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Best Apps for 4- and 5-Year-Olds

10 Best Apps for 4 and 5-Year-Olds

Children aged 4 are active and have loads of energy. And that energy needs to be channeled in a way that is less destructive and disruptive. That is why, Educational App Store brings you a list of best apps for four-year-olds and five-year-olds, which will teach them a thing or two.

Between the ages of four and five – is when most children begin to develop greater independence, self-control, and creativity. They are content to play with their toys for longer periods of time, are eager to try new things, and when they get frustrated, are better able to express their emotions. Children learn through play, and that is what your 4 to 5-year-old should be doing. At this age, your child should be running, hopping, throwing and kicking balls, climbing, and swinging with ease.

Looking to invest in some apps for your 4 and 5-year olds? How do you choose? Let's go over some of the best apps out there for 4 and 5-year-olds curated by a panel of teachers and parents.

Reading Eggs - Learn to Read

Around the ages of 4 and 5, parents can look forward to watching their child achieve their very first reading milestones. It might include things like pointing out familiar words or letter sounds, retelling stories that have been read to them or even making up silly rhymes.

Reading Eggs is the multi-award winning learning programme that helps children learn to read. Based on scientific research and designed by literacy experts, it’s proven to help kids learn to read using interactive reading games, guided reading lessons, fun activities and over 2,000 digital storybooks. Reading Eggs has already helped over 10 million children worldwide learn to read.

Kids Academy Talented & Gifted

Kids Academy is one of the most innovative and engaging program for young learners. Their unique learn-through-play program combines the most advanced in adaptive technology, artificial intelligence, personalized learning, and gamification to help kids put their best foot forward and get the education they deserve.

Kids Academy has now over 5000 learning activities that include educational games and videos, interactive and printable worksheets, songs, puzzles and flashcards. They cover the key subject areas of Math, Reading, Language Arts, Science and Social Studies.

Parents will be able to keep track of children's progress, identify and develop their child's talents and work on the topics that need improvement. Early Learning Academy’s curriculum focuses on important basics in the four main curriculum subjects of Reading, Math, World Around Us (beginning science and social studies), as well as Art & Colors, establishing a foundation of knowledge for young children that they can build upon with confidence and success.

For 4 and 5 year olds, features hundreds of interactive and fun games, each designed to teach a specific concept. Their games help children ages 4+ to learn sounds, numbers, shapes with the alphabet games, art games, number games and shapes games.

All of the games include voiced instructions, so even very young children will find it easy to learn and play.

Available only for users from the United States.

Curious World: Play Learn Grow

Curious World: Play Learn Grow is packed full of different types of activities to entertain and educate children. From videos to sit back and watch, to suggested craft activities that require rolled up sleeves and a bit of mess, this app provides a great source of inspiration and learning for children.

Curious World: Play Learn Grow is a mix of children's TV channel, children's library, activity pack and a source of creative ideas. As such, children can sit back and watch, pick a book to read, explore an interactive activity or gain some ideas for making something in the real rather than the virtual world.

Sumaze! Primary

Sumaze! Primary is a fun educational maths puzzle game aimed at 4-year-old children. It is ideal for children to develop their maths and forward-thinking skills. Sumaze’s puzzles involve arithmetic, addition, subtraction, odds and evens, doubling and halving, finding patterns and more.

In Sumaze primary, the fit between game and maths is much tighter. The challenge to a player’s maths and thinking skills form the basis of the game and the means by which it plays, making it a cohesive whole. Such a clever design is depressingly rare across maths-game apps.

Color Quest AR

The application ‘Color Quest AR' is an Augmented Reality app that supports healthy eating in a fun and inspiring way. Color Quest combines three quite distinct concepts to deliver its player experience. Its main educational thrust is health and healthy eating. It then has two interactive elements: colouring in and manipulating the resulting artwork in an augmented reality environment.

Stayhealthy's new educational app includes fruits, vegetables, and a magical look into the human body with engaging new characters every month. Color your favorite character, press the magic button, read a fun health fact, and see your new creation come to life and dance in front of you in augmented reality (AR).

Pepi Wonder World

Pepi Wonder World puts a toybox of colourful characters, worlds, and objects in your mobile device. Together they form the keys to a world of discovery and imagination for your young child.

Pretending, imagining, and creating are important aspects of a child's play. Pepi Wonder World provides a vivid and fun pretend-play toy box that can be accessed within the convenience of a mobile device.

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar

My Very Hungry Caterpillar is a great 3D interactive app for kids ages 4+ to learn how to care and nurture animals. It’s also a great way to learn about metamorphosis. Every butterfly you grow will be added to the app and fly around as you take care of your next caterpillar. As of now, my three-year-old is aiming for his fifth butterfly.

