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Best Apps for 5 Year Olds

Best Apps for 5-6 Year Olds

There’s so much happening with 5- and 6-year-olds. Here you’ll discover the best apps to encourage their learning that are entertaining and educational. We’ve put together a list of the best mobile apps for kids who are 5 and under. These include apps to support learning phonics, basic numeracy, creativity, imaginative play and a wide range of other areas of development.

Here is the list of some of the best apps for 5 year olds particularly focusing on those that help support child development.

    FunEasyLearn is an interactive, language-learning app gradually guides the user through the study of a language – be it new or limited to a specific topic for focus.  The variety of languages on offer is hugely impressive, ranging from Spanish, French, Italian, German, English, Chinese, up to 34 languages in total. The app is geared at regular interval learning, whereby little and often’ will reap the greatest rewards, with each language to be studied broken down into various, easy-to-navigate topics and sub topics. 

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    Montessori Preschool app is crammed full of high-quality learning activities for young children. It packages them into an environment that encourages exploration and stress-free learning.

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    Learning to read can be a pleasure with the right selection of books and for many children, this was the Dr. Seuss books.  Today's children can improve their reading fluency and develop a joy in reading by engaging with all of these books, in an enhanced form, in the official app.

    Devices: iPhone iPad


    GoNoodle’s short videos are safe content that provide a change of pace when kids sometimes need them the most. Since most GoNoodle content is only a few minutes in length, it’s easy to watch one or two and then move on to another activity without the dreaded battle that often comes with tearing your child away from something mid-episode. Helpful features make GoNoodle easy for parents to use at home without the guilt that’s often associated with screen time.

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    Homer Reading is is an app designed to help kids learn to read.  It includes storybooks as well as activities that teach about phonics, letters, and words.

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    Daily practice is the best way to learn any new skill.  Smartick prompts children to undertake a 15-minute maths practice session every day and provides a variety of fun educational activities to play after.

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    The Night Zookeeper is an easy to use, child-friendly platform based around a series of magical storybooks. This online platform is designed to inspire and help primary school children (6 to 12 years of age) with their creative writing as well as teaching them about grammar, spelling, vocabulary, writing skills and drawing through a series of lessons and games. 

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    The software application ‘Sight Words: Reading Games’ is a child-friendly learning platform that helps students get familiar with sight words. Sight words are common words that don't follow basic phonics and are designed to help kids read faster. Dolch Sight words are many of the most common written words. The app includes six games in the full version and 2 in the free version. The application is free from in-app adverts but does display in-app purchases for further content in the free version. The application is available on the iOS/Android platforms and suitable for ages 8 and under supporting Pre School, Kindergarten, first, second, and third grades. This application American based but could also support students within the UK supporting Reception year, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3 and Year 4.

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    The 38 Times Tables Challenge app turns a laser-sharp focus on to the 38 times tables that need to be actually learned.  These are the ones for which there are no easy methods to remember them.  By concentrating only on these 38, children spend more of their time learning the most difficult to remember and less time repeating what they already know.  

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    Try out the new technology of augmented reality with your child as you play within scenes inspired by popular festivals.  You won't need anything except your mobile device to see familiar places decorated in whole new ways with Festive People AR. 

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    Children are frequently encouraged to learn their multiplication tables.  Daily practise using different approaches is the best way to do this and Moji Multi is a free app that provides a good learning experience ideal for this little-and-often approach.

    Devices: iPhone iPad


    Dr. Panda Town: Collection developed by Dr. Panda is a series of cartoon scenarios around an imaginary town, where you can interact with various different objects and let your imagination and curiosity wander. With the ability to create your own avatar with numerous different attributes, the game is only limited by the imagination of the user.

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    The software application ‘Time Duration’ is an easy to use, child-friendly platform that teaches children the topic of elapsed time. The app includes progressive multiple levels, excellent graphics and in-app support. This application is free from in-app adverts and free from in-app purchases. The application is available on the iOS/Windows platforms and suitable for ages 6 to 9.

