Vocabulary Apps

Though nothing can replace the benefits of good old-fashioned reading, these fun apps and games can help broaden kids' vocabulary. Having a bigger vocabulary can benefit kids in all sorts of ways -- from being able to express themselves more clearly to doing well on all sorts of tests. And it's not just all about learning new words. To keep adding words to your personal word bank, it helps to know word parts, like roots, prefixes, and suffixes, so that you can recognize how words are related to each other and become a better reader and writer. And be sure to also check out our best Reading Comprehension Apps, Games, and Websites.

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Friends - First Words

age 2+

Eric Carle faves teach vocab in English and other languages.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2015)
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Endless Alphabet

age 3+

Cute ABC and vocab app will appeal to a wide range of ages.

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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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Planet Lettra Word Building Playground

age 6+

Open-ended word builder takes time to master.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2016)
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Scene Speak

age 6+

Useful creation tool can help with vocabulary, expression.

Devices: iPad (2012)
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Puku: Learn New Words

age 8+

Cute vocab builder with custom lists, some limits.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2019)
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Spelling Bee

age 8+

Good for general practice, but kids can't enter own lists.

Devices: Android, Kindle Fire (2011)
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Word Tag: Epic Adventure Game

age 8+

Paint walls with words, hear definitions, finish sentences.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2021)
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Kids' Vocab - Mindsnacks

age 10+

Fast-paced vocabulary practice with lessons, games.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2013)
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Word Joust for 6-8

age 11+

Brief vocab quests should hold preteen attention.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2012)
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uVocab - Vocabulary Trainer

age 12+

Challenging practice app for SAT and ACT prep.

Devices: Android (2012)
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Vocabulary.com

age 13+

Intense, game-style vocab practice challenges teens.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2014)
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Word A Day Visuals and Audios by VocabAhead

age 14+

Learn new vocab with cartoons; some content best for teens.

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