Preschool Learning Games

Starting school can be difficult: Both kids and parents can be unsure of what to expect. Sure, it's great if your kids can identify their shapes and colors, but getting by in preschool involves so much more. These terrific apps, games, and websites can help kids build friendships and learn everyday life skills, too -- such as observing the weather, understanding the importance of moving around, and expressing their feelings. For more great apps, check out our list of Preschool Apps That Are Worth the Money.

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Busy Shapes

age 2+

Super-smart playground designed for youngest app users.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2014)
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Hungry Caterpillar Play School

age 2+

Engaging learning games, parent tips via subscription.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2018)
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AlphaTots

age 3+

"E" is for an excellent educational app.

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Daniel Tiger's Day and Night

age 3+

Friendly tiger helps kids with morning, evening routines.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2013)
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Dave and Ava Learn and Play

age 3+

Quality early learning from YouTube; try before you buy.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2019)
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Dora ABCs Vol 1: Letters & Letter Sounds

age 3+

Easy-to-play games are great practice for pre-readers.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2012)
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Elmo Loves ABCs

age 3+

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

Devices: iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2011)
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iTrace - handwriting for kids

age 3+

Tracing-practice app corrects, assesses, and rewards.

Devices: iPad (2013)
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Khan Academy Kids

age 3+

Creative early-learning activities engage and inspire.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2021)
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Kids ABC Phonics

age 3+

Build skills with second app in excellent reading series.

Devices: Android, Kindle Fire (2011)
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LeapFrog Academy Learning

age 3+

Excellent educational content from trusted source.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, Android, Kindle Fire (2019)
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Little Digits

age 3+

Fun way for little fingers to interact with numbers.

Devices: iPad (2012)
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Monty's Backyard Adventure

age 3+

Darling dog game will delight tots as they learn.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2018)
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Peppy Pals Social Skills

age 3+

Great pro-social learning content transfers offscreen.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2019)
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Reading Raven

age 3+

Learn-to-read games offer kids solid lessons at own pace.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2012)
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Starfall ABCs

age 3+

Animated alphabet app with fun pictures and sounds.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2021)
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Super Why! ABC Adventures

age 3+

Nice collection of short mini-games with good feedback.

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

age 4+

Hilarious and creative way for little ones to see emotions.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2015)
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Breathe, Think, Do with Sesame

age 4+

Adorable monster de-stresses kids with Sesame Street style.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2013)
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Dexteria Jr.

age 4+

Strengthen fine motor skills with touch-screen games.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2013)
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