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Best Preschool Apps 2020

Best Preschool Apps

Ease young children into the world of apps with some of these fun, imaginative titles that are age-appropriate. From preschool 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, love of learning and reading with these best educational apps for preschoolers. Our parents and teachers have picked some of the best apps for preschoolers that are fun and super engaging.

These fun and educational apps for 3- to 4-year olds will keep your preschooler busy while it teaches valuable math, reading, and critical thinking skills. Luckily, there are lots of entertaining free apps available. When downloading free preschool apps, make sure you pay attention to the details. There are many free apps for preschoolers available, with in-app purchases to buy new levels or expansion packs.

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

Best Educational Apps for Preschoolers


Kids Academy

Kids Academy

(Android, iPhone, iPad)

Kids Academy is one of the best preschool learning apps for young learners. The app has over 5000 preschool learning activities including educational games, animated videos, interactive stories, worksheets, songs and puzzles. The app engages kids in core subjects like early literacy, reading, writing, language, and math, while encouraging creativity and building social-emotional skills.

Kids will play interactive games to learn the basic math skills for preschoolers. It will help your child identify numbers, patterns, counting and sorting.

Age: 3+

Price: Free to try for one month, and then users must subscribe.


Preschool Learning Games

Preschool Games

(Android, iPhone, iPad)

Preschool Games is a free app for preschoolers(ages 4+). This interactive educational app for preschoolers has 24 educational games that encourages preschoolers to learn letters, shapes, colors, numbers, pattern recognition and more.

These preschool games are used by millions of students and thousands of schools around the world. With a curriculum designed by teachers, your kids will be learning while having fun. As your pre-k child progresses through the lessons they earn stickers to add to their board, rewarding them for learning and playing.

Age: 4+

Price: Free, offers in-app purchases


ABCmouse.com

ABCmouse.com

(Android, iPhone, iPad)

ABCmouse.com Early Learning Academy’s preschool focuses on the main curriculum subjects of Reading, Math, World Around Us (beginning science and social studies), as well as Art & Colors. The app features hundreds of interactive preschool learning games, each designed to teach a specific concept.

Their preschool games help children ages 4+ to learn letters, numbers, shapes with the abc learning games, nursery games, number games, reading games, preschool art games and preschool alphabet games. All the games include voiced instructions, so even young children will find it easy to learn and play. ABCmouse.com activities meet Common Core State Standards for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten. Available only for users from the United States.

Age: 4+

Price: Free 1-month trial and then users must subscribe.


AlphaTots Alphabet

AlphaTots Alphabet

(Android, iPhone, iPad)

AlphaTots is a fun app designed to help pre-schoolers learn alphabets by using Magnetic letters. Alphatots is a high quality app with some very creative ideas about letter practice for young children. An interactive alphabet will help the kids learn to recite their ABCs, and an alphabet sing-along song will help them remember what they are learning. AlphaTots introduces kids to the letters of the alphabet and to an action word that begins with each letter.

Age: 3+

Price: $2.99


Monkey Preschool Lunchbox

Monkey Preschool Lunchbox

(Android, iPhone, iPad)

Monkey Preschool Lunchbox is a collection of six exciting educational games for preschoolers. The games helps them to learn colors, 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.

Age: 3-4

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PBS Kids Games

PBS Kids Games

(Android, iPhone, iPad)

PBS Kids Games app is a free app for preschoolers that includes more than 90 free preschool games with popular PBS Kids characters. This mini-game collection will entertain and educate preschoolers for hours on end with some of their favorite animated TV personalities.

Peg + Cat Big Gig is a fun preschool app that combines music, math and creativity. Peg + Cat Big Gig combines music with math concepts such as those featured on the show in three preschool-level activities. Kids can learn math concepts and practice musical creativity with Peg + Cat Big Gig. The PBS KIDS Games app has over 100 free learning games for iPad.

Age: 4+

Price: Free


LetterSchool - learn to write letters and numbers

LetterSchool

(Android, iPhone, iPad)

LetterSchool is a beautifully designed handwriting app which teaches preschoolers how to write letters (both upper and lower case) and numbers (from 1 to 10) in an animated and fun way. Using a set of four activities, LetterSchool can enchant your children to play with the app for a long time.

LetterSchool app is the #1 alphabet tracing and words spelling app for pre-schoolers. It is recommended and used by parents, teachers, and occupational therapists. LetterSchool app is loved & played by more than 2 million preschoolers and used at more than 5,000 schools. LetterSchool is a visually stunning iPad app for preschoolers that teach kids to write in cursive through fun animations.

Age: 4+

Price: Free, offers in-app purchases


Reading Eggs

Reading Eggs

(Android, iPhone, iPad)

Reading Eggs is the multi-award winning learning programme that helps preschoolers 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.