My Very Hungry Caterpillar by Story Toys was thoroughly enjoyed by our little testers. They loved exploring the caterpillar’s world: watching him eat the fruit, sail on the pond, play with his toys and water the plants. It was great to see how it encouraged their imagination.

Download The Very Hungry Caterpillar app

Toca Life: Hospital

With Toca Life Hospital children can welcome newborn babies into the world, treat sick patients and even say goodbye to loved ones. Toca Life: Hospital is a place where you can play out the joy and pain of life in your own way.

The open ended nature is great and really encourages imaginative play, with no pressure to win or achieve a goal. While playing and creating stories, children can learn about hospitals and how they work; this can be used to prepare children for an impending hospital visit and also promotes empathy and social awareness.

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Mussila Music School

Based on a musical curriculum Mussila is an adventurous and creative game that gives you the basic skills and instruments to play and create your own music – with no experience required.

Join the four children Moa, Kara, Ziggy and Jon on their journey and help them find their lost instruments and costumes. By means of musical challenges and an exciting adventure Mussila offers an easy entry into the world of music.

Kids can learn to recognize different instruments and the sounds they make. They can also learn to identify rhythms, recognize note patterns, and even pick out tunes on a keyboard. Research indicates the app can help kids learn music about 20 percent faster than without it.

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English for children - Lingokids

Lingokids - English for Kids is an application for learning English for children aged 2-8. The app has over 3,000 words to learn in a fun and exciting way.

Children from ages 2 to 6 will discover thousands of fun and exciting activities where they will learn over 3,000 words such as everyday vocabulary, commonly used verbs, and adjectives.

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Max & Ruby science educational games

Max & Ruby science educational games will get your child ready for school with these fun science learning games for kids. Once again Tribal Nova pulls it out of the bag with this app featuring well known TV characters, Max and Ruby. In this instance, the aim is to learn some basic Science concepts. This is a very engaging and well thought-out app.

The app is a cross-curricular game-based learning program that teaches Math, Science, Literacy, Language and more.

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Thinkrolls is a preschool-friendly physics platformer that is delightfully fun for all ages. There are no instructions, so kids have to think critically and employ physics logic to figure out how to solve each level.

With seven chapters, each introducing a different physics concept through familiar objects and including about a dozen levels, there's quite a bit in THINKROLLS to keep kids challenged. Thinkrolls packs solid science concepts and important learning skills into a beautifully designed game kids will want to play over and over.

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Toca Tea Party

Toca Tea Party is like having a traditional tea party for kids but without the breakable, spillable teacups. The on-screen party includes a variety of pretty mini-cakes and cookies, drinks, tablecloths, plates, and cups kids can choose from, and more. Once kids get a tea party for three set up on the iPad's screen (which becomes the table), they can invite their friends around the table to pretend to eat and drink -- and even "clean up" an imaginary spill -- at their custom soiree.

Download Toca Tea Party app

Homer Reading: Learn to Read

This top-rated, research-backed app motivates kids ages 4 and above to love reading by building on what they already know and tapping into the topics that most interest them. Even though a Simpsons early education app would be more fun, Learn With Homer will do a better job teaching your kid how to sound out words. Unleash your kid’s reading abilities using Homer’s speak-and-spell animation and voice recordings that give them feedback on pronunciation.

Download Homer Reading: Learn to Read app

Marble Math

Marble Math is super fun and easy for kids to use. It includes features that parents and teachers will love, like the ability to replay games so students build confidence as they work up to the correct answer. This learning app is so much like a game that kids will forget they are doing math. There are obstacles and rewards as they move their marble through the maze, urging users on. This app is a definite yes for older elementary students.

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Todo Math

Kids can learn numbers, counting, and addition and subtraction to 99 as well as multiplication using Todo Math app. They can learn 1-to-1 correspondence and practice correctly writing numerals by tracing. It is a wonderfully easy-to-use math app designed to help kids of all abilities practice math. It uses visuals, auditory prompts and purposeful touch.

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Pocket Sight Words

The Pocket Sight Words app utilises the idea of flash cards and embraces technology to help young children on their way to learning to read through working with sight words. By enhancing the idea of flash cards through using the ability of a device to read out words and help with comprehension this app really gives young children the ability to compound their knowledge of reading through sight words whilst challenging themselves within the game based element of the app.

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Monkey Preschool Lunchbox

Monkey Preschool Lunchbox is a fun, simple to use app. It consists of 5 mini educational games, for children aged 2 to 5. The games can help children learn about colours, letters, counting, differences, and matching. Children must help the monkey to complete the activities, which are presented in a cyclical manner to promote repetition and reinforcement. They are rewarded throughout the game with stickers, which motivate them to keep on playing.

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