PBS Kids Video 1
PBS KIds programming is a favorite among the toddler set, and with the PBS Kids Video app you can cue up age-appropriate content any time of day. There are clips as well as some full episodes for popular shows including Sesame Street, Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, Dinosaur Train, Curious George and many more. There's even interactive content for parents. The app is also super-easy for toddlers to work all on their own. PBS Kids Video is free and available for Apple and Android devices.
Shape Puzzle HD 2
There are a lot of puzzle apps available for kids on both Android and Apple, but we're particularly fond of Shape Puzzle HD, which features several high-resolution scenes in which you can click on an object to complete a puzzle of it. Once the puzzle is complete a character pops up to name the object. Once each object has been completed individually, the scene is completed. Its a jigsaw puzzle without all the little pieces! It's loads of fun, helps with object recognition and can entertain for long periods of time. Shape Puzzle HD is only available for Apple devices, $.99
Endless Reader 3
Endless Reader is my personal favorite! This app features adorable monsters that introduce children to sight words in which they must place each letter where it belongs, followed by a silly sentence that requires the child to place the sight words where the belong in the sentence. It teaches and reinforces reading and language concepts with crisp, clean, eye-catching graphics. There's actually an entire series by the same company, including the original alphabet version (which is also available for Android) and a version for numbers. Endless Reader is available for Apple devices and is free.
Talking Ben 5
I have to include Talking Ben just for fun. Ben is a shaggy dog who plays the role of a retired chemistry professor that kids can interact with by poking, tickling and talking to him. Each action incites a different response from Ben who will show your kids how to mix test tubes in a lab, have a phone conversation with them, record a video with them and do other hilarious things like eat a can of beans and belch. Uncouth, but fun, especially for silly toddlers. Talking Ben is only available for Apple devices and is free.