Pre-schoolers build pre-reading skills such as phonemic awareness and alphabet knowledge with fun activities, games, videos and read-aloud books.

Age: 4+

Price: Free, offers in-app purchases


Homer Reading: Learn to Read

Homer Reading

(Android, iPhone, iPad)

For help with pre-reading for preschoolers, Homer Reading helps kids not only how to read, but to love it as well. Filled with fun activities, songs, stories, poems, coloring pages and so much more, your child will love every second they are learning to read with Homer!

Homer offers a balanced and complete reading program. There is a free trial, then the subscription version offers both reading skills instruction on things like phonics, sight words, and reading comprehension.

Age: 3+

Price: Free 30-day trial and then users must subscribe.


Zoolingo - Preschool & Kindergarten Games

Zoolingo - Preschool & Kindergarten Games

(Android, iPhone, iPad)

Zoolingo app offers preschoolers with hundreds of games, puzzles and activities. These games and educational puzzles teaches alphabets, counting, numbers, colors, shapes, spelling, maths and more. The app has a wealth of fun and educational activities to help young children develop their learning. The app also has easy-to-play games that are great practice for pre-readers.

Age: 3+

Price: Free, offers in-app purchases


‎Hopster: Preschool Learning

‎Hopster: Preschool Learning

(Android, iPhone, iPad)

Hopster Preschool Learning app helps kids learn through a show, game, music or book. The content is developed by academics in childhood education and cognitive development. It has a fun interface designed just for kids and can be used offline, so all their favourite shows, songs, books and games can be in one place when you need them.

Hopster is a kids’ TV app, with preschool learning games for kids - including phonics and maths games for kids. The content specifically chosen for preschool kids helps to develop their literacy and numeracy skills and encourages their curiosity. This is a fabulous app for preschoolers who like to watch TV on the small screen.

Age: 4+

Price: Free, offers in-app purchases

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My Very Hungry Caterpillar

My Very Hungry Caterpillar

(Android, iPhone, iPad)

My Very Hungry Caterpillar is an interactive book app for preschoolers to explore their imaginations with beautifully-illustrated scenes based on Eric Carle’s book. Children will delight as the caterpillar crawls across the screen and will have a great time playing games with him and exploring his world. Play and play and play, discovering new games and animations. And each time kids play, the caterpillar grows larger and larger until finally, one day, it becomes a beautiful butterfly. The butterfly lays an egg and the whole adventure begins again. The app encourages exploration and fine motor skills for pre-schoolers.

Age: 3+

Price: Free on Android, offers in-app purchases


Artie's World

Artie's World

(iPhone, iPad)

Artie's World is a coloring app for preschoolers to provide drawing experience 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.

Age: 4+

Price: Free, offers in-app purchases

Related: Best Drawing apps for kids


Free PreSchool Games

ABCya Games

ABCya Games

(Android, iPhone, iPad)

ABCya is a preschool games app that has over 400 fun and educational games for preschool children. Their games are designed by parents and educators, who understand that children learn better if they are having fun. This free Educational preschool games are categorized by grade and subject, and cover topics such as letter tracing, alphabets, numbers, counting, puzzles, reading, coloring and more. They even have games that are just plain fun (and safe) to play! With so much variety, there is sure to be something for kids at all learning levels and styles. ABCya Games app consists of some of the best iPad games for preschool children.

Age: 3+

Price: Free


Dr. Panda Town

Dr. Panda Town

(Android, iPhone, iPad)

Dr. Panda Town is a delightful role-playing app for preschoolers. Using this preschool game with 30 action packed locations, your child will have endless amounts of fun, while learning at the same time. They can explore the world with 35 fun and diverse characters along with bright and colorful graphics. Dr. Panda Town app would be perfect for younger children as they love exploring the many different parts of the world with so many different characters and fun adventures along the way.

Age: 3-4

Price: Free, but offers in-app purchases


Daniel Tiger’s Day & Night

Daniel Tiger’s Day & Night

(Android, iPhone, iPad)

Learn about morning and bedtime routines with PBS KIDS’ Daniel Tiger. Help Daniel get ready for school in the morning and for bed at night through imaginative play. This app includes 8 games related to day and nighttime routines. There are sing-along songs, and even a musical timer to help keep children’s routines on track.

Age: 3-4

Price: $2.99


Busy Shapes & Colours

Busy Shapes & Colours

(Android, iPhone, iPad)

Busy Shapes is a great early learning app that allows children to practice their problem solving skills by dragging and dropping various shapes, colors, and items into their designated hole. Great for children of all ages, this app will encourage players to use their logic and problem solving skills to determine how to complete each activity without a any instruction or direction. It is one of the popular apps for 4 year olds and above.

