5/07/14 11/21/13 POPSUGAR Moms Food and Activities Best Apps For Preschoolers 15 Apps to Get Your Preschooler Learning November 21, 2013 by Rebecca Gruber 319 Shares Chat with us on Facebook Messenger. Learn what's trending across POPSUGAR. View in slideshow Candy Crush and Instagram might be the most used apps on your phone, but you don't necessarily want your kids using them. With a little time spent in the iTunes and Google Play stores, you can easily convert your device into a learning tool for your tot. From letter and number learning apps to introductions to music and more, there are apps designed to educate and entertain the youngest students out there. Here, more than a dozen of our favorite apps for the preschooler who will inevitably take over your phone! Source: Flickr user Lentini Intro to Letters, by Montessorium There are plenty of apps that teach kids their letters, but Intro to Letters, by Montessorium ($5) instructs tots to recognize, pronounce, and write letters, as well as simple letter combinations (aka phonograms). When kids trace a letter, the app says its sound. It also says the letter's name and allows kids to record themselves saying the sound to see how close they get to the original. One of the most popular apps in the App Store, Intro to Letters was featured in an Apple ad that aired on national TV. Intro to Letters, by Montessorium $5 from itunes.apple.com Buy Now Big Bird's Words Perhaps one of the most exciting new apps designed for preschoolers, Big Bird's Words ($1) uses augmented reality to close the gap between the sounds letters make and how they're used in the real world. In the app, kids help Big Bird build a grocery list, and then use their parents' phones or tablets to scan their homes for real-life items featuring those words. So once a grain that starts with C is added to the list, kids can put the phone up to a box of cereal to put it in their "cart," meaning the word and the sound come together as one. Big Bird's Words $1 from play.google.com Buy Now ABC Music A truly innovative app for teaching musical instruments (and letters), ABC Music ($3) links out to curated, kid-friendly YouTube videos that teach tots different instruments while teaching them new words. ABC Music $3 from itunes.apple.com Buy Now Monkey Preschool Lunchbox Monkey Preschool Lunchbox ($2) takes basic early learning concepts and wraps them up with stickers, praise, bright colors, and a silly monkey. Kids can't get enough of this app and moms see their kids learning about colors, letters, counting, shapes, sizes, matching, and more! Monkey Preschool Lunchbox $2 from itunes.apple.com Buy Now Intro to Math, by Montessorium Much like Intro to Letters, the Intro to Math, by Montessorium app ($5) teaches kids about numbers by having them manipulate them and see the different ways they can be represented. The Monster at the End of This Book Sesame Street's beloved Grover is the star of the ebook about a monster who is scared of monsters. The Monster at the End of This Book ($5) translates beautifully to the digital screen, inviting tots to untie the strings, knock down the bricks, and remove the nails that hold the pages together. Along the way, parents are prompted to engage even more with their kids — inviting them to flex their muscles, discuss the topic, and more. The Monster at the End of This Book $5 from itunes.apple.com Buy Now Bob Books #1 — Reading Magic Bob Books has taught countless tots how to read, and its app just may be the best one out there to supplement actual book reading. The Bob Books #1 — Reading Magic ($2) and Bob Books #2 — Reading Magic ($2) help tots sound out simple words to start reading and spelling on their own. Bob Books #1 — Reading Magic ($2) and $2 from itunes.apple.com Buy Now Bob Books #2 — Reading Magic $2 from itunes.apple.com Buy Now Scout's ABC Garden LeapFrog's first app, Scout's ABC Garden ($2), is similar to the company's highly praised Leapster and LeapPad units, featuring interactive exercises designed to teach kids about letters and sounds. Scout and Violet can be personalized to say up to three children's names, their favorite colors, food, and animals. Tots can then explore Scout's garden, pop bubbles, sprinkle seeds, play a whac-a-mole-like game, and listen to kid-friendly songs while practicing their letter skills. Scout's ABC Garden $2 from itunes.apple.com Buy Now Preschool Arcade The four-in-one Preschool Arcade app ($1) includes math, letters, matching, and speed games. The graphics let kids think they're playing an arcade game, but the education is really there, and the kids are actually learning while they play. Preschool Arcade app $1 from itunes.apple.com Buy Now Starfall Learn to Read With Starfall Learn to Read ($3) kids apply their letter and sound knowledge to play phonics minigames and engage with easy-to-read stories. The app focuses on vowel patterns, including the r-controlled vowels. For extra support, all the words in the app can be read aloud when tapped. Starfall Learn to Read $3 from itunes.apple.com Buy Now Montessori Letter Sounds HD We love when kids are not rewarded or driven by an app to complete one isolated activity. Rather than focus on letter names, Montessori Letter Sounds ($2) teaches kids the sounds letters make and correlates the sounds to words and images they know. It also teaches kids how to write the letters by having them trace them with their fingers. The app uses self-correction and playful literacy activities that kids want to use again and again — largely because the learning is really fun! Montessori Letter Sounds $2 from itunes.apple.com Buy Now Reading Rainbow What better way to introduce kids to the beauty of reading than with the original kids' reading show, Reading Rainbow? The Reading Rainbow app (free) offers up a full library of books that kids can either read on their own or have read to them. Individual books can be read, but there is a $10 monthly fee (or $30 for six months) to subscribe. To date, over 6 million books have been read through the app. Toca Doctor Preschoolers are a curious bunch wanting to know the whys and hows of everything they encounter. Toca Doctor ($3) allows them to do puzzles and play games that take place inside the human body, ultimately learning why things work the way they do! Toca Doctor $3 from itunes.apple.com Buy Now Sesame Street Family Play Waiting is never fun, but the new Sesame Street Family Play ($1) ensures that kids will never be bored waiting in line again. The app, which really encourages kids to turn their focus away from electronics, is packed with games that kids can play in various situations — at home (included in the $1 version), away from home, or traveling (included with the $2 in-app purchase). Once the location is selected, the app asks a few other questions to determine what room you're in, what supplies you have access to, and how much time you have. From there, a number of games are suggested from scavenger hunts to animal imitations, and more. All games are interactive, tie into eduction in some way, and feature Sesame Street characters — so it's a win for everyone! Sesame Street Family Play $1 from itunes.apple.com Buy Now Preschool Fun. Designed as an introduction to various concepts, Preschool Fun. (free) wraps letters, numbers, and music into one beautifully designed app. Kids will learn to write their letters, count their numbers, basic keyboarding, and even read a clock in this preschool-level app. Kid Apps And GamesFood And ActivitiesKid ShoppingiPhoneiPadMontessoriPhone AppsSesame StreetLeapfrogStarfallReading Rainbow Stay Sane and SavvyWith Our Moms Newsletter You're subscribed! Sign Up For Our Newsletter Select topics that interest you Parenting Humor Parenting News Activities and Recipes New Moms Sign up with facebook By signing up, I agree to the Terms & to receive emails from POPSUGAR.