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Best Kids Apps for 2019

Best Kids Apps for 2019: Android, iOS apps

With more than 5 million apps available, the Google Play store and iOS App Store offers a varying array of titles, ranging from best-ignored downloads to genuinely useful apps and games. Yet for every popular favorite such as Toca or BrainPOP, there are just as many new, underrated, unusually fun, or plain overlooked gems. Whether you want to fill up a kids tablet or phone with apps or just try out something new on your current device, check out the best kids apps in 2019 you're not using but should.

The New Year means new kids apps and we’ve found some fantastic apps to help your children welcome 2019. This year, you have many, many choices. Meeting New Year's resolutions to "learn more" won't be a problem in 2019 — there are dozens of great new apps hitting shelves over the next few months. So far we saw developers push the boundaries of what an app can contribute to a child's education and development.

Teachers can find best kids apps for almost any subjects like Math, English, Science, History, Geography, Languages, Arts, Music and Coding that will be of great help in the classroom. Teachers can also find apps aligned to curriculum and lesson plans for the apps created by our expert educators in our Teacher App Library.

Parents can find educational apps for their kids and children that will help them be part of their learning at home. Educational App Store helps busy parents find best educational apps for kids to learn in a fun way after school or during holidays. These apps help kids develop important skills needed in school and promote bonding between parents and kids. Explore our Parent App Library to search, discover and share the teacher recommended apps and app guides created for busy parents.

So without further ado, here are our Best Apps for Kids for 2019.

Early learning games, videos and books for kids

Get your kids excited about learning with our collection of educational games. With various activities, your kids will build foundational skills in everything from counting to reading comprehension, fractions to basic coding, and much more. Ditch the dry lessons and let learning games transform study time into an adventure kids will want to go on again and again!

Curious World: Play Learn Grow

Curious World: Play Learn Grow

Curious World is an early learning app inspires kids ages 2-7 by giving them the freedom to explore their interests and build their self-confidence - through hundreds of books, games and videos. 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. The Parents Dashboard provides a summary of your child’s activities, preferences, and the learning areas they’re gaining the most exposure to within Curious World.

Available on iPhone, iPad

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PicoToONs - Colouring Book

PicoToONs - Colouring Book

PicoToONs brings the experience of physical colouring books to electronic devices and adds some extra graphical flourishes to distinguish it from the paper versions. The provides the kids with a vast collection of drawing tools such as Pencil, Crayon, Brush, Spray, Marker, Bucket and sparkling Glitter Paint tool. Children can also decorate their drawings with a set of beautiful stickers and paint the drawings with colours or customizable patterns.

Available on Android , iPhone, iPad

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Math Apps for Kids

Whether you're trying to teach a young kid how to count or struggling through an advanced college math class, there are several apps that can make math less painful. From counting and basic operations to algebra and trigonometry, our selection of math apps cover essential math skills in unique and engaging ways.

Elephant Learning Math Academy

Best App to Learn Basic Math Concepts

Elephant Learning Math Academy

Elephant Learning is an application available on iOS, android and a web-based platform. It claims to be the most effective Math Learning Platform ever invented because the application propels learning faster than any other platform and the learning lasts longer. The application supports student from the age of 2-16 who are struggling with math concepts.

This learning system has a unique feature in that it will detect the gaps in understanding of the student as they work through the activities and adapt these accordingly. The student enters their name, gender and age to provide a tailored starting point for learning. Elephant Learning provides a choice of 32 interactive maths games that are based on a particular theme and title.

As a mathematical learning platform this is by far one of the best we have seen. It is clear that the developers have an in-depth understanding of how Math should be taught. We believe that this could be the basis of mathematical learning for the future and that is why it has been awarded our five-star rating.

Available on Android , iPhone, iPad

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TimesX Times Tables Tester

Best App to Learn Times Tables

TimesX Times Tables Tester

This is a times tables app that lets children concentrate on practising the tables that they are currently learning.  With excellent reporting features and a  facility to target questions that are causing problems, it could support a child in achieving proficiency in multiplication.

TimesX is an app type that most teachers will have already encountered - a multiple-choice times table quiz. It has been updated with type the answer questions as well and the user can use one or both types in testing. In the main exercise, a question appears and children must tap one of the four numbers presented as possible answers, or type in the answer. For multiple choice, the selection of 'possibles' are sensible and don't leave a single number standing out as the correct answer.

