Best Kids Apps

Spelling and reading for…fun? You know it

 

If there’s one thing we love here at Best Kids Apps, it’s word games.  Our kids like them too, but they’ve got to learn the ABCs before they play Words With Friends.

 

Luckily, there are thousands of alphabet and early reading apps available.

 

Here are a few of our favorites to get your kids heading down the road to literacy!



Word Wagon

The world's most adorable French mouse helps kids learn to spell
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  • Age: 3+ |

  • $1.99


Word Wagon is a popular educational app that lets preschoolers have f-u-n as they learn to spell words with the help of a beret-wearing mouse named Mozzarella.

Mozz and his best friend Coco jump over objects on a conveyor belt. When kids see an object they would like to spell, they tap on it to stop the conveyor belt, and then drag letter tiles to spell the matching word.

Why we like it:

As kids move up the four levels, they move past learning letter names to learning letter sounds. Coco reads back the words they spell by sounding them out phonetically.

It’s hard not to love Mozz and Coco. If kids need a break from spelling, they can tap on the two characters to hear funny conversations about cheese, pickles and chocolate soufflé.

Watch out for:

This app doesn’t store players’ information, so kids have to earn new reward stickers every time they play.

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LetterSchool

A letter learning app that will have kids coming back for more
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  • Age: 3+ |

  • $2.99


LetterSchool is a “best of the bunch” letter learning and handwriting app that will keep kids coming back for more.  Which is, after all, the whole point.

This is educational technology as it should be!

Subtle audio clues help kids learn the correct way to form letters (paying attention both to order and direction of lines).  Got more than one letter learner in your house?  No problem.  This app can store scores for up to three.

Why we like it:
The app presents kids with a giggling, dancing alphabet.  They choose a letter, say Z.  “This is the letter Z!” enthuses the app, “for z, z, zebra!”  Then, kids have to trace the letter three times.  But it’s not just boring chalk, oh no!  They trace with lights, rockets, gardens, train tracks, chains, and candy necklaces.  Simple animations boost the replay value.

Teachers and occupational therapists will love the fact that they can designate lower or upper case letters (or numbers) as well as choose from three handwriting learning programs.

Once they conquer the blue background level, they’ll unlock the orange background level with many more games.

Watch out for:
It would be nice if we could input kids’ names instead of choosing from the three characters in the settings (which isn’t really very clear).  Maybe for future updates?

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Cartoon ABC

Just the right amount of interactivity for inquisitive toddlers
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  • Age: 2+ |

  • $1.99


Cartoon ABC is an animated alphabet app that gently introduces kids to letters.

Recognizing that, to toddlers, the letters themselves aren’t inherently interesting, the app keeps things moving with lots of simple animations.

Why we like it:

This is a very open app.  Kids can explore the alphabet sequentially or they can hop around.  Also, they can end one animation and activate the next without having to wait, which is great for little attention spans.

If you’re the sort of parent who likes to see what your kid is up to — and who isn’t? — you can pull up the parents’ area to see how your child has spent her time.  This app has no ads and no integration with social networks, so kids’ privacy is safe.

Watch out for:

Nothing!  This app is pretty much solid gold for the short set.

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