Best Alphabet Apps for Toddlers and Preschoolers
Whether your little one is starting Kindergarten or preschool, these great apps are both fun and engaging for your child to learn the alphabet and get a head start on reading. There are many, many apps that are focused on the alphabet and early reading for this age group, but not all are of equal quality. These five will give you a good start(5 Photos)
Fun way to introduce the alphabet for the first time with 5 activities including flashcards and progressive jumble letter challenges. Cute, colourful graphics will have toddlers reciting their ABCs in no time flat.
Alphabet Jumbled, $1.99, ApplePixel Interactive
Kids will get a thrill out of searching for all the interactive elements in this game, while learning their letters, phonics, word recognition, colours and numbers. Each of the 26 pages are packed full of engaging content that is sure to entertain them long enough to get you through a 5 course meal.
Goodnight ABC, $1.99, Apple (iPad)Quasar Alliance
Word Bingo & Jr Bingo
Word Bingo, from the creators of Math Bingo, is for kids who are ready to learn sight words. Choose from preschool to grade 3 Dolch word lists, as the 4 mini-games draw from the list of words selected. Report card feature lets you know how well your child is recognizing words. Though more advanced than other apps on this list, the app is a great value as your child will grow into the higher level word lists. If you are looking for a more elementary app, Jr Bingo, also from the same developer, focuses on upper and lowercase letters, numbers, sounds and colours.
Word Bingo, $1.99, Apple
Jr Bingo, $0.99, AppleABCya.com
Dr. Seuss's ABC
What would early reading be without the likes of Dr. Seuss? The famous Dr. Seuss's ABC in digital format reads like the hardcover book but also includes narration and background audio that helps to set the scene for each page of this wonderful alphabet story. Hear individual words spoken with a quick tap and illustrations help solidify picture/word association. Options for child to "Read by Myself", "Read to Me" or "Auto Play" (plays like movie).
Dr. Seuss's ABC, $3.99, Apple (Lite version also available), AndroidDr. Seuss
Elmo Loves ABCs for iPad
What kid wouldn't want Elmo and the Sesame Street gang as teachers? Content includes upper and lowercase letters, letter sounds and letter tracing in addition to songs, video clips, games and colouring. Children can even add their own photos and videos to the app. Parents can rest easy as the tracker will let you know how your child is doing.
Elmo Loves ABCs for iPad, $4.99, Apple (iPad), Lite version available
Wendy Morelli is an app obsessed mom of 2 who can't get enough of her smart phone. Read all about her favorite app picks on her blog AppHipMom and follow her on Twitter at @AppHipMom.Sesame Workshop