Apps for your preschooler or pre-Kindergarten child can open up a huge world of fun and possibilities. Don’t waste time or money on the ones that don’t offer much more than ad links; check out our list of the best preschool and pre-K apps for iPhone and soon you'll be keeping your child distracted while you do housework, wait in line, or just need a break.
The best preschool and pre-K apps for iPhone
14 Aug 2017, by Cherry Mae Torrevillas
The Singapore maths app by Kids Academy Co uses a proven, three-step earning plan that was designed to teach math to kids using over 500 games, activities, videos, and printable worksheets. This approach complies with Common Core State Standards and is kidSAFE certified, which means no popups, ads, or links within the app that will interfere with your child’s experience. The app turns math into a fun adventure with motivational badges, professional voiceover, and lively animation. You can create multiple kids’ profiles and ascending adjustable difficulty will keep it challenging enough for each player.
- Kids learn key math operations, sequences and patters, and other essential skills
- Create multiple profiles
- Interactive puzzles and quizzes
- More than 500 math worksheets and games
- Free with in-app purchases
This app boasts over 160 coloring pages of varying challenge levels for your children to enjoy - though adults can also enjoy this one. Multi-touch support allows more than one person to color the same page at a time. Start over quickly by shaking the device and recolor as many times as you like. The app will automatically detect and color inside the lines, but you can also turn off easy mode so coloring can be done outside the lines as well. Save, share, and print the masterpieces, or print out blank templates too.
- Over 160 coloring pages
- Varying challenge levels
- Color inside or outside the lines
- Multi-touch support for more than one artist
- Save, share, and print coloring pages
Smart Baby Shapes Lite teaches your child to distinguish sizes, shapes, and colors, and how to pronounce the terms. This app is suitable for kids two and older, and will help your kid work on fine motor skills. There are there games and start out being simple and progress into complexity as the player improves. All of the main colors and shapes are taught and the interface is easy for kids to control. Kids of any age can pick of your iPhone and start playing.
- Learn to pronounce studied terms
- Distinguish sizes, colors, and shapes
- Intuitive controls
- Simple-to-complex progression
- Free preschool and pre-K app for iPhone
Princess Pony Coloring Book will provide hours of entertainment for kids two to five years old (and even older). The freehand drawing mode never lets the colors go over the border, reducing frustration. Color-fill mode allows users to choose and fill any part with the preferred color. There’s erase mode and your little artist’s work can be saved, shared, or printed on any connected printer. The user interface is kid-friendly and there’s background music if you like, or you can put on some of your own to play in the background. The app helps improve hand-eye coordination, boosts creativity, and new pages are added regularly.
- Hours of coloring entertainment
- Freehand coloring mode
- Color-fill mode
- Save, share, or print finished works
- Free with in-app purchase to unlock everything
Preschool & kindergarten baby books, songs & early reading toddler games free is another app by Kids Academy Co. This one will help your little one develop language and early reading skills, and increase cognitive pattern recognition. There’s a collection of essential kids’ books like The Three Little Piggies, Little Red Riding Hood, and many more. Each book has profession voiceover, interactive items to tap, fun sound effects, and age-appropriate endings. The app also has great songs, karaoke mode, farm animal cards, and the option to record your own songs and stories.
- Encourages language development and early reading skills
- Collection of essential children’s stories
- Original illustrations
- Songs and games
- Free with in-app purchases
Alien Buddies is a fun and educational app that uses games to teach kids a variety of skills. Games include Dot to Dot, Stickers, Matching, and Puzzle. The app’s games were all designed by people with a background in educational software development and both parents and teachers were consulted during development. The app won’t share your information, does not have in-app purchases or ads, and there are no links to social media sites. It offers fantastic early skills for little kids aged two to five. This one is sure to offer tons of educational fun for anyone who plays.
- Fun and educational
- Four games teach fundamental skills
- Improves eye-hand coordination
- Designed by people with background in educational software
- One-time purchase
Preschool EduKitchen is a fun app that allows kids to play in the kitchen with no fuss and no mess for you to clean up! There are 18 different games and quizzes that allow kids to have fun while learning how to eat healthy. There’s a Settings page that allows parents to turn games on and off, customizing the app, and there are two animated characters who guide players along. Kids can learn sorting, matching, numbers and counting and patterns. They’ll find objects, play memory games, arrange fruits according to size, and learn how to recognize shapes and objects.
- 18 different games and quizzes
- Settings page allows parents to customize app
- 3D graphics
- Unlimited play
- Free with in-app purchase to unlock everything
Does your child love trains? If so, you need to download Train Games right now. Do it! This one has 12 handmade puzzle pictures that your kids can put together. It has a simple user interface for kids to play alone, and the drag-and-drop functions means even young kids can play. Features include help preview function, separate music and sound controls, autosave, controls on the top of the screen to avoid accidental tapping, and the option to share solved puzzles on Twitter, Facebook, and more. Players will develop visual memory, increase short-term memory, improve concentration, and develop cognitive skills.
- 12 handmade puzzles
- Drag-and-drop functionality
- Separate music and sound controls
- Work on basic skills
- Free with in-app purchase to unlock all trains
Musical Instrument Picture Flashcards for Babies, Toddlers or Preschool is a simple yet effective game that offers the sounds of 60 different musical instruments for your kids to play. Each instrument is described. There is a slideshow feature and your kid will learn which instruments make which sound, how to pronounce the names, how to say the word in different languages, and how to print out the name of the instrument. Just touch the instrument to see its image, hear its sound and name, and see its written name. Kids can use this app by themselves; if they won’t touch the instruments, the slideshow will run through the sequence on its own.
- 60 different instruments to learn about
- Create custom category
- Learn the sound, name, and see how to print the name of instruments
- Learn the words in different languages
- Free with in-app purchase
Buzzle brings your child’s favorite nursery rhyme songs to life after users complete the drag-and-drop puzzle. The app offers professional voiceovers and sound effects so your child will learn while playing. Some of the things learned include names and sounds of various items, ABCs, 123s, and tons more. Each puzzle works on shape-matching abilities, lessons on names and sounds and core concepts, audio cues, and amazingly vivid puzzle scenes to inspire creativity and encourage imagination development. Your child will learn the names and sounds of over 1000 items, places, and people. Check it out!
- Professional voiceovers
- Brings nursery rhyme songs to life
- Drag-and-drop puzzle gameplay
- Develops core concepts
- Learn the names and sounds of more than 1000 things