A round up of our favourite pre-school apps for your Little Pickles
Sometimes parenting our little pickles is tough and when you just want to get on and get things done, what do we reach for? If you’re like me, it’ll be a twenty minute go on the iPad/tablet. I feel guilty doing it but then the peace and quiet quickly outweighs that twinge of guilt!
This post rounds up a selection of our favourite (free and paid-for) apps for pre-schoolers, so now they can learn through play and you can enjoy that rare peace and quiet…completely guilt free!
- Teach your monster to read – this is an award winning phonics and reading app which takes children on a magical journey where they will meet colourful characters and collect rewards along the way. Using synthetic phonic programmes that are used in schools, this is an ideal game to play at home and school. They can bring their ‘work’ home and you can enjoy interactively teaching them as they play! As their understanding gets greater, you can teach them other skills such as matching letters to sounds, more difficult words and reading full sentences.
Download for £4.99 on Android or Apple or you can play for free on PC.
- Lego Duplo Train – specifically aimed at little ones from 1-5 years old, this Duplo train app enters your little one into a haven of role-play scenarios. Watch as your pickle builds on their creativity through play, learning about shapes and colours as they go – first they can be the train driver, then hopping off to load cargo and build bridges, fuel up the train and steer the train safely around the various colourful obstacles.
Download free on Android or Apple
- Little Digits – this is a really fun, interactive app which teaches children about numbers and counting from 0-10 by using the touchscreen of the tablet. Placing your fingers on the tablet screen will then display a number dependent on how many fingers are down – a real modern take on counting on your fingers!
Only available for Apple users, you can download for £2.99 on App Store
- Writing Wizard for Kids – this is a great app to aid your little one at the start of their journey to writing. You can choose font, difficulty, uppercase and lowercase, numbers or words – so the app really grows with your child and their learnings. Once you have selected the number or word, a hand appears to show you how to write it, then you’re up! You follow arrows and targets appear to show the direction in which to trace – animated pics jump around to hold their attention to finish the word!
- Dora ABCs, Letters & Letter Sounds – Hola, hola, hola! This one is a must for fans of the little Spanish lady and her sidekick Boots. The idea of this game is to help Dora’s friend fly his plane to write letters. Using the airplane to follow the arrows and trace the letters, Dora aids by saying the phonetic letter sounds of the one being spelt out. This is the ideal app for pre-readers whilst a brief curriculum overview is included for parents.
Buy for £2.89 on Android
- BBC Iplayer for Kids – designed for kids, security and safety are top of the ‘tick list’. From the app, let them discover their favourite CBeebies and CBBC programmes that they’re used to watching on the big screen. Because it’s aimed specifically at little pickles you won’t find any adverts or in-app purchases so not only are shows uninterrupted keeping their attention for longer but there’s no risk of running up surprise bills! Once downloaded, the app does ask for your child’s name and age so suitable content can be selected.
Download free on Apple or Android.
- Interactive Alphabet – a great app to help toddlers and pre-schoolers begin to learn the sights and sounds of letters. From the opening page, your little pickles can choose whether to play with specific letters of the alphabet or listen and watch the alphabet song. Think of this like the interactive version of the traditional flashcard – text such as ‘D is for Dinosaur’ is shown with an image of a dino, ‘X is for Xylophone’ and your little one can play a xylophone by tapping the screen; associating pictures, words and objects with the chosen letter. This is the definition of learning through play!
This app costs £2.99 and is only available for Apple users.
If you’re looking for more child-friendly apps for your little ones, or are looking to check an app is suitable, then take a look at Common Sense Media who provide independent reviews, age ratings and other information about all types of media.
Written by Jess from Prosecco Mum, you can follow her on all the socials below