Appysmarts.com Best Apps for Young Brains

Looking for the best apps helping to teach your kids the alphabet? Here is Appysmarts list of the best apps for children for learning ABC!

This ranking includes simple animated flashcards along with more advanced, interactive applications and even entertaining educational games! Your kids wouldn't notice they're learning letters of the alphabet while playing and having fun.

You will find here:

  • creative activities and games streghtening early literacy skills
  • apps for tracing letters and writing practice
  • alphabet puzzles
  • interactive flashcards
  • apps teaching letters, phonics, letter sounds and words starting with these letters
  • apps for spelling practice
  • apps helping to recognize uppercase and lowercase letters
  • apps with various levels of difficulty


See also our list of favorite apps for kids for ABC picked by Appysmarts editors and users.

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Smarty Pants School

Smarty Pants School
by Smarty Pants School LLC

Price: free
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iPad

Overall Score: 96/100

version reviewed: 1.1

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Best for: Education, Attention & concentration, Early literacy, Eye-hand coordination, Interaction, Language, Personal & social, Thinking & problem solving, Understanding of the world

What it is: pack of activities and games for strengthening early reading skills.

What you do with it: this app is very extensive: please see our video presentation (below)

What we liked: almost everything, from the concept to execution.

What we didn't like: couldn't find the option to turn off the sound, navigation could be a bit more consistent.

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Wee Sing & Learn ABC - Preschool Alphabet Learning Activity & Music Book

Wee Sing & Learn ABC - Preschool Alphabet Learning Activity & Music Book
by iStoryTime

Price: 2.99$
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iPhone + iPad

Overall Score: 95/100

version reviewed: 1.3

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Best for: Education, Attention & concentration, Early literacy, Interaction, Language, Music & art

What it is and what you do with it: a set of musical alphabet flashcards featuring various animals and musical instruments.

View the cards, listen to a song for each letter, listen to the sound of the animal and the instrument the animal plays.

What we liked: the concept. Variety of play modes (display scenes one by one, browse the alphabet, browse the animals). Good set of audio features for every letter (a mini-song, sound of the animal, sound of the musical instrument associated with the letter). Bonus ABC Song with 2 play modes ('listen', and 'play along' - tap the letters in rhythm with the music). Simple illustrations and animations. Sounds of animals and instruments. Kid-friendly musical arrangements. Humor and fun factor. Ease of use. No distracting elements. Overall quality of the app.

What we didn't like: none.

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Reading Raven HD

Reading Raven HD
by Early Ascent

Price: 3.99$
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iPad

Overall Score: 93/100

version reviewed: 1.2.1

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Best for: Education, Attention & concentration, Early literacy, Interaction, Language, Memory, Personal & social, Thinking & problem solving, Understanding of the world

What it is: a pack of activities for strengthening early reading and writing skills.

What you do with it: the activities include: letter and word matching, letter tracing, letter recognition, word spelling, word grouping, reading aloud (using voice recording). Range, type and level of difficulty will depend on the chosen age settings (basic activities for ages 3+, medium difficulty for 4+, advanced for 5+ age group).

What we liked: the concept (combining learning with fun/game experience), the number of activities, the age level/difficulty settings, the range of learning material, excellent educational value, simple, non-distracting illustrations, audio instructions and clues, very good rewards system with stickers (related to the main educational activitie), information and help section for parents.

What we didn't like: you cannot choose a particular activity to practice it (only linear navigation). We wish there was more variety in the activities.

Bottom line: an excellent all-round package for developing and strengthening early literacy skills. Easy and fun to use. Well worth the price.

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LetterSchool - learn to write letters and numbers

LetterSchool - learn to write letters and numbers
by Letterschool Enabling Learning...

Price: 6.99$
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iPhone

Overall Score: 93/100

version reviewed: 1.1

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Best for: Education, Attention & concentration, Early literacy, Eye-hand coordination, Interaction, Language, Thinking & problem solving, Understanding of the world

What it is:an app teaching letters and numbers (shapes of letters and numbers, sounds, tracing, writing).

What you do with it:please see our video review.

What we liked:great concept, overall look and feel, simple operation and navigation, types of activities, great educational value (inclusion of uppercase and lowercase letters as well as 'written' fonts), visual clues.

What we didn't like: we missed some sort of spoke instructions.

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Monkey Word School Adventure

Monkey Word School Adventure
by THUP games

Price: free
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iPhone

Overall Score: 89/100

version reviewed: 1.03

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Best for: Education, Attention & concentration, Early literacy, Eye-hand coordination, Interaction, Thinking & problem solving

What it is: a pack of 6 activities for early reading and writing practice (mostly 3-5 letter words and basic sight words).

What you do with it: set up and (optionally) configure the account for a child (range of activities and difficulty level). The activities include: tracing letters (trace letters with your finger), rhyming maze (connect the words that rhyme), phonics bridge (find the missing sound in a word), spelling stone (drag letters to the correct place to spell a word), sight birds (collect the sight words on the screen), word wall (find hidden words). The difficulty level will be adjusted automatically as you progress. There is also a simple rewards system with stickers.

What we liked:the concept, good educational value, simple but engaging tasks, wide range of early-reading/writing topics (spelling, phonics,letters,tracing etc), lively graphics and animations, spoken instructions, visual hints, multiple user accounts with customization options, locked out 'parent menu'.

What we didn't like: the activities can get repetitive after some time. We wish there were more activities focusing on phonics.

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