20 of the Best Educational Apps for Preschoolers

Are you looking for educational apps for young kids? There are so many apps for preschoolers to choose from, but how can you be sure they are any good? Here’s 20 of the best educational apps for preschoolers, recommended by Mykidstime parents, that will entertain and educate your little ones.

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GS_Preschool_Games1. GS Preschool Games

GS Preschool Games provides 20 colorful & engaging kids games designed to cover preschool basics, and includes games in Numbers, Alphabets, Shapes, Sizes and Colors.

The games encourage kids to play at their own pace. No winning and no losing keep the kid enchanted with the experience of the game. Rewards and appreciation (lovely stickers) earned at the end of each game boost the kids morale. Suited for 3-6 yrs.

Free on iTunes & Android 

PBS_parents2. PBS Parents Play & Learn

This app is designed specifically for parents, but there are interactive games for the kids to enjoy. 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.

The app is designed to build on a child’s natural curiosity about his or her everyday world and to encourage dialogue between kids and parents.

Free on iTunes & Android

farm_1233. Farm 123

Kids will love learning to count as they help Farmer Jo around the farm in this magical pop-up book and game. They’ll have fun playing with cheeky farm animals: chasing them, putting them in the pen and giving them a good wash!

Professionally designed for toddlers and pre-schoolers, Farm 123 pays special attention to learning reinforcement through the introduction of gentry progressive games that help children cement their grasp of the numbers 1-10 and the core concept of sorting.

Available on iTunes & Android.

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Starfall_Numbers4. Starfall Education Apps

The Starfall education apps are all worth considering(with apps for older kids too), but the Starfall Numbers and Starfall ABC apps are best suited for preschoolers.

In Starfall Numbers app, your child will learn to recognize number symbols and values by connecting them to real-world objects (such as 1 sun, 5 fingers, and 10 toes), and can then apply these concepts with counting games!

In Starfall ABCs children learn to recognise letters and develop skills that will ensure they become confident leaders. All children, and especially English language learners, benefit.

Starfall Numbers iTunes & Android 

Starfall ABCsiTunes & Android

AniMatch5. AniMatch – Animal Pairs & Sound Matching Game

With its super-cute animal graphics and funny animal sounds, AniMatch is perfect for kids, but loved and played by grown-ups as well, who often get it for their kids and then end up playing it themselves!

AniMatch will keep your kids educationally entertained, all the while developing their concentration, memory, and cognitive skills, and teaching them what sounds animals make. There are no complicated menus, making it perfect for all ages.

“My 3yr old son adores playing AniMatch – he thinks the funny animal sounds are hilarious!” – Janet

Available on iTunes & Android

Funbrain6. Funbrain Jnr

Funbrain Jr. is a collection of unique and vibrant games for preschoolers and kindergarteners that helps jumpstart their journey of learning. Offering five separate fun and engaging games, Funbrain Jr. introduces little learners to several important skills while they play. With the help of colorful and quirky Funbrain Jr. characters, preschoolers will love practicing skills in early literacy, math, and problem solving.

Free on iTunes

Cars_Memory_match7. Cars Memory Matching

Cars Memory Match 4 Kids is a fun and educational game for young kids, specially designed to be appropriate for autistic children. This free game helps your kids develop their IQ and improve their memory, as well as their cognitive skills while matching 20 different transport vehicles and listening to their pronunciations. Versions of this game also available in food and animal formats.

Free on iTunes & Android

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Fisherprice8. Fisher Price Apps

The Fisher Price range of apps for babies and toddlers, encourage learning through play – kids can learn their ABCs, Numbers, Shapes, Colours, Animal Sounds & Storybook Rhymes.

In Storybook Rhymes (Vol 1), there are dynamic characters, engaging music, songs, animations and two great classic stories: One, Two, Buckle My Shoe and Itsy Bitsy Spider. There are 2 modes of play – Sing to Me is for younger baby, where narrator signs stories, and any touch advances content, and Read & Learn is for toddlers, where the narrator reads the stories and the interactive touch points reveal additional animated content.

Free on iTunes & Android

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playworld_wiggles9. PlayWorld Wiggles

A fun and easy-to-play Wiggles adventure for children age 3+. Kids can join the Wiggles and friends as they travel through an interactive world filled with music, games, and Wiggly fun! Host a Wiggly birthday party, help Dorothy grow her garden, search the beach with Captain Feathersword, and lots more great adventures. Hours of fun for children with great educational value.

Free on iTunes

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Toca_Town10. Toca Town

From the makers of Toca Hair, and Toca Food, Toca Town is made for kids as young as 3 yet can capture the imagination of those much older. It’s filled with surprises and exciting things to do – there are no limits, just fun!

Explore Toca Town, buy some groceries, cook at the restaurant, head home – you decide. Kids can use their imaginations to create their own worlds, while discovering the treasures of Toca Town, and interacting with everything.

