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

age 2+

Drag-and-drop shape puzzles made especially for toddlers.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2010)
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APP

AlphaTots

age 3+

"E" is for an excellent educational app.

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Dora ABCs Vol 1: Letters & Letter Sounds

age 3+

Easy-to-play games are great practice for pre-readers.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2012)
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Dora ABCs Vol 2: Rhyming Words

age 3+

Learning letter sounds with Dora is fun and systematic.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2012)
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Duolingo ABC - Learn to Read

age 3+

Enjoyable drills thoroughly cover ABC basics, step by step.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2020)
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Elmo Loves ABCs

age 3+

Learn the alphabet with tracing, puzzles, videos, and songs.

Devices: iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2011)
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Hooked on Phonics Learn & Read

age 3+

Super, step-by-step reading journey starts with the basics.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2020)
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PBS KIDS Lab

age 3+

Learning games for the preschooler set are fun, fun, fun.

URL: http://pbskids.org/lab/ (2012)
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Reading Raven

age 3+

Learn-to-read games offer kids solid lessons at own pace.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2012)
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APP

Sema Run

age 3+

"A" is for "Africa" in engaging letter-sound game.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2019)
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Sesame Street: Elmo's A-to-Zoo Adventure

age 3+

Good selection of letter-themed mini-games for preschoolers.

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Starfall ABCs

age 3+

Animated alphabet app with fun pictures and sounds.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2021)
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Super Why! ABC Adventures

age 3+

Nice collection of short mini-games with good feedback.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2012)
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Intro to Letters, by Montessorium

age 4+

Digital sandpaper letters and sounds for preschool practice.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2013)
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LetterSchool

age 4+

Step-by-step method, animations make writing letters fun.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2012)
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Lexi's World

age 4+

Kids create a lovely magical world by spelling simple words.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2019)
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Montessori Crosswords

age 4+

Learning tool for kids to practice phonetics and literacy.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2012)
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Montessori Letter Sounds - Phonics in English, Spanish, French & Italian

age 4+

Self-directed, fun, simple lessons will engage prereaders.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2014)
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Name Play: a name reading and writing practice kit

age 4+

Games cleverly use familiar names as early reading practice.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2016)
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SesameStreet.org

age 4+

Brought to you by the letter "F" -- for fun.

URL: https://www.sesamestreet.org (2008)