Best 2nd Grade Apps [Updated for 2020]

Fun educational apps for your second grader

We Reviewed Dozens Of The Best 2nd Grade Apps So You Don’t Have To. Here Are Our Top Picks.

Best Apps for Kids has found a comprehensive list of the best second grade apps. We’ve found some awesome reading apps and math apps as well as some fun interactive games and challenging puzzles. Help your child have fun this year with our favorite second grade apps list below.

Top Apps for 2nd Graders

In the lists below we pulled together the top apps for second graders. These apps will help your kids practice and learn everything covered in school in an elementary level. Colorful games, stories, and other audiovisual material will keep them busy playing and at the same time learning and revising what they have done in school.

Your second grader needs to have fun and be challenged to learn and grow. We’ve researched and tested hundreds of apps and games for countless hours to find the perfect collection for this age group. The goal for your second grader is to learn everything from math and reading to challenging puzzles that challenges them and keeps them engaged.

Many lessons are being transferred from school classrooms to the iPhone and iPad. We already know that kids love their idevices, especially games and videos, but most parents don’t know that there are some amazing apps that really help your children learn. These second grade apps include amazing second grade reading apps as well as 2nd grade math apps that they will find addictive.

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Top 5 Apps for 2nd Graders

We could have pulled together a list of 50 awesome apps for second graders such is the quality in the app stores these days. Instead we focused on a small list of the top 2nd grade apps that we felt were unique and fun while helping kids learn. We’ve found some awesome reading apps and math apps as well as some fun interactive games and challenging puzzles.

Painting Lulu Coloring Books for Kids

iOS App Store / Google Play Store

Great for inspiring creative expression and exploring color, Painting Lulu is the next generation of Coloring Books! 6 Beautiful Coloring Books – My Little Pony, Transformers Rescue Bots, Tonka Construction, Barbie, Hot Wheels and Lulu & Friends! The Lulu & Friends is included with this free download, and six others are available as in-app purchases for $2.99 each.

There is also a mode where you can take photos from  your photo stream and turn them into coloring-book-style pictures.  Read Review

I Love Potatoes

iOS App Store

Help Chips save Potatoland after all the potatoes mysteriously disappear. This fun FREE all-ages adventure game encourages collaborative play and creative problem-solving while teaching sustainability and social change.

The app is recommended for children ages 7 and up. It’s free to download and play and will encourage families and friends to work together. Read Review

 

Planet Lettra

iOS App Store

Planet ​Lettra

Imagine a set of letter blocks that your child can arrange any way they want and hear what they’ve built, blocks that guide your child in building the most important sight words for reading fluency and give lots of exposure to important letter blends form words.

Planet Lettra costs $3.99 and is one of the gold standard early literacy apps. Check it out! Read Review

DragonBox Numbers

iOS App Store / Google Play Store

Give your child the foundation they need for future math learning with DragonBox Numbers.
​It will teach your child what numbers are, how they work, and what you can do with them. The game makes it easy and fun for your child to understand numbers.

DragonBox Numbers costs $7.99 and includes four different activities to help children build a firm foundation with numbers. It’s a fun way to put your child on the path to success with math! Read Review

Toca Life: School

iOS App Store / Google Play Store

Grab your backpack — it’s time for Toca Life: School! Teach a class, pick a locker and have a food fight in the cafeteria! With five locations and 32 characters, you can create your very own school adventures! The latest in the Toca Life apps is the school of kids’ dreams.

This app costs $3.99 and is consistently highly-rated. It’s part of a larger series on everyday life situations from Toca Boca.  Read Review,

 


Top 5 Reading Apps for 2nd Graders

Second graders are building the basic foundation for early literacy. That’s why it is no surprise that the apps for 2nd graders are all about reading comprehension and phonics​. Second graders are at the point where they should practice fluency and are learning the ability to read smoothly and quickly, while increasing their comprehension and ability to understand what was read. There are are a lot of reading apps for second graders.

We tried to find a few comprehensive and research-based early language development apps. Ultimately, the best reading apps for kids take a research-based approach to language learning while still having fun, interactive and engaging activities. We were pleasantly surprised at some of the powerful apps with a real combination of phonics lessons, spelling/word patterns, syllabication and contextually relevant spelling rules.

K12 Timed Reading & Comprehension Practice

iOS App Store

K12 Timed Reading & Comprehension Practice was created by K12 Inc. as part of its comprehensive Language Arts and Phonics curriculum. More than 250 short, engaging stories for young readers. Reading Tools allow tracking of readers and comprehension questions for each grade includes questions.

The app costs $3.99 and features over 350 short stories for young readers, with reading levels ranging from 0.0 to 4.7. There’s something here for nearly every second grader!

Simplex Spelling Phonics 2

iOS App Store

Simplex Spelling is one of the best ways to improve English spelling and reading skills. Using a powerful combination of phonics lessons, spelling/word patterns, syllabication, our unique “reverse phonics” (phonics encoding) approach and contextually relevant spelling rules. Great app for second graders who will get a lot out of it.

This app costs $4.99 and developers report grade level gains of several years of spelling skills for students who use it consistently for 18 weeks.

George and the Ice Cream Castle

iOS App Store

George and the Ice Cream Castle is an interactive story that is told through rich animations, wonderful voiceovers and vocal sound effects. Full of adventure, games and activities, George’s story introduces children to yummy healthy food. George goes on an exciting adventure through his magical fridge into Yumyumland.

