Appysmarts.com Best Apps for Young Brains

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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Green Eggs and Ham - Read & Learn - Dr. Seuss

Green Eggs and Ham - Read & Learn - Dr. Seuss
by Oceanhouse Media

Price: 3.99$ (was 4.99$)
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iPhone + iPad

Overall Score: 97/100

version reviewed: 4.0.2

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Best for: Interactive books, Attention & concentration, Early literacy, Interaction, Language, Personal & social, Understanding of the world

What it is and what you do with it: interactive adaptation of Dr Seuss's classic (about 32 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. 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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The Cat in the Hat - Read & Learn - Dr. Seuss

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

Price: 3.99$ (was 4.99$)
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iPhone + iPad

Overall Score: 97/100

version reviewed: 4.0.1

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Best for: Interactive books, Attention & concentration, Early literacy, Interaction, Language, Personal & social, Understanding of the world

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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Endless Alphabet

Endless Alphabet
by Callaway Digital Arts Inc.

Price: 8.99$
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iPhone + iPad

Overall Score: 96/100

version reviewed: 2.1

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Best for: Education, Eye-hand coordination, Language

What is it and what do you do with it: a set of over 60 interactive scenes for vocabulary and spelling practice.

Choose a word, spell it by dragging letters into place then watch a simple animation explaining the meaning of the word.

What we liked: the concept. Good selection of words to learn and practice. Excellent artwork. Sound backgrounds and sound. Humor and fun factor. Ease of use. No ads or other distracting features. Overall quality of the app.

What we didn't like: none.

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ABCmouse.com - Early Learning Academy

ABCmouse.com - Early Learning Academy
by Age of Learning, Inc.

Price: free
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May contain in-app purchases
iPhone + iPad

Overall Score: 90/100

version reviewed: 1.9.87

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

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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Dinosaur Train A to Z

Dinosaur Train A to Z
by PBS KIDS

Price: 0.99$ (was 1.99$)
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iPhone + iPad

Overall Score: 86/100

version reviewed: 1.3

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Best for: Education, Attention & concentration, Understanding of the world

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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