Put a child in the same room as an i Pad or an i Phone and they will instinctively reach for it.Perhaps it's the bright colours and the feel of using a touchscreen; the simplicity of the i OS interface also plays a part.But My Very Hungry Caterpillar takes a different approach, transforming the ravenous larva's surroundings into an interactive game.The result's not unlike a no-lose Tamagotchi, with you feeding the caterpillar, playing with it, helping it doze under a leaf, and watching it grow.The aim is to help a little ball traverse various traps, collecting coins on the way to meeting up with a friend.
Thinkrolls 2 is a slight but engaging platform puzzler for tiny hands to tackle.Bloom is an i Phone take on the latter, a collaboration between software designer Peter Chilvers and musician Brian Eno that enables you to explore generative audio composition.That probably all sounds a bit highbrow for kids, but it really isn't in practice.This is, in all honesty, not a terribly elegant app, but in our experience it seems captivating to tiny humans grappling with technology for the first time. But any time spent with the app and a small child will dismiss any lingering concerns. You soon realise that although this app is very straightforward, it's cunningly teaching your child all kinds of things, from identifying animals to types of clothing and actions.You'll grow to love the gang of sweet cartoon animals, and the simple questions for the child to answer: Who is winking? Endless Alphabet proves that dialling down the surreal doesn't mean an app about letters has to be boring.Here are our recommendations for children aged 5 and under.Age recommendations are approximate, of course, and you won't need to be told that kids learn and mature at different speeds.Characters respond appropriately, such as a disappointed look on not getting a piece of cake when someone else has been fed.Apparently, this is designed to promote empathy in children.But kids love messing with smartphones and tablets.(Although that does raise another question: Are i Pads safe for young children?