Preschool Learning Games

Starting school can be difficult -- both kids and parents can be unsure of what to expect. Sure, it's great if your kids can identify their shapes and colors. But getting by in preschool involves so much more. These terrific apps, games, and websites can help kids build friendships and learn everyday life skills, too -- such as observing the weather, understanding the importance of moving around, and expressing their feelings. And for more great apps, check out our list of Preschool Apps That Are Worth the Money

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Busy Shapes App Poster Image
Super-smart playground designed for youngest app users.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2014)
(2014)
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Nick Jr. Beyond the Backpack Website Poster Image
Personalized help preps kids for preschool success.
URL: http://beyondthebackpack.nickjr.com/
(2015)
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Potty Time with Elmo App Poster Image
Nice guide to childhood milestone, but needs more Elmo.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Kindle Fire
(2012)
(2012)
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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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Daniel Tiger's Day and Night App Poster Image
Friendly tiger helps kids with morning, evening routines.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2013)
(2013)
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Dora ABCs Vol 1: Letters & Letter Sounds App Poster Image
Easy-to-play games are great practice for pre-readers.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
(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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Fish School App Poster Image
Learn basic ABCs and 123s with colorful fun fish pals.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2010)
(2010)
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iTrace - handwriting for kids App Poster Image
Tracing-practice app corrects, assesses, and rewards.
Devices: iPad
(2013)
(2013)
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Kids ABC Phonics App Poster Image
Build skills with second app in excellent reading series.
Devices: Android, 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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Little Digits App Poster Image
Fun way for little fingers to interact with numbers.
Devices: iPad
(2013)
(2012)
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Pocoyo World Website Poster Image
Virtual world preschoolers can enjoy with adult help.
URL: http://www.pocoyo.com/
(2010)
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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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Sesame Street: Ready, Set, Grover! Game Poster Image
Health and fitness are the focus in this cute, active game.
Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi, Nintendo Wii
(2011)
(2011)
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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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Avokiddo Emotions App Poster Image
Hilarious and creative way for little ones to see emotions.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2013)
(2015)
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Breathe, Think, Do with Sesame App Poster Image
Adorable monster de-stresses kids with Sesame Street style.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2013)
(2013)
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Dexteria Jr. App Poster Image
Strengthen fine motor skills with touch-screen games.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
(2013)
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Dora the Explorer: Dora Saves the Crystal Kingdom Game Poster Image
Magical preschool adventure is perfect starter game for Wii.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 2
(2009)
(2009)
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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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Elmo Loves 123s App Poster Image
Kids learn numbers with beloved Muppets.
Devices: iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2013)
(2015)
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Every Body Has a Brain Game Poster Image
Innovative way to learn about gray matter.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2011)
(2011)
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ItzaZoo Game Poster Image
Exciting learn-to-read game incorporates your drawings.
Platforms: Windows
(2009)
(2009)
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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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Kiko's Thinking Time - Cognitive Training for Children's Brains App Poster Image
Charming games help little ones build core cognitive skills.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
(2015)
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LeapFrog Explorer Learning Game: Pet Pals 2: Best of Friends! Game Poster Image
Learn tricks, make friends, and shop with a virtual puppy.
Platforms: LeapFrog games
(2011)
(2011)
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Homer: Kids Learn to Read App App Poster Image
Personalized early literacy program chock-full of choices.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2016)
(2017)
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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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Leo's Pad Enrichment Program for Preschoolers App Poster Image
Charming stories, interactivity get preschoolers thinking.
Devices: iPad
(2015)
(2015)
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Mister Rogers' Neighborhood Website Poster Image
Lessons and activities help preschoolers learn life skills.
URL: http://pbskids.org/rogers/
(2009)
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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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Moose Math - by Duck Duck Moose App Poster Image
Early math games cover broad skill range in a fun setting.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2013)
(2016)
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PBS Kids WordWorld Website Poster Image
Animation and big visuals help preschoolers learn to spell.
URL: http://pbskids.org/wordworld/
(2009)
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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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Seasons and Weather ! Science educational games App Poster Image
A gentle introduction to the science world for young kids.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
(2011)
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Shape Builder - The Preschool Learning Puzzle Game App Poster Image
Rewarding jigsaw puzzles teach ABCs and 123s.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2010)
(2009)
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Sid's Science Fair App Poster Image
Engaging app lets kids experiment, explore with TV faves.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2011)
(2011)
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Starfall Learn to Read App Poster Image
Great reading activities fit a range of skill levels.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2012)
(2012)
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Wee Alphas App Poster Image
Whimsical ABC app enraptures with hidden letters, animation.
Devices: iPad
(2012)
(2012)
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Writing Wizard for Kids App Poster Image
Fantastic, customizable tracing practice with fun rewards.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2013)
(2015)
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