Appysmarts.com Best Apps for Young Brains


Best apps for kids for learning abc.


Below you will find the best, high quality educational apps for kids for developing early literacy skills. The Appysmarts editors choose only top applications for iPad and iPhone suitable for toddlers, preschoolers and kindergarteners (0-6+) containing features and activities strengthening early reading and writing ABC skills such as:


  • letter tracing

  • letter recognition

  • reading aloud

  • alphabet flashcards and puzzles

  • putting letters of the alphabet in the correct order

  • learning phonics, letter shapes and letter sounds

  • spelling words etc.


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Alphabots ABC - Alphabet learning games & activities for preschool kids

Alphabots ABC - Alphabet learning games & activities for preschool kids
by SmallBytes Digital

Price: 1.99$
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iPhone + iPad

Overall Score: 100/100

version reviewed: 1.11

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Best for: Education, Attention & concentration, Early literacy, Thinking & problem solving

What it is and what you do with it: 6 robot-themed mini-games for alphabet practice: animated alphabet flashcards, 3 types of puzzles, spelling and letter recognition activities.

What we liked: the concept. Good variety of activities. Simple graphics and animations. Humor and fun factor. Ease of use. No distracting elements.

What we didn't like: interface/navigation could be more consistent. Some activities offer more variety, engagement and educational value than others.

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Letter Workbook School Edition - Alphabet Writing Game by Kizzu

Letter Workbook School Edition - Alphabet Writing Game by Kizzu
by Kizzu by Codegent

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Overall Score: 100/100

version reviewed: 1.0

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Best for: Education, Attention & concentration, Early literacy, Eye-hand coordination

What it is and what you do with it: writing/tracing practice (lowercase and uppercase alphabet).

3 steps for each letters: instructions (follow the dot guides step by step), practice with guides, practice without guides.

What we liked: the concept. Good for drills/practice. Ease of use. Left handed and right handed option. Voice instructions.

What we didn't like: no rewards system (kids may not find enough motivation to practice all letter on their own). We would prefer and adult narrator.

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Super Why ABC Adventures - Android version

Super Why ABC Adventures - Android version
by PBS KIDS

Price: 2.99$
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Android

Overall Score: 99/100

version reviewed: 1.0

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Best for: Education, Attention & concentration, Early literacy, Interaction, Language, Thinking & problem solving

What it is: letters (names, sounds, tracing) and simple spelling practice featuring the Super Why characters.

What you do with it: 5 different activities: letter identification, matching letters to their sounds, connecting the dots (alphabet), identifying objects whose names start with a particular letter, letter tracing. Uppercase, lowercase or mixed modes are available.

What we really liked: the concept. Good variety of activities with good educational value. Simple illustrations and animations. Fun characters. Ease of use. Spoken instructions. Instructions/information for parents. No distracting elements. The sing-along videos.

What we didn't like: the activities get repetitive after some time (we wish there was more variety). The sticker reward scene lacks editing options.

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Curious George: Letters

Curious George: Letters
by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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iPad

Overall Score: 98/100

version reviewed: 1.0

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Best for: Education, Attention & concentration, Early literacy, Eye-hand coordination

What it is/what you do with it: 2 activities for letter recognition and tracing practice.

Explore Letters: find the capital and small letters hidden in a scene (5 scenes: Park, House, Fire Station, Circus, Toy Store) then trace found letters to earn badges.

Match Letters puzzle: match capital letters to their small counterparts.

What we liked: the concept. Original Curious George illustrations. Ease of use. Narration and spoken instructions. No distracting elements.

What we didn't like: we wish there were more features and variety in the Explore Letters activity. The tracing activity doesn't leave enough margin for inaccuracies.

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WordWorld Fun with WordFriends - Android version

WordWorld Fun with WordFriends - Android version
by PBS KIDS

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Android

Overall Score: 98/100

version reviewed: 0.1

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Best for: Education, Attention & concentration, Early literacy, Eye-hand coordination, Language

What is it/what do you do with it: a set of 3 word learning games:

Word Fishing with Frog and Duck (collect letters to make words).

Windy Words with Pig (find word families starting with the same letter).

Dog's Letter Fetch (fetch letters laying around the house to build words).

What we liked: the concept. Good set of fun word games. Original WordWorld characters. Ease of use. Narration and spoken instructions.

