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Things have certainly changed since my youngest daughter was a preschooler. To help her learn her numbers and letters, we solely used workbooks, flashcards and educational games. We also had a couple CD games for her to play on the computer. But now, homeschool moms have the advantage of using educational apps for preschool.
Now, you've got to know – even though I'm a techie homeschool mom, I've not a big advocate of toddlers and preschoolers spending lots of time in front of a screen. They need to be exploring the world in a more tactile way and interacting with people. (I address that more in THIS POST)
But, I do realize that there are times when life can be a bit saner if your little ones are occupied and engrossed on a tablet or phone. Maybe you are out and waiting for an appointment, and your child is one minute away from a missed-nap meltdown. Or you're trying to focus on teaching your older child a tricky math concept.
Playing with an app (in moderation) will keep your younger child-focused for a bit. So why not make sure the “game” is an educational app for preschoolers? Turn screentime into learning time with these recommended apps.
Best Educational Apps for Preschool
AlphabetTots Alphabet uses action verbs to help toddlers learn the alphabet. They’ll have a blast learning letters and sounds through building robots, zapping alien ships, and even digging for buried treasure. iTunes
Find it Match it for Kids
There are two games in one in this fun app for preschoolers. The find it portion of the game will have your children looking for objects that are hidden among other ones. The match it portion is simple, match as many cards as you can before the timer runs out! iTunes
Bob Books Lite
Hungry Caterpillar Play School
Eric Carle’s Hungry Caterpillar Play School is designed specifically for preschoolers to help them with math, spelling, reading, writing, and so much more! This app will help get your children ready for elementary school in a fun and interactive way. iTunes
Busy Shapes & Colors
Busy Shapes and Colors is a great app for preschoolers that is fun and will help them learn names and colors. There are 11 shapes and 11 colors, and adorable penguins help entertain children as they progress through each level! Google Play / iTunes
Dora ABCs Vol 2: Rhyming Words
Dora’s Rhyming will help your child learn literacy skills with the help of Dora and Boots! This app will help your preschooler become aware of phonemes in words and how they can be used to make new words. iTunes
This playful underwater app has eight different educational activities to help teach your preschooler! Choose from ranging from letters, numbers, shapes, and even colors with fun and colorful fish characters. iTunes
Khan Academy Kids
Khan Academy Kids is free and has over a thousand different activities and books for young kids! This app can help your preschooler learn reading, language, math, writing, and even problem-solving skills! Google Play / iTunes
Monkey Preschool Lunchbox
Mother Goose Club Rhymes
Based on the YouTube and Netflix series, Mother Goose Club Rhymes is an app that uses songs, play, rhyme, and dance to help promote literacy! Not only does this app focus on literacy, but it even focuses on math, logic games, and so much more! Google Play / iTunes
PBS Kids Games
Play and Learn Science
Play and Learn Science allows your children to solve problems and learn about science with fun and interactive games! These games not only draw from real-world locations, but they are experiences and places your children will actually recognize. Google Play / iTunes
Tell me, what apps do your little kiddos love? What do you think are the best educational apps for preschoolers?
Recommended Reading for Techie Homeschool Moms:
The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in ItsHands Free Mama: A Guide to Putting Down the Phone,Hands Free Life: Nine Habits for Overcoming Distraction, Living Better,Parenting in the Age of Attention Snatchers: A Step-by-Step GuideApps All Parents Should Know
- 12 Spelling Apps Every Child Should Use
- Top Workout Apps That Keep Your Whole Family Fit
- How Much Screen Time is Okay for Kids?
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