Best Preschool Apps

Apps for preschoolers can open up a world of possibilities and fun (not to mention keep them occupied in waiting rooms, traffic jams, and long lines). But how do you decide which apps to download? Our reviews will guide you toward the best apps out there so you don't waste your time on the stinkers. These quality educational preschool apps teach the ABCs, 123s, colors, shapes, and much more. Remember: Getting your little ones to use them is easy, but getting them to stop might be a challenge. Check out our app tips for more advice.

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Hungry Caterpillar Play School App Poster Image
Engaging learning games, parent tips via subscription.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2018)
(2018)
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ReadAskChat for Children 0-4 App Poster Image
Simple stories, convo starters for parents to use with kids.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2017)
(2017)
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Sago Mini Hat Maker App Poster Image
Toddlers create hats freely with simple, fun tools.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2017)
(2017)
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AlphaTots App Poster Image
"E" is for an excellent educational app.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook HD
(2011)
(2011)
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Another Monster at the End of This Book...Starring Grover & Elmo! App Poster Image
Great sequel keeps the spirit of the original book and app.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Kindle Fire
(2011)
(2011)
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Artie's World App Poster Image
Connect-the-dot drawing fun; free content limited.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2016)
(2016)
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Beck and Bo App Poster Image
Beautiful discovery app combines logic and creativity.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2013)
(2012)
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Busy Shapes & Colors App Poster Image
Smart sorting series adds colorful layer.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2017)
(2017)
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The Cat in the Hat - Read & Learn - Dr. Seuss App Poster Image
Fun activities, animation bring famous feline to life.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
(2015)
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Curious George and the Firefighters by i Read With App Poster Image
Fun story gives parents great tools to build strong readers.
Devices: iPad
(2014)
(2014)
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Daniel Tiger's Day and Night App Poster Image
Friendly tiger helps kids with morning, evening routines.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2013)
(2013)
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Daniel Tiger for Parents App Poster Image
Grr-ific songs and videos in two languages.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2017)
(2017)
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Daniel Tiger's Grr-ific Feelings App Poster Image
Express feelings in safe, healthy ways with Daniel's lead.
Devices: iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2014)
(2014)
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Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood: Play at Home with Daniel App Poster Image
Simple game gets kids talking about everyday activities.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2012)
(2012)
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Daniel Tiger's Storybooks App Poster Image
Learn little life lessons with beloved friends.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2017)
(2017)
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Doodle Math: Shapes App Poster Image
Well-rounded, fun activities thoroughly cover shapes.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
(2015)
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Dora ABCs Vol 1: Letters & Letter Sounds App Poster Image
Easy-to-play games are great practice for pre-readers.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
(2012)
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Dora ABCs Vol 2: Rhyming Words App Poster Image
Learning letter sounds with Dora is fun and systematic.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
(2012)
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DRAWNIMAL by YATATOY App Poster Image
Innovative combo of paper, app, and ABCs.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
(2014)
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Dr. Panda & Toto's Treehouse App Poster Image
Delightful tree house feels like a kid's dream house.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2014)
(2014)
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Elmo Loves ABCs App Poster Image
Learn the alphabet with tracing, puzzles, videos, and songs.
Devices: iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2011)
(2011)
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Endless Alphabet App Poster Image
Cute ABC and vocab app will appeal to a wide range of ages.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Apps for Windows, Windows Phone
(2014)
(2014)
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Fiete - A day on a farm App Poster Image
Adorable day-in-the-life teaches importance of daily tasks.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2015)
(2014)
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Fish School App Poster Image
Learn basic ABCs and 123s with colorful fun fish pals.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2010)
(2010)
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Grandma's Preschool App Poster Image
Explore cute classroom for basic intro to preschool themes.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
(2015)
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Highlights Monster Day: Play at Home Game for My Preschooler App Poster Image
Preschoolers help cute monsters navigate their day.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2016)
(2016)
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Itsy Bitsy Spider - by Duck Duck Moose App Poster Image
Cute, silly, animated preschool fun -- if a little short.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2010)
(2013)
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Interactive Alphabet App Poster Image
Kids learn letters and sounds through interactive play.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
(2013)
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Kidomi App Poster Image
Great curated content, parent controls; flawed navigation.
