App games for 2.5 year old
January 12, 2021 1:45 PM   Subscribe

Help. I am stuck in an airport with my ex-husband and my extremely active 2.5 year old who missed his nap. Our flight is delayed 4 hours. Can you recommend a game I can download on our tablet for him ?

He's over watching tv.
posted by pintapicasso to Technology (13 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Piano kids by Orange studios, Owlie Boo, and Sago mini Friends
posted by jebs at 1:50 PM on January 12 [1 favorite]

PBS Kids app is the goto for kid-safe games for various levels. Just download the app, then there's plenty of games you can download within the app.
posted by Karaage at 1:50 PM on January 12 [5 favorites]

anything sago mini
posted by tristeza at 1:59 PM on January 12 [4 favorites]

There are a bunch of TocaBoca apps my kids loved at that age (and my oldest was an extremely active kid), specifically the kitchen one and the train one. I also highly recommend Endless Alphabet.
posted by hought20 at 2:09 PM on January 12 [3 favorites]

Anything by Sago Mini. The "Sago Mini World" subscription is good if you have time to download all the modules before going offline. Anything by Fox & Sheep. TocaBoca Pet Doctor. TocaBoca Robot Lab. TocaBoca Mystery. Bubl Gelato. ThinkRolls is good if you can help teach some gestures.
posted by Phssthpok at 2:12 PM on January 12

2nding anything Sago Mini.
posted by nkknkk at 2:31 PM on January 12

If it's an Android tablet my niece and nephew love the extremely simple, free, ad-free, trademark-violating emoji matching game Doda the Exploda.
posted by XMLicious at 2:33 PM on January 12

Seconding anything TocaBoca, or Endless Alphabet -- both of my active kids loved those as toddlers. Also Duplo Trains, if they still make it.

A non-app idea, speaking as somebody who has spent far too much of their life in airports with overtired toddlers: if you can buy a little thing of bubbles or a bouncy ball and find any clear floor space, you can work out a lot of energy in a contained way by blowing bubbles at them or throwing a ball around and letting them fetch.
posted by forza at 2:52 PM on January 12 [2 favorites]

Petting Zoo is a gentle but fun silly animal petting app.
posted by mai at 2:56 PM on January 12 [1 favorite]

I've had Magic Flames, Magic Liquid or fluid simulators, and other touchy-y apps. A plink-y piano app will be popular but will also sound grating after a while. Not as grating as fussy crying.

You can probably find Benadryl, and it's generally considered safe, and can ease a kid into sleep in an emergency. trusting strangers on the web being a not-great idea, you could call your pediatrician. You still have a flight to get through.
posted by theora55 at 3:16 PM on January 12

We love the Duplo World app! It's like playing with Duplos without the mess.
posted by stripesandplaid at 3:36 PM on January 12

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posted by caek at 4:14 PM on January 12

Almost forgot: Crayola Create & Play is surprisingly good.
posted by Phssthpok at 12:08 AM on January 13

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