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!

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ReadAskChat for Children 0-6

age 2+

Simple stories, convo starters for parents to use with kids.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2017)
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Abound Parenting

age 3+

Discussion starters for parents to cultivate kids' literacy.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2020)
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Beck and Bo

age 3+

Beautiful discovery app combines logic and creativity.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2012)
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Busy Shapes & Colors

age 3+

Smart sorting series adds colorful layer.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2017)
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Daniel Tiger's Grr-ific Feelings

age 3+

Express feelings in safe, healthy ways with Daniel's lead.

Devices: iPad, Kindle Fire (2014)
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Duckie Deck Trash Toys

age 3+

Discarded and found items inspire creativity, "upcycling."

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2014)
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Metamorphabet

age 3+

Learn letters and words through amazing animations.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2015)
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My PlayHome

age 3+

Virtual dollhouse encourages creative play.

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Preschool Puzzle Town

age 3+

Delightful puzzles for preschool players.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2017)
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Team Umizoomi Math: Zoom into Numbers HD

age 3+

Cheerful preschool math app covers wide range of skills.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Kindle Fire (2013)
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HOMER Learn & Grow

age 3+

Personalized early literacy program chock-full of choices.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2020)
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Epic! - Kids' Books and Videos

age 4+

Diverse, huge, searchable library of kids' books, videos.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Chromebook (2020)
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MarcoPolo World School

age 4+

Learning dialogue makes STEAM videos and games special.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2018)
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Montessori Preschool

age 4+

Play mini-games for coins in multifaceted classroom.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2020)
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Peg + Cat: The Tree Problem

age 3+

Help Cat out of trees with spatial skills; expect smiles.

Devices: iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2015)
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Poio by Kahoot! Learn to Read

age 4+

Solid learning content nestled in fun, game-based adventure.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2020)
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Skybrary – Kids Books & Videos

age 4+

Classic reborn as fee-based e-library with great selection.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2012)
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Toca Nature

age 4+

Create and interact with mesmerizing natural landscape.

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