    Devices: iPhone iPad , Windows


    Dyslexia Gold improves reading fluency, speed and comprehension. It increases reading age by over 12 months. Their fun, effective & unique programs help children learn to improve: Reading with Engaging Eyes and Fluency Builder, master Spelling and Times Tables. Dyslexia Gold addresses underlying problems that cause reading difficulties. We address vision problems to stop your child from skipping lines and words. And auditory problems so your child can hear that goat is made up of 3 sounds g - oa – t. The program is suitable for children aged 6-15. You can choose US or UK spelling and works on any PC or laptop with sound - Windows or Mac. Dyslexia Gold is used in over 250 schools and by thousands of parents.

    Devices: Web


    Duolingo ABC is a free app helps young children learn to read with 300 different lessons, like assisted reading, decoding, and sight words. It uses letter tracing, interactive storytelling, and other activities to teach kids ages 4 and up phonics, reading comprehension, and more. 

    Devices: iPhone iPad


    Khan Academy Kids is a free app that includes a wealth of eBooks, learning activities, songs, and videos for your child to learn about numbers, letters, emotions, the world around them and much more.  Kids can learn a variety of foundational skills in Math and English language arts. Specific topics include numbers, simple addition, logic, letters, blending sounds, early reading. 

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    Even in a world where software and apps are being increasingly used, printed material still plays a major role.  Not everyone can easily access text in books, worksheets, newspapers, journals, and magazines.  Prizmo Go captures printed text from saved photographs or a device's camera so that it can  process them and make them accessible to its built-in text reader as well as to other software.

    Devices: iPhone iPad


    This is app has been designed to help children, who already have a grasp of reading, the ability to learn sight words in a fun and interactive way. Through playing games and 'fighting' against the witch and her monsters who have stolen all the words from all of the books the user must listen to the voice read out the words that they need to 'free'. Specific sight words can also be selected to focus on in the app if the user requires a more personalised learning experience.

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    The Hooked on Phonics Learn to Read app is digital reading program based on the Phonics Learn to read system. Early learners enjoy songs, games, and interactive lessons in this literacy app that teaches print concepts, phonological awareness and phonics word recognition.

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    All the World is a video-based service that delivers a very wholistic array of topics to young children.  Covering both classroom and general interest topics, it provides a great basis for children's future learning.

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    The ever-popular genre of mini-games for pre-school and early learners now has the excellent Kiddopia added to it. High-quality graphics and sound combine with well- designed learning games to teach and entertain your young children.

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    Yuppy is packed full of mini activities to entertain and educate your young child.  As children play they will solve problems, learn to write letters and numbers, and create music.

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    The developers of this app are well known for producing other educational based apps and already have a number of well regarded apps in the series that this app is a part of. If you are already familiar with these apps then the look and design of this app will be very familiar to you. All of the aspects that have made their previous apps a success; from the look to the functionality are all the same. A big bonus for the app in my opinion. The app itself aims to help users understand and improve upon their abilities with the English language through everyday situations making the learning of the language more geared towards real life rather than the fundamentals and mechanics of the language itself. 

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    Fabulingua is a Spanish language-learning app that narrates interactive children’s stories.  As the app and the stories progress the child is introduced to more and more new characters, who allow you to interact with Spanish in a variety of different contexts and with engaging personalities.  On-screen, you will see the Spanish storyline and this will be supported by hearing the same story read in Spanish and then in English – working towards a natural reception of bilingualism.

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    Preschool & Kindergarten Games is an interactive educational app for preschool and kindergarten children (ages 4+). The application provides 24 educational games that support all areas of the curriculum including shapes, colours, counting, puzzles, spelling, vowels and consonants and so much more. The application is free from in-app adverts and is available on the iOS platform and Android platforms. The application supports in-app purchases for further content and games. This application is a US format and supports the Common Core State Standards but is also suitable for a UK based curriculum.

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


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