Devices: Android
(2018)
(2018)
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Metamorphabet App Poster Image
Learn letters and words through amazing animations.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2015)
(2015)
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Monkey Preschool Lunchbox App Poster Image
Playful app uses fruit to teach toddlers and preschoolers.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2010)
(2010)
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The Monster at the End of This Book...Starring Grover! App Poster Image
A fun adaptation of the classic Sesame Street book.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2011)
(2013)
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Mother Goose Club Rhymes App Poster Image
Quality, fee-based video library with books, games.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2018)
(2018)
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My PlayHome Hospital App Poster Image
Playful visit to the hospital can prep for the real thing.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2016)
(2016)
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My PlayHome App Poster Image
Virtual dollhouse encourages creative play.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook HD, Apps for Windows
(2011)
(2013)
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My PlayHome School App Poster Image
Magical free-play school appeals to a wide audience.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2015)
(2014)
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My PlayHome Stores App Poster Image
Kids are encouraged to shop at this virtual plaza.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook HD
(2013)
(2013)
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PBS KIDS Games App Poster Image
Free fun with familiar characters and learning games.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2016)
(2016)
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Peg + Cat Big Gig App Poster Image
Fun preschool app combines music, math, and creativity.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire, Nook HD
(2014)
(2014)
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Peg + Cat: The Tree Problem App Poster Image
Help Cat out of trees with spatial skills; expect smiles.
Devices: iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2015)
(2015)
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PBS KIDS Video App Poster Image
TV show clips in easy-to-navigate app for young kids.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2011)
(2012)
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Play and Learn Science App Poster Image
Preschoolers and parents explore science on- and offscreen.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2018)
(2018)
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Preschool Puzzle Town App Poster Image
Delightful puzzles for preschool players.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2017)
(2017)
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Reading Raven App Poster Image
Learn-to-read games offer kids solid lessons at own pace.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
(2012)
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Sago Mini Monsters App Poster Image
Safe and silly fun for little monster-makers.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2014)
(2014)
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Starfall ABCs App Poster Image
Great, in-depth alphabet app with fun pictures and sounds.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2010)
(2016)
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TallyTots App Poster Image
Great interactive tool for toddlers learning to count.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook HD
(2011)
(2012)
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Team Umizoomi Math: Zoom into Numbers HD App Poster Image
Cheerful preschool math app covers wide range of skills.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2011)
(2013)
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Tiny Robot Maker App Poster Image
Cool card-creating activity boosts basic robot maker.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
(2014)
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Toca Band App Poster Image
Super cute music app lets kids mix beats and sounds.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
(2013)
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Toca Doctor App Poster Image
Some bug-popping and blood appear in fun and silly puzzles.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
(2011)
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Toca Pet Doctor App Poster Image
Kids cure and feed animals in cute, empathy-promoting app.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2014)
(2014)
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World of Peppa Pig App Poster Image
Fun, simple, supportive activity sampler for preschoolers.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2018)
(2018)
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Yo Gabba Gabba! Music is Awesome! App Poster Image
Great variety in engaging activities for little music fans.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire, Nook HD
(2014)
(2014)
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Yo Gabba Gabba! Party in My Tummy App Poster Image
Catchy tune, favorite characters introduce variety of foods.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook HD
(2014)
(2014)
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Blaze and the Monster Machines App Poster Image
STEM concepts ride along with racing fun.
