Kindergarten App Recommendations
The apps below are suggested iPad apps for home use. Click on the name of the app to link directly to the App Store. Some of the apps can also be downloaded to Android devices.
Scratch Jr is an iPad app that introduces kids to basic coding while having them create a digital story. By snapping together programming blocks, children can make characters move and jump. In the process, children learn to solve problems, design projects, and express themselves creatively on the computer. They use math and language in a meaningful and motivating context.
KomaKoma is an iPad app that introduces kids to stop motion animation.
Kodable introduces kids to computer programming concepts.
Bugs and Buttons is a collection of educational and entertaining games with buttons and (very realistic!) bugs. The games involve racing, counting, sorting, finding patterns, using a slingshot, playing tic-tac-toe, connecting dots, navigating a maze, steering, matching, and completing letter sequences.
Bugs and Buttons 2 is the sequel to Bugs and Buttons but has different games targeting different skills. The format is the same: games at three levels, each covering early math, pre-reading, and critical-thinking skills.
Bugs and Numbers covers a wide range of math skills. The first six games cover preschool skills. The next six are geared to kindergarten skills, and the third six focus on early elementary skills.
Thinkrolls is a physics platformer app that is delightfully fun for all ages. There are no instructions, so kids have to think critically and employ physics logic to figure out how to solve each level.
Thinkrolls 2 follows the same smart, fun format as Thinkrolls, adding new science concepts such as density, force, and electricity.
Crazy Gears is a problem-solving game that gets kids thinking critically, problem solving, and exploring physics and other STEM topics.
Avokiddo ABC Ride is app for discovering letters. Parents can customize kids' experience in the "for parents" section, choosing uppercase or lowercase letters, letter name or phonics sound, including word spelling or not, presenting letters in random order or alphabet order, and turning off narration and background music.
Toca Builders offers sandbox-style play where kids can create worlds. It's easier to pick up and play than Minecraft, and there's no fighting or monsters.
This link brings you to the Tocca Bocca website. All of Tocca Bocca's apps are open-ended, allowing for pure creative exploration.
Puppet Pals HD offers an easy way for kids to create and record their own animated shorts.
Farfaria Storybooks - Library of Children's Books and Read Along With Me Stories is a digital library of over 1,000 ebooks for kids, with new books added each week. Parents and kids can browse the books by genre and within each genre can search by title, release date, and reading level.
Epic! - Unlimited Books for Kids is a subscription-based ebook service for kids age 2–12. Kids and parents can choose from more than 25,000 books, and they can read them online or offline, on the Web, or on mobile devices. Many selections are by well-known authors or from major publishers, and the collection includes Spanish/English, Chinese/English, and French/English bilingual books. Users can search books by subject, genre, and age, and some are audio or read-to-me versions where kids can follow along with highlighted words.
LeVar Burton Kids Skybrary is an app (and a site) that offers a library of books to users, themed according to a child's interests (action adventures, magical tales, etc.). Kids can choose to have a book read aloud to them or to read the book themselves.
Faces iMake - Right Brain Creativity encourages kids to be creative by creating faces using collage materials.
Drawing Pad is designed to let users express themselves artistically by creating drawings using a set of drawing and painting tools.