Age: 4+


Color Quest AR

Color Quest AR

(Android, iPhone, iPad)

Color Quest AR is an Augmented Reality app for preschool children 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.

Children can color their favorite character, press the magic button, read a fun health fact, and see their new creation come to life and dance in front of them in augmented reality (AR). It is one of the best iPad apps for preschoolers to learn colors and tracing.

Age: 3+

Price: Free, but offers in-app purchases


Narrator AR

Narrator AR

(Android, iPhone, iPad)

Narrator AR is an Augmented Reality app that supports pre-school writing in a fun and inspiring way. It is one of the best learning apps for 4 year olds. The app encourages children to write words and letters with a pen and paper whilst linking this to an exciting AR experience.

It is a handwriting app that takes your child's handwritten name from pen and paper and launches it off the page using augmented reality (AR). The letters launch like a rocket or a rainbow unicorn trail and appear to levitate off the page. The app is safe for little users. The app is free, offline and its simplicity ensures that inquisitive fingers have an easy and fun experience.

Age: 4+

Price: Free


Curious World: Play Learn Grow

Curious World

(iPhone, iPad, Apple TV)

Curious World offers your children three ways to enjoy the app: eBooks, short videos and educational games. The subscription unlocks hundreds of books, games and videos for your child to enjoy.

The videos are perfect for preschoolers as well! They are engaging and the perfect length so as to hold the child’s attention. The games are so much fun that even my older children were begging for turns to play. Your preschoolers will love every moment they spend on this app and you will feel good about every moment they spend on this app.

Age: 3+

Price: Free for one month, then users might susbribe


Lingokids - English for Kids

Lingokids - English for Kids

(Android, iPhone, iPad)

Lingokids - English for Kids is a great app that helps preschoolers to learn English words. Your child will practice over 3000 English vocabulary words and can learn about 60 different topics in a fun and exciting way. It features content from Oxford University Press.

Children will discover thousands of fun and exciting activities where they will learn vocabulary, commonly used verbs, and adjectives. New educational activities are added every week that suit all learning styles: games, songs, audiobooks, traceables, and more.

Age: 4+

Price: Free


Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood

(Android, iPhone, iPad)

This app is made of five mini-games, in which preschoolers can explore Daniel Tiger's home and neighborhood. Daniel Tiger shares relatable preschool discoveries and challenges with his friends, neighbors, and family in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood is an Emmy-winning animated preschool program that models age-appropriate social-emotional strategies and practical life skills for young children. Each episode of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood plays out in real time, and is intentionally paced in a way that preschoolers can relate to and understand. Preschoolers and parents report singing—and using—the strategy songs together in their daily lives.

Age: 3-4

Price: $2.99


Endless Alphabet

Endless Alphabet

(Android, iPhone, iPad)

Endless Alphabet app is one of the best educational apps for 4 years old that teaches alphabets, phonics, letter sounds and 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.

Age: 4+

Price: $8.99


Writing Wizard for Kids

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

(Android, iPhone, iPad)

Writing Wizards app is a fun app to teach preschoolers how to trace letters and numbers. 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.

Age: 4+

Price: $4.99


Toca Tea Party

Toca Tea Party

(Android, iPhone, iPad)

Toca Tea Party app 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.

Age: 4+


abc PocketPhonics

abc PocketPhonics

(iPhone, iPad)

abc PocketPhonics is another popular preschool app that teaches the basics of reading and writing to young kids. abc PocketPhonics covers learning to write letters with learning the sounds that letters make. It is used in hundreds of elementary schools and pre-schools, and tens of thousands of homes. 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 different sounds, as defined in the National Curriculum.

Age: 4+

Price: Free


Marble Math

Marble Math

(iPhone, iPad)

Marble Math is super fun and easy math app for kids to use. Through puzzles and games, Preschool-aged children learn math concepts. 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.

Price: $3.99


Todo Math

Todo Math

(Android, iPhone, iPad)

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 writing numerals by tracing. It is an easy-to-use math app designed to help kids of all abilities practice math. It uses visuals, auditory prompts and purposeful touch.

Price: Free


Gro Flowers

Gro Flowers

(iPhone)

Gro Flowers is a fantastic preschool learning game for 4 year olds. 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 flower species and then control a bee and other animals helpful to pollination in to fill their field with flowers.

Age: 4+

Price: Free


Dr. Panda Farm

Dr. Panda Farm

(Android, iPhone, iPad)

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.

Age: 3-4

Price: Free, but offers in-app purchases


Reading Raven

Reading Raven

(iPad)

Reading Raven is an iPad app for preschoolers that provides excellent phonics and letter practice for nearly any level of first-grade reading. There are 11 different types of games, and skills range from letter skills to beginning reading. The app uses multi-sensory activities to teach and is perfect for special needs students as well as typically-achieving first graders.

Price: $3.99


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