The app costs $2.99 and has a perfect rating on the App Store.

Sight Words by Photo Touch

iOS App Store

This app will help struggling second grade readers learn to master critical sight words-the ones they need to recognize instantly. It has a lot of features that will help kids, like parent or teacher voice recording, sight words organized by level from preschool through grade 3, and more.

This app is free and highly rated on the App Store.

 

 

Reading Prep Comprehension

iOS App Store / Google Play Store

Reading Prep Comprehension will challenge 2nd graders who are reading well and keep them moving forward with their literacy development. The app includes both fiction and nonfiction stories with comprehension questions. There is a new story added for free each week.

The app is free to download, and offers in-app purchases for an all-access pass.

 


Top 5 Math Apps for 2nd Graders

Math seems to be the one subject most moms ask us about. They want iPhone apps that can really help their second grader work on math while not boring them to tears. It seems everybody wants fun math apps to make practicing math fun. Ok, that shouldn’t hard. In the second grade, children are learning addition, subtraction with some multiplication and division thrown in as well. We found 2nd grade math apps that focus on math drills, game mechanics and engaging content that keeps kids interested. Kids ages five and up should find these math apps both fun and challenging.

Math Ninja HD

iOS App Store

Use your math skills to defend your treehouse against a hungry tomato and his robotic army in this fun action packed game! Choose between ninja stars, smoke bombs, or ninja magic – and choose your upgrades wisely! The primary goal is to have fun – but you’ll also greatly improve your Math skills along the way!​

The app costs $1.99 to download.

 

 

Mathtopia

iOS App Store

The puzzle game play is similar to popular jewel swapping games but with multi-touch swap, enabling more complicated and challenging matching for addicts of tile-matching puzzlers. True addicts can match their skills against others on Game Center and unlock secret levels. Reduce stress while training the brain.

The app costs $3.99 and will appeal to kids who enjoy jewel-swapping and who need to practice their math facts.

Mystery Math Town

iOS App Store

Your mission: Help a friendly and curious little ghost rescue the fireflies that are hidden in Mystery Math Town. Players use math skills to unlock rooms and passages on their enchanting journey. Along the way, you can also earn talking portraits of the townspeople for your Gallery. Every picture has a story to tell.

This app costs $3.99 and has numerous 5-star ratings.

2nd Grade Math

Google Play Store

2nd graders will solve basic computation problems as well as a selection of other math skills such as greater than/less than and place value problems. There are computation problems  up to 100, which is perfect for this age group, too.

This app is free to download on Google Play, and does include advertisements.

 

Monster Math: Free Math Games Kids Grades K-5

Google Play Store

This app covers over 70 elementary math skills and is great for a wide range of skill levels. In addition to basic addition, subtraction, and computation to 100, look for activities designed to practice fractions, geometry, place value, and more.

The app is free to download and does contain advertisements. There are also in-app purchases available from ninety-nine cents to $43.99.


Top 5 Education Apps for 2nd Graders

2nd Grade educational apps for the iPhone and iPad literally number in the thousands. Second grade teaches children things like spelling, sight words, long addition, long subtraction, fast addition and fast subtraction. We picked apps that really help to reinforce writing skills while teaching math and spelling. Each app is unique yet covers important lessons a 2nd grader would learn in school. We focused on apps that really keep children engaged and learning while still being able to feel like they are playing games. We looked for easy to use apps, with intuitive interfaces that 2nd graders could largely figure out on their own.

One Globe Kids – Friends

iOS App Store

The Globe We Share. Designed to foster curiosity, openness, and global imagination preparing children for success in the 21st century. Many educational uses – Ideal for classroom and home-based projects and discussions. Excellent way to bring international topics to life for children who are learning.

The app is free to download, and includes optional in-app purchases from $1.99 to $9.99 to enhance the game and add options.

Teach Me: 2nd Grade

iOS App Store

TeachMe: 2nd Grade teaches six age-appropriate subjects to second grade children: spelling, sight words, long addition, long subtraction, fast addition and fast subtraction. The unique TeachTech character recognition engine helps to reinforce writing skills while teaching math and spelling.

The app costs $1.99 and offers a lot of practice on crucial second grade skills.

History for Kids

iOS App Store / Google Play Store

Each historical section begins with an audio narrative summarizing the events and includes animations, bitesize history revision resources, clues, facts, maps, charts and audio clips. An interactive timeline allows the child to travel back and forward in time. Historical periods are organized by theme.

This app costs $4.99 on the App Store and $2.99 on Google Play.

Thinkrolls 2

iOS App Store / Google Play Store

Thinkrolls 2 is an enlightening logic puzzler for kids 3-9. This much anticipated follow-up to the award-winning, best-selling app Thinkrolls is molding the next generation of scientific geniuses and will have the whole family enthralled!  Children must use all their wits to navigate 235 levels in the app.

The app costs $3.99 and is part of a much larger series of similar offerings from this developer.

2nd Grade Learning Games

iOS App Store / Google Play Store

This comprehensive 2nd grade learning app includes 18 different games to help kids. Topics include everything from odd/even numbers and fractions to punctuation and states of matter. There is language arts, math, science, and social studies all rolled into one app.

It costs just $3.99 and will help children build important skills.


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