The Best 17 Apps for Helping Kids Learn the Alphabet
If it’s time for your child to be learning about the alphabet, there are tons of digital tools to help reinforce the skills. From classics to new arrivals, developers have created a vast array of alphabet apps that you will want to explore with your youngster. Here are some real winners!
Even high-tech kids need to look through ABC books to help them make the connection between letters and the sounds they make. Here are some great ABC ebooks, both classic and new.
Metamorphabet: Amazing ABC’s
Vectorpark.com – $4.99 iOS, $3.99 Android
Children can poke, prod, and otherwise manipulate the ABCs to discover huge surprises for each one. The app will provide countless playful opportunities to learn about letters and increase vocabulary.
Parents will appreciate that there are no in-app purchases in this app. The app is so intuitive that kids of all ages will be able to use it with next to no learning curve.
This app brings a classic favorite book to life with animated interactive surprises on every page.
All of your child’s favorites are here, including Aunt Annie on her alligator and the Zizzer-Zazzer-Zuzz. Dr. Seuss’s ABC includes surprises your child can unlock with a tap. This includes learning games that help with matching capitals to lowercase, sorting, and letter recognition. Kids will learn new vocabulary and more as they play.
There are good reasons why the book has been a favorite for generations, and these developers did an outstanding job of leveraging digital media’s power to update it and make it interactive. This is a great app to share with your little one!
ABC Animals – Your Alphabet Letters Mini Adventure
Innovative Mobile Apps – Ninety-Nine cents
Hundreds of animal words and over a thousand unique animal photographs are featured in this app that will keep children entertained and learning for hours. Each letter and animal connects to a carefully screened YouTube video for even more adventurous fun.
One unique feature is that this app is customizable. Put in your own pictures and record your own voice overs for a very personal touch every young child will love.
What little one doesn’t love things that go? This ABC app maximizes that interest by sharing all kinds of things that go paired with delightful photos and printed words for each letter of the alphabet.
With a simple interface and built-in video clips, this app is perfect for the very young as well as older kids who are focused on learning their ABCs. The videos are served from YouTube, so the app does need an active internet connection to operate correctly.
Originator, Inc. – $8.99 iOS/Free with in-app purchases Android
The app presents letters with delightful animations and engaging puzzles. Best of all, it’s designed to build vocabulary, too! Imagine your preschooler spouting words like “gargantuan” and “cooperate.”
Children will love to hunt through the alphabet for monsters, and then rescue letters from the monster stampede to put them back in their proper order.
The app encourages free play, with no high scores or failures to worry about. It’s a low-stress game that children will love, which makes it perfect for early learners.
Check out this unusual set of alphabet activities: instead of traditional noun keywords (like a is for apple), this app uses verbs and actions to connect letters to the real world. Each letter represents and action, and young players get to activate it as they enjoy this app.
The app features capital and lowercase versions of each letter and enough building, digging, and zapping to keep little ones occupied for quite a while. There are 26 different mini-games and activities, so loads of content as well.
Best of all, kids get a hefty dose of environmental print. It’s just what they need to get ahead with reading readiness. Young players will also get a healthy opportunity to sing along with the traditional ABC song to help them in their learning.
Here’s a thorough and complete introduction to the alphabet that is developmentally appropriate as only Montessori techniques can be. This app features interactive activities that will help your child learn to recognize capital and lowercase letters, match sounds to letters, trace letters, and more.
In true Montessori style, this app is not too frilly or distracting but offers naturally engaging explorations of the alphabet. Kids can learn at their own pace and in their own way.
The app also includes a recording studio, allowing parents to record their own versions of the sounds and words in a familiar voice. It’s a must-have, especially if your child is struggling a bit to learn letters.
Interactive Alphabet ABCs offers five different modes of play that grow with your child. Even young toddlers can join in the fun with the interactive tour (developers say it’s suitable for ages 1+).
Kids can learn the ABC Song, get a dose of matching keyword pictures with letters, working with capital and lowercase letters, and more. The app moves gradually to more challenging activities when your child is ready, so it’s a great way to begin learning.
In addition, this app is highly customizable. Users can add their own alphabet pictures, choose left-handed support for tracing activities, and more. Hats off to the developers!
Here’s a fun app to start young toddlers and preschoolers outright as they learn to form letters. With tracing, matching, and game-like exercises, it will keep little ones focused and learning for quite a while. The app is also designed to encourage adult participation, which is crucial for learning, as well.
Kids will enjoy collecting stickers and virtual toys as they complete the games. The colorful illustrations will bring them back for more.
This app is child-friendly, with no in-app purchases or outside advertising. Controls are tucked away and hidden from small fingers, too.
Take some of the tedium out of handwriting practice with this gem. Kids will enjoy helping Mr. Crab collect the balls as they drag their finger in the proper strokes to correctly form the letters. Spell the complete word to see a cute drawing.
Sometimes the toughest part of teaching children to write is the boredom they experience while practicing to gain the proper control of their muscles and to learn the strokes to make letters. This app adds some fun to the experience.
In addition, children will develop fine motor skills and will have fun while they practice.
ABC Preschool KIds Tracing & Phonics Learning Game
Gunjan Studios – Free with in-app purchases
This app rolls activities from the entire preschool curriculum into one, but it focuses on tracing and writing. Kids can trace and write letters, numbers, shapes, straight lines, curves, and more. They can also practice their colors, shapes, and numbers.
There is a range of activities, so it’s suitable for the very young up through about kindergarten or level. Parents should be aware, however, that there are advertisements and in-app purchases within this app. Be sure to review it thoroughly to make sure it is right for your child.
L’Escapadou – $4.99 on iOS, Free with in-app purchases on Google Play
Kids can write and trace not only letters and numbers, but also entire words with this comprehensive app. One really nice feature is that adult users can enter their own words and voice overs, which adds a nice personal touch and also makes the app good for practicing those early spelling lists.
Another nice feature is that there are several fonts to choose from. The app also uses stickers and other motivational tools to help your child stay on track with learning.
The people behind the Starfall Reading website have put together a delightful app to help preschoolers get ready to read. Children will see, hear, and interact with letters at the word and sentence levels, and get to play games as well.
Some activities include matching capital to lowercase letters, seeing the capital and lowercase letters while hearing their names and sounds, seeing vivid keyword pictures to match each letter, and following the alphabet through a maze.
The app provides lots of kinds of productive practice with foundational skills that kids need to get ready to learn to read.
26 dynamic letter games will engage your preschooler as he or she learns about letter sounds. The app includes tracing and letter songs as well.
One unique feature is ABC Phonics’ alphabet photo frames. The app can take your pictures and put an A-to-Z photo frame around it. Decorate your pictures with frames such as “K is for kiss” or add a witch’s hat and the letter W.
This free version of the app is limited, but it will allow you to make a good decision about purchasing the full version. The free version does include in-app purchases and outside advertisements.
This talking, movable alphabet allows children to experiment with spelling. It uses text-to-speech technology to say the “words” that your child creates. Kids will learn with hands-on experimentation that short vowels are by themselves in words and that final e’s are silent and make most vowels say their names.
The app includes about 1800 built-in words and also has the capability to add your own. Choose one of the three built-in games to adjust the level of difficulty.
The app also keeps tabs on what your young learner does in the game. Parents can see reports that even include the length of time spent on spelling each word.