Best Learning ABCs Apps for Kids [Updated for 2020]

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We Reviewed Dozens Of The Best Learning ABCs Apps for Kids So You Don’t Have To. Here Are Our Top Picks.

Did you know that children start laying the foundation for reading in infancy? The earlier they begin to have experiences with letters and words, the more equipped they will be to learn to read when the time is right. So show them letters, talk about sounds, and generally operate like they understand you. And sooner or later, they will!

New alphabet apps are popping up every day. Some are best for younger kids around preschool age and others are for kids who are ready to read and learn their alphabet. We searched far and wide and found some great alphabet apps that are unique and fun. Here are some of the most Amazing Alphabet Apps For Kids! Our roundup of some of the best alphabet apps out there!

Endless Alphabet

iOS App Store / Google Play Store

One of my all-time favorite educational apps, Endless Alphabet, also scored the 2o13 App of the Year Runner-Up in the App Store.  Endless Alphabet is a beautifully designed alphabet app for kids that features an immersive, interactive experience.  Kids will join all sorts of little monsters as they build their vocabulary, literally.  Each word in the app features an interactive puzzle game with talking letters, and a short animation that will illustrate the definition of the word.  There are over 50 words to learn (in an ever-growing collection).  This app is not to be missed!

It’s consistently highly-rated on both app stores. The app costs $8.99 to download on the App Store, and is free with in-app purchases on Google Play, where the full version is available as an in-app purchase of $8.99.

Dinosaur Train A to Z

iOS App Store

The Dinosaur Train A to Z app teaches children their dinosaur alphabet from A to Z!  Brought to you by PBS KIDS, this alphabet app features the essential dinosaur collection, and encourages children to explore the subjects of life science and natural history.  Through the letters of the alphabet, children will learn about 26 dinosaurs – feeding them, x-raying them, and learning unique facts about each one along the way!  The app also features a dinosaur index with sorting and classification filters to help children build their science inquiry skills.

It costs $4.99 and offers in-app purchases of packs of other groups of dinosaurs for ninety-nine cents each or an ultimate complete pack for $4.99. This is definitely one unique alphabet app you don’t want to miss!

AlphaTots Alphabet

iOS App Store / Google Play Store

AlphaTots Alphabet app is a great alphabet app brought to you by Spinlight Studio.  This app introduces the alphabet through 26 action verbs…b is for building robots, d is for digging for treasure, and z is for zapping alien spaceships!  Each letter of the alphabet features a fun preschool puzzle or mini-game that will teach children the letter as well as an action verb that begins with that particular letter.

In addition to the interactive alphabet, there is also a great sing-a-long song to help children memorize their ABC’s.  A perfect alphabet app that will help your child spring into learning! The app costs $2.99 to download.

ABC Farm

iOS App Store

The ABC Farm app is one of a collection of ABC apps brought to you by Peapod Labs.  Through sight, sound and touch, children will explore an interactive setting to learn the alphabet as it is used in a farm setting.  There are dozens of beautiful pictures, lively videos, spoken fun facts and interactive scenes.  The app features 50+ farm related words, and can be enjoyed in English and Spanish – or even in Dual mode!  Kids will learn how to link letters to words through this fun farm-themed app.

The app costs $2.99. Definitely a great app for kids who love farm animals and a great way to learn the alphabet and expand vocabulary!

ABC Alphabet Phonics Games for Kids Based on Montessori Learning Approach

iOS App Store

ABC Alphabet Phonics is an awesome take on animated flashcards.  Kids can enjoy 26 animated flashcards, one for each letter of the alphabet.  Kids can learn their alphabet, as well as phonics sounds as they explore the interactive elements of each page.  Each letter page has multiple touch points that allow children to interact as they expand their vocabulary – there are over 100 interactions.  This app is full of phonetic fun and great interactive learning opportunities!

The app costs $1.99 and offers in-app purchase to add functionality such as letter tracing, vowel sounds and more for $2.99 each. You can also purchase the “all in one learning center” for $9.99.

The Lonely Beast ABC: Preschool Letters and Alphabet

iOS App Store

Come along on an adventure with the Lonely Beast as he goes on an interactive exploration of the alphabet.  Each letter of the alphabet has its own interactive hand-drawn scene.  Kids can play musical instruments, dance with robots, and much more in this hands-on journey through the alphabet.  The app includes voiceovers by the author of The Lonely Beast (book), as well as original music by Simon Judge.

The app costs $2.99 and has a solid rating on the App Store.  This is definitely an app to explore with your little beast!

Letter Workbook School Edition -Alphabet Writing Game by Kizzu

iOS App Store

Letter Workbook is a great interactive app that will help children with their writing skills.  Children can choose between learning to write uppercase or lowercase letters from A to Z.  Each letter starts with interactive dots to guide the finger to trace the lines that build up the whole letter.  There is a graphic above each letter that provides the sound of the letter when touched.

It costs $2.99 and will help any child learn to write. Great for any child who is learning to write the letters of the alphabet!

Elmo Loves ABCs

iOS App Store

 

 

Dr. Seuss’s ABC

iOS App Store / Google Play Store

No collection of ABC apps would be complete without mentioning this classic! The ebook version comes from Oceanhouse Media, so you know it’s high quality. Each page features surprises and interactions to explore, all related to the letter in focus. It’s hilarious and fun and engaging.

Dr. Seuss’s ABC costs $1.99 on the App Store. That’s very inexpensive for all of the hours of fun and learning your child will enjoy.

 

Alphabet Sounds Word Study

iOS App Store

This app is just the ticket when your child is ready to transition from learning ABCs to learning how to read. It feeds students developmentally appropriate spelling activities that are designed to move them forward in the same way that spelling naturally develops. Don’t be surprised as your young learner starts to represent beginning sounds, then ending sounds, then medial vowels- this is exactly what is supposed to happen! Left to develop in this way, children learn to conform more and more of their invented spellings to more conventional versions over the course of the elementary years.

This app costs $2.99 and will nudge them along a developmental spelling pathway. It makes a great supplement to the rote-learning lists so common in the early grades because it is more developmentally appropriate.