Top Apps for Kids Ages 5 & Under
Our team of moms locked themselves in a room for six months until they unearthed their recommended list of apps for children under five years of age. That’s right folks, even for the really young ones, there are apps that can be educational and can help the under five’s develop some great skills.
The reality is that children this young are like sponges. They soak up a lot and learn very fast if you can keep them engaged and exploring. Our favorite apps for kids ages 5 and under are perfect for the little ones who are just starting to interact with the world in new and exciting ways.
The toddler apps we chose have a nice mix between games and learning apps all designed with engagement in mind. These apps have been tested by our children so we can confirm that they’re good enough to hold a child’s attention.
From music apps where simply tapping the screen creates sounds that the really young can react to, all the way to educational games that will keep your five year old challenged and learning while having fun, we think we have the best apps for kids ages 5 and under.
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Really Young Children’s Apps
Busy Shapes helps children improve their ability to handle simple objects through a series of puzzles. iTunes
Nursery School Age Children’s Apps
This app introduces “sight words”, the most commonly used words in school, library, and children’s books. Kids need to recognize these words by sight in order to achieve reading fluency. iTunes Google Play
There’s a cookie crook in town—who could it be? Little sleuths will thrill in tracking down the crumb-y feller, building visual identification and observation skills in the process. Create Wanted Posters. iTunes
Interact and play with basic shapes such as ‘triangle, rectangle, square, pentagon, hexagon, and circle’! Various motivational activities will inspire your children to learn more about shapes. iTunes
Kindergarten Aged Kids Apps
Elmo loves this app! It has songs and videos about letters. It has coloring pages and games about letters. It has all the letters from A to Z! Elmo even made a new alphabet song for it. Elmo thinks it’s the best ABC app ever! iTunes Google Play
Kids will have a blast navigating their Thinkrolls through a series of obstacles in brightly patterned mazes. Each chapter introduces a new object with unique physical properties which kids discover. iTunes Google Play
Intro to Math, by Montessorium offers an important comprehensive look at foundational number concepts, including comparison, sequencing, units and wholes, even and odd, and symbols. iTunes
My PlayHome is a doll house for the iGeneration. Imagine a doll house where your child can use everything, even the closets, TV and shower. Where you can fry an egg and feed the family pizza. iTunes Google Play
Simple tools and guides make it easy to shoot, edit, and even score your movie with music. Add one of the customizable title cards then share it online and, who knows, you may have the next summer blockbuster. iTunes
Presents ten stories about characters from the Bob Books series. Learners arrange letters to spell common sight words, tracing and spelling the words. iTunes
Provides endless creative fun with the letters of the alphabet as kids color and accessorize each letter. They listen to the letter names and sounds as they play. iTunes
Winky Think Logic Puzzles offer a ton of fun that is so engaging that users won’t even realize just how important the skills are to learning. Each puzzle provides a mental challenge that requires problem solving, logic, memory, eye-hand coordination and other skills. iTunes
MiniChess by Kasparov is designed to help introduce young children to the game of chess through an engaging, interactive story. The game is loaded with dozens of puzzles and activities that teach the prerequisite skills for the game, and also sharpen spatial skills, math skills. iTunes Google Play
An educational app which teaches six different age appropriate subjects to Kindergarten aged children: sight words, addition, subtraction, spelling and writing letters and numbers. Parents can select which subjects they want, set different difficulty levels, and even choose questions iTunes
Alphatots is an unusual alphabet app that uses verbs instead of nouns for key words. This means that each letter has an associated action that kids can do instead of just look at. There is an opportunity to play and interact with each letter! A high quality app with some very creative ideas. iTunes Google Play
Wheels on the Bus is a fun, interactive musical book, based on the popular children’s song. Come aboard the bus to spin the wheels, open and close the doors, swish the wipers, pop some bubbles, make a dog bark, and much more! Parents’ Choice Gold Award. iTunes Google Play