This is a good one to introduce the memory game
iOS: Not available
Ages: 18 months +
This screen shot is of the medium-ly hard level. Easy has only 6 cards. At first they’re just touching the cards to see what happens. Even after they get a pair — they’re still just randomly selecting cards with no obvious purpose. The reasoning part — where you realize that once you know what a card is — there is no point in selecting it first — comes much, much later. But they are still quite pleased when they can match all the pairs. 18 months is a little early to master this — but they can certainly start playing around with it then.
My 16 month old has figured out how to use this App.
Cost: Free for the first few puzzles — paid Upgrade for more
Ages: 16 months+
I’m always pretty impressed when he can finish one of these puzzles. He can handle the ones where there is negative space for the animals, and you have to drag and drop the missing piece in. You can really see the reasoning happening now. He drags a piece over the puzzle — and pauses while he evaluates where it should go. He was quite pleased with himself the first time that he finished one and got the balloons and applause. I did spend quite a while showing him how to do it at the beginning, though.
He is doing actual physical puzzles, too. It was funny to watch at the beginning – because he used to think that you could just drag the piece nearby and let it go — and it would float into the hole :} He’s figured it out now.
Another big hit in our house
Cost: Free (ad supported – though they’re not invasive)
Age: 12 months+
My boys both loved this one. Press a vehicle. It shows up at the top and makes a sound while some funky music plays. Got some groovy tunes.
This is the first App that my kids ever played around with.
Cost: Free for the Farm scene (Additional scenes available for upgrade)
Age: 12 months+
I figure if I’m going to hand them my phone every now and then to keep them busy, I might as well find some good stuff for them to interact with.
This Farm App was a big hit. Touch the Animal and it wiggles a little and makes a sound.
There are some other “hidden” features like a fish jumping out of the pond that they will stumble upon.
More tomorrow. Do you have any other favourites?
-A child’s blanket
-A camping sleeping bag
-The stool the dog uses to jump on the bed
-Mommy’s coolest work shoes
-3 Christmas stockings
There was a scooter too, but it was being ridden in Mommy’s room at the time of the snap.