Preschool APPS

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Leo’s Pad 2: Educational App for Preschoolers

Leo’s Pad 2: Educational App for Preschoolers

Like Leo’s Pad 1, the second Leo’s Pad appisode is an interactive story with several educational minigames. In this appisode, children work with childhood versions of Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo and Marie Curie... Read more >

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Leo’s Pad Appisode 1

Leo’s Pad Appisode 1

Leo’s Pad is an interactive story with minigames starring childhood versions of Leonardo da Vinci and Galileo. The graphics and animation are beautiful, and the minigames (a hide and seek game that tests children’s... Read more >

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My PlayHome

My PlayHome

Imagine an online dollhouse where all the appliances “work.” In My PlayHome by Shimon Young, a finger’s swipe turns on the lights, microwave and stove. Cabinets and drapes open and close, and the toilet... Read more >

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"A fun and wholesome app. My kids like it a lot." Read more >

Jungle Time

Jungle Time

This is a very nice app for learning how to tell time.  While a pre-reader could definitely learn with it, it is best for K, 1st and 2nd (since digital clocks are ubiquitous kids... Read more >

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"This app has been super helpful for my kids who both can easily read a digital clock, but never really learned a clock face. The lessons are good, but we really use the "tell time" and "set time" features." Read more >

Gus on the Go: Spanish

Gus on the Go: Spanish

Gus on the Go: Spanish is one of the better apps we’ve seen for basic Spanish vocabulary learning for preschool or kindergarten. The menu starts with a map of Mexico then presents vocabulary organized... Read more >

Gus on the Go: Spanish - toojuice
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"I downloaded this prior to a family trip to Mexico. It was great to give our daughter (age 5) some exposure to Spanish vocabulary. She loved it and was excited to continue to practice when we got there." Read more >

ABC ZooBorns

ABC ZooBorns

ABC ZooBorns is a beautiful app full of heartwarming photos of baby zoo animals A-Z. It is appropriate for young preschoolers. Animal photos are organized by letter. You can click on any letter to... Read more >

ABC ZooBorns - Peapod Labs LLC
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Motion Math: Hungry Guppy

Motion Math: Hungry Guppy

Motion Math: Hungy Guppy is a new very solid app by Motion Math (see Motion Math, Zoom, Hungry Fish and Wings) – their first aimed to preschoolers. The focus,... Read more >

Motion Math: Hungry Guppy - Motion Math
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Montessori Numbers

Montessori Numbers

Montessori Numbers is a very nicely designed app that supports understanding the relationship between numbers and the quantity they stand for, numerals and place value – all using Montessori methodology. Most of the activities... Read more >

Montessori Numbers - Math Activities for Kids - L'Escapadou
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Motion Math: Wings

Motion Math: Wings

Motion Math: Wings is another great app by Motion Math (see Motion Math, Zoom and Hungry Fish).  These guys are really into doing it right  – they focus on developing... Read more >

Motion Math: Wings - Motion Math
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Alien Buddies

Alien Buddies

Alien Buddies is a simple and cleanly designed app for early pre-schoolers.  They will work on color, shape, letter and number identification, and sequential counting, with cute (not scary) alien graphics.  One games that... Read more >

Alien Buddies - Artgig Studio
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First Words: Deluxe

First Words: Deluxe

This is a simple, but well-designed app for youngsters interested in letters and early reading.  With a finger drag, your child will move letters to form the word shown in the picture.  There are... Read more >

FirstWords: Deluxe - Learning Touch
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Motion Math: Hungry Fish

Motion Math: Hungry Fish

The folks at Motion Math have done it again! Hungry fish is a beautifully designed app that encourages mastery of basic addition and subtraction math facts and true number sense through a simple yet... Read more >

Motion Math: Hungry Fish - Motion Math
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Word Wizard

Word Wizard

Word Wizard is a great app for pre- and early readers and spellers (and it’s on sale now for $2.99). It uses technology to help teach the building blocks of words.  It has a... Read more >

