iPad puzzles and games for a 20-month-old
December 6, 2013 6:18 PM   Subscribe

Flying in the face of scientists' warnings, my wife and I allow our child to play with the iPad from time to time. She's outgrown most of the apps she previously played with -- does anyone have any recommendations for good puzzle, games, and educational apps that would be age-appropriate and interesting for a twenty-month-old? Thanks.
posted by gerryblog to Computers & Internet (11 answers total) 24 users marked this as a favorite
Endless Alphabet

Starfall ABCs

Bugs and Buttons (and Bugs and Bubbles, and Bugs and Buttons 2)

Everything Toca Boca

Sago Mini Bug Builder

My PlayHome and My PlayHome Stores

Build a Train

My child is terrible at Bus Derby but loves it anyway

DragonBox is a little old for her, but my four-year-old is all the way up through the fourth world on it. It teaches algebra through symbolic manipulation as a game, like "Box equals nighttime tomato divided by dragonfly." Superfun! I'd put it on there and let her discover it and mess with it.
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 6:33 PM on December 6, 2013 [4 favorites]

My critter loves the puzzles by SunGround. We're an Android household, so the google play link here won't do anything for you, but I bet they have something for iOS too.

Also, maybe FishFarts. That was a big hit around here for that age.
posted by sanka at 6:52 PM on December 6, 2013

Baby kestrel is only 18 months, but here are some that seem age appropriate for a slightly older kid too:

Duck duck moose's Itsy Bitsy Spider (their wheels on the bus app is v annoying)

Sandra Boynton's books on iPad rock -- very interactive

Something called 'pop' -- can pop balloons, corn, set off fireworks

(Sorry no links; am on phone)
posted by kestrel251 at 7:29 PM on December 6, 2013

The monster at the end of this book is a HUGE hit here. HUGE.
posted by devinemissk at 8:53 PM on December 6, 2013 [2 favorites]

Monkey Preschool Lunchbox.

It's a little above 20 months, but you never know what she'll be into.
posted by colin_l at 9:21 PM on December 6, 2013 [2 favorites]

I strongly second Eyebrows suggestions of everything by Toca Boca. Yes, everything. And also Endless Alphabet.
posted by Joh at 9:56 PM on December 6, 2013 [4 favorites]

toca boba is great because you can then also play it as adults while drinking after your kids have gone to bed.

i babysit some kids who thought Tiny Tiger was pretty cool. you can give him different outfits in one game, play whack a mole in another, and do a matching game. the outfits is just tapping the body part and the particular item cycles through various costumes, so pretty easy.
posted by sio42 at 6:58 AM on December 7, 2013

Two by Two is a nicely-designed matching game the kid might enjoy.
posted by box at 7:01 AM on December 7, 2013

For puzzles, we've really enjoyed Lola's Beach Puzzles and Puzzingo.

I also HIGHLY recommend getting one of the versions of 123 Color. (I think we have the International Version, which costs more up-front but includes all the coloring books, rather than having them as in-app purchases.) My kids have loved this from ages 2-6.
posted by belladonna at 7:08 AM on December 7, 2013

My kiddo got the hang of the puzzles in Tozzle at around 24 months.

Also the whole peek-a-boo barn/ farm etc series.
posted by waterisfinite at 7:09 AM on December 7, 2013

Starfall's All About Me
Toca Boca: yes!
posted by Kazimirovna at 10:20 AM on December 7, 2013

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