Essential apps for children under 5 years old


endless alphabet

what we like
  • A visual style that's perfect for teaching.

  • Lay the foundation for reading.

what we don't like
  • The scope is somewhat limited.

  • The character cannot be identified.

Endless Alphabet is one of the best apps for speech reinforcement and can be used as an excellent teaching tool. The app spreads letters across the screen like a puzzle. The child then puts the puzzle pieces together by moving the letters into place and forming a word. As the letter moves, it repeats its sound. Once in place, the app speaks the letter names and the sounds they make.

One way to use this app is to ask your child to choose a letter. This app is great for 2 and 3 year olds learning the alphabet and can help 4 and 5 year olds start reading.

Best for: 2 to 5 years old Price: Free with in-app purchases

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The monster at the end of the book

what we like
  • This is an animated version of a classic children's book.

  • Familiar Sesame Street characters and stories.

  • Text will appear on the screen for children to follow.

what we don't like
  • This is a paid application.

  • It can be more interactive.

"The Monster at the End of the Book" was a mainstay in most preschoolers' collections in the 1970s. Now the familiar Sesame Street classic has been animated and digitized to bring Grover's fun to smartphones and tablets.

Each page contains hands-on activities for young children. They can tickle Grover by tapping him on the screen, or touch the wall to knock it down. Spoken words appear on the screen to encourage word recognition. Plus, you can discuss monsters or anxious topics with your kids in a friendly environment.

Best Ages: 4+ Price: $4.99 for iOS, $3.99 for Android

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Monkey Preschool Lunch Box

what we like
  • Introduce children to various concepts.

  • Different engaging learning games.

what we don't like
  • This is a paid application.

The Monkey Preschool Lunchbox App introduces young children to colors, shapes, letters, counting, and pattern recognition. Child helps monkey count fruits and solve puzzles. The matching card game uses fruit on each card.

Kids get an animated sticker after winning some activities. Expect lots of sounds and fruit names. Each game leads to the next, including spot the differences, shapes, puzzles, colors, matching and letters.

Best Ages: 2+ Price: $1.99 for iOS, $4.99 for Android

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AlphaTots alphabet

what we like what we don't like
  • This is a paid application.

  • Learning is more important than entertainment.

The AlphaTots Alphabet app introduces young children to the letters of the alphabet using 26 action verbs and 26 puzzles and games. Soon, the app will encourage your child to recite the ABCs on their own. The flashcards app is interactive and teaches the uppercase and lowercase versions of each letter.

Best Ages: 4+ Price: $2.99 ​​for iOS


Starfall ABC

what we like
  • This is a great app for beginners.

  • Teach the basics of speech and reading.

what we don't like
  • Very beginner-friendly and not suitable for older children.

Starfall ABCs is a great app for kids who are just starting to learn their ABCs. There are lots of games and activities, the animations are engaging, and the app does a great job of emphasizing letter names and sounds.

Best for ages: 2 to 3 years old Price: Free

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PBS Kids Videos and PBS Kids Games

what we like
  • The content included is very broad.

  • It's both fun and educational.

  • It features recognizable children's characters.

what we don't like
  • Video streaming requires data.

  • May be slow on older devices.

PBS has the most amazing kid-friendly (and parent-friendly) content. Best of all, most of them are free and ad-free. PBS is known for providing great information to children.

This entry is actually two apps: PBS Kids Video, which is basically Netflix's take on Curious George, Daniel Tiger, Wild Kratts, Super Why!, Elmo, Dr. Seuss, and other well-known characters, and the Play PBS Kids Games app, A fun arcade game with dozens of games based on PBS characters.

Best for ages: 2 to 5 years old Price: Free

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sesame street

what we like
  • The perfect combination of video and gaming.

  • Classic children's characters.

  • The content included is very broad.

what we don't like
  • Best for younger children.

For most of us, Sesame Street needs little introduction. The Sesame Street app features clips of your favorite characters, from Elmo and Big Bird to Bert and Ernie. The videos don't have traditional categories, but are broken down by character so your kids can quickly find their favorite content. There are also fun interactive games that teach numbers and letters.

Best age: 4 years old and above Price: Free

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wheels on bus

what we like
  • Simple game for toddlers.

  • There is a lot to do.

what we don't like
  • In-app purchases.

The Wheels on the Bus app is a fun game set for children ages 2 to 3 years old. These games include educational products such as Peek-A-Boo Alphabet, which features letters hidden behind objects, and Happy Math, a fun game that allows your child to count objects. Best of all, the lite version contains enough content to keep most kids entertained for a while.

Best for ages: 2 to 3 years old Price : Free with in-app purchases