10 Best Kindergarten Apps
I got a new phone this week. I finally traded in my dying iPhone 4 and upgraded to the beautiful and “gold” iPhone 5. All of you Samsung lovers can shush…I go with what I know 🙂 Anyway, I lost all of my apps, including my son’s. I wanted an upgrade, so I heavily researched the BEST Kindergarten apps out there. You know what I found? Not much. So after many days and a few purchases, here’s my list of the 10 Best Kindergarten Apps to grab for your kids!
I was sad how there were lots of recommendations for preschool (5 and under) and advanced school age (Grades 1 and up). But I couldn’t find a good list of educational apps for Kindergartners. So I did extensive research and picked these apps based on skill, parent recommendations, awards won, and personal use. I hope this list is helpful, especially since I couldn’t find many lists at all focused on the Kindergarten Age.
1. Monkey Preschool Lunchbox
Yes, I know this is made for preschoolers. But even the most challenged kids need a little encouragement and something easy to fall back on. All of the Monkey Preschool Apps are absolutely fantastic. My son has really learned quite a bit of his preschool skills, including: colors, letters, counting, shapes, sizes, matching, and differences in this colorful and entertaining app. They don’t even realize they’re learning! And with unlimited and uninterrupted play, it’s really worth the $1.99. And hey, it also boasts that it’s the #1 preschool app.
2. Teach Me Kindergarten
This was one of my first purchases. While the graphics are a bit of a downgrade from Monkey Preschool, the interaction and learning is definitely a step above. Includes Sight Words, Addition up to 10, Subtraction 10 and below, Spelling, Letter and Number Writing, this app will have your little one enthralled. My son loves gathering his coins so he can “purchase” stickers for his 6 different virtual aquariums. For parents, you can track their learning including how many they got correct, adjust settings for rewards and more.
3. Sight Words
Here’s an app that grows with your kids. From preschool and up, your kids can be introduced to 315+ words. Add your own flashcards and delete ones you don’t need. Change quizzing modes from easy to hard.
4. ABC Wildlife
If your kids love wildlife, this is the app for them. This app combines spelling, letter sounds and love for animals all in one app! Expand their vocabulary with 80+ animal words as they learn more facts about their favorite creatures. There’s videos, interactive games and more. Award winning too.
If you haven’t checked out the website yet, you need to. Tucked in the nifty learning site are 12 FREE educational apps. From Letter Songs to Word Books to Animal Encounters, this is a great collection of free apps that are appropriate for Kindergarteners. I love the Aesop’s Fables!
6. Jazzy World Tour
Explore the world, countries and instruments with this creative app! Award Winning, this app provides a great cultural look at the world around you. Learn new facts about countries and unique animals, play musical instruments from around the world and create fun travel scenes and photos. I encourage all parents to include a great cultural app!
7. Bugs and Buttons
Winner of best in iPhone education, this app is beautiful, colorful and full of great games, imaginative play opportunities and critical thinking skills. Race roaches, play tic tac toe with a dragonfly and more! We love this one!
8. Jamaroos Musical ABC’s
Price : $2.99
Get your kids excited about the Alphabet with this app! 26 animals with instruments from around the world are featured in this app. Sound out letters and words, learn about musical instruments and lots of great colorful pictures and interactive features.
9. DreamHouse Tasks
Learning is more than just the classroom. Teach your kids good routines and habits with this app! Helpful for establishing appropriate tasks for your child to complete and rewards systems. Timers, Goal Settings, and for multiple children.
10. D is For Doodle
Art is the center stage of this app. Your kids will learn step by step instructions to “Doodle” picture creations that go with letters. Kids can then color in and save their creations. I love how it focuses on the steps of the doodle, keeping your kids engaged and listening/following instructions.
I realize most of these apps have a cost involved. Please know that you getting what you pay for. I don’t have to worry about my son’s game being interrupted by an ad or other distraction, which to me is worth the small cost alone. I made a point to put in a few free ones so you can compare for yourself.
Have any best kindergarten apps that you recommend? Let me know in the comments below and I’ll do some research 🙂 Have you used one of the ones above? Let me know what you think!
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