Apps for kids under 2 years

Here are some apps we’ve reviewed that work well for kids under two years old.

Review: 123 Find It! iPad App

Review of 123 Find it! iPad app

Picky Kid Rating: 2.9 1-2-3 Find It! is an hidden object-style iPad game that can be played by very young children (even under age 2, with help!). The point of the game is to find and tap objects hidden in a scene. When you find them all, you win! It’s a simple concept, and a [...]

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Review: Tiny Hands Sorting II iPad App

Review of Tiny Hands Sorting II iPad app

Picky Kid Rating: 3.9 Tiny Hands Sorting II is a wonderfully illustrated sorting game for toddlers that introduces relatively complex categorization concepts (it’s more than just color and size). The basic (free) version is limited to just a few levels, and you’ll definitely want to unlock them all, which you can do with an in-app [...]

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Review: Ladybug Number Count iPad App

Ladybug Number Count iPad App

Picky Kid Rating: 3.5 Ladybug Number Count is our new favorite counting game for kids ages 2 and under. We love the photography, and the playful way the the ladybugs “hide” (just barely) makes them irresistible for young toddlers. The downside is that this feels like a “baby game”, so older kids (ahem, three and [...]

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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: 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: 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-Book Barn iPhone App

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Picky Kid Rating: 4.4 If it’s fair to label a new media title classic, I’m going to do that for Peek-a-Boo Barn. This was the first kid app we got for B when she was about seven months old, and it’s safe to say the folks crammed in with us on many a commercial flight [...]

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Review: Talking Carl iPad app

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Picky Kid Rating: 1.9 Who is Carl? He’s a red rectangle with a big mouth made out of some sort of plastic/bubble combo super-material. Does he teach you anything? No, not really, except how silly you sound when recorded and played back at a higher pitch. There’s not much substance to this app; it offers [...]

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Review: Counting Bees iPad App

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Picky Kid Rating: 2.8 Counting Bees is a super-cute counting game, but unfortunately, it’s just not that fun. We had high hopes, considering Pi’ikea Street’s Interactive Alphabet topped the charts in our most recent review roundup. But the Counting Bees app is too slow and limited (you can only count to 20) to score high [...]

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Review: Itsy Bitsy Spider iPad app

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Picky Kid Rating: 2.8 The Itsy Bitsy Spider was a disappointment to us. We had high hopes; we’d read several favorable reviews and we really like Fish School (also by Duck Duck Moose). This game has a lot of interactivity, but limited educational appeal, and it’s essentially only three screens, so it becomes quite repetitive.

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Review: Fish School iPad app

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Picky Kid Rating: 4.0 We have a few other games by Duck Duck Moose (yet to be reviewed) and Fish School is by far our favorite. Fish School is a collection of activities perfect for toddlers acted out by cute and friendly fish. It’s easy on parents’ eyes and ears and can easily be played [...]

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Review: INKids Flashcards iPad app

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Picky Kid Rating: 2.7 If we gave an award for Most Improved (maybe we will someday), INKids Flashcards would be a contender. When we first got this app (fall 2011), it was riddled with problems: a cluttered home screen;  a “home” button much too close to settings (and too small); a bug where kids could potentially [...]

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Review: A Present For Milo iPad app

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Picky Kid Rating: 3.6 A Present for Milo is a book app with an adorable story, great design and a ton of interactivity… maybe even too much. The picky kids LOVE the illustrations, animations and sound effects, in particular the giggly mice, baby bird and flying saucer. The story culminates in a toddler’s favorite event [...]

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Review: Toddler Counting iPad app

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Picky Kid Rating: 2.4 Toddler Counting is a simple game where children tap on objects to count them. It is very easy to use; once a level (“easier” counts up to 10, “harder” up to 20) is selected, a voiceover prompts the child with “Count the motorcycles” or “How many tables?”. Objects are counted as [...]

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