Gill Siddle brings us some brilliant apps that combine fun and learning.

Our four year old can work an iPhone better than most adults – seriously, security code and everything. What modern times we live in. Here are the best apps out there to engage restless fingers and hungry minds.

Toca Boca

The whole suite of apps is pretty awesome, they encourage creativity and are beautifully designed, but Toca Band has to be our fave – a lovely way to introduce rhythm and pitch.

Catch the Wally

Looking behind bricks to find a spider doesn’t sound like much fun but with this charming app, toddlers will love it. A wonderful teeny tiny world to explore.

Rocket Builder, Journey to the Stars

Build a rocket to help the scientist get to the moon and meet his green lady-love. A gender neutral game with beautiful graphics that encourages innovation and fun.

Captain McFinn’s Swim & Play

The first children’s app to incorporate a live host – meaning your little one gets real human interaction in the app’s underwater world.

KlangDings – House of Sound

Featuring lovingly hand-drawn animations, everything can be touched and brought to life with sound. There are no rules and KlangDings uses no text, making it suitable for younger toddlers.

If all else fails and you only have an iPhone to hand to entertain, we find looking at pictures of themselves scores pretty highly on the toddler fun list!

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