Best educational apps for 3 to 5-year-olds

Emma Davies
Stay at Home Mom

Whether we like it or loathe it, technology is now very much a part of our children’s lives from a very early age. Children as young as one are using tablets and gaming stations. The powers that be have realized this and are now catering for these children. They are providing not only games and fun but also educational apps too.

These are some of the best that have been created to target one specific educational task. This may be number and letter recognition, colors or even the start of writing cursive script.

  • Little Digits Finger Counting

little digits – educational appThis is an interactive app that encourages and teaches finger counting. You place your fingers on the screen and it tells you how many fingers are there. It will not only show you the number on the screen but will provide a voice over too.

The use of your fingers on the screen will undoubtedly develop not only your child’s math skill but also their fine motor skills.

This app seems to have received mixed reviews, some praise it as a fantastic tool in helping their children learn while others say it leads to confusion.

  • Yum-Yum Letters: Learn & Trace

yum yum letters educational apps for 3-5 year oldThis app offers gameplay that can be customized to each individual child’s ability and preference. This is great if you have multiple children at home as you can have to 30 profiles on one app.

You can select in which order the letters are learnt and the font that is used, this makes it easier to follow the same pattern that your child’s school is using. You can also get progress reports for each individual user profile.

The app offers 3 different themes to choose from, snowflake, fluffy spider or juicy caterpillar. There are also 14 awards for effort and diligence to be earned.

  • Very Hungry Caterpillar Shapes

hungry caterpillerA familiar character to introduce shapes and colors to preschoolers. Children develop their reasoning skills as they work their way through the 3D playground, having fun with the very hungry caterpillar. It has over 50 puzzles in six different categories and comes in a variety of languages.

  • Sight Words Adventure

sight wordsThis app encourages children to recognize, read and write up to 320 sight words. The games can be customized to each individual child’s learning level and there is also a parental dashboard so you can track their progress.

  • Melody Jams

melody jamsKids will love jamming with two adorable monsters and making their own music. They can never play an instrument incorrectly as they are always in harmony so there’s no wrong way to play. This app has received rave reviews from parents saying that it is still their child’s favorite 2 years on. I can understand why it is getting such great reviews, as it seems to be a continually developing program that listens to its clients.

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