Early Childhood Education iPad Apps We Love

Lozner 5832 300x200 Early Childhood Education iPad Apps We Love

I have two current education app obsessions: 1) early literacy apps that allow for different languages and 2) Montessori based learning apps. I am not a huge fan of flashcards but give me one that offers different languages and I’m yours. I love matching memory games too! I made comments on a few of my most favorite below.

Early Literacy:
- Montessorium’s Intro to Letters is by far one of the best Montessori apps that exists in cyberspace. The options include tracing lower and upper case letters, identifying letters, tracing double letters (th or oo, for example) and sounding out the letters and letter combinations. The app’s voice is realistic and reads/sounds to you but also gives the opportunity to record. Plain ol’ awesome.

- Duck Duck Moose Fish School and Word Wagon

- Learning Touch First Words

- Night and Day’s Eric Carle My Very First App

- Montessorium’s Intro to Numbers is also one of the best educational apps that exists in cyberspace. The app offers counting, tracing numbers, ordering numbers, ordering blocks, etc. A great hands on tool that helps develop math and fine motor skills.

- Duck Duck Moose’s Park Math and Fish School

- Spinlight Studio’s Tally Tots

Foreign Language:
- ITot Cards Toddler Flashcards: nice images and offers in a variety of languages. My only issue with the app is thy for Chinese it only offer the Chinese letter spelling and not Pintin or phonetic

- Learning Touch First Words comes in a variety of languages although I’m still waiting for Chinese!

- Little Pim’s Talking Coloring Book and Word Bag: I like the talking coloring book, although there are some functionality issues and the app currently offers a small sample of vocabulary, better than word bag which is essentially a fancy version of flashcards. Little Pim is adorable and kids really take to the character. One thing to note, Word Bag only currently offers French and Spanish.

- Heidy Spurrel’s Chinese for Munchkins has fun illustrations and memory and counting games. Love that the cards show pinyin and Chinese spelling.

- Kundermusik: kids version of Pandora with lyrics and add on activities to boot

- Duck Duck Moose Musical Me and Wheels on the Bus

- Star Walk: This app allows you to point your device to the sky and identifies stars, constellations, etc for you. Enough said.

- ABCya’s Create a Car: The app’s name kind of says it all but I can verify that this app is awesome. Add on some Automoblox into the activity and your child will be a happy learner.

- Green Mountain Digital’s Audubon Society: An app for adults but kids will get a ton of enjoyment out of the animal sounds, birds songs, images, fun facts and more. Your kids will get a kick out of identifying creatures and more with this app. We had a blast listening to bird songs and then hearing the same songs when we were out on walks.

- Drawing Pad gives kids many, many options use their imagination and to create a drawing. Loads of fun and is bound to keep your kid entertained for a good while.

- Clicky Sticky: This app is basically an interactive sticker collection, which, for me, is a gift. Love my kid’s enthusiasm but if I find one more sticker on the bottom of my foot or, oh, I don’t know, on our shower drain, I might have to swear off stickers for life. So, the app is a ton of fun creating scenes, dressing characters and more. .

- PBS Kids: a wonderful educational app filled with loads of stuff for you and your kids.

Other Apps we are excited about but haven’t yet test driven include:
- Critteroos Mix and Match
- The Bilingual ABCs
- Hey, Hey Colorful Sounds
- How Are You Feeling?

Some of these apps, such as the drawing and art apps, are more effective on the iPad.

Still exploring…

Have fun!


  1. I LOVE this list! I am obsessed with literacy and montessori apps as well! I am going to have to copy this list in its entirety to make sure we check out every single app.
    thanks for pinning this to the technology pinterest board!!

  2. I checked these apps Critteroos Mix and Match, The Bilingual ABCs. I found them very helpful. Star Walk, you have listed it on your apps list. When I first used it, you don’t know how much it was surprising to me. Really I enjoy this apps all time.
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  3. I love how you say “…your child will become a happy learner.” Isn’t that what we all want? A child that is happily learning and is happy for his or her learning? I am with you on these list of commended apps. Great list! :)
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  4. For Math, I strongly recommend King of Math. My nephew is 6 years old, very smart but with a short attention span unless something is really interesting. I gave him the iPad with King of Math and he went through all levels (from 1 to 10) in about 3 hours. My sister was watching in complete disbelief!. You can find a post about King of Math on my blog.
    For Early Literacy, you may want to try Sky Fish Phonics and Hideout: Early Reading.
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