25 best toddler apps and games for your android tablet
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More than 600 apps are available in the Google Play Store for toddlers. In addition to the screen time you allow your child, it is important how this screen time is spent.
In addition, you probably don't want to feel like downloading apps too much. Some apps can be quite expensive!
In this article, you can read more about the 25 best types of toddler apps for Android on offer to hopefully make the choice a lot easier.
Want to know more about which tablet is most suitable for your toddler, read our article about it.
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Peuter en Schermtijd
Officiële richtlijnen voor hoe vaak en hoe lang je kind op een tablet mag zijn er niet. Het wemelt van de adviezen en voor- en tegenstanders.
In een artikel van de NRC is de mening te lezen van de Nederlandse psycholoog Delfos.
De kern van haar verhaal is dat het draait om ‘begrenzing en begeleiding’.
Het belangrijkste is om te kijken naar het effect op het gedrag van een kind, om te bepalen hoe lang hij of zij op de kindertablet mag.
Hiervoor is het van groot belang om de juiste apps te installeren.
De 25 leukste spelletjes en apps voor je peuter
Dit zijn de leukste apps voor peuters:
- Youtube kids
- Funny Foods
- Kinderen hersenen trainen
- LEGO Duplo train app
- Dr Panda app serie
- Ssst de tijger slaapt
- NPO Zappelin
- Magic drawing app
- Nederlands leren met Emma
- Slaap Lekker!
- Ootje en zijn lettervriendjes
- Sound Touch
- Match it up
- Woezel & Pip in de tovertuin
- Brandweerman Sam
- Tellen voor peuters
- Toca Boca
- Wereld van Nijntje
- Paw Patrol
- Baby puzzles
- Gigglymals interactieve dieren
- Borre leesclub
De bovenste vijf zal ik hieronder nog uitgebreid behandelen, maar eerst wat uitleg over de Play Store.
Google Play Store
In de Google Play Store zijn duizenden apps beschikbaar waarvan meer dan 600 apps voor peuters.
Met zoveel mogelijkheden kan het lastig zijn om de juiste keuze te maken. Gelukkig is alles al onderverdeeld in categorieën.
Om de peuter apps te zien te krijgen, klik je in de Google Play Store op de hoofdcategorie ‘Gezin’ en de subcategorie ‘Tot 5 jaar’.
Er worden dan drie verschillende tabbladen zichtbaar:
- De Homepage laat betaalde en gratis apps door elkaar zien en sorteert deze in duidelijke categorieën: leuke apps & games, aanbevolen voor jou, educatieve apps, hersenkrakers, actiegames, rollenspellen, vormen & kleuren, vroege leerders, puzzels & games, muziek maken en speelse wezens.
- De Populairste items laat alle beschikbare apps zien op basis van populariteit. Je kunt eerst de keuze maken of je de betaalde of gratis selectie wilt zien, waarna alle apps zichtbaar worden.
- Het tabblad Nieuwe releases laat de nieuwste peuter apps voor Android zien. Ook hier kies je eerst of je betaalde of gratis apps wilt zien alvorens de selectie zichtbaar wordt.
Er zijn dus betaalde en gratis apps. Betaalde apps zijn beschikbaar tussen de €0,99 en €8,49. Dit is een eenmalige uitgave waarna je voor altijd in het bezit bent van deze app.
De gratis apps bevatten vaak reclame om de kosten eruit te halen. Voordat je een app download is het altijd van belang om te kijken of deze in-app aankopen aanbied.
Dit houdt namelijk in dat je na het spelen van een aantal levels alsnog moet betalen, om de rest van het spel te ontgrendelen.
Voor het downloaden van de app staat altijd aangegeven of deze gratis of betaald is, in-app aankopen aanbiedt en of er advertenties in zitten.
Let dus goed op voordat je kind verknocht raakt aan een app waar je niet meer voor wilt bijbetalen!
