Recommended Apps (ages 2-5)
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Another Monster at the End of This Book...Starring Grover & Elmo!:
A fun and interactive read from the makers of Sesame Street.
Barnyard Dance by Sandra Boynton:
One of the best interactive books for preschoolers. In addition to highlighting words as you read, there are fun elements to touch and play with.
Blue Hat, Green Hat by Sandra Boynton:
Another great Boynton book that deals with colors and getting dressed in a silly and fun way.
Bob Books #1-Reading Magic by Learning Touch:
As one of the most popular easy reader series, Bob Books are now an app! These books are great for kids who are just starting to read with 1-3 words per page. Multiple sets are available.
Don’t Let the Pigeon Run this App! by Mo Willems:
With this app, kids can listen to randomly generated Pigeon stories or create their own. As with anytime the Pigeon is involved, hilarity ensues.
Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow:
In this fun retelling of a favorite kids’ rhyme, the five little monkeys keep jumping on the bed.
Go Away, Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley:
This storybook app is perfect for children who are learning their colors and shapes. As various shapes/colors appear, a monster face is formed. Don’t worry-you get to make him go away.
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown:
Another soothing bedtime story as you help the little bunny say good night to all of the things around its bedroom in the book. Interactive elements, such as helping the cow jump over the moon, add some fun.
How Rocket Learned to Read:
Based on the popular New York Times Bestselling picture book, this story is now available in an interactive app! In addition to the story, there are two early literacy games to play.
International Childrens Digital Library:
This app brings a collection of stories from over 60 countries together in one free collection for you to read. Recommended for ages 3-13.
Little Red Riding Hood by Nosy Crow:
What would you do if you could choose which path Little Red Riding Hood would take to Grandma’s House? Collect objects along the way as you choose your path to decide how Little Red Riding Hood defeats the Big Bad Wolf and saves Grandma.
Moo, Baa, La La La! by Sandra Boynton:
Who doesn’t love animal noises? Your child can explore various farm animals and the noises that they make in this fun Boynton app.
Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You? By Dr. Seuss:
In this fun and noisy app, Mr. Brown makes a bunch of noises, from a hippo chewing bubblegum to a fishes kiss. Your child will be making their own noises by the end of the story if they can make it past the giggles.
Pigeon Presents…Mo on the Go!:
Mo Willems’ popular characters are back in this fantastic creative app. Draw, take pictures, create monsters, or drive the bus as you play with Knuffle Bunny, The Pigeon, Leonardo, or Elephant & Piggie.
PopOut! The Tale of Peter Rabbit:
In this magical retelling, you can follow along with the story of Peter Rabbit while playing with the interactive parts.
Press Here by Herve Tullet:
Inspired by the story, this app contains 15 open-ended games that are perfect for fostering the imagination of your child.
The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton:
A soothing bedtime app story that still retains some of Boynton’s silliness.
The Three Little Pigs by Nosy Crow:
A kid-friendly retelling of a classic tale. The 3-D feel and the interactive elements are worth checking out.
Trains by Byron Barton:
With colorful animations and simple words, this app is perfect for any train enthusiast.
Concepts (colors, numbers, etc)
Abby’s Basic Skills Preschool:
With 14 different games, your child will explore the concepts that they will need to be successful in preschool.
Colorforms Revolution by Out of the Blue Digital:
Just like the Colorforms you may have played with as a child, this app allows you to manipulate shapes into pictures without losing the small pieces. Recommended for ages 3-8.
Fish School HD by Duck Duck Moose:
A fun underwater experience where kids learn letters, numbers, shapes, colors and more.
Funky Fruitilicious by ONCE:
An interactive app that works on numbers and counting for preschoolers. Recommended for ages 3-6.
Interactive Telling Time:
Learn this important skill through a variety of clocks and games in this visually appealing app. A variety of activities and levels make this an app that will stick around. Recommended for ages 3-12.
For those kids working at a kindergarten level in math, language, and spelling. Also available from the same publisher include are apps for toddler, 1st grade, and 2nd grade. The kindergarten level app is recommended for ages 4-7.
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Just Plain Fun
eliasPAINTS by elias smiles:
For those kids who like to doodle, draw, and color, your child can explore the world of art.
Fingerpaint with Sound:
Explore color and sound with this mess-free fingerpainting app. We recommend using this app to practice writing your ABC’s, as well as drawing fun pictures.
Look & Learn: Animals Vol. 1 by National Geographic:
This is bundle of three early childhood apps where kids can explore words through mini-games and photographs.
Make a Scene Farmyard by Innivo:
Using “stickers”, kids can decorate their farmyard.
Peekaboo Barn by Night & Day Studios:
In this peekaboo app that is perfect for toddlers, your child will try to guess the animal as they appear. Animal names are written out as the animal appears to promote early literacy skills.
Squiggles! By Lazoo:
By drawing squiggles around the objects, they form an interactive scene.
Think of this as a virtual train set for train enthusiasts. Your child will be able to conduct the train, pick up passengers, and more virtual fun.
Trucks HD by Duck Duck Moose:
With five different activities and many different trucks, your young truck fan will have a lot of fun exploring this app.
While you may be unsure of an app for kids that features Sarah Silverman, she did a great job at pulling in many of the fun things that we promote in our kids’ programs-literacy, fun, and music. It is a little quirky, but both adults and children will have fun playing with Uncle Sarah.
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Bunny Fun: Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes:
Follow the bunnies as they sing and act out this popular children’s song. There is also a foreign language aspect as you can change the song from English to French, Spanish, or Japanese.
Itsy Bitsy Spider by Duck Duck Moose:
Sing this favorite children’s song as you interact with the brightly colored app to find surprises in each scene.
Little Fox Music Box by Fox & Sheep:
Follow along with three different children’s songs, as well as more than 100 interactive elements. For extra fun, you can play your own songs and record them or set the app to karaoke version.
Musical Me! By Duck Duck Moose:
Learn the basics of music education as your child explores tone, rhythm, and pitch through various mini-games.
Old MacDonald by Duck Duck Moose:
Follow along this fun version of Old MacDonald and play with the silly interactive parts on the screen.
The Wheels on the Bus by Duck Duck Moose:
In addition to hearing this song sung in five different languages, kids can participate in the actions on the screen.
Focus on rhythms and sounds as your child learns the basics of music education in an engaging format.
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ABC Alphabet Phonics by GrasshopperApps.com:
Your child can learn their ABC’s using light, touch, and sound. For extra fun, this app can be personalized with your voice.
Elmo Loves ABCs by Sesame Workshop:
In this fun Sesame Street app, you child will hear letter sounds, be able to trace the letters, and see words that begin with that letter. For added fun, you can add in pictures of people and things that your child recognizes.
LetterSchool by Boreaal:
One of the best apps for your child to learn how to write their letters. LetterSchool includes letter recognition, tracing, and writing.
Little Sky Writers:
Start your engine as your child learns letter shapes by tracing letters with an airplane. There are three levels that increase in difficulty so this is a good app for a variety of levels.
This app helps kids with their literacy skills, from working on phonics with the younger users to larger vocabulary for older users. Recommended for ages 3-10.
Wee Sing & Learn ABC by zuuka incorporated:
Follow along with an alphabet story, sing your ABC’s, or explore animals that start with various letters in this early literacy app.
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