Letter- and Word-Recognition Apps, Games, and Websites

Learning to read is a major step in young kids' development, but there's a lot to learn before they start cracking open books on their own. Preschoolers and kindergartners can get a head start in the reading process by learning to recognize letters and simple words. In addition to books, there are also tons of digital resources out there that can help kids learn while they think they're having fun. Rev up reading skills with these digital tools that little kids will love. And when they're ready for more literacy fun, introduce them to some of these Reading Apps, Games, and Websites

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Tozzle - Toddler's favorite puzzle App Poster Image
Drag-and-drop shape puzzles made especially for toddlers.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2010)
(2010)
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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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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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Duolingo ABC - Learn to Read App Poster Image
Enjoyable drills thoroughly cover ABC basics, step by step.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2020)
(2020)
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Elmo Loves ABCs App Poster Image
Learn the alphabet with tracing, puzzles, videos, and songs.
Devices: iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2011)
(2011)
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Magic Spell - ABC App Poster Image
Silly, insert-a-photo letter art is fun but flawed.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2017)
(2017)
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Moji Moji: Learn the Alphabet App Poster Image
Beautiful graphics give letter-learning app a boost.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2018)
(2018)
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PBS KIDS Lab Website Poster Image
Learning games for the preschooler set are fun, fun, fun.
URL: http://pbskids.org/lab/
(2012)
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Read with Doc McStuffins: Letters and Sounds App Poster Image
Favorite characters lead kids through early reading skills.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2016)
(2016)
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Read with Doc McStuffins: Word Building App Poster Image
Word games with TV buddies solid but repetitive.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2016)
(2016)
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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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Sema Run App Poster Image
"A" is for "Africa" in engaging letter-sound game.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2019)
(2019)
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Sesame Street: Elmo's A-to-Zoo Adventure Game Poster Image
Good selection of letter-themed mini-games for preschoolers.
Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi, Nintendo Wii, Windows
(2010)
(2010)
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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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Super Why! ABC Adventures App Poster Image
Nice collection of short mini-games with good feedback.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2012)
(2012)
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Duck's Alphabet Website Poster Image
Fun, simple phonics games hosted by Word World character.
URL: http://wordworld.com/ducksalphabet.php
(2010)
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Intro to Letters, by Montessorium App Poster Image
Digital sandpaper letters and sounds for preschool practice.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2010)
(2013)
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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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Lexi's World App Poster Image
Kids create a lovely magical world by spelling simple words.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2019)
(2019)
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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 Letter Sounds - Phonics in English, Spanish, French & Italian App Poster Image
Self-directed, fun, simple lessons will engage prereaders.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
(2014)
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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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SesameStreet.org Website Poster Image
Brought to you by the letter "F" -- for fun.
URL: https://www.sesamestreet.org
(2008)
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Sight Words Ninja - Slicing Game to Learn to Read App Poster Image
Fun trumps learning in this word-slicing adventure.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2017)
(2017)
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Starfall All About Me App Poster Image
Familiar themes boost learning for new readers.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2012)
(2012)
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Starfall Website Poster Image
Outstanding learn-to-read site sure to engage little ones.
URL: https://www.starfall.com/
(2011)
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Wallykazam! Letter and Word Magic App Poster Image
Magical adventure uses excellent early literacy approach.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2014)
(2014)
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Articulation Station App Poster Image
Helps kids improve pronunciation; in-app purchases needed.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
(2012)
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DLTK's Crafts for Kids Website Poster Image
A bounty of fun crafts for kids, but some iffy ads.
URL: http://www.dltk-kids.com/
(2012)
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Gappy Learns Reading - Teach Kids Spelling and Reading With Letters & Sounds - Educational Sight Word Games for Kindergarten App Poster Image
Simple, cute spelling app is fun but can get tedious.
Devices: iPhone, iPad
(2013)
(2013)
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Proloquo2Go App Poster Image
Skillful speech app helps kids communicate, grows with them.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2013)
(2016)
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