3 leuke Peuter Apps voor je tablet
- Youtube kids is gratis en bevat reclame. Het is een peuter-vriendelijke Youtube die, zoals de makers het beschrijven, een veiligere en simpelere manier aanbiedt om voor kinderen de wereld door online video te ontdekken. Het is dus wel een passieve manier van ontdekken. Wil je dat je kind zelf actief aan de slag gaat, zijn misschien de twee volgende apps beter.
- Funny food is gratis en biedt in-app aankopen aan. Deze populaire en educatieve app bevat verschillende spelletjes en is gericht op het leren van vormen, groottes, kleuren, sorteren, tellen, vergelijken en meer. Het nadeel is dat je na een aantal spelletjes moet bijbetalen om meer mogelijkheden te ontgrendelen.
- Kinderen Hersenen Trainen is geheel gratis en bevat (ondanks dat de beschrijving aangeeft van niet) advertenties. Ook dit is een educatieve app die zich richt op de ontwikkeling van het kind door middel van een aantal verschillende spelletjes zoals zoek de verschillen en memory.
Leukste Peuter spelletjes voor je tablet
Dan hier een verzameling van de leukste spelletjes voor je Android tablet:
LEGO Duplo Train App
LEGO DUPLO Train is een LEGO-app met treinbesturing voor jonge kinderen.
Het doel is om een trein te bouwen en ervoor te zorgen dat deze een reis voltooit. De vereiste vaardigheden zijn:
- motorische vaardigheden
Beoordeling van het tablet spel
Wanneer de app voor het eerst wordt geopend, wordt de speler een kleurrijk scherm met vier opties getoond. In de rechter bovenhoek is een Voor Ouders-sectie.
Wanneer dit gedeelte wordt aangeboord, worden spelers gevraagd om een eenvoudige wiskundige vergelijking op te lossen om toegang te krijgen tot de sectie.
Binnen de sectie ouders kunnen gebruikers verschillende LEGO-apps downloaden, meer lezen over de app en de app beoordelen.
Er is ook een gedeelte waar gebruikers verschillende LEGO-sets kunnen kopen die overal in de app te zien zijn, en dit leidt ouders naar de online LEGO-winkel.
Gebruikers kunnen ook de slaapduur in dit menu aanpassen.
Als je dit instelt, kan de app niet gebruikt worden tussen bepaalde uren van de dag dus handig om wat controle over het gebruik te hebben.
In het hoofdmenu bevindt zich een vak in de rechterbenedenhoek dat de gebruiker naar een sectie brengt waar ze alle andere apps van de ontwikkelaar kunnen downloaden.
Als je dit wilt invoeren, moet je een eenvoudige wiskundige vergelijking oplossen.
In de linkerbenedenhoek van het menu is een knop waarmee spelers naar een in-app-bioscoop kunnen worden gebracht en korte LEGO stop-motionanimatieclips kunnen kijken.
Wanneer het hoofdgedeelte van de app wordt gestart, wordt spelers gevraagd rijtuigen toe te voegen aan de achterkant van een locomotief.
Zodra de trein is gebouwd, kunnen spelers passagiers oppikken door op het scherm te tikken en ze naar de trein te slepen.
Players can also get machines, flowers, and mined ore from a quarry.
Once the train is completely filled, players will be presented with a moving image of their entire train traveling through a colorful landscape.
Toddlers are then given the task of refueling the train.
During their journey, players are stopped and must use Lego templates to build a bridge and pick up additional passengers from another station.
Once the tasks are completed, the player is presented with a screen where the engineer gets off the train to cheer and the app starts over.
Advertising and product placement
Within the parents' section there are advertisements for the LEGO DUPLO train sets, but this is not accessible to your toddler.
Playing behavior that may be important to some parents
No gaming behavior was found during testing that should interest you as parents.
Dr Panda Android App series
Many children love Dr. Panda Apps and there are now quite a number of them.
Apps range from cooking, chores/cleaning, role-playing and more, and Dr Panda, the adorable bear, takes your toddler through all of these tasks hand-in-hand.
They are fun games that you can play again and again without it getting boring, then you can switch to a different theme and later come back to a variant that you have done before.
Literally hours and hours of fun for your toddler.
For example, this is the gameplay of Dr Panda in Space:
Dr. Panda started making apps in 2012, originally under the name Tribeplay.
