Best apps for 1 year old on plane

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Plane rides are fun for babies, but they can also be pretty stressful for parents. Luckily, there are some great apps out there that help make long flights more enjoyable for everyone.

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Top Apps for Toddlers

Pink Fong Series

They have 12 games with different themes and activities. Each app has its own in-app purchases. They do have free options and come with four free games. It is the most expensive app I have paid for myself or anyone else for that matter. It’s $15 per game or $8.99 a month, and if you want to pay for all access for the year, it’s $99. It is a little more expensive for kids’ games, but Sloan loves the dinosaur and shapes and colors apps.


NEW YORK TIMES mentioned AniMatch in the Travel Section as a great game to have on trips for restless kids! We instantly downloaded it! It is $.99.

Elmo Loves ABC’s

This app is full of games, activities, and videos, to help teach them about letters, sounds, and words. This one is free.

Elmo Loves 123’s

It is very similar to Elmo ABC’s app, and this app helps them with numbers and counting. Free

The wheels on the bus

This is not just a simple wheels on the bus app. It has coloring, interactive sing-along, car race, math, puzzles, and so much more. This one is free.

Little Red Hen

It is a little more complex for Sloan at first, and she does still ask for help, but this game allows them to help the chicken grow wheat, harvest it, and then bake bread. Free

Popping Bubbles

Exactly as it sounds, kids get to pop bubbles. Not the most advanced, but it does keep them busy. Free

Moo, Baa, La La La

It is Sandra Boynton’s best-selling book of all time, Sloan loves it, and it is even better in digital form. There are multiple Sandra Boynton book apps, but they are $1.99 each.

ABC Mouse

This one does require a subscription but has over 10,000+ activities for all academic levels. It is Free to download

Educational Puzzles

This is a main go-to for Sloan. Kids can pick between different categories to match. Three outlines and three puzzle pieces pop up on the screen, and they have to match the outline to the puzzle. Free

Baby Puzzles

This is another really great one for younger kids. Each category is Free, and some open up after a few days and require a parent to enter a code. But it’s still free. It’s very interactive, with popping bubbles and matching pieces to create animals and other things. Free

Baby Balloons

Similar to bubble pop but has a few other categories. You can pop animals, numbers, or color balloons. Each round will put a specific thing to pop, and once the child pops enough to fill the bar, it will go to the next level. Free

Busy Shapes and Colors

This one is a little more difficult over time, but essentially they drag a shape through the correct shape hole, and it goes to the next level. I believe the app is a little glitchy, which makes it a little more difficult. Free

PBS Kids

This is a top 4 for Sloan. PBS Kids has tons of free games for kids to play. Once you download the app, you have to go through each character and download the games. Free

Animal World

For the younger kids, this app is all about animals and their noises. Free


Another one for younger kids, this app is all about zoo animals, a simple touch, and revel the zoo animal. Free

Fish School by Duck Duck Moose

Great for ages 2-5, children will learn letters, numbers, shapes, and colors in educational activities.

Starfall ABC’s

Starfall is a nonprofit, and these games motivate children to interact with letters, sounds in words, sentences, and games.

Learn & Play by Fisher-Price: ABCs, Colors, Shapes

All ad-free games and activities focused on ABCs, Colors, Shapes, and so much more. You can play together or let them independently play. Free


If you do not like the Dentist, you will want to skip this one! Lol, You brush, drill, scrape, fill and pull teeth. You get to pick an animal to help and then perform dentist work. One of Sloan’s favorites, some of the activities are funny, but she picked the game up quickly, and it helps her pick the right tools and use her hand-eye coordination to perform the tasks. Free.

Kids Car Wash

Just as it sounds, it took Sloan a little to learn this one, but once she was off and going, all she says now is Mommy’s car is dirty and car wash. Kids get to clean, polish, and wash cars and airplanes. It does have in-app purchases, and she is happy with the available free vehicles. Free to download

Huge tip

DO NOT use your google account to log into anything. Ads will run on every game you open, and they get in the way of your toddler’s games, causing them to accidentally click the ad and take them to the ad screen on googles website, ultimately frustrating your toddler.

Most apps are great for when you are connected to wifi but apps for flying with a toddler are few and far between because they cannot use wifi. Wifi on planes is tricky because it only works with that airplane’s specific app and not just all apps on your phone.

Some of these apps have real-life scenarios, like the dentist game, Sloan has no issue going to the Dentist, but I caution some parents to keep that in mind before their kid plays some of the games.

