10 Terrific iPad Apps for Toddlers

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10 Terrific iPad Apps for Toddlers
1. Pat the Bunny

1. Pat the Bunny

Inspired by the 1940s children's book, this app revamps the interactive reading experience for the next generation. While the iPad can't recreate the textures of sandpaper or faux bunny fur, it does feature 14 totally interactive scenes your child can explore. There's an Easter egg hunt in every scene, and the magical paint mode turns every page into a coloring activity. The original book featured a mirror; the iPad app recreates that element using your device's forward-facing camera. There are three ways to read Pat the Bunny: Watch and listen while the text is read aloud, turn off the narration and read it to your child at your own pace or record your own voice to play on each page. Price: $4.99

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There's no point in fighting it. Technology is working its way into the lives of digitally native tots earlier and earlier, and it might be a more positive evolution than you realize. Developers and education companies are coming together to create thousands of games and activities that will help your child improve fine motor skills, vocabulary and understanding of important concepts.

These 10 iPad apps are the perfect mix of educational and fun. From potty training to musical experimentation to a digital doll house, we've tried to cover the bases of childhood whimsy.

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Best of all, these apps can compress an entire playroom into one device that weighs under 10 pounds. You'll spend less time hunting down doll's shoes in couch cushions and more time exploring and creating with your toddler.

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