Best educational iPad apps for preschoolers by OHmommy PDF Print E-mail
Written by OHmommy   
Thursday, 16 February 2012 00:00

I've spent countless of hours reading over iPad app reviews online, searching for educational apps that my children would enjoy. I've read pages of comments in the iTunes store before purchasing an app. In the end I've wasted a good amount of money purchasing apps that my children disliked. I've found that word of mouth, between friends and neighbors, has been the most successful route. If your kids enjoyed the app, perhaps mine would too.


This is just that.


Below is a list of the best educational iPad apps for preschool. There are no affiliate links or sponsored material, it's just word of mouth from my house to yours after many hit and misses and hours of research.



Preschool Age Apps:

1.  Intro to Letters $4.99

"Learn to trace letters, read, write and record letter sounds. Based on the proven methodology of Montessorri." Quite possibly the best early letter recognition app out there. It avoids any cheesy animation. Well worth the $4.99 (cheaper then an alphabet book) and came highly recommended by several friends.


2.  Montessori Crosswords $2.99

After falling in love with "Intro to Letters" (see above description) we downloaded Crosswords for our preschooler. This app specializes in phonics and word building, and is so simple to use but is entertaining that sometimes I even find my 7-year-old crossword fan playing along. (Note: you can complete crosswords in uppercase, lowercase and cursive which my 2nd grader loves). The interactive animation in-between puzzles is super creative. This app is prefect for the preschool child and above.


3. SUPER WHY! $2.99

My preschooler is a big fan of this PBS series and this app is like virtually playing along with the show. Besides practicing the alphabet, spelling, writing and reading this app does a great job at teaching rhyming too. The graphics & sound are terrific.


4. Park Math $1.99

A perfect app for an intro to math. The activities are open ended so that your child can go from one activity to another at their own pace. Which is nice especially since most math apps require you to finish one activity/level before moving on. "If 3 ducks climb up, how many will be at the top?" is a sample question, you touch each duck to move up the slide and figure out elementary addition problems. The animation is engaging and enjoyable.


5. Bugs and Buttons $2.99

Is there anything better than counting realistic roaches, ants and bees flying across your screen? No. This apps teaches counting, patterns, alphabet and includes fun games like "catch'em", "tic-tac-toe" and "button sorting". My preschool princess who loves gruesome things just adores this app so much so that she doesn't realize she is learning along the way. Some of the coolest graphics too.


6. Drawing Pad $1.99

This is an app that makes all the preschoolers around my kiddo stop and watch. For $1.99 it's cheaper then a box of markers but has a lot more mediums: paint brush, colored pencil, crayon, marker, stamper, pencil. The strokes are all very realistic. It also includes different colored papers and loads of stickers. I think this is one of those apps that I downloaded for free and quickly upgraded to the paid version. Well worth it.


7. PBS KIDS Free

This free app includes 1,000 videos of your favorite PBS KIDS television shows. You need a wifi or 3G connection. It's safe and easy to browse. More free apps from PBS KIDS can be found here, however we haven't had the time to test them out.


8. Princess Pony Matching Memory Cards $0.99

Once upon a time, this app was free and I downloaded it. With that said I would pay a dollar for this app now because it does what is says. It matches horses, unicorns, princesses and castles (everything my preschooler loves). It's super simple and very sweet.


9. ABC Coloring Book Free

A picture to color for every letter of the alphabet. It's free, no ads and works great.


10. Animal Fun Free

Super simple animal flash cards with sound effects. It's free, no ads and works great.


And. Just for fun....

Easy-Bake Treats (Free) Oh my Gosh, my preschooler could spend hours on this app, baking and decorating desserts.

Toilet Buddy (Free) For adults, endless trivia to keep you busy while on the loo. Developed by my brother. :)




Am I missing any (must have) educational preschool-apps that I should know about? Please tell me. Tomorrow I will list my favorite educational apps for the elementary school age kiddos. The list is double in size. (ADDED: here is the list of our elementary apps)

Last Updated on Sunday, 29 July 2012 21:13


# Sarah L. 2012-02-15 23:38
Oh my goodness...thank-you SO much!! We do not have an iPad but I can download these for my iphone, right? These will keep my younger two occupied at all the after school activities!
# Pauline 2012-02-16 06:48
Yes, most if not all are available for the iphone.
# Jen 2012-02-15 23:39
This is so awesome! I've been looking for more apps for Chase! Here are a few he really loves, obviously for a bit younger set (2-4)

Interactive Alphabet (he can name almost all of his letters by sight now at almost 3)

