Top 10 Kindergarten Apps for Little Learners

Finding the right apps for your kindergartener can be tricky and tedious—it's tough to know which kindergarten apps are truly educational and skill-based, and which are simply glorified games. To get you started on the right track, here are 10 of our favorite apps for kindergarten-aged kids, including the best iPad apps for kindergarten and the best Android apps for kindergarten.

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Park Math

Variety is the name of the game in this engaging yet educational app. With seven sections to choose from, kids will learn addition, subtraction, counting and categorizing.

Each page has plenty for little fingers to explore, with interactive surprises to touch and try in every scene. Kindergarteners will learn the concept that objects—and animals—can represent numbers or sections of an equation.


This games program for iPad and computer helps kindergarteners learn 30 math and reading skills, including phonemic awareness, one-to-one number correspondence, and sight word recognition.

Each of the 50 lessons in the program contains a video teaching moment or read-along story, which is followed-up with a set of learning games, including this one where kids will knock out numbers based on what they hear.

Click here to play Brainzy.

Sight Words List – Learn to Read Flash Cards & Games

While kindergarten kids generally need to master common high-frequency words, there are always some children who've been reading for a while and others who are still studying the basics.

This extremely intuitive app allows full customization, so you can start from scratch to make specific lists—or, tackle the premade lists of grade-appropriate words, and then add and delete words to your liking.

Toca Store

For a break from academically heavy apps, try this very interactive game that teaches children how to cooperate, negotiate and spend money wisely.

Budding consumers role-play and create their own stores, using their money skills, sorting, categorizing, imagination and playful nature.

Grow Your Garden

Help your little sprout develop mental addition and subtraction skills—and a green thumb—with Grow Your Garden, an app boasting adorable graphics, a simple interface and basic math puzzles.

Kids will help baby plants grow into flourishing fauna by figuring out the exact amount of water to give each one. When a potted plant gets enough water, it’s moved to a virtual garden to keep track of progress. Spinning stars, blooming buds and cheery sounds celebrate completed puzzles; answer incorrectly, however, and you’ll be greeted with an unfriendly raincloud.

Children will be so busy tending to their gardens that they won’t notice the improvement in fine motor dexterity, mental addition and subtraction capabilities, and critical thinking skills … but you will.


Try this app for some fun interactive play and muscle building exercise for little fingers. Dexteria has three different games to develop dexterity and strength to get kindergarten hands ready for more fun!

The “Tap it” features challenging rhythms and patterns, while writing muscles are built through the exciting “Pinch it” game, where you have to squish crabs as they move across the screen, and “Write it” offers upper and lowercase letter tracing practice.

Word Wagon

Figuring out how phonics and different letters combine to make new sounds can be confusing. Help budding orators master these pre-reading skills with this adorable app.

Mozzarella the mouse chooses high frequency spelling words to tackle, while his feathered friend Coco pronounces each letter and phoneme, reinforcing the skill both visually and verbally. Silly, animated animals will inspire children to keep coming back for more; gameplay is so amusing, they don’t mind tackling educational tasks along the way.

Little learners will love motivation in the form of an adorably animated sticker for each correctly spelled word. Stickers can be saved in a personal sticker book, which parents, teachers and kids can use to track progress within the app.

Dr. Seuss’ ABC

Zizzer-zazzer-zuzz! Dr. Seuss is back with a bang in this interactive story. This app has three settings to enjoy the story—Read to Me, Read it Myself, Auto Play—and all modes allow for loads of interactive fun. Touch individual words or letters to hear them sounded out or tap on pictures and see the corresponding word pop up and hear it spoken out loud as many times as you want.

Eggy 100 HD

Sight words over easy and egg-cellent! This quirky app has  to help your kids work on their spelling, reading and even their fine motor skills.

Kids will feel like they’re playing a game instead of practicing their basic reading skills as they try to catch eggs as they fly across the screen without picking wrong words or landing on a rotten egg. Cute graphics and upbeat music encourage kids to pick up the pace as they read quickly and avoid flying skillets, potatoes, pigs and more.

Figuring out how to play can be tricky, so be sure to walk children through set-up so they can get to tackling these protein-rich sight words as soon as possible.

abc PocketPhonics

With three different learning skills rolled into one app, PocketPhonics makes the difficult process of learning letters and their sounds entertaining and fun.

Beginning readers start off with simple but effective tracing practice that can be set at three different levels of difficulty to encourage accuracy. Next is phonic practice as letters that have been traced are picked by sound and put together to form sight words.

Scruffy Kitty

This interactive story for beginning readers is as visually captivating as the best children's picture book in print.

Full of interactive surprises on every page, kids will be engrossed as this simple, charming story is narrated to them. There’s no option to turn off the narrator, which makes this app best for budding readers.

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