytime app is just that, lots of different books, some using well-loved characters and others just well-loved stories. The books can be read to your child or they can read them themselves. Throughout there are games and puzzles to complete to continue the story.

I have found this helps keep my daughter interested. The language used is adventurous so they may need help if reading the books themselves. You do need to download each book separately into the app.

7. 123 Numbers, Free, Google Play & App Store

This is a great free app for Google Play that teaches your toddler how to count and trace shapes. This has no in-app purchases and is great for on-the-go when you need to keep those little hands busy!

123 Numbers is bright and colourful, helping parents and toddlers to play and learn together. You can do everything from number tracing, to learning to count to number matching.

8. Playtime Island, Free, App Store & Google Play

Playtime Island is great for toddlers as they are based on all the CBeebies programs. The games are all different, covering activities from drawing to spelling and skills from counting to problem-solving.

There are no hidden extras or places that your toddler can go to charge you money. Like all toddler apps, the parent areas have code to put in so that little fingers can’t sneak into the settings. My 3-year-old loves these apps and has done for over a year now.

9. Lego Duplo World, Free, App Store & Google Play

Lego Duplo World is a great introduction to playing more advanced games. It is simple to play but provides great talking points between you and your toddler. They have to start making decisions about what their character will look like and what they can drive.

These decisions have some consequences, eg the helicopter can reach the higher coins. They also have to work their way through the levels to get more characters. Again no in app purchases which I love.

The app is packed with all sorts of engaging activities and mini-games that’ll keep your kiddos entertained for hours on end. From building their own Lego creations to going on exciting adventures, there’s something for every little Lego lover.

And let’s not forget about the educational aspect. The Lego Duplo World app is a sneaky way to sneak in some learning while they’re having a blast. Counting, colors, shapes – it’s all there, wrapped up in that iconic Lego charm.

So, if you’re looking for a way to keep the little ones occupied (and maybe even learn a thing or two), definitely give the Lego Duplo World app a go. It’s a guaranteed hit with the under-5 crowd!

10. EasyXylo Xylophone, Free, App Store

This is a great music app for babies and toddlers. They can play tunes and really have fun making their own music. Your toddler can slide between bars easily and and sound is very high quality, just like a real xylophone. It does offer in-app purchases for more songs and sounds.

Whether you’re a seasoned xylophone maestro or a complete newbie, EasyXylo makes it a doddle to get playing. The intuitive interface lets you bash out tunes with just a few taps, and you can even record your masterpieces to share with mates.

The sound quality is spot on too, so you’ll feel like you’re tinkling away on a real xylophone – just without all the bulky equipment. And with a huge library of pre-loaded songs, you can go from nailing Twinkle Twinkle to shredding Beethoven’s 5th in no time.

11. Applaydu, Free, Google Play & App Store

Applaydu is all about helping children to be more creative and make their own stories. the game is based around English, Maths and science and lets your little one be as creative as they can be. There are story books for bedtime and games you can play together as a family.

12. Peppa Pig: Paintbox, Free, Google Play

This is a great game for toddlers to play as it can really bring out their creative side. Pick either Peppa and George and watch your kids choose to either colour in a picture or make their own. The picture becomes interactive with rainbows and muddle puddles. This is also available on iTunes too.

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13. Teach Your Monster to Read, Free, App Store

This is free at times and paid at other times depending on the time of year. It offers three different levels from beginner reader to free reader. You can start by picking your monster and dressing them. Then it’s all about reading and following the instructions. It’s a great way to learn phonics.

14. Busy Shapes, Free, App Store

The premise is simple – Your toddler needs to get the shapes that are constantly moving around the screen, and to tap on them before they disappear. Sounds easy enough, but trust me, it gets challenging after a while.

The best part is, you can play it anywhere. The visuals are really eye-catching for toddlers. The shapes are all bright and vibrant, and the way they zip around is just mesmerizing. It’s like a mini-rave for your eyeballs.

Just watch the adverts as they can be for adults. We tend to play off-line, without the internet which stops them from popping up.

15. Fish School by Duck Duck Moose, Free, App Store

Fish School by Duck Duck Moose is a fun and engaging app that teaches kids all about the fishy world. With its bright colours, catchy tunes, and interactive games, this app makes learning about marine life a total blast.

Whether your little ones are into finding Nemo or just can’t get enough of the ocean, Fish School has got you covered. They’ll get to meet all sorts of cool creatures, from clownfish to seahorses, and even learn how to identify different species.

The best part? The app is totally free to download, so you can keep the kiddos entertained without breaking the bank. So why not give Fish School a go and see your little ones dive right into the world of underwater adventure?

There are hundreds of free toddler apps out there and although most of them have loads of in-app purchases, some are perfect for little, exploring fingers. If you have any other favourites please comment below so we can provide some sanity to those of us who struggle to keep our toddlers away on long journeys or just to amuse them when we just need 5 minutes.

Laura x

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