“My 3 year olds loves the Toca Boca apps, especially Toca town. She loves buying the groceries best of all “- Sandra

Available on iTunes & Android

The_Monster_at_the_End_of_this_Book11. The Monster At The End of This Book…Starring Grover

The Monster at the End of This Book enhances the classic Sesame Street book with a completely immersive experience that draws children right into the story. Join lovable, furry old Grover as he tries his very hardest to tie down pages and build brick walls— all to keep readers away from the monster at the end of this book. With interactive play, plus touch-point animation children will ask to read this again and again.

Available on iTunes

breathe_think_do_sesame12. Breathe, Think Do with Sesame

Best suited for 3-5 yrs, this bilingual (English and Spanish), research-based app helps your child learn Sesame’s “Breathe, Think, Do” strategy for problem-solving. Tap and touch to help the monster friend take deep breaths, think of plans, and try them out! Your child will enjoy silly animations and playful interactions as she is exposed to important emotional vocabulary, a calm breathing technique, personalized encouragements, and more!

Free on iTunes & Android

Beck_and_Bo13. Beck & Bo

Beck and Bo is a fun educational app that is sure to engage your little kids in a creative way, while helping them build their early vocabulary. Follow the amazing adventures of Beck and Bo as they go on a train trip with their beloved dog, swim in the ocean with a giant whale, go on safari and run into noisy gorillas, win prizes at the theme park and do a whole lot of exciting activities!

Available on iTunes & Android

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Splingo14. Splingo’s Language Universe

An exceptionally high-quality, interactive game designed by Speech and Language Therapists/Pathologists to help children learn listening and language skills.

With thousands of different word and sentence possibilities, Splingo the alien’s spoken instructions will guide your child through a galaxy of language learning, helping them practice their listening and language skills. Kids will love helping Splingo build a space ship and complete the tasks in order to get him home. His hilarious animated responses will capture your child’s imagination.

“My kids, 3 and 5, love Splingo’s Language Universe” – Erin

Available on iTunes & Android

Dr_Panda15. Dr. Panda’s Hospital

What kid doesn’t think about being a vet or doctor? Here’s their chance to help Dr. Panda take care of animals at Dr. Panda’s Hospital. Your child will greet different animals in the waiting room, help them to their hospital beds, discover and treat their ailments – all while learning sequencing! Dr. Panda’s Hospital is ideal for kids ages 2 – 6 that are naturally curious about basic medical procedures and anatomy.

There is a Lite version of this app available free, with 3 of the minigames, so you can try the app before deciding to purchase.

Available on iTunes & Android

Lego_Juniors16. LEGO® Juniors Create & Cruise

In LEGO® Juniors Create & Cruise, children age 4-7 can use their imagination to create their very own LEGO® vehicles and minifigures. Create & Cruise provides plenty of inspiration for real-life LEGO® builds and imaginative play scenarios you can talk to your child about – like why the pretty princess is driving a police car that has legs instead of wheels.

Free on iTunes & Android

LetterSchool17. LetterSchool

LetterSchool is an amazing, intuitive game to learn all about letters and numbers: writing, counting, phonics and more, and has been much praised. Recommended for ages 3–7.

Kids practice essential skills as they play four exciting games per letter/number. In INTRO, discover the letter’s shape, name and sound; TAP, learn where to start, change direction and finish by tapping the dots; TRACE, learn the letter trajectory by tracing it;WRITE, test your knowledge by writing from memory

There is a Lite/Free version available, with all the features of the full version for a subset of letters and numbers.

Available on iTunes & Android

Lego_Duplo_Food18. LEGO® DUPLO® Food

The LEGO® Duplo apps appeal to toddlers, and are free. In DUPLO Food, your child will build ice creams, cakes and burgers for the store’s friendly customers – and be rewarded for getting the order just right.

It focuses on matching the customer’s order by trial and error, and helps the early development of your child’s reasoning skills. Preschoolers can learn about shapes and colors hands-on, and improve their fine motor skill development.

Free on iTunes & Android

The_Lonely_Beast_ABC19. The Lonely Beast ABC

The Lonely Beast ABC is an alphabet adventure from the world of Chris Judge’s much loved children’s book, The Lonely Beast. It’s got easy, no-fuss controls, simple interactions and lots of funny stuff to keep your little one giggling while they learn.

If you’re a fan of Chris Judge’s books, then you and your little one will love this app.

Available on iTunes

Richard_Scarry's_Busytown20. Richard Scarry’s Busytown

If your child is a fan of the Richard Scarry book series, then they will love Richard Scarry’s Busytown app – the memorable storybook world, filled with adorable animal families, outrageous pickle cars, and endless items to discover and examine! Join Huckle Cat, and find Goldbug, in this imaginative and interactive picture book. Each scene and mission will be different every time you play, and curiosity pays off!

Available on iTunes

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