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Appysmarts.com Best Apps for Young Brains
Top 5 apps for kids from 5 to 6 year old. Please note, that some applications can be used by children younger than 5 or older than 6 (depends on the 'readiness' level of your child).

The age ranges are not arbitrary - they are based on our reviewers experience and observation on our young 'testers'.

If you are looking for full rankings for apps recommended for kids between 5 and 6 click here for full the ranking..

For recommendations for apps for children between 3 and 4 click here..


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Smarty Pants School

Smarty Pants School
by Smarty Pants School LLC

Price: free
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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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Montessori Geometry - Recognize and learn shapes

Montessori Geometry -  Recognize and learn shapes
by Les Trois Elles Interactive

Price: 3.99$
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Overall Score: 93/100

version reviewed: 1.1

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

What it is: geometry practice: learn names of 2D and 3D shapes (6 shape 'families', 26 shapes).

What you do with it: main sections of the app:

- geometry cabinet: learn precise names of the shapes (e.g. acute angled scalene triangle) then practice the names by finding the shapes in a picture

- 3D shapes: learn names of the shapes, view, rotate, change size of the 3D objects

- Shape Glossary: read short definitions of the shapes

- Games: quizzes, puzzles, shape sorters, spot the odd one out, pattern/sequence

For more details please see our video presentation (below).

What we liked: the concept, overall quality of the app, excellent educational value (range of the material and the way the material is presented), ease of use, spoken instructions, instructions for parents, no distracting elements.

What we didn't like: some of the activities in the Games section could offer more variety and fun (e.g. the Shape Sorter or Puzzles are very basic). For some kids parental assistance (and encouragement) may be necessary.

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LetterSchool - learn to write letters and numbers

LetterSchool - learn to write letters and numbers
by Boreaal

Price: 4.99$ (was 5.99$)
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Overall Score: 93/100

version reviewed: 1.0

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

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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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TeachMe: Kindergarten

TeachMe: Kindergarten
by 24x7digital

Price: 1.99$
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Overall Score: 89/100

version reviewed: 3.2

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

What it is: a pack of activities for teaching sight words, spelling, addition and subtraction.

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

What we liked: high educational value, easy operation, audio instructions and clues, intelligent reward system, 'player' configuration, management and reporting options.

What we didn't like: activities may get repetitive after some time. We experienced occasional audio glitches when using this app.

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