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8 Best Spelling Apps for Kids

Practising spelling doesn't have to be a chore when you have access to our vibrantly animated and interactive spelling apps! From vowel teams and syllables to suffixes and contractions, there’s a spelling app to challenge and excite any young learner. Hop on over to our sight words apps for even more practise with words and letters!

Spelling is an important skill that children need to master, but one which can be a struggle for many. It's an area of literacy that is really well suited to apps - with many educational apps enhancing a student's spelling experience through helping to make spelling practice: fun, interactive and memorable.  

There are a lot of super spelling apps that you can use with your students, either at home or in the classroom, from younger children up to older spellers to help improve spelling ability.

Here are our best spelling apps to help children improve their spelling.

Spelling Shed

( iPad - £2.99 )

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. 
 
Kids choose from three stages, or reading levels. They can practice spelling or play the Bee Keeper game. The practice rounds have four levels. At the basic level, kids hear the word and see it on screen. They are then given all of the letters, which they have to tap in order to spell the word. The levels get increasingly difficult and by the end, kids only hear the word before having to spell it.  There are leaderboards for schools, but not for individuals.

Spelling Hero Game

( Android - Free , iPad - £1.49 )

Fight the enemy by spelling words correctly. The app is not only about spelling, it also teaches children each word definition, etymology and the right pronunciation by using recorded audio files (headphones might be useful). Spelling Hero Game includes difficult words and can be used by teachers in English lessons and spelling competitions.



DoodleSpell

( Android - Free , iPad - Free )

DoodleSpell builds the spelling confidence of your 5-11 year old with a work programme tailored to their strengths and weaknesses. Using Proxima™, the same award-winning technology that powers DoodleMaths and DoodleEnglish, progression in spelling is guaranteed.
 
With DoodleSpell, our clever technology will construct a personalised spelling program for each individual child in your class, based around their own strengths and weaknesses. If you want to set specific word lists, you can create these through the teacher dashboard and they will appear in the app, enabling children to immerse themselves in learning them through a huge range of different question styles.


Squeebles Spelling Test

( Android - £2.49 , iPad - £2.99 )

Squeebles Spelling Test is a fun and interactive app that features all the familiar characters from the ‘Squeebles’ series. Parents and teachers have access to a number of features within the app that can help with teaching and learning. This includes the ability to track the progress of multiple players, set up tests for groups of students, and upload spelling lists recording the audio of the word for children to hear. This app will keep students entertained whilst doing spelling tests, give them feedback, and allow them to earn stars that unlock characters in the game. This app has three test modes and an engaging mini-game to assist with ongoing learning.


SpellNow Year 1

( Android - Free , iPad - £2.29 )

This is an interactive app that is well thought out and targets all the necessary skills needed to help children in learning how to spell. It is organized into four, ten week terms and each spelling list is organized according to letter sound patterns and word family groups.  There are six interactive spelling games to suit different learning styles and to provide children with plenty of practice.



Often curriculum apps try and incorporate a game play style within their apps to differing successes however Spellwick goes about this the other way with the developers creating a fully fledged game that also has the added bonus of helping young people to improve their spellings. In this app it certainly works and works very well as this is the type of app that you would enjoy playing on no matter what your reasons were: educationally or not.


Spelling Hangman

( iPad - £1.99 )

Spelling Hangman is a fun and easy to use app that will come in handy for young children when preparing for spelling classes. It’s fair to say that the app can be easily used in the classroom or at home and incorporated in the regular curricula. The app receives a 4 star EAS Certification.


The app is not only a dictionary of words but also contains within it the ability to test users on their spellings, create specific spelling lists and help young children continue to learn to read through synthetic phonics.
 
On opening the app the user can choose from three different options; Dictionary, Spelling Tests and My Words. Organising words by sound and breaking them up into coloured sections, the app features fun illustrations and interactive audio feedback throughout to help the user engage as they learn. Overall this app works really well in helping young people to develop their reading abilities through synthetic phonics. 

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