They are located in China and California. Here are some of the most popular Dr Panda Games for the tablet:
Dr Panda Town
Dr. Panda Town by Dr. Panda Ltd is the first free app with in-app purchases (or IAP) offered by Dr. Panda games.
This app contains in-app purchases for a park and a supermarket, as well as a home.
The app opens with Dr. Panda going to town in his yellow car.
If you try to open the park or the supermarket and haven't purchased them, a parental lock will appear before you go to the Google Play Store, which requires you to enter your year of birth.
I noticed that I had the app bundle on one device and had to "restore" my purchase on my second device to access each of the three places.
Dr. Panda Cafe
Dr. Panda Cafe from Dr. Panda Games is a new universal app for Android (and iOS) that lets your toddler make food and drinks in a cafe environment.
As you get more customers, you have to balance time management, taking and making orders and cleaning up.
As you serve more customers, you earn new recipes and food to give to the customers.
To play the app, first place the customer at a table - if the table is empty, you can place the customer next to it.
Once they are seated, take their order and return behind the counter as Dr. Panda to work on the order.
Items are divided into categories and you tap the appropriate category to create or cook the item.
Once you have made all the items in the order, it is time to deliver them to the customers.
You can take orders from multiple customers at the same time and make food the same way, although it can be a bit confusing!
Among the food choices, coffee/tea, cake, pizza and as you get to know your customers better, you can try to imagine what they can order.
It was important to pay attention to the customers to keep them happy, which in turn unlocked items after you earned stars and gave you more food and drinks to serve.
Dr. Panda's Restaurant
This App provides interactive mini games with different types of animals (customers) and a dish they have in mind.
Activities practiced in the app include fine motor skills through:
- chopping a variety of foods
- to peel
- fry in a frying pan
- squeezing and pressing for juicing
- toasting and preparing bread
- along with cooking a variety of foods
There are several rotations to be prepared and served to the different animals, including soups, cookie decorating, apple pie making, a variety of fruit drinks and his personal favorite pizza.
This app can also be used in speech therapy training to describe each of the items as they are prepared and determine their order.
This app was fun because it was two restaurants in one, with one downstairs having an American theme and the upstairs decorated in more of a Chinese theme.
It would be great if the food matched the decor on each of the floors.
The mini recycling game was a fun way to remind a toddler what went into each bin and helps practice recycling skills at home.
We also enjoyed touching various objects in the dining room to turn the lights on and off, touch the spider, and interact with the plates after meals were done.
My son enjoyed making the biscuits and making the soups because they like the fineness of the chopping and the fine motor skills requirements.
dr. Panda Restaurant 2
Dr. Panda Restaurant 2 from Dr. Panda is a universal app for Android and iOS that puts your little chef in a tropical kitchen and allows them to create food to delight their customers.
The app lists more than 20 ingredients, including fish, eggs, peppers, tomatoes, three types of pasta, spices, and more.
You can cook, bake, fry and share ingredients to make the perfect dish for your customers who arrive by water taxi in groups of two and place their orders.
While you make the item, the guest stands at the window while you sort out the ingredients and make faces depending on what they want with their meal.
Each dish allows you to make different toppings to suit their taste. The app contains a traditional diet and a switch for a vegetarian diet.
The app pays attention to details, fine motor skills required for chopping, slicing and laying out the ingredients, making sure the customers get the food they want.
In addition, children follow step-by-step recipes that include making the pasta, pouring it into the colander, putting it on the plate and making a sauce.
Other tasks include rolling out the pizza dough before adding additional ingredients.
dr. Panda Train
Dr. Panda Train, all aboard this app from Dr. Panda Games this time with a train theme!
In this fun themed train app, your kids serve as a conductor and ride the train and tour through one of three landscapes featuring:
- and a beautiful rural setting.
In the app you can toddler driving the train from a first-person perspective in the cabin or from a distance.
They can also stop and visit the passengers to give them food, snacks, reading materials and more.
My son even found some great tech to give the passengers.
Scoop up some coals to blow up the fire and speed up the train to the next destination, or just steam through the countryside.
