Best apps for 4 year old boys and girls.


4 year old children need apps that will help them expand their vocabulary (usually at the age of 4 they know more than 1000 words and this number is larger every day). 4 year olds speak in complete sentences and the apps that help kids develop their language skills are very useful. Preschoolers also love to ask a lots of questions and tell stories, they can also answer simple questions related to the story so interactive books (read with parents or by narrator) are popular among kids this age. As for math apps and games, for 4 year olds we recommend apps with naming numbers up to 10 (or more) and simple counting (as kindergarten children understand the concept of counting). 4 year olds can't tell the time but know different stages of the day so the apps teaching how to tell the time will be helpful but not necessary (they can be more useful for 5 year olds). 4 year old kids know basic shapes and love to solve puzzles so e.g. applications with sorting by shapes and colors or simple jigsaw puzzles would be great for them. We shoudn't forget about crafts and music apps. Kindergarteners like to sing, draw and dance, they have no problem with memorizing songs and even create their own songs. The apps allowing kids to draw pictures, create scenes or collages, play theatre and teach them to sing popular songs/poems will definitely be their favorites.

Here you can find apps for other age groups:
1 year olds
2 year olds
3 year olds
5 year olds

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open ABCmouse.com - Early Learning Academy

Overall Score
97/100

reviewed: 24/03/2015

0% of our users want or have this app

ABCmouse.com - Early Learning Academy

  • Recommended Age
  • Optimal age level to introduce this the app to your child. Please note that this is just approximation, based on our reviewers' knowledge and experience. Please refer to the General Guidelines page for more details.
  • : 4 years
  • Real Price
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  • : free
  • download from iTunes

What it is/what you do with it: tablet/smartphone access to games and activities available in the ABCmouse.com learning program.

Over 5000 activities (reading, math, music, art, early science), including lessons puzzles, games, books, songs, printables and more.

What we liked: the concept. Excellent set of quality kid-friendly activities and games with narration and and spoken instructions. Excellent set of features, including stats & progress report and a simple rewards system. Excellent educational value.

What we didn't like: some features could be more responsive.

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  • : Kid Friendly
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  • : No pop ups/ads
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  • : yes
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open The Cat in the Hat - Read & Learn - Dr. Seuss

Overall Score
97/100

reviewed: 15/07/2015

0% of our users want or have this app

The Cat in the Hat - Read & Learn - Dr. Seuss

  • Recommended Age
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  • : 4 years
  • Real Price
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  • : $4.99
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What it is and what you do with it: interactive adaptation of Dr Seuss's classic (about 30 pages long).

Listen to the narration or read the book yourself. Tap on the pictures to hear the associated words read out.

Collect stars and complete Learning Activities (e.g. word matching, spelling).

What we liked: the story. Original artwork. Professional narration. Sounds and sound backgrounds. Excellent reading options (words are highlighted when read by the narrator, you can tap on a single word to hear it read aloud, picture-word associations). Extra educational activities embedded in the original story story. Ease of use. No ads or distracting features.

What we didn't like: the Learning Activities may get repetitive after some time.

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  • 100%
  • user recommendation
  • 0%
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  • : Kid Friendly
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  • : No pop ups/ads
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  • : no
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open Highlights: All About

Overall Score
95/100

reviewed: 28/05/2015

0% of our users want or have this app

Highlights: All About

  • Recommended Age
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  • : 4 years
  • Real Price
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  • : free
  • download from iTunes

What it is and what you do with it: iPad/iPhone versions of the Highlights' All About books series.

Each book contains a set of themed interactive stories, videos, puzzles and creative activities (e.g. Spring, Winter, Transportation).

What we liked: the concept. Great range of content in each book. Excellent set of activities. High quality visuals. Narration and spoken instructions. Ease of use. Great educational value.

What we didn't like: none.

Note about in-app purchases: the library comes with one free book (All About Fall). Additional books (there are 10 books in total) are available as in-app purchases.

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  • 100%
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  • 0%
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  • : Kid Friendly
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  • : No pop ups/ads
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  • : yes
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open Over in the Jungle

Overall Score
93/100

reviewed: 26/03/2013

0% of our users want or have this app

Over in the Jungle

  • Recommended Age
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  • : 4 years
  • Real Price
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  • : $4.99
  • download from iTunes

What it is: an interactive book (10 pages) with extra activities.

What you do with it: listen to the narration or read the book yourself (the book also can be used in the 'sing to me' mode where words are sung by the narrator). Touch the animals for simple animations and sounds.

The extras include: a seek-and-find game (find all baby animals hidden in the forest) and animal facts pages.

What we liked: the story/rhymes. Beautiful illustrations. Simple interactions complementing the storyline. The 'sing to me' mode. Good educational value (covers many subjects and skills at the same time). Narration, sounds and sound backgrounds. Good reading options (words are highlighted, it's easy to repeat a paragraph).

What we didn't like: the audio could be better quality.

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  • 100%
  • user recommendation
  • 0%
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  • : Kid Friendly
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  • : Contains `more apps` links
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  • : no
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open Dinosaur Train A to Z

Overall Score
91/100

reviewed: 26/02/2014

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Dinosaur Train A to Z

  • Recommended Age
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  • : 5 years
  • Real Price
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  • : $1.99
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What it is/what you do with it: a set of 26 interactive dinosaurs.

Navigate through the dinosaur alphabet, tap the dinosaurs for simple interactions. Tap the icons below each dinosaur for extra facts and the 'x-ray' view.

What we liked: the concept. Very good educational value (easy to understand facts, quality illustrations). Very good reading options (words are highlighted when read, you can touch a word to have it read out, etc). Professional narration. Sounds and sound backgrounds The Dinosaur Index feature with sorting and classification filters.

What we didn't like: we missed many 'popular' dinosaurs like Triceratops or T-Rex (available in extra 'packs' - require additional purchase).

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  • 100%
  • user recommendation
  • 0%
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  • : Kid Friendly
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  • : No pop ups/ads
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  • : yes
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