Word Wizard - Talking Movable Alphabet with Spell Check + Fun Spelling Tests that Use Over 1400 Words for Kids - L'Escapadou
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Pirate Scribblebeard’s Treasure

Pirate Scribblebeard’s Treasure

Pirate Scribblebeard’s Treasure with Oscar & Josephine, a $1.99 iPad app for PK-K, is a fun high quality interactive coloring book (or anti-coloring book, as doodle books with only partially drawn scenes have been... Read more >

Kidoodle: Pirate Scribblebeard's Treasure with Oscar & Josephine - Kidoodle Apps
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Toddler Flashcards

Toddler Flashcards

iTot’s Toddler Flashcards $1.99 app is just like having a pack of picture flash cards, but these flash cards speak, and in multiple languages! With the click of a button the cards can be... Read more >

Toddler Flashcards - iTot Apps, LLC
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Tozzle – Toddler’s Favorite Puzzle

Tozzle – Toddler’s Favorite Puzzle

Tozzle is a fun $1.99 puzzle app that preschoolers love. Children drag and drop shapes to fill in the empty shapes in the picture helping them learn shape recognition and spatial reasoning, and there... Read more >

Tozzle - Toddler's favorite puzzle - nodeflexion.com
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"[...] Passey, @ajpassey, highly recommends the following apps for younger kids: Tozzle, Matching Zoo, and Quizzing. Her family also enjoys websites Starfall and IXL for reading and math [...]" Read more >

Happi Reads

Happi Reads

Happi Reads $.99 universal app for K-1st graders has three levels of sight words. If you choose the correct picture for the word shown, you get a fruit. When you get six words correct,... Read more >

Happi Reads - A Learn to Read Game for Kids by Happi Papi - Serendipity
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ABC Alphabet Phonics

ABC Alphabet Phonics

ABC Alphabet Phonics is a simple but effective free universal app for practicing the alphabet. Three letters appear on the screen and the user must touch the correct letter when prompted. When the user... Read more >

ABC Alphabet Phonics - Preschool Kids Game Free Lite - GrasshopperApps.com
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Preschool Connect The Dots

Preschool Connect The Dots

This traditional connect the dots, with a modern twist, is a great way to support you preschooler in identifying his or her numbers and letters. This app has over 200 puzzles with a variety... Read more >

Preschool Connect the Dots Game to Learn Numbers and the Alphabet with 200+ Puzzles - Darren Murtha Design
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Little Farmer

Little Farmer

Little Farmer is a very sweet farm animal “board-book on iOS” app.  It has lovely watercolor drawings and options for learning farm animal names in English, Spanish or Russian – which we love. ... Read more >

Little Farmer - Smart Cookie Studios LLC
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Milly, Molly and the Tree Hut

Milly, Molly and the Tree Hut

Milly, Molly and the Tree Hut ($.99 universal app for PK-2nd graders) tells the story of a boy who watches too much TV and is forced by his mother to go outside and play.... Read more >

Milly Molly and the Tree Hut - Kiwa Media
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Drum Kids

Drum Kids

Drum Kids (a $.99 iPad only app for PK and K) is nice exposure to simple percussion instruments and rhythm. This app has three basic activities, learn, create and play.  In learn, children get... Read more >

Drum Kids - SPYE Studio, LLC
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My Word Wall

My Word Wall

My Word Wall (a $.99 iPhone, iPod Touch & iPad app for PK-K) is designed for early readers and contains a series of activities that reinforce letter names and the reading and spelling of... Read more >

My Word Wall - Emantras Inc
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Musical Me!

Musical Me!

