Appysmarts.com Best Apps for Young Brains

Best educational apps for kids reviewed by Appysmarts editors and ranked by parents.

On this list you will find the best iOS kids apps from our top lists for 'education' with the highest educational value and overall score. These apps will help your children to develop:

  • early literacy skills
  • early math skills
  • understanding the world


See also Best educational apps for kids for iPad
and Best educational apps for kids for iPhone.

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Bugs and Numbers

Bugs and Numbers
by Little Bit Studio, LLC.

Price: 2.99$
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Overall Score: 93/100

version reviewed: 1.0

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

What it is: a pack of 18 games and activities for strengthening early math skills.

What you do with it: 3 stages/levels:

Stage 1: number and shape identification, left/right, counting, painting by numbers, matching numbers and shapes.

Stage 2: counting up to 100, tracing number and shapes,sequencing,comparisons,sorting/counting/tallies/addition up to 10

Simple reward system: earn bugs for completing activities.

Stage 3: coins,time telling,patterns,fractions,measurements,addition and subtraction

What we liked: the concept, great graphics and animations, fun factor, easy navigation and operation, the number and quality of activities, sounds and sound backgrounds, overall quality of the app.

What we didn't like: no spoken instructions (in our opinion the 'visual instructions' are not sufficient). Some activities may require some help or additional explanation from a parent. The scoring system is a bit too restrictive (the number of 'allowed' wrong answers could be increased).

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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
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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 Letterschool Enabling Learning...

Price: 4.99$
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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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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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Alien Buddies – Preschool Learning Activities

Alien Buddies – Preschool Learning Activities
by Artgig Studio

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Overall Score: 86/100

version reviewed: 1.1

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Best for: Education, Attention & concentration, Creativity, Early literacy, Early math, Eye-hand coordination, Interaction, Music & art, Personal & social, Thinking & problem solving, Understanding of the world

What it is: a set of educational activities (matching puzzles, dot to dot, stickers) with the 'aliens' theme.

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

What we liked: the concept, nice graphics, animations and sounds. The app is very well put together and easy to play with. Covers broad range of skills, especially for younger kids. It has a high fun factor, especially for the little aliens fans.

What we didn't like: we had a real problem finding the appropriate age bracket for this app. Visually it would suit younger kids but some of the tasks will be just too difficult for them (numbers up to 50). The app could include even more spoken clues (e.g. names of the colors in the matching activities). We would expect a little more variety in some activities and more puzzles.

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