The Best Pre-School Apps You’ve Never Heard Of
By Tracey Dowdy
I’m a big fan of the apps from Sesame Street and I’ve never met a Toca Boca app that wasn’t engaging and educational. But there are a lot of lesser known apps for pre-schoolers out there. These are some of my favorites:
Busy Shapes 2
Busy Shapes 2 is an engaging 3-D puzzle game for kids ages 4-8. It expands on Edoki Academy’s award winning Busy Shapes playground by challenging kids to explore forms and figures through visual perspectives, coordination, agility and critical thinking. More than just fun, the app is built on Jean Piaget’s cognitive development theory, so there’s science behind all the entertainment.
Platform: iPhone, iPad
Duckie Deck Trash Toys
Duckie Deck Trash Toys helps your kids think outside the box – or is it trash can? Kids can search through the Workshop, opening drawers, picking up bits of broken toys off the workbench to create fun, new toys. Once they’re done, take a picture to show off that creative imagination. Because it’s a free-play toy, there are no levels, so there’s no win or lose. Kids develop their motor skills while expanding their creativity, plus, they learn that just because something is broken, it doesn’t mean it’s useless.
Platform: iOS, Android
Metamorphabet is mesmerizing. When touched, each letter of the alphabet morphs into an object that begins with that letter. “F” turns into a feathery foot, “K” becomes a steaming kettle, a “W” shaped Walrus rides the waves, and “Z”’s zipper unzips. It’s not limited to one word per letter – “A” transforms into an arch, sprouts antlers, and “ambles” about. Some of the words – I’m looking at you “amble” – may be beyond the average preschooler, but you’ll both enjoy the apps vocabulary expanding content.
Platform: iOS, Android
I think if I was introduced to algebra the way it’s presented in DragonBox Algebra5+, I might not have math PTSD to this day. Over a course of ten chapters, algebraic principles and concepts are presented step by step to build a solid foundation. Initially, the problems are solved using images, but as the user progresses, they’re replaced with numbers and variables. New concepts are introduced as current ones are mastered.
Platform: iOS, Android, Windows, Amazon Fire
Homes by Tinybop
Homes by Tinybop teaches children about how people around the world live, where they sleep and how they pray in the most charming ways. Another free play game, there’s no win or lose, and kids can explore and interact at their own pace. The app comes with a virtual handbook to give more information, and the text can be displayed in over 50 different languages to add a vocabulary building component to play.
There are over a millions of preschool apps out there. What are your favorites?
Tracey Dowdy is a freelance writer based just outside Washington DC. After years working for non-profits and charities, she now freelances, edits and researches on subjects ranging from family and education to history and trends in technology. Follow Tracey on Twitter.