English and Language Arts Apps, Games, and Websites

With these fun apps, games, and websites, kids of all ages can practice literacy. Preschoolers new to reading can trace letters on the tablet screen, identify letter names and sounds, and match words to their images. Middle schoolers can focus on expanding their vocabulary, composing original stories, and building basic online-researching skills. Teens can engage with classic literature in interesting new ways, learn to identify credible sources for research, and brush up on some of the more challenging aspects of grammar. And for more language arts tools, check out our list of Common Core-Friendly English and Language Arts Apps, Games, and Websites.

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APP

Elmo Loves ABCs

age 3+

Learn the alphabet with tracing, puzzles, videos, and songs.

Devices: iPad , Android , Kindle Fire (2011)
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GAME

Kinect Sesame Street TV

age 3+

Excellent example of educational interactive television.

Platforms: Xbox 360 (2012)
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GAME

LeapFrog Explorer Learning Game: Letter Factory

age 4+

Froggy friends help preschoolers learn the alphabet.

Platforms: LeapFrog games (2012)
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APP

LetterSchool

age 4+

Step-by-step method, animations make writing letters fun.

Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad (2012)
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APP

Skybrary – Kids Books & Videos

age 4+

Classic reborn as fee-based e-library with great selection.

Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad , Android , Kindle Fire (2012)
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WEBSITE

SesameStreet.org

age 4+

Brought to you by the letter "F" -- for fun.

URL: https://www.sesamestreet.org (2008)
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APP

Starfall Learn to Read

age 4+

Great reading activities fit a range of skill levels.

Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad , Android , Kindle Fire (2012)
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APP

Writing Wizard for Kids

age 4+

Fantastic, customizable tracing practice with fun rewards.

Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad , Android , Kindle Fire (2015)
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APP

Handwriting Without Tears: Wet-Dry-Try Suite for Capitals, Numbers & Lowercase

age 5+

Time-tested system transfers well to app, "sponge" included.

Devices: iPad (2013)
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APP

Monkey Word School Adventure

age 5+

Cute monkey guides kids through six early-reading games.

Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad , Android (2013)
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WEBSITE

VocabularySpellingCity

age 5+

City of fun, clever language games is worth visiting.

URL: https://www.spellingcity.com/ (2013)
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APP

HangArt: Play Hangman, Draw Pictures, Tell Stories

age 6+

New twist on old game makes learning fun.

Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad (2016)
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APP

LanguageBuilderDeluxe

age 7+

Audio, visual prompts help boost kids' communication skills.

Devices: iPad (2012)
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APP

Marvel Hero Tales

age 7+

Beat the villains, learn language skills in unique game.

Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad , Android (2020)
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APP

Smashing Grammar

age 8+

Arcade-style games test reflexes as much as grammar skills.

Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad (2016)
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APP

Write About This

age 8+

Fun images and prompts spark creativity, get kids writing.

Devices: iPad (2015)
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APP

Dictionary.

age 9+

Comprehensive reference tool with games and customization.

Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad , Android , Chromebook , Kindle Fire (2015)
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WEBSITE

CAST UDL Book Builder

age 10+

Read, write, share -- there's no wrong way to enjoy a book.

URL: http://bookbuilder.cast.org/ (2012)
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GAME

Scribblenauts Unlimited

age 10+

Vocabulary-exercise puzzler is an imaginative treat.

Platforms: Nintendo 3DS , Nintendo Wii U (2012)
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GAME

Scribblenauts Unmasked - A DC Comics Adventure

age 10+

Imaginative puzzling fuses with comic book characters.

Platforms: Nintendo 3DS , Nintendo Wii U , Windows (2013)