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Best Apps for 5 Year Olds

List of apps for 5 year olds which covers a wide spectrum of entertainment and educational offerings. We’ve put together a list of some of the best apps for 5 year olds particularly focusing on those that help support child development. These include apps to support learning phonics, basic numeracy, creativity, imaginative play and a wide range of other areas of development.

You can also find below some of the best games for 5-year-olds. Watch how much fun they can have learning and playing at the same time.

    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.  Prizm 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


    Number+Sense helps children to develop fluency, speed and accuracy in arithmetic and mathematical reasoning. It does this by using an innovative method whereby players are constantly challenged to improve their skills and are motivated to practice more for continuous progress.

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    This app is a story based English Language app that aims, through storytelling, to help users learn the English language. The app has been created and produced by a Czech linguist who in wanting to help others learn different languages came up with the idea of utilising stories to introduce them different languages. Although the app has predominately been created to help those wanting to learn English as an additional language it also has many benefits for young children who are just learning to read themselves.

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    Splash Math app is a programme used by many schools and parents across the world. Its aim to help children achieve mastery in more than 350 math skills chimes with parents and teachers who want their children to excel in this important subject. Splash Math can also be accessed using its online math practice site.

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    Dyslexic students (and adults) use Omoguru to make the text more readable and decode words with ease. 

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    This is a free app whose aim is to make reading text as simple as it can possibly be. The app has been been developed by a Japanese company however it is based solely in the English language. To use the app you copy text from any website/webpage onto your phone or ipad and then the open the app. Once you have done so you are able to then read the text as it moves across the screen at whatever pace you chose. Although this is the sole purpose of the app it does allow the user to read text quicker and also helps them to improve their reading speed as they become use to the speed that it travels across the screen.

    Devices: iPhone iPad


    The software ‘Baby Games: Knowledge park’ is an exciting educational learning app suitable for boys and girls aged 1 year and above. The app features four exciting themed zones that focus on Numbers, Colouring, Letters and shapes. Each zone provides a variety of educational, fun and engaging games that are child-friendly and beautifully presented. The application is free from in-app adverts and offers in-app purchases for further levels. 

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    Brili Routines-Visual Timer is a dynamic visual scheduling app that takes the chaos and stress out of daily routines. 

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    The software application ‘Animation Kit’ is an easy to use, child-friendly platform for creating exciting animation sequences using drawings, photos, shapes and text. Suitable for children from 6 to 12 years the application is initially free (1 project and 3 exports) with in-app purchases for unlimited projects and project exports. The application is free from in-app adverts and is available on the iOS platform and Android platforms in the near future. This application is available on the iOS platform with an Android version available in early 2020.

    Devices: iPhone iPad


    K-5 Science for Kids - Tappity is a great app that is like having the perfect science teacher available for children all of the time.  Whatever branches of science a 4 to 10-year-old child might be interested in or are covering at school, they will be entertained and enthralled by its coverage here.

    Devices: iPhone iPad


    Let your children mark festivities by virtually decorating rooms.  Christmas, Halloween, and Diwali are catered for in this augmented reality app that lets kids experiment and be creative without making a mess.

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    Virtuali-Tee by Curiscope is an augmented reality app that works in conjunction with an augmented reality T-shirt. This multi-award winning app is suitable for ages 6 and above and is available in 10 languages. This app is ideal for supporting STEM activities, for younger students wishing to explore the human body as well as GCSE wishing to revise Science/Biology.

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    Coco - Educational Games is one of the best educational games for kids and an easy to use educational games program, featuring multiple brain trainer activities such as children’s puzzle, children’s math games featuring mental math and memory games for children. Suitable for children from 5 to 10 years the application is subscription based on several levels from institutional subscriptions to individual subscriptions over various lengths of time. The application has in-app purchases relating to the content but is free from in-app adverts. The application is available in two languages English and French. The application works without a constant wi-fi connection.

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    Tree decorating is a fun but usually one-off Christmas activity.  With Pico Christmas Tree AR, children can decorate as many trees this Christmas as they desire and see them in whichever room they want.

    Devices: iPhone iPad


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