We recently put out the call to our readers for all your favorite kids’ apps, and you definitely delivered! Thanks to everyone who chimed in on Facebook and Instagram — I found a couple new favorites for my own family from your suggestions. My 4-year-old is currently sitting on my legs playing Build A Truck while I work. (He highly recommends it.)
Reader Favorites: Learning Apps for Kids
ABCmouse is a popular educational app for ages 2 to 8. You may have free access to it through your school or library, but they also run a free trial program.
Lauren J. commented: “We love ABCmouse for my 4 and 1.5 yr old. Educational and fun. They love the games and earning tickets to buy items for their virtual hamster.” Mariclaire F. also wrote that her 5-year-old loves it, and I’ve heard from lots of friends and family who enjoy it.
Megan P. recommended this app that teaches preschoolers and kindergarteners the basics of coding with blocks — no reading required.
Nadia W. recommended this one, which includes a huge variety of educational games, videos, and books for ages 2 to 7. It’s only available on iOS and costs $7.99/month after the free 7-day trial.
Heidi E. recommended these learning apps, which are designed for kids as young as 2 years old. For older kids, she likes the Pet Bingo math facts app. Many local libraries feature these apps, so they may be familiar to your kids — mine love Build A Truck.
My own 4.5-year-old loves the Endless Alphabet, Endless Reader, and Endless Numbers apps. (There are free previews, but the full versions have a small cost.) He drags and drops letters and numbers with his finger, and each one wiggles and says the sound it makes or the number name. Then, a funny animation plays. It really lets him hear letter sounds in a hands-on way.
Epic! is a digital library for kids 12 and under. It’s a paid program, but begins with a free 30-day trial.
Heather N. recommends it: “It’s an app that has books. Lots and lots of books. Depending on the age they have some that read to you and some that the kids can read to themselves. I think I pay $7.99 a month. My kids are 5 and 8.”
GoNoodle gets kids up and moving with activities that combine screen time, exercise, and pure fun. Watch online or via the app. Your elementary school kids might even be used to doing these videos in the classroom.
Lottie L. recommended this one, and my own 2-year-old and 4-year-old enjoy it, too.
Khan Academy is one of the premier names in online learning. Their free kids’ app is aimed at ages 2 to 7 and adapts to your child’s level, helping them stretch and learn without growing either too bored or frustrated.
Quite a few of you recommend this one, including Cassandra L., Nadia W., and Lottie L.
This was a popular one! Cheryl M., Ria H., and @my.slow.journey all wrote in that their kids enjoy it — and so does Annie’s family.
Robin S. says her kids have been using these apps since they were in preschool. Aimed at ages 3 to 9, these apps feature a free 30-day trial and help kids learn with games and songs.
Starfall is a free site with no ads that teaches reading, math, and more for kids in preschool through third grade. The website adapts to mobile devices, so you don’t need to download a separate app. Julie A. and Lottie L. both recommend this one.
This reading and phonics app covers everything from letters to full sentences. It’s free to use the desktop version, or you can download the mobile app. Mariclaire F.’s 5-year-old loves this game.
Mary S. commented that her 4-year-old thinks this “wonderful teaching app” is just a game. It’s designed to help kids aged 2 to 8 learn to read with a personalized path through games, stories, and songs.
Thanks to all our readers who chimed in with their recommendations! Let us know your kids’ favorites in the comments below. You’ll also find more resources for parents during the COVID-19 crisis on our site. We’re here for you!