This app from the Emmy-winning Juno Baby puts an interactive orchestra at kids’ fingertips. Flashcards and multilingual lessons abound, but audio feedback and squeezably cute icons make it easy for pre-readers to navigate.
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From the geniuses behind the sanity-saving Peekaboo Barn comes this app, which applies a similar idea (find hidden animals and build word-recognition skills in the process) to an adorable grassland theme. Get it from: iTunes
AlphaBaby Free | Free | 0+ 4 of 10
Letters, shapes, colors and numbers come to life in a colorful interface even 2-year-olds can navigate. You can also create lessons by uploading photos and recording simple words. Get it from: iTunes
Kidzongs | $0.99 | 0+ 5 of 10
Sing alone or be sung to — either way, the lyrics display on this simple sing-along app allows kids to see (even if they can’t yet decipher) the words to “Row, Row, Row Your Boat,” “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” and more. Get it from: iTunes
Disney Toy Story Read-Along | Free | 3+ 6 of 10
Other Disney Read-Along apps will cost you $8.99 each, so test the waters with your pre-reader on the free, fully interactive Toy Story. A young-reader mode makes it easy to follow along, but this app also grows with your kids’ abilities. Get it from: iTunes
iWriteWords | $1.99 | 3+ 7 of 10
Your preschoolers will think they’re playing a game, but with its 70 available letters and 20 numbers, iWriteWords is really letting the kiddos trace their paths toward basic word recognition and handwriting skills. Get it from: iTunes
Kids don’t just passively learn the alphabet in this award-winning app; instead, they experience their ABCs through a fun, interactive interface that turns familiar letters into unfamiliar playthings. Get it from: iTunes
Dr. Seuss omBooks | $1.99+ | 3+ 9 of 10
Best enjoyed together with your wee one, these iPhone- and iPad-friendly renditions of Seuss classics combine captivating storytelling with picture and word recognition to help sharpen pre-readers’ skills. Get it from: Oceanhouse Media
Alphabet Fun | $2.99 | 0+ 10 of 10
Letters are just the start of the lesson plan in this vibrant, farm-themed app. You also get color and number exercises, all of which are easy enough for a toddler to grasp but challenging enough to keep kids busy into pre-K. Get it from: iTunes
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