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

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

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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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Curiosityville Website Poster Image
Charming site tracks kids' progress in learning games.
URL: http://www.curiosityville.com
(2012)
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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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Kinect Sesame Street TV Game Poster Image
Excellent example of educational interactive television.
Platforms: Xbox 360
(2012)
(2012)
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LeapFrog LeapTV: Letter Factory Adventures Game Poster Image
Fun and active introduction to letters can be repetitive.
Platforms: LeapFrog games
(2015)
(2015)
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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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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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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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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: Alphabet App Poster Image
Nice collection of short mini-games with good feedback.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2012)
(2012)
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ABCmouse.com Website Poster Image
Busy but thorough K-2 curriculum with reward store.
URL: http://abcmouse.com
(2017)
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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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JumpStart 3D Virtual World Game Poster Image
Online learning game set in a big open world is a cut above.
Platforms: Windows
(2009)
(2009)
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LeapFrog Explorer Learning Game: LeapSchool Reading Game Poster Image
Great early-reading mini-games with fun characters.
Platforms: LeapFrog games
(2011)
(2011)
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LeapFrog Explorer Learning Game: Letter Factory Game Poster Image
Froggy friends help preschoolers learn the alphabet.
Platforms: LeapFrog games
(2012)
(2012)
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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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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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Reader Rabbit Preschool Game Poster Image
Cute story and animation surround educational mini-games.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii
(2011)
(2011)
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SesameStreet.org Website Poster Image
Brought to you by the letter "F" -- for fun.
URL: http://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.com Website Poster Image
Outstanding learn-to-read site sure to engage little ones.
URL: http://www.starfall.com/
(2011)
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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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My Reading Tutor Game Poster Image
Strong educational content; decent entertainment value.
Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
(2010)
(2010)
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Proloquo2Go - Symbol-based AAC App Poster Image
Skillful speech app helps kids communicate, grows with them.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2013)
(2016)
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