The Musical Me! app does a nice job of early music theory introduction.  With graphics that appeal to 3-6 year olds, and 14 commonly known children’s songs (in English), it has five activities... Read more >

Musical Me! HD - by Duck Duck Moose - Duck Duck Moose
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Park Math

Park Math

This is a a popular app for preschoolers made by Duck Duck Moose, consistently known for quality apps with nice child-enticing graphics – and we agree.  Park Math introduces the standard early math activities... Read more >

Park Math HD - by Duck Duck Moose - Duck Duck Moose
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"This is one of the best designed math apps for young preschoolers that I have found. My now 3 year old has loved it since she was 2." Read more >

Bob Books #1 – Reading Magic

Bob Books #1 – Reading Magic

We were fans of the hard copy version of these books when our kids were just starting to read. The app is pretty similar to the books but with animation and sound effects,... Read more >

Bob Books #1 - Reading Magic - Learning Touch
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ABC Music

ABC Music

This is a super cool app.  It is merely exposure to a good variety of instruments, but wow, the videos are great.  You can choose an instrument (it is alphabetical so it helps with... Read more >

ABC Music - Peapod Labs LLC
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MathGirl Number Garden

MathGirl Number Garden

Math with a what is traditionally considered to be graphics that appeal to girls (flowers etc).  There are no princesses and no bikinis here -  just a garden, which makes us like it more!... Read more >

MathGirl Number Garden - Icanology LLC
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iWriteWords Spanish

iWriteWords Spanish

iWriteWords Spanish app is a good tool for preschoolers and kindergartners to practice writing letters and numbers and to learn their sounds in Spanish.  Your child will practice recognizing and writing letters and numbers... Read more >

iWriteWords Spanish - gdiplus
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SuperWhy!

SuperWhy!

A PBS kids app for basic early reading – just simple and straightforward.  Your child might not know all the answers, but they will easily know what to do and won’t get frustrated.  There... Read more >

SUPER WHY! - PBS KIDS
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Addition Under Sea Adventure

Addition Under Sea Adventure

This is a basic math addition game for the pre-K and K set.  Choose the sea shell with the answer that corresponds to the addition problem in the puzzle, and move the shell to... Read more >

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Alpha Writer

Alpha Writer

A Montessori-based app for early reading and writing.  You choose images and/or letters to create words or a story.  It takes a little bit of time to get, but then your child can do it... Read more >

Alpha Writer, by Montessorium - Montessorium, LLC.
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Spanish Kids – Speak and Learn

Spanish Kids – Speak and Learn

Lovely photos make this a visually interesting Spanish vocabulary app for learning vocab relating to the body, people/family, animals and colors.  You are given a variety of photos to look and must choose... Read more >

Spanish Kids - Speak and Learn Pro - 321Speak
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Martha Speaks Dog Party

Martha Speaks Dog Party

The US Dept of Education funded a study of this app and found that target vocabulary improved up to 31% for children ages 3-7 who used this App from PBS Kids over a two-week... Read more >

Martha Speaks Dog Party - PBS KIDS
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Britannica Kids: Dinosaurs

Britannica Kids:  Dinosaurs

This dinosaur app has lots of  information in an encyclopedic form, with lovely images, plus a few basic games (a matching game and a puzzle).  Nothing reinforces learning, but your reader can certainly gain... Read more >

Britannica Kids: Dinosaurs - Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc
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Pocket Phonics

Pocket Phonics

Very good app for pre-readers to practice saying letter sounds, writing letters and sounding out short words.


abc PocketPhonics: letter sounds & writing + first words - Apps in My Pocket Ltd
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Teach Me Kindergarten

Teach Me Kindergarten

The Teach Me Kindergarten App provides strong practicing opportunity – sight words, spelling, addition/subtraction, with rewards (you earn coins and can spend them to “buy” stickers to put on screen backdrops).  This app keeps... Read more >

TeachMe: Kindergarten - 24x7digital LLC
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iWriteWords

iWriteWords

iWriteWords (Handwriting Game) App is a great letter forming tool for preschoolers and kindergartners.  Your child will practice recognizing and writing letters (following the arrow and using their finger to trace each letter).  This is... Read more >

iWriteWords (Handwriting Game) - gdiplus
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