The Turtle, Hare, and Friends Learning Puzzle Race is a free app that features three simple games suitable for toddlers and preschoolers. The app is pleasant, but somewhat limited in scope unless parents make some in-app purchases.
Light Medley is a simple and repetitive game that challenges players’ memory, attention, and sequencing skills. Each level presents one more light in the series that must be duplicated, creating an on-going challenge to improve the score.
Pigs & Bricks is an old-fashioned arcade game in the style of “Frogger” that challenges players to hop their pig across logs moving in opposite directions in a river. Obstacles and enemies are added with each successive level, making the game harder and harder as you progress.
Fido & Pumpkin Position Words is a fun app to help young children learn about position in space, covering words such as “in,” “up,” “down,” and “between” with colorful animations and multiple-choice endings to sentences that describe the characters’ positions.
Pocket Sight Words provides a simple and effective way to practice recognition of 220 sight words from the Dolch List. It has few bells and whistles, which results in a very intuitive interface that should be apparent to preschoolers and kindergarteners in the target age group, but also is not likely to be exciting or intriguing for most children in this age group.
KazuTime will help young children gain a better understanding of the passage of time, and may assist them with developing the self-control required to wait for anticipated events. It is also useful for timing activities that parents wish to have continued for a specific amount of time, such as brushing teeth or cleaning a room.
Lingokids is a sampler app that allows parents and children to try out several lessons to teach English vocabulary to young children using engaging animated activities related to groups of eight vocabulary words.
Ant and Grasshopper is a classic kids story that teaches children great life lessons in a fun storybook app. This app is not recommended for young children as it includes unprotected links and advertisements.
Fiete Sports offers a quick diversion for kids interested in sports by offering races for medals in track, hurdles, swimming, cycling, and shot put. Some will enjoy competing for the chance to stand on the first-place podium at the end of the competition, or trying to achieve a gold first-place medal in each sport.
Small Lime is a fun app that invites players to enter a world with a story told by animé characters where progress is achieved through playing a “match-3” type game and solving puzzles. There are a number of enjoyable aspects to the game including caring for an electronic pet, purchasing food, clothing and equipment with points earned by playing, and more.
The free version of Mathway provides students with ready answers to math and chemistry problems at nearly any level. A subscription must be purchased to access step-by-step solutions that some students may need to understand the process of solving the problems, though.
Create Storytime is a fun and child-friendly app that will encourage creative writing in a rather structured way. Children can create professional-looking ebooks featuring their own ideas, but some may find it too limiting for extended play.
Kindergarten Prep is a fun app that is designed to help preschool children practice some essential skills before entering kindergarten. With six sections having four activities each, there is some variety in the activities.