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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open Smarty Pants School

Overall Score
96/100

reviewed: 28/11/2011

0% of our users want or have this app

Smarty Pants School

  • 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
  • The price we paid for the app. May include some in-app purchases, that's why a 'free' app (as listed in the app store) can have Real Price of $0.99 or more on Appysmarts.
  • : $9.99
  • download from iTunes

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.

yes
  • 92%
  • user recommendation
  • 8%
no
  • Interface
  • Is this app easy enough to be used with no or very little parental help? Please refer to the General Guidelines page for more details.
  • : Kid Friendly
  • Ads
  • Does the app contain ads or 'ad-like' buttons easily accessible to a child?
  • : No pop ups/ads
  • In app purchases
  • Does this app have 'in-app purchase options (either required or optional).
  • : no
  • Graphic quality
  • Level of the graphic qualities of this app (in terms of design, graphics, overall artistic feel).
  • :
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  • :
  • Educational value
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  • :
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Screens:

  • Smarty Pants School screenshot
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open Wee Sing & Learn ABC - Preschool Alphabet Learning Activity & Music Book

Overall Score
95/100

reviewed: 17/04/2014

0% of our users want or have this app

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

  • 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.
  • : 3 years
  • Real Price
  • The price we paid for the app. May include some in-app purchases, that's why a 'free' app (as listed in the app store) can have Real Price of $0.99 or more on Appysmarts.
  • : $2.99
  • download from iTunes

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.

yes
  • 100%
  • user recommendation
  • 0%
no
  • Interface
  • Is this app easy enough to be used with no or very little parental help? Please refer to the General Guidelines page for more details.
  • : Kid Friendly
  • Ads
  • Does the app contain ads or 'ad-like' buttons easily accessible to a child?
  • : No pop ups/ads
  • In app purchases
  • Does this app have 'in-app purchase options (either required or optional).
  • : no
  • Graphic quality
  • Level of the graphic qualities of this app (in terms of design, graphics, overall artistic feel).
  • :
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  • :
  • Educational value
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  • :
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open Reading Raven HD

Overall Score
93/100

reviewed: 27/07/2012

0% of our users want or have this app

Reading Raven HD

  • 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.
  • : 3 years
  • Real Price
  • The price we paid for the app. May include some in-app purchases, that's why a 'free' app (as listed in the app store) can have Real Price of $0.99 or more on Appysmarts.
  • : $3.99
  • download from iTunes

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.

yes
  • 95%
  • user recommendation
  • 5%
no
  • Interface
  • Is this app easy enough to be used with no or very little parental help? Please refer to the General Guidelines page for more details.
  • : Kid Friendly
  • Ads
  • Does the app contain ads or 'ad-like' buttons easily accessible to a child?
  • : No pop ups/ads
  • In app purchases
  • Does this app have 'in-app purchase options (either required or optional).
  • : no
  • Graphic quality
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  • :
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  • :
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open LetterSchool

Overall Score
92/100

reviewed: 09/01/2012

0% of our users want or have this app

LetterSchool

  • 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.
  • : 4.5 years
  • Real Price
  • The price we paid for the app. May include some in-app purchases, that's why a 'free' app (as listed in the app store) can have Real Price of $0.99 or more on Appysmarts.
  • : $2.99
  • download from iTunes

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: kids would love even more animations and cool effects. Spoken instructions would be good.

yes
  • 96%
  • user recommendation
  • 4%
no
  • Interface
  • Is this app easy enough to be used with no or very little parental help? Please refer to the General Guidelines page for more details.
  • : Kid Friendly
  • Ads
  • Does the app contain ads or 'ad-like' buttons easily accessible to a child?
  • : No pop ups/ads
  • In app purchases
  • Does this app have 'in-app purchase options (either required or optional).
  • : no
  • Graphic quality
  • Level of the graphic qualities of this app (in terms of design, graphics, overall artistic feel).
  • :
  • Length of play
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  • :
  • Educational value
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Screens:

  • LetterSchool screenshot
  • LetterSchool screenshot
  • LetterSchool screenshot
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  • LetterSchool screenshot
open PLAY123

Overall Score
92/100

reviewed: 02/04/2012

0% of our users want or have this app

PLAY123

  • 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.
  • : 3.5 years
  • Real Price
  • The price we paid for the app. May include some in-app purchases, that's why a 'free' app (as listed in the app store) can have Real Price of $0.99 or more on Appysmarts.
  • : free
  • download from iTunes

What it is: an app for learning colors, shapes and numbers.

What you do with it: there are 10 activities in this app: drawing shapes with a finger, stacking up the shapes (with elements of gravity applied), drawing lines and making objects interact with the lines, recognizing and mixing colors, playing with opposite colors, counting and counting in groups.

What we liked: the concept, the app is very well put together, it is extremely easy to navigate and to play with. The activities are simple but very engaging. The app has spoken instructions, there is a short demo before each activity explaining the interactions.

What we didn't like: some minor details (like the shapes in the Bouncing Numbers activity which move too fast). We would love to see more shapes (there are just 3 in the app) plus some kind of tips or instructions for parents would be welcome.

yes
  • 95%
  • user recommendation
  • 5%
no
  • Interface
  • Is this app easy enough to be used with no or very little parental help? Please refer to the General Guidelines page for more details.
  • : Kid Friendly
  • Ads
  • Does the app contain ads or 'ad-like' buttons easily accessible to a child?
  • : No pop ups/ads
  • In app purchases
  • Does this app have 'in-app purchase options (either required or optional).
  • : no
  • Graphic quality
  • Level of the graphic qualities of this app (in terms of design, graphics, overall artistic feel).
  • :
  • Length of play
  • How long will your child be engaged by this app?
  • :
  • Educational value
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