Today I’m talking about the 10 BEST Educational Apps for Preschoolers. There are so many GREAT Apps on the market – how to decide? Well, we have bought literally hundreds of Apps – some great…so not so much! Here is a list of our absolute favorites:
This is a learn-to-read app for children ages 3-6. It is beautifully illustrated and offers many fun rewards. My preschooler especially likes earning hats to try on her characters. The app uses drawing, voice recording, stories, songs, and traditional phonics exercises. The stories are divided into genres, so kids can pick what they like to read best. I like that I can view the progress of each child (up to three different children can use one app). Overall, this is a fantastic app that we use often!
We LOVE using Starfall on the computer, so I was so excited to buy this App for the iPad. Starfall is one of my go-to resources for teaching reading. They do it in such an exciting, engaging way. Both my 7 year old (who is an advanced reader) and my 4 year old (an emerging/beginning reader) love the Starfall.com site.
This app does not have all the features of the Starfall site (I wish it did!) It is ONLY the ABC portion of the Starfall website. In a way, that is great because my preschooler can focus JUST on her ABCs when she is using this app. Although, I would not complain if they added more content! 😉
I like that this app focuses on teaching the alphabet and basic letter sounds to my preschooler. I love that it is a fun way to reinforce the early reading skills my children are learning from our reading time each day. All in all, I definitely recommend this app!
FarFaria Stories an online library App that has over 450 stories that children can read. They offer one free story per day to non-subscribers, and unlimited reading to subscribers.
We LOVE Farfaria in our house. It is an AMAZING App! AH-MAY-ZING!!! I was reluctant to subscribe at first because of the price, but it is WELL worth it. We were already subscribed to Reading Rainbow – but honestly, between the two, I FAR prefer FarFaria! Plus, FarFaria costs less than Reading Rainbow.
My 4 year old and my 7 year old both love FarFaria. I love that the App has the option to read books to yourself or have them read to you. My girls are voracious readers, so we get A LOT of use out of this app.
Plus, the customer service is fantastic. I had an issue a few months back with the App (it was a problem with my iPad) – and their customer service representative went above and beyond to help me get back on track.
If I was going to buy just one app for my kids, this would be the one! FarFaria is awesome!
Okay, this is a FUN app…and my preschooler has learned so many math concepts from it, while still thinking she’s playing a game.
Bugs and Numbers provides an extensive collection of unique games dedicated to learning and practicing a wide range of math skills in a non-traditional way. Organized into three basic stages, the app grows with your child through 18 games ranging from basic counting to early fractions. Designed around a bug city, each game is crafted for a basic set of math skills with an eccentric and fun parallel to our own society. Imagine serving bugs food at the local diner that happens to spin on an old vinyl record, or help ferry ants across water in an egg carton. It’s fun, unique, and most importantly, educational.
This is a great app that preschoolers can use to create music. My preschooler loves listening to her compositions on instruments from around the world. It’s super easy to use, so she doesn’t get frustrated.
Pitch Painter is a musical finger painting app that is simple yet surprisingly sophisticated. While engaged in creative musical play, the child will be introduced to a variety of musical instrumental sounds and authentic scale tunings from four regions of the world.
-designed specifically for ages 3-5.
-select 3 instrumental sounds from each of 4 different regions of the world.
-Hear what you are creating as you paint it using up to three fingers at one time.
-play the “canvas” in many different ways:
-hear exactly how you painted it.
-hear it as a normal piece of ‘written’ music played from left to right.
-hear how it sounds upside down, backwards
-scrub it like a DJ
-erase notes you don’t want.
-save and load your compositions.
This App is a must-have for our preschooler. It introduces reading concepts in a very fun, approachable way – and without even realizing it, kids pick up reading concepts.
Each numbered section features a vowel sound and its related spelling. Your child will hear, touch, read and eventually master this sound-spelling through a variety of engaging activities, movies, and songs. Encourage your child to play and explore! Your child will come to recognize the relationship between spoken and written language while having fun learning to read. This app is excellent for emerging readers and English language learners.
This book is on the pricier side of what I like to spend – but my girls love it and will spend a lot of time with it. The illustrations are beautiful, and they get a high-quality reading experience from it.
Nosy Crow’s Cinderella app lets you play inside the story. Beautiful illustrations, exciting animation, and original music make this a picture book app at its best.
They all cover different concepts, and they all get used – believe it or not!
I love that the girls LOVE to use them. They are so motivated by the rewards structure of the App and will happily do math problems, spelling practice, handwriting, and reading practice just to get that next reward! I like that I can easily customize each child’s problem set and make sure that the App is at the perfect level for optimized learning. It rocks!
TeachMe: Kindergarten teaches four different age appropriate subjects: sight words, addition, subtraction and spelling. Parents can select which subjects they want, set different difficulty levels, and even choose specific questions. Parents can review performance history for each subject to check how their child is doing.
TeachMe: Kindergarten keeps children engaged with a rather unique reward system where children earn a coin for every three correct answers. Coins can then be used to purchase stickers to place in fun sticker scenes or to purchase items for the new virtual aquarium. Sticker scenes can be exported as wallpaper or emailed to family and friends.
The simple and intuitive user interface is designed to be child friendly, which allows children to play without help from an adult. An animated teacher (Mimi Mouse) gives verbal instructions and feedback to the child which makes learning fun.
For less than $2, this (to me!) is a true bargain!
I know, everyone talks about Minecraft – it is QUITE the rage now! I originally bought the App for our 7 year old – but my preschooler uses it most of all! I like that I can customize the experience for her – I DO NOT allow her internet access with it, and it’s in “Peaceful Mode” so basically it’s like Digital Legos that you can take with you wherever you go!
We also have Minecraft on our home computer – but I find that the controls can be difficult for a preschooler to manage. The App on the iPad is super easy to use, and within a few minutes she had learned how to build her own world.
My preschooler has built whole cities using this little App. It’s very creative, and she is so proud of the buildings she creates and the worlds she’s made. LOVE this App!
Which Apps for preschoolers do you love?
(I was NOT compensated for this post – I just love sharing my knowledge with other parents!)