Devices: iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2015)
(2015)
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Bob Books #1 - Reading Magic App Poster Image
Excellent interactive early phonics storybook.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2010)
(2012)
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Breathe, Think, Do with Sesame App Poster Image
Adorable monster de-stresses kids with Sesame Street style.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2013)
(2013)
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Bugs and Numbers App Poster Image
Engaging math games span preschool through early elementary.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2013)
(2012)
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Doc McStuffins Color and Play App Poster Image
Creative fun with impressive toolbox of art supplies.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2014)
(2014)
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Doc McStuffins: Time for Your Check Up! App Poster Image
Kids practice doctoring with their own stuffed animals.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2013)
(2013)
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Dr. Panda Cafe App Poster Image
Order up some fun, structured, pretend play.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2017)
(2017)
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Dr. Panda's Hospital App Poster Image
Easy, intuitive app teaches young kids medical care basics.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2012)
(2012)
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Drawing Pad App Poster Image
Great drawing app is a window to self-expression.
Devices: iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2010)
(2010)
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Elmo Loves 123s App Poster Image
Kids learn numbers with beloved Muppets.
Devices: iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2013)
(2015)
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Fiete Math - for 1st grade and preschool App Poster Image
Manipulate numbers with fun and ease; best in small doses.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2016)
(2016)
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Homer: Kids Learn to Read App App Poster Image
Personalized early literacy program chock-full of choices.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2016)
(2017)
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Kazu Adventures App Poster Image
Cute puppy care with leveled math and reading games.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2018)
(2018)
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Leo's Pad Enrichment Program for Preschoolers App Poster Image
Charming stories, interactivity get preschoolers thinking.
Devices: iPad
(2015)
(2015)
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LetterSchool App Poster Image
Step-by-step method, animations make writing letters fun.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
(2012)
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Lucy & Pogo App Poster Image
Sweet story teaches inclusion with charming art, activities.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2016)
(2016)
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MarcoPolo Ocean App Poster Image
Preschoolers build, explore, and play in colorful ocean app.
Devices: iPad
(2014)
(2014)
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MarcoPolo World School App Poster Image
Learning dialogue makes STEAM videos and games special.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2018)
(2018)
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Mickey Mouse Clubhouse - Color and Play App Poster Image
Enter and explore the world of art with favorite characters.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire, Apps for Windows
(2013)
(2013)
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Montessori Crosswords App Poster Image
Learning tool for kids to practice phonetics and literacy.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2010)
(2012)
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Montessori Preschool App Poster Image
Play mini-games for coins in multifaceted classroom.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2017)
(2017)
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More Trucks -- by Duck Duck Moose App Poster Image
Kids make motion and action with trucks, cars, and more.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2013)
(2013)
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Name Play: a name reading and writing practice kit App Poster Image
Games cleverly use familiar names as early reading practice.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2016)
(2016)
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Nick Jr Draw & Play App Poster Image
App promotes creation with cool tools, favorite characters.
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(2012)
(2012)
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LeVar Burton Kids Skybrary App Poster Image
Classic reborn as fee-based e-library with great selection.
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(2012)
(2012)
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Sparkle Stories App Poster Image
Soothing stories for kids who need calm.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2017)
(2017)
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Starfall Learn to Read App Poster Image
Great reading activities fit a range of skill levels.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2012)
(2012)
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Toca Kitchen App Poster Image
Imaginative cooking game with no rules is just right.
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(2011)
(2011)
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Toca Store App Poster Image
Math and money app works best when a grown-up plays, too.
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(2011)
(2011)
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Toca Tailor App Poster Image
Fashion design tool less girl-centric than similar apps.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
(2012)
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Toca Tea Party App Poster Image
Transform iPad into a tea table with cute, imaginative app.
Devices: iPad
(2013)
(2013)
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Toca Train App Poster Image
Virtual train set for fun, discovery learning.
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(2012)
(2012)
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Tongo Music - for kids and families App Poster Image
Whimsical music wonderland inspires; interaction limited.
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(2017)
(2017)
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Writing Wizard - Kids Learn to Write Letters & Words App Poster Image
Fantastic, customizable tracing practice with fun rewards.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2013)
(2015)
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