Appysmarts.com Best Apps for Young Brains
Top 5 apps for kids in the 3 to 4 year old range. Please note, that some applications can be used by kid younger than 3 or older than 4 (depends on the 'readiness' level of your kid).

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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: 4.99$
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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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