Fish School

Nick Jr's A-Z
# Pauline 2012-02-16 06:50
I know there are a ton of awesome apps for younger preschoolers too - thanks for your tips, Jen!
# amy 2012-02-16 05:45
Some pretty cool apps. I wish there were language apps for teaching languages to kids (and adults). thanks for the list!! Always helps to get recs from friends besides reading all the comments on itunes.
# Pauline 2012-02-16 06:49
There are apps for that - I just listed apps for the wee little preschooler. The Spanish language app that we purchased was horrible.
# Jessica B. 2012-02-16 07:28
Starfall ABCs is great! $2.99
Starfall education website is what my son uses in his computer class at school.
# Jessica B. 2012-02-16 07:30
Another great counting App is Bert's Bag. This is for the younger set but interactive: $2.99
# Andi 2012-02-16 07:38
Thanks for this list!! We have a bunch we totally love too - but are taking a long flight next month and I was looking for a list of new, shiny games to keep munchkin happy :) Perfect timing.
# crystal d 2012-02-16 09:39
Charlotte loves Monkey Preschool. It's a perfect for toddlers and preschool ages. They earn stickers for completing matching and counting games. It's one of the first games she could do by herself.
The big girls love Stack the States.
# marlys 2012-02-16 10:21
My 4-year-old daughter loves Team Umizoomi Math and Dora Phonics. She doesn't even watch the shows that much, but likes both of these games. AlphaTots and TallyTots are also good games. Easy Bake treats is, hands down, a favorite as well.
# JMH 2012-02-16 11:15
The site has a corresponding app. The web site is GREAT (I use it with kids preK-2nd grade) and free. The app is not free, but would be worth checking out.
# JAM 2013-01-18 15:28
Another great app to check out is Rover. It will let you access the Starfall site and others that use Flash.
# kakaty 2012-02-16 22:18
I'm downloading 3 right now...

We're big big fans of the BOB book apps - totally worth the price, especially if you use the BOB books at home. And Lakeshore Learning has 2 good ones - a letter of the day app and the sound sorting one.

Also, as you know, my little horse lover adores My Horse, which is free and a lot of fun.
# Tamara 2012-02-20 00:26
We like All About Me Storybook and Kandy Fish --
# Sara Parent 2012-03-19 12:47
Thanks for the great suggestions! My kids, age 3 and 6, love Reading Raven ( It's a great educational app that works on a wide-range of reading skills, so I can customize it for my little one (just learning his letters)or my kindergartner (who is starting to read on his own). So, I think it could be on a pre-school list and an elementary school list. And it's a fun change of pace from homework that feels more like "work" to my older kid.
# Jennifer 2012-11-11 07:31
My daughter LOVES "Smart Toddler School Pro++" app! As my official 2 1/2 year old product tester, she can attest that she loves her "Smart Toddler School Pro++" app, referring to the alphabets, numbers, Colors, Shapes and Counting. I spent many years as an elementary school teacher convincing parents and students that sitting on the couch watching TV was not the ideal way to spend the afternoon. The app, in a very animated fashion, teaches to learn the alphabets, colors, shapes and numbers. Why is it a Smarty Product of The Week? Let's just say that my munchkin is running around telling me every alphabet, number, shape and color she can find in the house. "What color is it?"! Can't argue with that!
# Playschool Franchise 2012-04-27 04:36
Oh my goodness iPad apps for preschool..This is something new for me. I would love to try it. I'll get back you once I use this apps for Little Millennium...thank-you SO much!!
# Lilly 2012-05-19 13:02
My daughter's absolute favourite is Bogga Alphabet!
I found out about it through this review:
She loves to paint, listen to and repeat letters that turn into fridge magnets! Makes her learn letters fast :)
# Jason 2012-07-29 12:57
The iTunes link to Super Why is for the iPhone version, not the iPad version. I was misled and purchased the app only to discover this.

Could you update the link in the post to the iPad version?
# Tricia 2012-09-05 22:12
I would love to get your opinion on my apps. I am a new developer, and the apps we have currently are animated videos teaching social skills. Then after the video we have a short game to reinforce the steps.

In a month we will have a visual organizer for elementary school children to learn how to organize their day with the help of their parents and teachers. Stay tuned!
# Vivi 2012-09-12 19:58
Lazoo & also Squiggles are both great for pre-schoolers. Both were free a few months ago--not sure if that has changed. Also, National Geographic Kids is free & good.

Thanks for these recs.!
# Maria 2013-05-31 16:34
I got Jazzy world tour without any cost for my kid. You can download it for free and it teaches you music of different culture.
# Tanya Etchison 2013-10-15 08:23
Please try this app.. I would really recommend this for your kids! I've tried it and my two kids love it..

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