FREE Learning Apps for Preschoolers

Published:
September 7, 2020

Annette Breedlove

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Do your preschoolers want a device of their own? Do they like “doing school” with their older siblings? It may seem counter-intuitive to allow your little ones to use learning apps for preschoolers, but they can be useful.

My preschoolers are very busy, which means I have to get creative when it’s time to homeschool the others. When my little ones show an interest in learning on their own, I introduce them to apps. We are very strict with their digital usage, but apps have proven to be useful for our little ones while we work with the older kids. I don’t love that they have a screen, but if they are watching I love that they are learning too.

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3 Things to Remember as Little Ones Use Preschool Apps for Learning

Using technology isn’t all bad. Although we try to keep technology to a minimum in our home, if my little ones are going to use it, I’d rather it be for learning. We’ve found some great apps our kid’s love that introduce them to colors and shapes. Check out these FREE options!


Colors and Shapes - Kids Learn Color and Identify ShapeColors and Shapes – Kids Learn Color and Identify ShapeBuy from Amazon button imagean animated red colored star shape with a smiley faceShape Puzzle for Kids – Circles, Triangles Rectangles and More!Buy from Amazon button imageMy Shapes & Colors Farm Puzzles - Preschool Learning App For Babies And ToddlersMy Shapes & Colors Farm Puzzles – Preschool Learning App For ToddlersBuy from Amazon button imagea number one, uppercase letter A, and two different shapes all animated and colorful3 Preschool Activities in One App – Fun Educational Kids GamesBuy from Amazon button imageShape Puzzle Builder for Toddlers - Free games for kids 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 years oldShape Puzzle Builder for Toddlers – Free games for kids 1-5 years oldBuy from Amazon button imageShapes & Colors: Kindergarten & Preschool Games- FREEShapes & Colors: Kindergarten & Preschool Games- FREEBuy from Amazon button image

Keep the sound on so they can hear the sounds and words

One of the best purchases we made for our kids was good quality headphones. We have used a variety of styles with our children and their favorite by-far is these noise-canceling Bluetooth headphones. Not only are they cushioned but they also easily connect to their devices. Each of my younger kids has a pair and use them on our travel days.

With the noise-canceling headphones, they can also more easily hear the sounds from the letters and words being spoken on the apps as they are watching and learning. These are some of our favorite beginner letter and word apps for kids.

Alphabet Aquarium Vol 1: Animated Puzzle Games with Letters and AnimalsAlphabet Aquarium Vol 1: Animated Puzzle Games with LettersBuy from Amazon button imagean animated dinosaur and fox with letters A,B,C in the cornerABC PhonicsBuy from Amazon button imageABC Kids - Tracing & PhonicsABC Kids – Tracing & PhonicsBuy from Amazon button imageABC Kids Preschool Learning Games - Tracing & PhonicsABC Kids Preschool Learning Games – Tracing & PhonicsBuy from Amazon button imageLaugh & Learn™ Learning Letters PuppyLaugh & Learn™ Learning Letters PuppyBuy from Amazon button imagePinkfong Word PowerPinkfong Word PowerBuy from Amazon button imagePhonics text with an animated image of a monkey in an airplaneAbby Monkey®: ABCs First Phonics and Letter Sounds School AdventureBuy from Amazon button imageABC Spelling - Spell and PhonicsABC Spelling – Spell and PhonicsBuy from Amazon button imageKids Computer - Alphabet, Number, Animals Computer Learning GameKids Computer – Alphabet, Number, Animals Computer Learning GameBuy from Amazon button image

 

 

Follow up with your little ones to ensure they understand what they’re learning

Although you might think they are doing great with the learning apps, nothing replaces the one-on-one interaction you have with your children. Watching your kids play and making sure they are actually learning is the most important part of utilizing any app or electronic learning.

We try to spend at least 15-20 minutes every few days with our kids to make sure they are comprehending what they’re seeing on the apps. And when they’re ready, you can introduce them to more complete preschool apps to apply everything they’ve learned!

Preschool and Kindergarten Learning Games FreePreschool and Kindergarten Learning Games FreeBuy from Amazon button imagePre-K text with animated image of a yellow school busPreschool All-In-OneBuy from Amazon button imageStarfall Learn To ReadStarfall Learn To ReadBuy from Amazon button imageNoggin Preschool Learning Videos for KidsNoggin Preschool Learning Videos for KidsBuy from Amazon button imagePre-K text with animated image of a farmer with an owl, pig, and a sheepAnimal Math Preschool Math Games for Toddlers and Early Learners FreeBuy from Amazon button imageABCmouse.com - Early Learning AcademyABCmouse.com – Early Learning AcademyBuy from Amazon button imageanimated girl wearing a graduation cap and holding a lowercase letter A block in one hand, and a number 1 block in the other handMontessori PreschoolBuy from Amazon button imagePreschool capital letter A textPreschool All-In-One Learning – Bubble School Adventure A to ZBuy from Amazon button imageFree Sight Words text with animated image of colored spinning gearsSight Words Kids Reading Games & Flash Cards vol 1: Learn to ReadBuy from Amazon button image

 

 

Don’t forget to keep them SAFE! When we install learning apps for preschoolers on our kids’ devices, we also install safety measures. On their old Samsung tablets, we installed Kids Mode which worked really well. With a passcode, they were locked into the app with no way to click on ads or to see anything we didn’t want them to see. If you have an Apple device, you can try these steps to access and set up child mode on your iPad or iPhone device.

 

Find more homeschool resources on my Pinterest boards!

 

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