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Which Learning Apps do Kids Love?

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If your child has had access to an Ipad or tablet of their own, or just plays with something of yours, you likely know how many apps geared towards children are a complete waste of time. Play just for fun certainly has its place, but many parents find the best use of today’s technology is when it also furthers learning. If that’s your philosophy, or you’re just looking for a few useful educational apps that your kids will love, you’re in the right place!

Here are our top tried and tested learning apps for kids that they are sure love! We will share a variety of apps for different ages, subjects, platforms, and a mix of free and paid below. This list has a little bit of everything and we’re positive you and your child will find a new favorite or two!

All content, pricing, and platforms listed may vary as app developers make adjustments. Given age ranges are based on recommendations provided by each app. Parents should always gauge all online content based on their child and personal rules.

Full Curriculum

ABC Mouse

Used by parents and teachers alike, ABC Mouse is a well done learning app young children are sure to love! Featuring an award-winning learning program that covers reading, math, art, music, and more. Offering over 10,000 learning games for all academic levels. Requires a monthly or yearly subscription.

Age range: 2 – 8 years
Scope: Reading/phonics, math, art, music, etc
Platforms: IOS (Iphone & Ipad), Google Play, Kindle Store
Cost: $12.99 monthly or $59.99 yearly subscriptions

Adventure Academy

From the creators of ABC Mouse, Adventure Academy is the one  of the largest collections of educational games, books, learning challenges, and more to help strengthen skills across academic subjects for elementary and middle school students. Including subjects like math, science, language arts, reading, social studies, and more all styled as a fun game for your children! Requires a monthly or yearly subscription.

Age Ranges: 8 – 13 years
Scope: Math, Science, Language Arts, Social Studies, Reading
Platforms: iOS (iPhone & iPad), Google Play
Cost: $9.99 monthly or $79.99 yearly subscription

Reading

Teach Your Monster to Read

Teach Your Monster to Read is an award winning reading and phonics app that has been played by over 22 million children! Your child will design their own monster and go on a journey as they learn to read together through play! Includes 3 leveled options and designed to alongside any phonics programs in  school or at home. Plus, no in app purchases ever!

Age range: 3 – 6 years 
Scope: Reading/phonics
Platforms: iOS (iPhone & iPad) Google Play, Kindle Store
Cost: $4.99  – one time fee/no in app purchases

Epic

An instant access library of books just for kids right at their fingertips! Epic is a massive reading platform for kids 12 and under, designed as an interactive, kid safe, reading app that allows kids to explore new books across a wide ranging topic list. Search through books, read-to-me books, audiobooks, educational videos, and earn fun badges as they go. Parents can track reading time and assign books easily. Popular book series included, as well as a ton of original content. Two different plans available, basic and unlimited.

Age range: up to 12 years
Scope: Reading/Independent reading
Platforms: iOS (iPhone & iPad), Google Play
Cost: Basic/Free – Unlimited/$9.99/monthly or $71.99/year

Math

Prodigy: Kids Math Game

Get ready for a math adventure! Kids will be able to create their own character that will embark on a unique journey that makes real math skills into a game! Prodigy is fully aligned with state grade levels and designed by experienced educators to include an adaptive algorithm to tailor to the specific child’s learning style and grade level. In app optional subscription includes additional features, such as parent progress tracking.

Age range: 1 – 8 grade levels
Scope: Grade leveled math skills
Platforms: iOS (iPhone & iPad), Google Play, Kindle Store
Cost: Free download/optional in app subscription

Monster Math

Maxx, the Mighty Monster is ready to take your child on a fun math-filled adventure! Practice is made fun for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Explore new worlds, rescue fellow monster friends and more while learning and honing important math skills. The app offers adventure mode, multiplayer mode, practice mode, and skill filtering mode that allows the parent to select certain skills for your child to focus on. In-depth reporting for parents is also included in this ad free app!

Age range: K – 5th grade
Scope: Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division
Platforms: iOS (iPhone & iPad), Google Play, Kindle Store
Cost: Monthly or Yearly subscriptions

Science

Play and Learn Science

From PBS Kids, Play and Learn Science brings a variety of games designed to encourage early interest in science. By combining a variety of games that help kids learn, the app also offers co-learning prompts to create “teachable moments” for  the adults to bring science from the app into the real world.

Age range: 3 – 5 years (PreK-Kindergarten)
Scope: Scientific concepts/problem solving skills
Platforms: iOS (iPhone & iPad), Google Play, Kindle Store
Cost: Free download

Tappity: K-5 Science for Kids

Get your child excited for science with their new friend Haley the Science Gal, Tappity’s science expert! Designed to help your child engage interactively, Haley will explain complex science topics and demonstrate real science experiments, while always encouraging your child to try their best! This app is 100% interactive and includes videos, a science journal, at home experiment suggestions, and more. The curriculum covers space science, life science, earth science, And physical science. Subscription required for parts of the app.

Age Range: 4 – 10 years (K-5 grade level)
Scope: Science – Space, life, earth, and physical science)
Platforms: iOS (iPhone & iPad)
Cost: Free with limited play/subscription needed for full access

Coding

Tynker: Coding for Kids

One of the top STEM based apps, Tynker allows kids to explore a fun world of coding games. Everything from drones, Minecraft, Barbie, controlling robots, and more. Step-by-step tutorials teach kids coding in a game based way they are sure to love. Great for all kids interested in coding, but an especially great option for kids into playing Minecraft! Monthly or yearly subscription required.

Age Range: 8 – 14 years
Scope: STEM/Coding games, apps, etc.
Platforms: iOS (iPhone & iPad)
Cost: $11.99/monthly or $119.99 yearly

Scratch Jr.

Coding is the new literacy!” Start your kids off on the right foot with this fun and interactive coding games designed for young children/beginning coders. Using an interactive story approach, kids will be able to design and create their projects, practice problem solving skills, and express their creativity. Available as a free app on tablets only.

Age Range: 5 – 7 years
Scope: STEM/Coding
Platforms: iOS (iPad), Google Play (tablet), Chromebooks
Cost: No cost

Second Language

Duolingo

Ready to introduce your child to a second language? Duolingo offers over 35 different languages in a fun app design that offers lessons in bite-sized sizes. Language options include Spanish, French, Chinese, Japanese, Italian, German, Dutch, Norwegian, Arabic, Korean, or even High Valyrian! Practice speaking, reading, listening, and writing to build your understanding and retention.  Best of all, every language course is free! A separate premium plan is available with features like a mastery quiz and downloadable courses for learning on the go.

Age Ranges: 4 – 99 + years
Scope: Language retention
Platforms: iOS (iPhone & iPad), Google Play
Cost: Free or Premium plan available

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