I liked that my kids could take turns playing with the app or setting up passengers and handing out items to them.
As you complete more of the game, you'll earn additional items to give to the passengers - my kids' favorites were of course the tech!
Dr. Panda Daycare
Dr. Panda's Daycare from Dr. Panda features Dr. Panda in a daycare environment where your child is in a virtual playhouse with five baby animals.
The animals have a playroom where they can swing on a rocking horse, bounce on a ball or play with a train.
In the kitchen they can pretend to have a birthday party, eat breakfast or lunch and cook food.
Upstairs there is a stage and instruments to play with and a nap room.
There is also a backyard where children can play with a slide, bouncy castle or swimming pool.
The app encourages creative play and helps children understand that their choices can determine how the animals will play. It is best suited for late toddlers and preschoolers who want to enjoy the environment while finding new toys to play with and switches to turn on and off.
dr. Panda Airport
This one is set on an airport adventure with ten activities, including:
- security check
- check in at the desk
- driving the luggage cart
- pick up luggage with luggage
- controlling the airspace via the control tower
- counting money for a payphone and a phone call
- stamping tickets
- cleaning the plane
- loading the flight with luggage
- to be lost and found
The app is designed for children in kindergarten and older through elementary school.
It practices skills such as fine motor skills, sorting, counting, finding a specific object, expressive language, shape recognition and matching, and more.
The four main characters in the app are a monkey, an elephant, a raccoon and a hippo who are all dressed in different types of holiday clothes.
Dr. Panda Bus Driver
Dr. Panda Bus Driver from Dr. Panda lets Dr. Riding a bus around a city, countryside, harbor or a number of other locations, while picking up and dropping off his passengers, painting the bus, filling the gas tank and much more!
Like a traditional bus, you must stop to let passengers and other vehicles pass, stop for passing trains, and clear the bus after your "route" is complete.
This app is designed for preschool through early elementary school, similar to other Dr. Panda apps, and offers hours of open play for those who use fine motor skills, from sitting passengers to controlling the bus with your finger or by gently moving your device to steer it from side to side to make sure it's on the road stays.
The landscape in the app changes every time you launch it - and can be a harbor complete with a drawbridge, railway crossings, tunnels, birds on the way to a countryside.
Dr. Panda must get his animal friends safely to their destination while making sure they sit on the bus and watch for obstructions.
When an obstacle comes up - a warning "light" comes inside the bus for you to touch to stop it and raise and lower the drawbridge, pass passengers across the road and watch for birds and other wildlife that is maybe on the way.
Dr. Panda Handyman
Dr. Panda Handyman by Dr. Panda Games is the latest universal app for Android and iOS featuring Dr. Panda.
He repairs household objects that have been mysteriously broken by 14 mini-games.
The app is intended for toddlers, preschoolers and primary school children.
The app is great for kids to practice fine motor skills and to name and find objects and tools.
One of our favorite features of the app was fixing all the different objects around the house and the realistic sounds of the tools as they worked.
We liked that the tasks varied, so you weren't always doing the same task over and over.
Dr. Panda Hospital
Dr. Panda's Hospital from Dr. Panda Games is a universal app with eight different animals that will take your child to their hospital beds, discover and treat their health problems.
The app contains ten mini-games, including:
- treat an upset stomach
- treat chickenpox
- administer an injection
- treat eyes, ears, mouth/teeth
- retrieving incorrectly swallowed items
This app offers a great depiction of an animal hospital where kids can interact and interact with all the different animals.
dr Panda Racers
This one has a racing theme that allows you to build and race your own cars, including jumps and tricks, wash your vehicle, compete with other Dr. Panda characters and more!
As you successfully complete the races, you will earn first place prizes such as race car parts, spray paints and trophies.
The tracks can be concrete, dirt or sand and you choose them before racing the event.
To play the app, choose or build your car, choose your track or build it out and head to the pits for a wash before heading to the track for the race.
At the starting line you will be asked to fasten your seatbelt and then it's ready for the race and fun stunts!
