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Alphabet apps for kids make learning letters fun! These alphabet learning apps provides kids practice and familiarity with the ABC's. It also helps kids to combine letters together to learn sounds, syllables, and words. When kids have mastered the alphabet, they can move on to spelling apps, root words apps, and even work on learning better vocabulary and writing skills.

Older children can work on telling the difference between vowels and consonants. Children of any age can struggle with alphabetizing, so this is a great place for them to practice.

Below is a collection of ABC apps, ideal to use to encourage reading and writing for kids who show an interest in letters. These apps will develop letter knowledge by supporting the kids to learn alphabets, recognise the shape and sound of each letter as well as words that commonly begin with that letter.

    LetterSchool is a beautifully designed handwriting app that will teach your children 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 really enchant your children  to play with the app for a long time. This is a literacy based app that is aimed at helping young children who are taking their first steps in learning how to read and write. Based on a large amount of research the app has been developed to provide children with the best approach in learning how to first formulate letters and shapes and then how to create letters as part of words. The research behind the app has also created the best approach for children as they learn how to create letters. This app could be used as both a school and home learning app as the learning that is undertaking through it could be applied to either usage.

    Devices: Android , iPad


    Versatile is one word to describe the ABCya learning games included in this app.  They work  across every mainstream device, they cover multiple educational topics, and deliver a broad range of game styles to test and develop children's learning.  Excellent would be another word.

    Devices: Android , iPad


    The application ‘KidloLand Kids Toddler Games’ is an award-winning learning programme for kids (1-7 yrs) and contains 2000+ educational songs, games, stories, nursery rhymes, and activities about Early Learning, Math, Reading, Writing, Coding and more! The application is a subscription-based app comprising of two options; a monthly subscription option or the option to pay for a single year. The application is free from adverts and is certified for children by the KidSAFE program.

    Devices: Android , iPad


    The application ‘Lingokids - English for Kids’ is an application for learning English for children aged 2-8. The software has over 3,000 words to learn in a fun and exciting way. The app is free to download and uses a subscription based model. Users can choose from a Basic plan with a limited number of activities per day or an Unlimited plan which gives access to all contents, offline usage and additional materials. The application is free from in-app adverts and is available in a number of different languages. It is noted that the application is a mix of British and American English.

    Devices: Android , iPad


    The application ‘Animals For Kids! And More’ is an app to support parents who wish to teach their children a broader understanding of the world through pictures, words and sounds. This application is designed for children aged 3 upwards and is free from in-app adverts. The application is free from in-app purchases and does not require a constant Wi-Fi connection. This is a paid application and is written in American English.

    Devices: iPad


    Smart baby is an educational game for the early development of children from two years old plus. The game has six learning games for pre-schoolers with a combination of letters, numbers, shapes and colours. The app claims to develop the child’s logic, attention, memory and fine motor skills.

    Devices: iPad


    Letra Kid PRO is educational game for kids with ten writing fonts commonly used in schools and it includes the 3 most popular typefaces used in USA, Canada and UK. The app is aimed at children between 4 to 8 years old and is designed to help them to learn pre-cursive and print block handwriting correctly. Using the app will help the child recognise letters, pronunciation and correct letter formation. The game has different levels of difficulty to help children learn in small steps.

    Devices: Android , iPad


    This is a fantastically colourful and enjoyable app to use. Its aim is to help young children who are just beginning to learn the alphabet, and are on their journeys to becoming readers, the opportunity to learn the alphabet through a number of fun interactive games. The real pleasure of the app is the graphics that will not only engage users but keep them coming back for more.

    Devices: Android , iPad , Windows


    Ricardo's Alphabet app has been designed to help young children familiarize themselves with the English alphabet, both sounds and letter shapes. The app presents three educational games aiming to help children recognise letter shapes, recall letter names and sounds and remember the letter-sound associations of the English Alphabet. The app primarily targets children aged 4-6 years old who have limited or no previous experiences of learning the alphabet. The app is a good introduction for engaging children with letters in a playful way. 

    Devices: iPad


    Tickle Letters is a game that encourages younger children to learn and recognise the letters of the alphabet. Through interacting with the letters young children will become more proficient in knowing their alphabet setting them on the way to become readers and writers. The app also has the ability to recognise those letters that are the user is struggling with so offers them at a higher frequency and so helping to teach effectiveness throughout. 

    Devices: Android


    The Pocket Phonics Stories application is a program to teach students to read using phonics. It is designed to be used with individual or multiple students and is great for classroom or group use. Students are asked to master and practice letter sounds, a mix of vowels and consonants, letter tracing and repetitive sounds. Students can then move onto reading short books focused on letter sounds previously learnt. Teachers and parents can view a report of their child’s, student or class progress and how much time has been spent on each section. Students receive fantastic printable certificates when a level is completed. In-app purchases can be made for further letters and books. Pocket Phonics Stories is a complete program for teaching kids to read, starting with single-letter sounds and advancing to blends and long-vowel sounds. 

