If you have young children at home, you know first-hand that their little minds are always eager to explore and learn. Thanks to modern technology, parents today can encourage their young children’s growing minds with the help of applications for iPhones, iPads and other types of smart devices.
We have filtered through thousands of apps and come up with a list of our favorite top educational games for young children.
Endless Alphabet is a delightfully interactive educational app. This fun app featured the most adorable “monsters” in the form of animated letters that teach letter sounds and word composition for over 50 big words. When composed properly, the talking letters lead to a short animation illustrating the definition of each word in fun and unforgettable ways. Before you know it, your child will be using words like gargantuan and cooperate! This app is available for iPhone and iPad at $6.99 but worth every penny. Click here for details.
The makers of endless Alphabet introduced the follow-up app, Endless Reader to set the stage for early reading success. 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. Endless Reader uses the same interactive and animated formula used in endless alphabet to teach children these important sight words in the most fun ways! This app is available for iPhone and iPad for $2.99. Click here for details.
ABC Mouse by Early Learning Academy
This revolutionary learning app teaches young children all the subjects that are taught in school in an interactive school-type setting. Lessons are tracked in paths as children learn to read through phonics, take lessons in math, social studies, art, music, and much more. This app is available for iPhone and iPad and is FREE but an ABC Mouse membership is required to access. Click here for details.
Toca Boca is a game development studio focused on child-friendly applications for tablets and smartphones. With over 20 fun and educational apps, Toca Boca makes digital toys and games that help stimulate the imagination of children. Some of the most popular Toca Boca apps include: Toca House, Toca Kitchen, Toca Hair Salon, Toca Tailor, Toca Doctor, Toca Robot Lab and many more! These apps are available for both iPhones and iPads and prices range from Free to $2.99. Click here for details.
Stack The States
Stack the States makes learning about the 50 states fun! Watch the states actually come to life in this colorful and dynamic game! As you learn state capitals, shapes, geographic locations, flags and more, you can actually touch, move and drop the animated states anywhere on the screen. Carefully build a stack of states that reaches the checkered line to win each level.This app is available for iPhone and iPad and is only $0.99!!! Click here for details.
The Human Body by Tiny Bop
With this app, children can explore a working model of the human body. Every body part is animated and interactive: the heart beats, guts gurgle, lungs breathe, the skin feels, and eyes see. Designed for kids ages 4+ to discover what we’re made of and how we work. Some of its features include: Six interactive, animated layers of the body teach basic human anatomy including the skeletal, muscular, nervous, circulatory, respiratory, PLUS a recording mode that enables kids and parents to ask each other questions. This amazing app is available for iPhone and iPad and is $2.99. Click here for details.
PBS Parents Play & Learn
PBS’ first app designed specifically for parents, PBS Parents Play & Learn provides more than a dozen games parents can play with their kids, each themed around a familiar location – including at the grocery store, at home, in the kitchen, and many more. This bilingual (English/Spanish) app makes it easy for parents to seize upon those daily “teachable moments” through theme-based interactive games and simple hands-on activities that connect math and literacy skills to everyday experiences. Each game comes with a parent note that provides information about the math and literacy skills woven into the game and suggestions for effective ways to interact with a child while playing the game to maximize the learning experience. This app is available for iPad and is FREE! Click here for details.
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
Join Sam-I-Am in this interactive book app as he offers his friend green eggs and ham here and there and everywhere! Explore pictures, learn new vocabulary, and personalize the story with your own narration to encourage your child’s literacy skills with highlighted narration, learn new vocabulary with tappable words and pictures, and record your own narration & share it with others. Best of all, you can keep kids in the story with parental controls! This app is available for iPhone and iPad for $3.99. Click here for details.