Best apps for 1 year old on plane

Old MacDonald Had a Farm Sing and Play

Image: Choc Chip

Image: Choc Chip

Looks fun, right? Image: Choc Chip

Price: $2.99

Developer: Choc Chip 

While this app is advertised for kids four and up, I think they’ve seriously underestimated their audience here. Toddlers will love the recognisable ‘Old MacDonald’ song as well as the array of cute farm animals to play with. 

This app is super interactive, which is great for inquisitive minds (what happens when you press on the mud puddle? The pig jumps in it! What happens when you touch the barn door? A tractor comes roaring out!) and the full version offers five different animals and scenarios to choose from. 

If you’re unsure, you can download the app for free and have a go at just playing with the pig, but for $2.99 I totally think it’s worth buying the whole thing. 

Just be prepared to have ‘Old MacDonald’ stuck in your head for a long time … in fact, this might be the perfect time to consider buying a pair of kiddie headphones. 

Find out more about the app here

Looking for a good app for you? These ones are great. And here’s a good mindfulness one for everyone too to help settle those nerves. 

Eric Carle’s Brown Bear Animal Parade

Image: iTunes

Image: iTunes

So pretty. Image: iTunes

Price: $1.99

Developer: StoryToys Entertainment Limited 

If you’re a fan of Eric Carle’s hungry little caterpillar, you are going to love Brown Bear. 

The illustrations in this app are just so gorgeous and unique – you can instantly recognise Eric’s signature world. 

Here, your toddler directs Brown Bear on a journey which sees him discover many different animals, which you then have to ‘colour in’ for them to come ‘alive’. 

This is a gorgeous app which I highly recommend. 

Find out more about it here

Play School Play Time 

Image: ABC

Image: ABC

12 different activities! Image: ABC

Price: Free! 

Developer: Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Humpty! Jemima! The Hickory Dickory Clock!  The gang’s all here in this excellent toddler-friendly app, which should really be your first port of call if you’re interested in exploring what’s out there but don’t want to fork out cash just yet. 

There’s HEAPS to do – whether it’s feeding Humpty breakfast, blowing up balloons or popping bubbles, meaning your little one should be entertained for longer. 

Plus the characters and voices are so familiar, it’s like putting on a pair of your favourite slippers.

1 Year Old Travel Activities


Some kids love the idea of peeling post-its one by one. You can let him play like that, or you can also add a few post-it’s to the front table, encourage your toddler to remove each post-it one by one.

Window Clings

Let your toddler take the window seat and let him play and stick the window clings all over the window.

Water Cup And Napkin

In a plastic cup, usually provided during the snack time, pour a little bit of water. (about 1/4 of the way). Shred a napkin in long stips and allow your toddler to drop the napkin stripes on the water. Throw away when done.

Quiet Books

Quiet books have become super popular and provide fine motor skills that usually require concentration. These can get very expensive so if you have a trip ahead of time, check out these busy book sheets form our one-year-old learning workbook. I have printed copies ready to use or PDF.


If you have an older one-year-old (18months+) you can take some store-bought or homemade playdough. I have found more success with playdough when you add toys or materials to play with. Utensils entertained M for a long time the first time we played with playdough.


Circle stickers (the ones you use at garage sales) are easily found at the dollar store and are easy to peel out. Raised stickers are also fun and easy to peel for little hands.

Magic Doodle Pad

One mom suggested a magic doddle pad, she said it was a big hit with her baby. If you don’t have this at hand or don’t want to purchase just get some paper and markers.

Stacking Games

You can get little plastic shot glasses from the supermarket for stacking.

Craft Cubes

Craft cubes are my favorite travel toy. I used them for a long time to entertain Manny when we were on-the-go. We stacked them, we decorated them with stickers, we drew on them with markers.

Easter Eggs

These might be hard to find if it is not Easter but if you find them (Amazon has them) you can take a few and add a few surprise elements inside. You can add some mini erasers (the dollar store has some with really cute shapes and designs) or you can buy other small toys. I bought a squishy toys ones from Walmart that came in a surprise ball. It kept him entertained the whole trip to Chicago last fall.

Finger Puppets

Babies and toddlers love rhymes. Older one-year-old toddlers like to wear the finger puppets themselves while younger ones like to listen to the songs and watch the puppets dance.

Spice Container With Q-Tips

Inserting Q-tips in a spice container requires a lot of concentration. This simple game kept Manny entertained for a long time. Next time you ran out of a spice, wash it and keep the container.

Snack Container

Ran out of snacks during the trip? add some pom-poms or cotton balls to the container and keep your little one busy as he takes them in and out of the container.

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