    Devices: iPad


    An app that helps young children in the early stages of writing.

    Devices: iPad


    "Elastic Alphabets" is a beautifully presented app that teaches children about the alphabet in a simple and effective way. The app includes upper and lower case, fantastic illustrations, creative graphics, letter construction and more. The app also benefits from parental controls and in-app prompts.

    Devices: iPad


    Learn about the letters, their sounds, and words that use them in this beautifully designed app.  Different activities teach and provide practice for children in an app that is suitable for both independent and adult-supported learning.  Four languages provide extra flexibility.

    Devices: iPad


    Endorsed by the children’s entertainer Justin Fletcher, Justin’s World Alphabet Machine is just one of a series of great applications that teach young children about letters and words. Aimed at the under 5’s, nursery, primary schools or to be used to support your child at home the app teaches the basics of the alphabet. The much loved children’s entertainer delivers the alphabet in his unique way that is not only educational but entertaining. The app has many features such as 26 unique comedy clips performed by Justin, interactive game play to reinforce letters and test understanding, amazing animations and over 100 beautiful illustrations with superb composed music and sound effects to bring the learning to life.

    Devices: iPad


    Hairy Phonics is a great app to initiate learning of phonics at home or at school. Using humorous animations and clearly pronounced spoken phonemes, this app provides a fun way for children to be introduced to nine phonemes and to learn to use and recognise them in words.  Subsequent apps in the series build upon the learning.

    Devices: Android , iPad


    My First ABC Kids seems to have one goal in mind - to teach young children the alphabet, including the letter names and some basic spellings. A simple app for practising the alphabet.

    Devices: Android


    ABC Games for Pre-K is a great app that teaches young children the alphabet as well as the sounds that each letter makes and the words that can be spelt with the letters.  The quality of the app is fabulous and we were very impressed by the illustrations and sounds. Our only qualm about the app is that there ads that pop up for other apps related to the developer. This interruption does not fit when you are trying to complete an educational process in an app. As a result, the app receives an EAS Certification of 4. 

    Devices: iPad


    iWriteWords is a handwriting app where users trace words, letters, and numbers at their own pace in order to become more familiar with the alphabet and numeral system. iWriteWords is a powerful and fully customizable app designed to address fine motor deficiencies, especially those seen in autistic children. 

    Devices: iPad


    The popular CBeebies phonics programme comes to your tablet or phone in these two apps. Meet the Alphablocks introduces each letter in alphabetical order; the character sings its letter sound and the corresponding line from the Alphablocks song.   The paid-for app, Alphablocks Letter Fun, offers four mini games for each letter: one where your child has to pop the bubbles that contain the sound; a colouring activity; a game where they have to choose the objects that start with the letter; and one where they have to find the hidden Alphablock behind a cloud based on the sound. They can also listen to the Alphablocks song in full.

    Devices: Android , iPad


    Geraldine’s Phonics Land is designed to help children master the skill of blending: joining letter sounds together to make words.   Choose which phoneme you’d like your child to practise, or do them in the order they’ll be taught in school; your child will then be given a group of five words that include that letter sound, and has to write each one correctly by selecting the right letters.   If they get full marks, they collect a ‘prize’ to go in Geraldine’s cupboard, ranging from piggy banks to loo roll.

    Devices: iPad


    Wonster Words is an app that students can definitely have fun with while they are learning. Wonster Words is entertaining for young children. The characters are all friendly-looking monsters, and they star in funny animations in the defining sentences and also in the stories. In fact, it is the sort of app that kids will be so busy being entertained by that they won't even realize they are actually learning at the same time.    Wonster Words for Children is an amusing and entertaining way to help children practice reading and spelling words that review basic phonics skills such as word families, rhyming, consonant digraphs, and more.   Kids can learn phonetic awareness as they manipulate letters and letter pairs. Exploring multiple words with a common sound can help kids identify and recognize the building blocks of language and reading. As they watch animations and listen to definitions of words they may never have heard before, kids can learn new words. Though requiring kids to place letters in the correct order and offering a few varied phonics activities would boost learning, Wonster Words - spelling with ABC and phonics by Puzzingo has features that many phonics-focused apps don't.

    Devices: Android , iPad


    Starfall ABCs is a solid early-learning app with a thorough approach to presenting the alphabet to preschoolers. Kids hear the sounds of each letter repeated often and can both hear and see how each letter is used in words. Each word has some cute animations they can trigger, followed by interactive games such as puzzles and mazes, as well as chances to see words used in sentences.

    Devices: iPad


    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. 

    Devices: iPad


    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.

    Devices: Android , iPad