Screen time is a hot topic among parents, especially after the American Academy of Pediatrics recently changed their recommendations. The current amount of recommended screen time for children between 2-5 years of age is no more than one hour per day. The AAP suggests ensuring that screen time is used on high-quality programs and games. To ensure that your youngsters are getting the most out of their screen time, we’ve rounded up the best educational apps for preschoolers.
Endless Apps Series
Created by Originator, the Endless apps series currently consists of seven apps that can be purchased separately. The series includes MathTango, Endless Learning Academy, Endless Reader, Endless Alphabet, Endless Numbers, Endless Wordplay, and Endless Spanish. While the apps aren’t free, we’ve found each app to be versatile and user-friendly. For example, the Endless Alphabet app features over 70 words for kids to engage. After successfully matching the letters to spell a word, the definition is illustrated in a fun way your child will love and remember.
Combining basic math, reading, and spelling concepts, TeachMe: Kindergarten is a steal at only $1.99. We love how this app encourages kids to learn using a simple rewards system. Your child can select a subject and a difficulty level, and then earn coins for correct answers.
Looking for a free app focused on math concepts? Look no further! Moose Math is a free app (with in-app purchases) that features five multi-level activities to teach the basics of counting, addition, subtraction, sorting, and geometry. It even includes a report card section where parents can monitor progress and find additional skill-building activities.
Last but not least is the LeapFrog Academy app. This app is a “learning adventure” that includes a wide range of subjects, including reading and writing, math, science, critical thinking and problem solving, creativity, and even health and feelings. With more than 2,000 learning activities, this app will be sure to challenge your child. While the LeapFrog Academy app is free to download, one of three subscription plans is required to use the app.
Does your family use any of the apps on our list? We’d love to hear about your experience!