We have an oldschool kindle and while, at least my reading has dwindled to almost nil post children (blogs count right?), we were really excited to have an tablet that would let Ashlynn play children's apps while on long car rides or places where she might need to be kept quietly entertained, like the time I had to go last a minute eye doctor appointment and had to drag both kids along.
While googling "Toddler Apps" will usually bring up a gazillion recommendations, they are usually geared toward the iPad. I had a really hard time finding recommendations specifically for the Amazon Fire their android appstore. Don't get me wrong, plenty articles and blog posts exist, but it's hard to gauge what is popular for one toddler will work for another since 18m and 3years are totally different, yet both are classified as toddlers.. Either way, here are some of Ashlynn's favorites.
I actually let her play about 15 minutes most mornings while she has some milk and I feed Kenley (and drink some coffee and watch the headlines on Today). I can get hung up on guilt over screen time, but I have actually seen her learn new skills from these games. I figure fifteen minutes of technology as a (fun for her) teaching tool isn't the end of the world, and it's better than another episode of the same Mickey Mouse.
Also, I should note, I like apps that are FREE or have trial versions that are free before I get suckered into paying for something that is not really educational/right for our age and abilities.