What we didn't like: we wish there were more variety in the games (they can quickly get repetitive).

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Avokiddo ABC Ride - Fun Alphabet & Spelling Games

Avokiddo ABC Ride - Fun Alphabet & Spelling Games
by AVOKIDDO

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iPhone + iPad

Overall Score: 98/100

version reviewed: 1.0.1

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Best for: Interactive play, Attention & concentration, Early literacy, Interaction, Thinking & problem solving

What it is and what you do with it: 26 interactive scenes with activities teaching letters and spelling.

e.g. feed candy to a hippo to play with the letter 'c', find hidden 'h's' under hats, build a robot to unlock the 'r' etc.

What we liked: the concept. A good variety of engaging activities. Great illustrations. Sounds and sound backgrounds. Humor and fun factor. Ease of use. Professional narration/spoken instructions. Good set options (lowercase/uppercase, phonics/letter sounds). Overall quality of the app.

What we didn't like: none.

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WordWorld: Fun with WordFriends

WordWorld: Fun with WordFriends
by PBS KIDS

Price: 1.99$
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iPhone + iPad

Overall Score: 98/100

version reviewed: 1.2

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Best for: Education, Attention & concentration, Early literacy, Eye-hand coordination, Language

What is it/what do you do with it: a set of 3 word learning games:

Word Fishing with Frog and Duck (collect letters to make words).

Windy Words with Pig (find word families starting with the same letter).

Dog's Letter Fetch (fetch letters laying around the house to build words).

What we liked: the concept. Good set of fun word games. Original WordWorld characters. Ease of use. Narration and spoken instructions.

What we didn't like: we wish there were more variety in the games (they can quickly get repetitive).

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The Lonely Beast ABC: Preschool Letters & Alphabet

The Lonely Beast ABC: Preschool Letters & Alphabet
by James Kelleher

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iPhone

Overall Score: 98/100

version reviewed: 1.11

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

What it is:A set of interactive alphabet flashcards based on the book 'The Lonely Beast' by Chris Judge.

What you do with it: flip through the cards, listen to the letter name on each card and the name of the objects starting with the letter. Touch the objects for animations/interaction (e.g. pop bubbles in the water, play drums, flip the light switch to turn the light on or off).

What we liked: great illustrations, simple animations, narrator's voice, ease of use, humor/fun factor, high engagement factor (for younger kids).

What we didn't like: only linear navigation (the cards can be viewed only letter by letter).

Bottom line:a great app for introducing the letters of the alphabet with fun and ease.

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Kids Alphabet Aquarium School - Android version

Kids Alphabet Aquarium School - Android version
by 22Learn

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Overall Score: 98/100

version reviewed: 1.21

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Best for: Education, Attention & concentration, Early literacy, Interaction, Language, Thinking & problem solving

What is it/what do you do with it: a set of puzzle games for alphabet/letter learning. 4 various mini-games for each letter: Letter Puzzle - memorize the visual shape of a letter, Animal Puzzle - complete the animal whose name starts with a given letter, Sky Puzzle - match objects with their shadows, Beach Puzzle - match objects and letters.

What we liked: a nice set of puzzles to practice each letter. Ease of use. Spoken instructions.

What we didn't like: the educational value could be much higher (e.g. there are only lowercase letters). Play gets repetitive and there is no rewards system (kids may have problems with staying focused and completing all the letters).

Free preview: if you are not sure, please see our 'See before you buy' video (below) or try the free version of the Alphabet Aquarium School Adventure

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Lola's ABC Party 2 - Android version

Lola's ABC Party 2 - Android version
by BeiZ

Price: 1.99$
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Android

Overall Score: 97/100

version reviewed: 1.0.2

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

What it is and what you do with it: a set of activities for spelling, word construction and word recognition practice. 4 sets of themed activities (with 8 various activities (spelling, finding missing letters, recognizing words etc, 160 words.

Complete a set activities to play a short mini-game (e.g. prepare an ice cream or decorate a kite). Finish all sets to unlock the final interactive picnic scene.

What we liked: the concept. Good range of activities. Spoken instructions and visual clues. Ease of use. Simple graphics and animations. No distracting elements.

What we didn't like:the reward mini-games may not be too engaging for older kids. We wish there were more configuration options (choice of words, types of activities for practice etc).

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