Available on iPhone, iPad

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DoodleMaths

Best App to Learn Maths

DoodleMaths

DoodleMaths is a maths programme that supports maths learning in homes and schools. It identifies children’s weaker areas in learning and adapts a programme to that child. Designed and optimised for mobile and tablet, DoodleMaths is perfect for learning on-the-go and as a support for homework. It is used both to raise attainment with lower attaining pupils and extend the more able, regardless of special educational needs or language barriers. Its in-built intelligence identifies the strengths and weaknesses unique to each child and constructs a work program specific to their needs.

Available on Android , iPhone, iPad

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English Apps for Kids

Educational App Store have selected a bunch of the best English apps that teach reading, writing, the alphabet, words, spelling and phonics. These popular apps are perfect tools to help kids learn spelling, grammar and vocabulary and have fun doing it!

Read with Phonics

Best App to Learn Alphabets

Read with Phonics

Read with Phonics is a phonics based app that helps young people to learn synthetic phonics in a colourful and interactive way. It improves letter sounds recognition and is a great stepping stone to help your little ones on their reading journey! This is a fantastic app that has been extremely well developed by professionals proficient in not only the topic of phonics but also with a very good understanding of the education and classroom setting.

The phonics app follows the curriculum and all synthetics phonics programs. Practice segmenting and blending skills, grapheme recognition, pseudo words, word comprehension and more.

Practicing your phonics sounds for just 5 minutes a day is proven to be the best way to improve reading skills, whether in the car on the drive home from school, snuggled up on the sofa or sitting outside in the garden on a nice summers day! The positive reward system the game offers is very motivating and the different ways the app challenges a child to think about each letter; from recognising the grapheme to putting it into a word is impressive.

Available on Android , iPhone, iPad

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Teach Your Monster to Read

Best App to Learn Reading

Teach Your Monster to Read

The Teach your Monster to Read application is an award winning app that teaches children to read in a fun and simplistic manner. The app covers the first two years of reading, from matching letters and sounds to enjoying books. The app has been designed in collaboration with academics at Roehampton university and Complements Phases 2-5 of UK Government-approved Letters and Sounds and other major systematic synthetic phonics programmes. The app is free form in-app purchases and adverts.

Available on Android , iPhone, iPad

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Science Apps for Kids

Science is awesome, and with these apps your kids will learn that too! Take a look at our list of apps for teaching kids about science to get started.

Audio Sky Tours - Astronomy

Best App to Learn Stars and Sky

Audio Sky Tours - Astronomy

Teach and learn about the night sky and the history of its observation using this app. Its sequence of lessons can be used either when observing the stars or as a guide in advance. This astronomy app is designed to be listened to, an exciting audio guide to the night sky and the stars. The guide leads you on five 20-minute explorations, through constellations and celestial objects, answering some of humanity’s great questions. This app is designed to talk a viewer of the night sky through what they might see. One of six superbly written lessons is read out very clearly alongside a sky map that reflects what the viewer should be able to see from his or her location at the appropriate time of year. The narration includes some well-judged pauses for the listeners to make sense of what they have learned or for teachers to pause it for some discussion.

Available on Android , iPhone, iPad

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The Human Body by Tinybop

Best App to Learn Human Body

The Human Body by Tinybop

This app is incredible and provides hours of fun interactive entertainment as well as high quality educational content. We love the layered system of the human body and the attention to detail. Try feeding the human and see what happens, the gurgling stomach and strange intestine noises are great.

Available on iPhone, iPad

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James' amazing adventures: learning games for kids

Best Adventure App

James' amazing adventures: learning games for kids

James’ Amazing Adventures is essentially a fun but educational adventure game with a delightful story line, that will capture the imagination of any pre-school child and their parents. The purpose of the game is to find all the instruments of an undersea orchestra that have been accidentally scattered across the world by a sneezing whale. The application has been developed in conjunction with a number of early years’ experts.

Available on Android , iPhone, iPad

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Art and Music Apps for Kids

Looking for fun apps that foster creativity in kids? Check out these top-rated art, music, imagination-play, and creative-thinking apps for kids of all ages.

Start With Art!

Best App to Learn Drawing

Start With Art!

Start With Art By Madcap Logic, LLC is a great art educational tool that is curriculum based and offers high quality animated videos and learning activities through four lessons. The app features three fun characters – Furnace, Ruby and Tickles - that help children learn about the world of art and creativity. The app meets the National Standards for the Visual Arts, and for all the content that you get it is very good value for money.

