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English Apps for Kids

English apps have made it much easier for kids to learn vocabulary, reading, pronunciation, spelling and writing in an interesting and entertaining way. We also have fun English games to build upon children’s phonic knowledge; this includes studying and practicing animal sounds, to help with blending and recognizing phonemes. Listen to kids songs to improve your English vocabulary and speaking skills.

Here is a list of the best English apps for kids that can help you both at home as a parent and in class as a teacher.

    The application Somona teaches English pronunciation. It is aimed at those whose first language is not English and wish to improve their vocabulary and pronunciation in a fun and unique way. This application is free from in-app adverts and does not require a constant Wi-Fi connection. The application requires the user to purchase lesson content. ‘Somona’ was designed by Marcus Nealy, programmed by Peter Jacobs and directed and owned by Naomi Nealy.

    Devices: iPad

    The aim of this app is to help introduce children to new words and help them to further their abilities in spelling in a fun and familiar way. The app is very similar to a number of other word play games and focuses its theme on that of Christmas and Santa Claus. The idea is for users to make words out of a number letters provided and fill the gaps at the top of the screen with the words that can be made from the provided letters. The graphics and sounds of the app are really pleasing and will certainly encourage users to keep returning to the game to further their way through the app.

    Devices: Android

    This is a fantastic language app aimed at helping young people improve their language abilities. Through focussing on the building of sentences and employing aspects of gamification, the app encourages users to challenge themselves in a game environment to match words together to form a sentence. The way the game works is to give the user a number of words and for them to then unscramble and form into a full sentence within a time limit with the added challenge of losing time when an incorrect answer is chosen. One of the most appealing aspects of the app is the fact that it can used by a number of different people with different abilities in the English language. For instance, it works really well as an app for younger children who already have a certain level of proficiency in reading and writing to improve their understanding, but older users can also access the app on a different level especially if they have English as an additional language and are wanting to improve their proficiency too. It could also be used for more top level students too who again want to continue to enrich their own abilities. With a whole section of the app dedicated to Proverbs and Sayings, it could even be used by an adult wanting to give themselves a bit of a challenge!

    Devices: Android , iPad

    The application News-O-Matic EDU can only be best described as an interactive Daily Newspaper for children. This application is a combination of interactive technology and games along with exciting news articles and creativity. The content within this software is engaging, plentiful and child safe. The application is free from in-app adverts and in app purchases and the content supports various languages. This application is a subscription based service, however, users can try the application before committing to a subscription.

    Devices: Android , iPad

    Toddler Learning Games is designed to appeal to young children with its vibrant appearance and to parents with its many learning games suitable for toddlers.  It is packed full of content and more is added on a regular basis for those who subscribe. 

    Devices: iPad

    Building upon the solid foundation of their DoodleMaths app, its developers have applied the same model to learning spelling.  This has resulted in DoodleSpell which is effective at identifying an individual's strengths and weaknesses and offering many ways to practise spelling in short daily sessions.

    Devices: Android , iPad

    DoodleEnglish analyses and tracks your children's strengths and weaknesses to provide a learning experience tailored to them.  Within its easy to use and clear design it provides tuition and a means by which to practise and consolidate what has been learned.

    Devices: Android , iPad

    Peg and Pog are two children who want your child to join them as they play.  The app provides a place where you and your child can play, experiment, talk and learn together.

    Devices: Android , iPad

    TYPESY is an application that supports the unique typing software that will improve your typing speed and proficiency.     In an ever growing society of digital platforms, student e-portfolio assignments and digital dissertations the requirement in school and the working environment to become more proficient in typing has never been greater. This software is free from in-app adverts and has a one-off payment for both home and office. Educational institutions and businesses may benefit from generous discounts when the software is used on a larger scale. 

    Devices: iPad

    This app links to the popular Reading Eggs website and programme. The programme aims to help young children learn how to read through the fun exploration of different games as they make their journeys through different settings and games. Children learn to read through phonics as they begin the process of learning this important life skill.

    Devices: iPad

    An almost infinite amount of questions to develop and test students’ maths and english skills for all ages which will test skills learnt and possibly forgotten. Great for revision, the 'Smartscore' system promotes working through the questions, not guessing and the variety of question types is also admirable.  Both parents and teachers can make good use of its contents to support their children’s mathematical development.  A subscription to IXL Maths - English is required to use it.

    Devices: Android , iPad

    Smart Vocabulary is an app aimed at growing and refining a student's range of vocabulary in preparation for college entrance tests but anybody who would like to expand their knowledge of lesser-used words could also learn a lot from it.

    Devices: iPad

    Equii is a unique word game that combines letters, text, number and images to create challenging word puzzles.  The application has a number of different game play modes where the user can gain coins for solving the puzzles. The gameplay is fast, fun and addictive with plenty of differentiation. The app has over 100 brain teasing word puzzles that are beautifully presented. The app does display in-app adverts and there are in-app purchases for further coins bundles where the users can purchase avatars, advantages, power-ups and more.

    Devices: Android , 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

    Issa's Edible Adventures is a stunning application that is suitable for ages 6 and above and follows the adventures of Issa as she discovers the ingredients from around the world to help make wonderful dishes. This beautifully designed app has been inspired by celebrity chef Aliya LeeKong who has a passion for bringing global and socially conscious foods into everyday cooking. This app is free from in-app adverts. 

    Devices: iPad

    Learnia is a spelling and maths app designed to be attractive to look at as well as useful to children in the early stages of their numeracy and literacy learning. 

    Devices: Android , iPad

    This application is essentially a reading app with a twist. The twist is the fact that the stories can be narrated by you or anyone else of your choice and the programme is interspersed by educational content and games. All of the child’s interactions are recorded and the parent can look them up on the management dashboard. The app developer has stated that the stories and games provide a complete curriculum for children between 2 and 6 years old. They also have an Arabic version.

    Devices: Android , iPad

    Spelling Shed is a unique application that is suitable for ages 5 to 11 and focuses on spelling and literacy. This beautifully designed app has been designed by a team of Primary school teachers, with primary school students, teachers and parents in mind this app has been created with the key National Curriculum objectives. This app has been developed to be ‘dyslexia friendly’ using the ‘Open Dyslexic’ font. It is noted that the application is free from in-app purchases and free from in-app adverts.

    Devices: 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

    Hopster provides a safe place for young children to access educational and entertaining media.  Famous characters, actors, and writers all feature in its superb content.

    Devices: Android , iPad