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

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! Read Review

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I Love Potatoes

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. Read Review

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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. Read Review

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DragonBox ​Numbers

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. Read Review

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Toca Life: School

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. Read Review,

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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.

12 Timed ​Reading & Comprehension

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.

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Simplex Spelling Phonics 2 Syllables – Spell To Read

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.

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Elkonin Boxes: A Literacy Tool for Beginning Readers

Elkonin boxes are a great tool for beginning and struggling readers to build phonological awareness by segmenting words into sounds. They help students practice counting the number of phonemes in a word—though this is not always the same number of letters. Lays the foundation for spelling and learning.

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George and ​the Ice Cream ​Castle

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.

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Mack the Dog Early Language Development 2​

Mack the Dog is an animated story about a loveable dog who gets into all sorts of mischief, while hunting for his teddy bear! Hidden within the animated story, are 65+ first developing nouns for your child to identify and label. This app supports vocabulary and comprehension development through a researched approach.

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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

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!​

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PopMath Basic Math

PopMath is a fun game for kids of all ages to practice basic math. Pairs of bubbles float on the screen and your goal is to pop each pair. For example, one bubble says “7” and another says “3+4”. Simply touch one bubble and then the other to pop them both. New levels increase the numbers shown in the bubbles.

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MathGirl Addition

Addition House makes every girl a MathGirl! Build your own customized play house by getting faster at adding flowers.  A fun game designed for girls + an engaging “right-brain” approach to numbers + cute, fresh graphics = Math Success. A 5-year-old can tackle the first 2 to 5 levels. Girls will get faster at adding.

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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.

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Mystery Math Town 

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.

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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.

Rush Hour By ThinkFun, Inc

The popular logic sliding block Traffic Jam puzzle from ThinkFun is now an app. This Rush Hour game comes with a whopping 2500 challenges, ranging from Beginner to high Expert. It’s a brilliant range of challenges, if we do say so ourselves… you’re going to have a lot of fun on your iPhone.

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One Globe Kids – children’s stories

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.

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TeachMe: 2nd Grade

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.

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History For ​Kids

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.

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Thinkrolls 2By AVOKIDDO

Thinkrolls 2 is an enlightening logic puzzler for kids 3-9. This much anticipated follow-up to our 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.

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