Apps for 2 year olds

You’ve hit our sweet spot! Picky Kid looks for apps that will be appropriate and fun for kids ages 2-3. Here are some apps we’ve reviewed that work well for 2 year olds.

Review: 1-2-3 Trains iPad App

123 Trains iPad app - Picky Kid Rating 2.5/5

Picky Kid Rating: 2.5 1-2-3 Trains is yet another toddler counting app. We were attracted to this one from the description: “Interactive & freely movable trains unseen in other kids train apps!” Well, it’s true, but this app left us a little disappointed because of its limited playability and a few fairly major usability issues. […]

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Review: Lots2Spot iPad app

Lots2Spot iPad app

Picky Kid Rating: 4.2 Well, after a year of critiquing iPad apps for toddler and preschoolers, it’s time for a taste of our own medicine… That’s right, the Picky Kids have gotten involved with creating an app! Lots2Spot is an adorable “listen & find” game that helps build vocabulary, and teaches colors and counting up […]

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Review: Toca Band iPad App

Toca Band iPad App - Picky Kid Ratnig: 3.2/5

Picky Kid Rating: 3.2 Toca Band is an entertaining music app where kids (or adults, but we’re guessing it’s mostly the former!) can experiment with sound by assembling a “band” of characters to play a song. Engaging characters keep it fun for kids, but parents beware — the song can get annoying, and it goes […]

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Review: PlayART iPad App

PlayART iPad app - Picky Kid Rating: 3.1/5

Picky Kid Rating: 3.1 Full disclosure — I was an art history major. OK, that’s off my chest. Now let’s talk about PlayART, an app that lets kids (and other artists) create pictures with elements from famous painters Cézanne, Monet, Rousseau, Van Gogh, and my favorite of the bunch, Klee. It’s not only creative, but educational […]

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Review: Little Fox Music Box iPad App

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Picky Kid Rating: 4.2 Little Fox Music Box is a charming song and music app with gorgeous illustrations and a lot of interactivity. You can play music, sing along, or just explore the scenes. The app’s biggest drawback is that there are only three songs — it feels pretty limited.

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Review: Tally Tots iPad App

Tally Tots iPad app - Picky Kid rating 4.4/5

Picky Kid Rating: 4.4 If you’ve been following the Picky Kids for a bit, you’ll know that we’ve been searching for the perfect counting app. Tally Tots is darned near there! It’s interactive and engaging, and really well done. Of course, we have a picky reputation to uphold, so we’ve found some minor things to quibble […]

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Review: ABC Day iPhone App

ABC Day: Picky Kid Rating 3.1/5

Picky Kid Rating: 3.1 Another day, another ABC app — at least that’s how it feels for us sometimes! One thing that differentiates ABC Day is its undersea setting… You get to POP BUBBLES while the alphabet song is playing. Otherwise, there’s not much unique here, though it’s worth checking out if you don’t already […]

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Review: Trucks and Things That Go iPad App

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Picky Kid Rating: 3.1 Trucks and Things that Go might be best described as peg-puzzles on steroids. If your toddler can’t get enough of vehicles and puzzles, they’re sure to love this app. The illustrations are great, but read our review before buying — there are some issues to consider before you commit to it.

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Review: Magic Sorter iPad app

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Picky Kid Rating: 3.4 If you don’t yet have a simple puzzle game in your two-year-old’s app collection, Magic Sorter is a good candidate. We were initially disappointed with this app because, given its name, we were expecting… well… a sorter! Which it’s not. But for a toddler puzzle and matching game, it has merit.

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Review: Farm 123 iPad App

Farm 1-2-3 iPad app

Picky Kid Rating: 4.2 Farm 123 teaches kids to count to ten and sort animals in a highly engaging app styled like a pop-up board book. Don’t let our list of minor issues below deter you… This is currently one of our favorite games for 2- to 3- year olds… And we’re simply living up […]

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Review: Counting Caterpillar iPad app

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Picky Kid Rating: 2.9 Our search for a really great toddler counting app continues… While Counting Caterpillar has some things going for it (a faster pace than Counting Bees, better design than Toddler Counting, and more advanced than both), it still isn’t perfect. Sigh. I guess that’s what we get for being picky kids.

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Review: iPlay&Sing iPhone App

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Picky Kid Rating: 3.5 iPlay&Sing was among the first kids apps we got for the iPhone, and now, two years later, the Picky Kids are still playing it! This app is packed with activities, has few major flaws, and it’s free — without any in-app purchases even! — making it a very good value.

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Review: Dr. Panda, Teach Me! iPad app

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Picky Kid Rating: 3.9 [9/22/2012: This app scored a 3.7 when this review was written. The rating was changed because several issues mentioned below have been solved by updates. See comments for details.] Dr. Panda, Teach Me! is a collection of ten (or eleven, if you count exploring the animal scene) activities for toddlers. Kids […]

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Review: Peek-a-Zoo iPad App

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Picky Kid Rating: 2.9 We’ve been talking about emotions with B a lot lately, and we got Peek-a-Zoo because the description in the app store said it would help practice identifying things like “angry,” “surprised,” and “crying”. This, it does. You’re also asked to identify things like “Who is trying to hide?”, “Who is wagging […]

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Review: Eric Carle’s My Very First App iPhone App

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Picky Kid Rating: 2.7 Plenty of parents and children alike are fond of Eric Carle’s illustrations, known from classic books such as The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Mixed Up Chameleon. And frankly, without such interesting artwork, we wouldn’t recommend (un-creatively named) Eric Carle’s My Very First App. 

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