What we liked about the Start With Art is that it suggests activities outside the app and that encourages learners to find more about art and explore the subject. This is a multi award winning app and a joy to play and learn with it. Don’t let the price discourage you from trying this app! It’s totally worth it!

Available on Android , iPhone, iPad

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Note Quest: Learn Piano Fast

Best App to Learn Piano

Note Quest: Learn Piano Fast

Note Quest is a great app which helps people of all ages to learn and revise all the notes needed to become a competent piano or keyboard player. Through levelled sequences of fun and enjoyable piano practice games, the app helps the user to learn the notes of the keyboard quickly and successfully. The app is highly engaging and simple to use and although the graphics are more suited to a child user it would be extremely useful for anyone who is learning the piano. It could be used as an introduction to the notes of the keyboard, an aid for practice between lessons or for use by a piano teacher as a resource within lessons.

Available on iPhone, iPad

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Mussila Music School

Best App to Learn Piano

Mussila Music School

Musilla Musical School is an application suitable for children 6 to 11 years of age in which they learn the basics of music. This beautifully presented app explores the adventures of the Mussila band on a musical journey. Help them find instruments, costumes and create your own music. The app is based on a music curriculum and the player progresses through skill building levels such as recognising instruments, instrumental sounds, rhythm and melodies. Join the Mussila band on their musical journey to help them find their lost instruments and costumes. The app allows you to record your own music and play piano notes.

Kids can learn and hone beginning piano skills as they practice simple songs and hone their sight-reading skills. They can practice techniques as they play with each hand and then both hands together, and they can ramp up to more intermediate skills such as chords and arpeggios. Kids can also learn consistent practice habits as they earn stars and level up based on their performance.

Available on Android , iPhone, iPad

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Other Apps

Match & Find

Best App to Improve Child's Memory

Match & Find

Match & Find has been created for children with special educational needs. Both its activities and the nature of its design are specially designed to create an environment and a learning experience suitable for these children to enjoy developing their understanding.

Match & Find is designed to help develop young children’s memory, matching, searching and sequencing skills. Working memory is very important for the development of language and numeracy, and the carefully designed activities in this app can help children train and improve their auditory and visual working memory.

Available on iPhone, iPad

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Coding Games For Kids To Play

Best App to Learn Coding

Coding Games For Kids To Play

‘Coding Games for kids’ is a unique application that teaches sequential visual coding. The app comes with an array of free games and encourages children to solve problems, improve logical thinking and increase their memory in a fun and interactive environment.

The ‘Home screen’ shows a number of coding features. The application has over 1000+ levels, however, this is the paid version and not the free version which has its limitations. The app covers the following coding topics:

  • Sequences - Here the command is executed exactly in the same order of events given by the coder.
  • Loops - Loop is a concept for repeating a set of commands.
  • Functions - Functions are a set of commands which can be used anytime as per the coder's wish or requirement.
  • Debugging - Debugging is the process of finding and correcting errors in a given computer program.
  • Arrays - An array is a collection of similar type of objects which is used to arrange things in a particular way.
  • Advanced - Solving by a combination of the above commands.
  • Coordinate - Learn the movements based on X & Y coordinates.

Available on Android , iPhone, iPad

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Toca Life: City

Best Educational Gaming App

Toca Life: City

Toca Life:City app is rich and varied enough with so much to explore about diversity in places, people and lifestyles. This app provides opportunities for kids to notice urban amenities and lifestyles.

Kids can learn through imaginative and creative pretend play. They'll experiment with self-expression, routine interactions such as shopping or getting food at a restaurant, and social situations. By being in charge of what happens in their city, kids can feel empowered to try out different roles, practice different actions, or simply enjoy getting to call the shots.

Available on iPhone, iPad

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Typesy - Keyboarding Program and Typing Tutor

Best App to Learn Typing

Typesy - Keyboarding Program and Typing Tutor

Typesy is an interactive application that enables you to improve your typing speed and accuracy using a plethora of fun activities, games and courses. It includes an evidence-based curriculum that leverages the science of muscle memory, game mechanics, and psychology. It includes step-by-step video teaching, effective exercises, and fun games.

Once the ‘courses’ option has been selected the children is shown an array of options. These include Beginner, Build Accuracy, Build Speed, Power Speed and Accuracy, Mega Speed and Accuracy, Fast Dictation Typing, Master the keypad, Quick revision and Bonus Lessons. The Beginners course focuses on sub topics that include; The keyboard Top Row, Bottom Row, Shift Keys, Punctuation, Numbers and symbols.

Available on iPhone, iPad

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