Preschool Apps That Are Worth the Money

Your preschooler wants an app, but free apps often come with inappropriate ads or in-app purchases that add up fast. The good news is that there are great apps out there for 2- and 3-year-olds that not only are fairly cheap, but also have some educational value. The best apps for preschoolers have few rules and objectives, offer an experience they can't get off-screen, and really make the most of your preschooler's creativity, curiosity, and silliness. Some of these apps are completely open-ended, some involve numbers, and some develop a love of reading. Find the apps that fit your kid!

Browse Preschool Apps That Are Worth the Money

ReadAskChat for Children 0-6 App Poster Image
Simple stories, convo starters for parents to use with kids.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2017)
(2017)
Continue reading
Abound Parenting App Poster Image
Discussion starters for parents to cultivate kids' literacy.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2020)
(2020)
Continue reading
Beck and Bo App Poster Image
Beautiful discovery app combines logic and creativity.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2013)
(2012)
Continue reading
Busy Shapes & Colors App Poster Image
Smart sorting series adds colorful layer.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2017)
(2017)
Continue reading
Daniel Tiger's Grr-ific Feelings App Poster Image
Express feelings in safe, healthy ways with Daniel's lead.
Devices: iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2014)
(2014)
Continue reading
Duckie Deck Trash Toys App Poster Image
Discarded and found items inspire creativity, "upcycling."
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
(2014)
Continue reading
Metamorphabet App Poster Image
Learn letters and words through amazing animations.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2015)
(2015)
Continue reading
My PlayHome App Poster Image
Virtual dollhouse encourages creative play.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook HD, Windows app
(2011)
(2013)
Continue reading
Preschool Puzzle Town App Poster Image
Delightful puzzles for preschool players.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2017)
(2017)
Continue reading
Team Umizoomi Math: Zoom into Numbers HD App Poster Image
Cheerful preschool math app covers wide range of skills.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Kindle Fire
(2011)
(2013)
Continue reading
HOMER Learn & Grow App Poster Image
Personalized early literacy program chock-full of choices.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2016)
(2020)
Continue reading
Epic! - Kids' Books and Videos App Poster Image
Diverse, huge, searchable library of kids' books, videos.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Chromebook
(2016)
(2020)
Continue reading
MarcoPolo World School App Poster Image
Learning dialogue makes STEAM videos and games special.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2018)
(2018)
Continue reading
Montessori Preschool App Poster Image
Play mini-games for coins in multifaceted classroom.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2017)
(2020)
Continue reading
Peg + Cat: The Tree Problem App Poster Image
Help Cat out of trees with spatial skills; expect smiles.
Devices: iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2015)
(2015)
Continue reading
Poio by Kahoot! Learn to Read App Poster Image
Solid learning content nestled in fun, game-based adventure.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2020)
(2020)
Continue reading
Skybrary – Kids Books & Videos App Poster Image
Classic reborn as fee-based e-library with great selection.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2012)
(2012)
Continue reading
Toca Nature App Poster Image
Create and interact with mesmerizing natural landscape.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook HD
(2014)
(2014)
Continue reading