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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"E" is for an excellent educational app.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook HD
(2011)
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Great sequel keeps the spirit of the original book and app.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Kindle Fire
(2011)
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Connect-the-dot drawing fun; free content limited.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2016)
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Beautiful discovery app combines logic and creativity.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2013)
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Fun activities, animation bring famous feline to life.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
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Fun story gives parents great tools to build strong readers.
Devices: iPad
(2014)
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Friendly tiger helps kids with morning, evening routines.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2013)
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Grr-ific songs and videos in two languages.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2017)
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Express feelings in safe, healthy ways with Daniel's lead.
Devices: iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2014)
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Simple game gets kids talking about everyday activities.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2012)
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Well-rounded, fun activities thoroughly cover shapes.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
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Easy-to-play games are great practice for pre-readers.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
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Learning letter sounds with Dora is fun and systematic.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
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Innovative combo of paper, app, and ABCs.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
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Delightful tree house feels like a kid's dream house.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2014)
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Learn the alphabet with tracing, puzzles, videos, and songs.
Devices: iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2011)
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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)
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Adorable day-in-the-life teaches importance of daily tasks.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
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Learn basic ABCs and 123s with colorful fun fish pals.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2010)
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Kids learn letters and sounds through interactive play.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
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Preschoolers help cute monsters navigate their day.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2016)
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Cute, silly, animated preschool fun -- if a little short.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2010)
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Great tracing practice, OK games in classic story format.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
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Practice core cognitive skills with fun, playful critters.
Devices: iPad
(2015)
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Free fun in snowy wonderland with cognitive skills practice.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2017)
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Learn letters and words through amazing animations.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
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Playful app uses fruit to teach toddlers and preschoolers.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2010)
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A fun adaptation of the classic Sesame Street book.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2011)
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Virtual dollhouse encourages creative play.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook HD, Apps for Windows
(2011)
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Playful visit to the hospital can prep for the real thing.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2016)
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Magical free-play school appeals to a wide audience.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2015)
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Kids are encouraged to shop at this virtual plaza.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook HD
(2013)
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Free fun with familiar characters and learning games.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2016)
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Fun preschool app combines music, math, and creativity.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire, Nook HD
(2014)
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Help Cat out of trees with spatial skills; expect smiles.
Devices: iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2015)
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TV show clips in easy-to-navigate app for young kids.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Kindle Fire
(2011)
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Learn-to-read games offer kids solid lessons at own pace.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
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Safe and silly fun for little monster-makers.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2014)
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Great, in-depth alphabet app with fun pictures and sounds.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2010)
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Great interactive tool for toddlers learning to count.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook HD
(2011)
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Cheerful preschool math app covers wide range of skills.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2011)
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Cool card-creating activity boosts basic robot maker.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
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Super cute music app lets kids mix beats and sounds.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
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Some bug-popping and blood appear in fun and silly puzzles.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
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Kids cure and feed animals in cute, empathy-promoting app.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2014)
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Great variety in engaging activities for little music fans.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire, Nook HD
(2014)
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Catchy tune, favorite characters introduce variety of foods.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook HD
(2014)
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STEM concepts ride along with racing fun.
Devices: iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2015)
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Excellent interactive early phonics storybook.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2010)
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Adorable monster de-stresses kids with Sesame Street style.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2013)
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Engaging math games span preschool through early elementary.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2013)
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Creative fun with impressive toolbox of art supplies.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2014)
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Kids practice doctoring with their own stuffed animals.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2013)
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Order up some fun, structured, pretend play.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2017)
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Easy, intuitive app teaches young kids medical care basics.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2012)
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Great drawing app is a window to self-expression.
Devices: iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2010)
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Kids learn numbers with beloved Muppets.
Devices: iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2013)
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Manipulate numbers with fun and ease; best in small doses.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2016)
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Explore cute classroom for basic intro to preschool themes.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
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Colorful games focus on basic skills and pirate-themed fun.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
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Beautiful app promotes skills and a love of reading.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2016)
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Charming stories, interactivity get preschoolers thinking.
Devices: iPad
(2015)
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Step-by-step method, animations make writing letters fun.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
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Sweet story teaches inclusion with charming art, activities.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2016)
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Preschoolers build, explore, and play in colorful ocean app.
Devices: iPad
(2014)
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Enter and explore the world of art with favorite characters.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire, Apps for Windows
(2013)
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Learning tool for kids to practice phonetics and literacy.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2010)
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Kids make motion and action with trucks, cars, and more.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2013)
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Games cleverly use familiar names as early reading practice.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2016)
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App promotes creation with cool tools, favorite characters.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Kindle Fire
(2012)
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Classic reborn as fee-based e-library with great selection.
Devices: iPad, Kindle Fire
(2012)
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Great reading activities fit a range of skill levels.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2012)
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Imaginative cooking game with no rules is just right.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2011)
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Math and money app works best when a grown-up plays, too.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
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Fashion design tool less girl-centric than similar apps.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
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Transform iPad into a tea table with cute, imaginative app.
Devices: iPad
(2013)
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Virtual train set for fun, discovery learning.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2012)
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Whimsical music wonderland inspires; interaction limited.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2017)
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Fantastic, customizable tracing practice with fun rewards.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2013)
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