The Best iPhone Apps for Pre-K Learning

iPhone Apps for Preschoolers

My 4-year-old uses my iPhone so much that I bought her an iPad.

Part learning tool and part gaming device, the iPhone (and now the iPad) has been an indispensable part of our homeschooling.

On and off, I’ve let iPhone apps teach my daughter reading skills. The best part? She doesn’t feel like she’s doing school, but she’s still learning.

The following are our favorite apps from the last two years or so. Some are games, but almost all have a learning component.

Please note – I am not working with any PR or company reps. These are all apps that I found and paid for myself.

The 10 Best iPhone Apps for Preschoolers

Each title is linked to the app’s iTunes preview page.
  1. Tozzle

    Tozzle is a series of puzzles with sound effects, and it has been Grace’s #1 go-to, all-time favorite app. She started playing it soon after her first birthday, and she has been playing it ever since. Each update brings new puzzles and new features. I love this app, and I would have paid ten times its current price. $1.99

  2. BOB Books

    BOB Books has quickly become one of ourfavorites. My daughter is learning the basics of spelling and phonics and reading as she plays. She talks it out, and she gets frustrated. {Being a teacher, I know that great learning comes from a little frustration.} We had to do this app together at first, but that means it is an appropriate challenge for my daughter. I noticed that this version is #1, so I’m eager to see #2. It’s that good. $1.99

  3. TeachMe: Kindergarten

    This app was, at first, really hard for Grace. She neeeds help to do it, and she was sometimes reluctant to play. {Like her mother, she doesn’t appreciate hard work.} Over time, she has learned more about numbers and counting and letters and phonics, and the game has gotten easier. It gives her lots of positive reinforcement, and she earns coins for every four right answers. She can use the coins to “buy” stuff for a virtual fish tank, a bonus in her eyes. $0.99 each.

  4. Super Why

    This game is based on the PBS series with the same name, and it is very similar to the games on the Super Why website. From the start, Grace has been able to do the games by herself, so she plays them a lot. $2.99

  5. Monkey’s Preschool Lunchbox

    This was one of the first learning apps I downloaded {in desperation, at the eye doctor’s office}. It has all kinds of challenges, including counting, letter identification, color identification, and more. Grace likes that it reads the instructions to her. $0.99

  6. Wheels on the Bus

    This is an audible book and game in one. Each screen is a line from the song, and it is interactive. It includes music, and you can even record yourself singing. This is another app that Grace has been playing since her first birthday. We all love it. $0.99

  7. Baa Baa Black Sheep

    Because we like Wheels on the Bus so much, I checked out the developer’s other offerings. This app is by that same company {Duck, Duck, Moose}, and it is similar. It is a game where you have to find certain objects in the pages, but the objects change each time you play. $1.99

  8. Memory Pro Free

    Grace doesn’t play this as often as the others. It is a standard memory game, with cute characters and options for customization. There is a paid version, but I couldn’t see how it was better than the free one, unless i. Free

  9. FirstWords: Animals

    This app was Grace’s introduction to phonics. I had purchased the entire Hooked on Phonics learning set, and she wouldn’t go near them. She hated those books. Because I didn’t want learning to be a fight (and because I knew she was ready to learn letters and phonics), I added this app to her screen on my phone. When she taps a letter, she hears the letter’s name. The app shows her where to put the letters, and it reads the word back to her. Terrific. $1.99

  10. Balloonimals

    This is an amazing app. You select a balloon, blow into the microphone to inflate it, then shake the phone to twist it into an animal. Once the animal is made, tapping it in different spots makes it interact with you. Some make sounds, jump around, and blow bubbles. The joey jumps into and out of his mother’s pouch. They’re all fun. Grace has been amazed by this for years, and several updates have brought new, more complex, animals. $1.99

What are your kids’ favorite apps?

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