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

Rev up reading skills with digital tools that help kids identify letters and words.

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

AGE
2
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Drag-and-drop shape puzzles made especially for toddlers.
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Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2010)
AGE
3
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LEARNING
"E" is for an excellent educational app.
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Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook HD
(2011)
AGE
3
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Charming site tracks kids' progress in learning games.
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URL: http://www.curiosityville.com
(2012)
AGE
3
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Learn the alphabet with tracing, puzzles, videos, and songs.
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Devices: iPad, Kindle Fire
(2011)
AGE
3
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Amazing learning game lets kids feed answer to a monster.
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Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2010)
AGE
3
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Excellent example of educational interactive television.
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Platforms: Xbox 360
(2012)
AGE
3
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Learning games for the preschooler set are fun, fun, fun.
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URL: http://pbskids.org/lab/
(2012)
AGE
3
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Learn-to-read games offer kids solid lessons at own pace.
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Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
AGE
3
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Very basic alphabet learning with cute interactive scenes.
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Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
AGE
3
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Good selection of letter-themed mini-games for preschoolers.
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Platforms: Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, Windows, Nintendo DSi
(2010)
AGE
3
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Great, in-depth alphabet app with fun pictures and sounds.
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Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2010)
AGE
3
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Nice collection of short mini-games with good feedback.
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Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
AGE
4
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Ad-free pay site helps little ones get ready for school.
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URL: http://abcmouse.com
(2012)
AGE
4
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Birthday-themed literacy games good for emerging readers.
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Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
AGE
4
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Fun, simple phonics games hosted by Word World character.
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URL: http://wordworld.com/ducksalphabet.php
(2010)
AGE
4
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Digital sandpaper letters and sounds for preschool practice.
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Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2010)
AGE
4
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Online learning game set in a big open world is a cut above.
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Platforms: Windows
(2009)
AGE
4
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Great early-reading mini-games with fun characters.
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Platforms: LeapPad Explorer, Leapster Explorer
(2011)
AGE
4
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Froggy friends help preschoolers learn the alphabet.
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Platforms: LeapPad Explorer, LeapPad2, Leapster Explorer
(2012)
AGE
4
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Charming stories, interactivity get preschoolers thinking.
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Devices: iPad
(2012)
AGE
4
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Step-by-step method, animations make writing letters fun.
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Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
AGE
4
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Learning tool for kids to practice phonetics and literacy.
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Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2010)
AGE
4
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Self-directed, fun, simple lessons will engage prereaders.
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Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
AGE
4
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Sequel to learn-to-read fave offers even more -- for a fee.
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URL: http://more.starfall.com/
(2013)
AGE
4
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Cute story and animation surround educational mini-games.
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Platforms: Nintendo Wii
(2011)
AGE
4
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Brought to you by the letter "F" -- for fun.
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URL: http://www.sesamestreet.org
(2008)
AGE
4
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Familiar themes boost learning for new readers.
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Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2012)
AGE
4
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Outstanding learn-to-read site sure to engage little ones.
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URL: http://www.starfall.com/
(2011)
AGE
5
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Helps kids improve pronunciation; in-app purchases needed.
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Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
AGE
5
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
A bounty of fun crafts for kids, but some iffy ads.
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URL: http://www.dltk-kids.com/
(2012)
AGE
5
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Strong educational content; decent entertainment value.
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Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
(2010)
AGE
5
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Skillful speech app helps kids communicate, grows with them.
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Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2013)

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