Dr. Panda Firefighter
Dr. Panda Fireman (Firefighters) is a universal app for Android and iOS that allows your child to put out fires, drive a fire truck, remove obstacles, discover more than 30 rooms and more.
It reminded me a lot of playing a fire engine as a kid, except Dr. Panda was able to physically extinguish the rooms instead of me having to imagine them.
The app is especially suitable for toddlers and preschoolers.
It can be used to practice following directions, expressive language to tell what they do and follow along with the animals to save them.
There is also cause and effect of fighting the fire, handing over the tools and moving on to the next level.
Dr. Panda in Space is a universal app for iOS, Amazon appstore and Android that allows you to customize and launch your own spaceship.
This way you can make discoveries in space from planets, asteroids to activities such as repairing your spaceship, playing with gravity and more.
This app is aimed at preschool and early childhood kids of toddler age with lots of great free play options for the younger kids during the exploration phase.
The app begins with a customization of your spaceship where you then jump into space and begin your exploration.
Dr. Panda Mailman
Dr. Panda's Mailman is a universal app for iOS and Android featuring the post office!
This app offers the option to create and address your own postcards, choose a gift to wrap for delivery, including wrapping and delivery.
The app features a variety of animals including a pig, the turtle (Toto) we saw in Toto's Treehouse, a monkey, elephant, sheep, hippo, cat, raccoon, elephant and more for a total of 12 animals!
After designing your package, Dr. Panda on an adventure to deliver your mail.
The stamp on the package or postcard helps him know where to deliver it and is placed on Dr.'s scooter. Panda placed to deliver it.
The world includes rivers, forests, mountains, and houses, along with jumps, roads, road signs, and more!
This app is best suited for preschoolers and early kids in elementary age.
Skills practiced may include language, color motor skills and driving the scooter, listening to directions.
Dr. Panda Swimming Pool
Dr. Panda's Swimming Pool is with animals in different pools.
You can change into different bathing suits in the changing room while you take a shower and get ready for the pool, dive on a pirate ship, play in a sandbox, go down a waterslide or play in a small wading pool with a variety of lunch items available.
This app is designed for toddlers and preschoolers.
Skills practiced include language, both receptive and expressive, and some fine motor skills.
I liked that the app had four different play zones that resemble a traditional beach.
The graphics were crisp and they showed especially well with the animations.
Dr. Panda ice cream truck
The ice cream truck from Dr. Panda lets you make your own ice cream with different colors, mix-ins like fruit, while popping it in a blender to make your favorite combinations.
Once your ice cream is made, add your toppings, such as caramel or rainbow sprinkles, chocolate curl sprinkles and traditional sprinkles, and the option to turn them into candy.
After completing your sundae, tap a bell and help the character eat it before paying for the sundae.
Payment for each sundae depends on the size, complexity, and amount of toppings used.
I've seen cones range from four to 31 coins depending on how you put it together.
Dr. Panda Supermarket
Dr. Panda Supermarket from Dr. Panda is a universal app for iOS and Android in which Dr. Panda is in the supermarket, along with many of his friends we've seen in previous apps, including the most recent Dr. Panda Daycare.
Dr. Panda is located in Chengdu, China, where the national animal is a giant panda!
The app features the animals while shopping and a variety of ten themed mini-games ranging from shopping using a list, organizing differently shaped boxes, cleaning up spilled food and more with six different animals and their kids .
The app trains fine motor skills, critical thinking and creative play skills.
It contains no written or spoken language, meaning it will appeal to toddlers to early preschoolers.
If you don't just want to go for apps on a tablet and still want your child to learn everything while playing, then we have these educational toys explained for you.
So it's not about per se how long your child is on the tablet, but also what this time is spent on.
Among the hundreds of toddler apps available for Android, there are a few important things to keep in mind.
Free apps may contain ads or may still require in-app purchases after a few games.
Paid apps often have no ads and you download (and pay) once for all time. Always pay attention to what is in the description before downloading.
There are many types of different apps available for both passive and active learning.
To determine what is the best choice for your child(ren), it is best to try things out and look at the effect on behavior.
At least you now know what is important to take into account!
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