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8 Great iPad Apps for Preschoolers

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iPads aren't only for adults; even the littlest kids love swiping, tapping and tilting their way through apps on this Apple tablet. It's not all fun though: the preschool apps for the iPad can be a great, interactive way to teach your preschooler everything from shapes to colors to numbers and counting! Check out our picks for the best iPad apps for preschoolers.

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Monkey Preschool Lunchbox

Hone a wide range of preschool skills with this jungle-themed app. Bright colors, kid-friendly graphics and recognizable images (such as fruit) help children intuitively understand the rules of the game.

This app teaches almost everything your preschooler will want to work on—shapes, letters, puzzles, counting, colors, matching and more.

Brainzy

Preschoolers can learn a lot from games! Brainzy's math and reading games are made just for early learners. The computer- and iPad-compatible program gets kids to learn over 30 essential skills through songs, games, and read-along stories.

Kids can learn the basics of the ABCs and numbers alongside a cast of colorful characters from the land of Knowhere. This is a great program for giving preschool students a foundation for learning that will help them in elementary school.

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Fish School

Friendly fish are waiting to help teach kids some of the basics in new and exciting formations! Basic repetition and picture recognition combined with colorful schools of fish swimming into numbers makes counting fun for your tiny tot.

Work on numbers and counting with the friendly fish. It's not all just learning, though.

123 Color HD: Talking Coloring Book

The classic color-by-number has been given a major makeover for the modern day. Children can color their way to learning with this engaging app that's so much more than just a coloring book.

Select from a variety of themed coloring pages to complete by numbers, uppercase letters or lowercase letters.

Left Right Pup

Left, left, left, right, left! Learning directions can be tricky, but this app makes practicing a lot cooler for young kids.

Featuring calming music, a simple interface and multi-textured graphics, this gem helps your child move left and right through the park or the beach, walking the dog and surfing some gnarly waves.

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AniMatch: Animal Pairs and Sounds Matching Game

From the farm to the forest, animal recognition and sounds are some of the first skills preschoolers master. Give kids a leg up with AniMatch, a simple memory game that features recognizable, cute critters, along with the sounds they make.

The bold, bright graphics paired with realistic moos, meows, clucks, oinks and other animal sounds.

Feed Me!

Give your preschooler the chance to whip up some delicious answers for a hungry monster in Feed Me!

Once the app's running, game play is intuitive and easy for small fingers to master. The monster “thinks” of a specific topic he's hungry for, and kids must choose from three options and “feed” their furry friend what he wants.

8 Planets Pro

Take one giant leap into learning with this astronomy app guaranteed to pique preschoolers' interest. With four games in one, reading isn't required to have fun—meaning even pre-readers can study space with memory match games or by placing planets in the correct position.

Kids identify, match and spell their way to success, learning the names, appearance and order of the planets before attempting the most dangerous mission of all: the "Black Hole."

Draw and Tell HD

Turn art into active learning! With this incredibly intuitive app, kids start with a blank canvas to make an artistic creation from scratch. Help children get their creative juices flowing by painting, drawing, adding stickers and patterns, creating animation and even singing an accompanying tune to their artwork!

Boasting 27 crayons, 27 paint brushes, 27 pencils, countless stickers, papers, patterns, stencils and more, this award-winning app is well worth every penny, and includes way more than what you'd expect from either the title or the price.

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