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Best Preschool Apps 2018

Best Preschool Apps

Ease young children into the world of apps with some of these fun, imaginative titles. From games that star their favorite characters to games that help with early reading skills, you've got lots of choices. Ignite your preschool child's imagination and love of learning and reading with these brilliantly, engaging apps. Our parents and teachers have picked some of the best apps for preschoolers.

Check out the fun and engaging best preschool apps used by millions of parents and teachers to help educate and entertain young kids.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is an interactive pop-up app, featuring characters from the book. It consists of a number of games and puzzles, which can help young children practise counting, sorting, and memory skills. The app can also help them discover facts about caterpillars and other animals, and learn about healthy eating. The beautiful illustrations and reward badges will motivate children to keep on playing.

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AlphaTots Alphabet

AlphaTots Alphabet

AlphaTots is an excellent tool for helping children learn the alphabet by using Magnetic letters. The app encourages kids to notice print in their environment and Help them spell words they see on signs or books, and let them know what word they've spelled.

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Artie's World

Artie's World

Artie's World is a playful app to provide drawing experience for young kids with a dot-to-dot system. Artie sets out in his village and draws a picture for each friend he meets. Kids help out by tracing the shapes with their finger and connecting all of the dots to draw toys, vehicles and animals. Once the lines are drawn, the whole picture is colored in automatically and the app says the name of the object/animal.

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Busy Shapes & Colours

Busy Shapes & Colours

The app involves a series of puzzles requiring the child to move the shapes into the proper holes. This requires the child to recognise features like the size, shape and colour of the object. The further your child progresses through the levels. the more increasingly difficult the puzzles become, ensuring that your child challenges themselves to progress through the levels and gain a better understanding of shapes.

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Daniel Tiger’s Day & Night

Daniel Tiger’s Day & Night

Daniel Tiger’s Day & Night is an interactive collection of mini games developed to teach young children about different routines associated with morning and night. The app features 8 fun learning games, including setting the table and brushing teeth, alongside sing-along songs that help make routines familiar and fun.

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Daniel Tiger for Parents

Daniel Tiger for Parents

Daniel Tiger for Parents pairs songs and videos from Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood with tips for parents to help kids grow socially and emotionally. To support their preschool-age kids through common life situations, parents can use the songs, videos, and more than 90 "conversation starters" on this free app.

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Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Play at Home with Daniel

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Play at Home with Daniel

This app is made of five mini-apps, in which toddlers and preschoolers can explore Daniel Tiger's home and neighborhood. Doctor, bedroom, and bathroom are dollhouse-like environments. Children can pick up various items and use them to play with Daniel. There are no particular goals (other than getting Daniel to sleep in the bedroom) and imagination is encouraged just like in the PBS show. In the music mini-app, children can play along with several songs on simple instrument.

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Endless Alphabet

Endless Alphabet

Endless Alphabet is an app designed to teach letter sounds and new vocabulary. The child drags the correct letter into a word and the letter takes on a personality and makes the sound as the child drags it to it correct place in the word. The child can choose the word to build. The words are in alphabetical order and can be flipped through or chosen by beginning letter. After the child builds the word, there is a short animation and audio description of the meaning of the word. The app starts with a set of words and then others are added automatically as the app is played.

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Writing Wizard - Kids Learn to Write Letters, Alphabet & Words

Writing Wizard - Kids Learn to Write Letters, Alphabet & Words

Writing Wizard - Kids Learn to Write Letters from L’Escapadou is designed to help children learn how to trace letters and number. The app also includes some letter naming and phonetic sounds. The app allows the children to learn how to write in smaller and longer forms.

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Toca Tea Party

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.

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abc PocketPhonics: letter sounds & writing + first words

abc PocketPhonics: letter sounds & writing + first words

abc PocketPhonics covers learning to write letters with learning the sounds that letters make. This app uses the Phonics method, as taught in UK schools, to develop reading skills. It also closely matches the order in which schools will usually teach the different sounds, as defined in the National Curriculum.

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Homer: Kids Learn to Read App

Homer: Kids Learn to Read App

This top-rated, research-backed app motivates kids ages 2 to 8 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. (Doh!) Unleash your kid’s reading abilities using Homer’s speak-and-spell animation and voice recordings that give them feedback on pronunciation.

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Marble Math

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

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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Gro Flowers

Gro Flowers

Gro Flowers is a fantastic educational game meant for children between the ages of 0-5. It teaches children about the benefits of biodiversity and pollination. Gro Flowers takes a hands on approach to learning about these topics instead of traditional instruction. Players get to create their own flower species and then control a bee and other animals helpful to pollination in order to fill their field with flowers.

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Monkey Preschool Lunchbox

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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Dr. Panda Farm

Dr. Panda Farm

Kids will start exploring the process in the wheat farm by watering and harvesting the crop, then grinding the wheat into the flour at the mill. Then the baker will knead the flour into a dough. Finally, the dough is baked in the oven and sent to Dr.Panda. Kids can start producing farm-fresh foodstuffs like eggs, honey, salad, milk, fruits and bread for customers at the farm store. There are many activities to be unlocked in Dr.Panda Farm such as Honey Farm, Fruit Farm, Dairy Farm, Chicken Farm and Vegetable Patch.

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Reading Raven HD

Reading Raven HD

This app builds reading and spelling skills through a sequence of carefully designed games. This ranges from identifying, matching and tracing letters, to writing, reading and recording words, sentences and very short stories. There are three levels of activities, and five lessons with different themes, which give children lots of opportunities to practice the skills while maintaining a high level of interest.

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