Are you looking for learning apps, tools, and resources that you can use with 5-year olds? If so, we have you covered. Check out our list below. Let us know if there are any that we missed.
Busy Water– Help your child develop to his full potential with some “outside the tank thinking.” The objective is to get Archie the fish back to his tank using pipes, sprays, paddle wheels, and blocks. Each level provides fresh challenges, and there is more than one solution to the puzzle so that there are no limits to your child’s creativity. Suited for children between the ages of 6 and 10 years old.
Super Why! ABC Adventures – This game encourages children to identify letters by the sounds they make. They also see words that start with or contain those letters. The game covers uppercase letters, lowercase letters, or a mix of both. Completing stages earns children stickers that they can use to decorate international scenes on a world map. The game generates in-depth reports for parents and teachers to monitor the children’s in letter identification.
PocketPhonics Stories – This is an interactive phonics app that teaches children to read. It provides individual supervision in a classroom setting. After setting up the classroom, teachers can choose a handwriting style, case, and six letters that children can learn per lesson. After learning the letters, students move on to reading with them, along with a few sight words. At the end of the book, students take tests on word and picture recognition and progress after completion.
Tic Toc Time– Using Tic Toc Time, students learn how to read a clock face by relating it to things they are already familiar with, such as the sun, shadows, night, and day. Developed for children aged 3-8, Tic Toc Time meets the Common Core State Standards for mathematics, including time telling for grades 1-3.
Sesame Street Alphabet Kitchen – This is a word-formation game that focuses on three- and four-letter words. In the app, children help Cookie Monster bake by selecting vowels to form complete words, which come out either as either colorful words or images depicting the meaning of the word. The game starts with CVC combos and moves to more complex words such as those with “st” and “sh” starting or ending them.
Osmo Words – This is a letter recognition game. Children can play alone, in groups with children, or against one another. Difficulty levels adjust automatically based on performance; they can also be manually adjusted. Osmo Words setup requires the knowledge and experience of a grownup.
Montessorium: Intro to Words – This is an introduction to letter identification and word formation using the Montessori curriculum. It includes the popular “I Spy” game with the colorful moveable alphabet. Children use the moveable alphabet, and beautiful stickers to tell their story. The letters are sounded out as the children drag them along the screen. Other exercises require the children to choose the letter or group of letters that spell the image provided on the screen.
Toddler Toy Factory– With a focus on spelling, reading, and memory skills, children build and match toys in this app designed for children aged 1-7. Toddler Toy Factory comes with 10 free toys, with the option to purchase an additional 70 toys. There are three rooms in the app: Make, Find, and Ship. In the Make room, children select and drag letters into a machine to build words. When correct words are built, toys come out of the machine. In the Find room, children search through crates to find matching toys. When toys are matched, children can play with them or clean them up by putting them into another machine. In the Ship room, children put toys into barrels to practice counting. When full, the barrels can be shipped.
Hairy Letters– Hairy Letter is an award-winning app designed for 4- to 6-years-old to learn the name and sounds of every letter with the Hairies. Kids will learn to use letters to build simple words, trace shapes of letters with their fingers, and blend letters/sounds, including names of uppercase letters.
Harry Phonics 2– This app is designed to help children between the ages of 4 and 6 learn phonics. Then, the child is introduced to necessary phonemes that are easy to learn, which includes, ai, ay, ee, ea, i.e., oa, oi, oy, oo.
Hairy Phonics 3– This app is designed to help kids between the ages of 4 and 6 learn phonemes such as ar, or, er, ir, ur, a-e, o-e, i-e, o-e, u-e. This is the final app in this series, and it helps provide an easy guide for a child through a uniquely structured sequence of learning.
Hairy Words 1– The first 100 high-frequency sight words are easy to learn with Hairy words. These words are important because they make up 50 percent of all written materials. Designed for kids from 5 to 7 years old, this app comes with lowercase keys that help children to be successful and a yeti helper that supports learning.
Hairy Words 2– This app enables you to learn the second 100 frequency sight words. It is vital to note that these sight words appear regularly in texts that kids read. However, some of them are difficult to sound out. When kids learn them, there is a boost of confidence. This app is designed for children from 6 to 8 years old.
Homer– If you’re looking for an interactive and interesting way to spark your child’s passion for reading, HOMER Reading is the answer. The app comes with thousands of lessons on sight words, ABCs, phonics, and many more to help your child build essential skills with a customized learn-to-read plan. Children love learning to read when they read what they live. It’s designed for 2- to 8-year-old kids.
Learn to Read Nok-Syllables– Learn to Read Nok-Syllables is geared for three- to seven-year-old children who are learning how to read. Learning to develop words syllable by syllable, your child will be rewarded through mini-games and positive reinforcement. There are lots of opportunities for children to progress to higher levels and play more difficult games. The app even includes a tournament mode after your child has mastered all the levels.
Montessori Numbers-Coupled with the Montessori Letter Sounds app, Montessori Numbers helps teach children the foundations of math. Three- to seven-year-old children can use this app to begin understanding numerology, numerals, numbers 0 through 100, quantifying, counting, and more. Children can play lots of activities and games that have multiple difficulty levels.
Moose Math– Designed for any three- to eight-year-old, Moose Math takes your child on a math adventure where they will have fun and learn. There are five activities in various locations around town. Hit up the Moose Juice Store to practice addition and subtraction, Puck’s Pet Shop to learn sorting, or the Lost & Found to get a better hang of geometry. The Dust Funnies and Duck Duck Moose characters in this app will help your child master math and crush Common Core Standards. There is even an option for parents or educators to receive a report card to track children’s progress.
My PlayHome– My PlayHome is the phone version of the classic toy, the dollhouse. Real life dollhouses are very limited with activities for the dolls (i.e., they can sit, walk around, sleep). However, My PlayHome allows children to have the dolls cook, drink, eat, travel, move things around, and even edit rooms with whatever they want. This app is simple enough that a baby can understand it but complex enough that an eight-year-old will enjoy it. This is the perfect application for any young child who loves to make believe and doesn’t want the limitations and restrictions of real-life toys when there is an entire world of fun and endless imagination.
Fun Phonics for your Little Genius– Teaching kids aged 4 to 6 with this iBook and eBook app will show them how to use their letter sounds to read and write. The student will learn the sounds of the alphabet and how they are used to read and spell words.
FunBrain– FunBrain comes with hundreds of free interactive books, videos, games, and printed material that help kids from Pre-K to 8 years old develop and master math, literacy, problem-solving, and reading skills. Vital skills and subject areas such as fractions, addition, shapes, and vowel sounds are included in each book, game, and video to give parents and educators a sense of confidence in the learning process.
Pili Pop English– Pili Pop English is geared toward children five to ten years old. It allows them to practice English verbally, learn new skills, learn new words, and learn pronunciation. Whether used for the native English speaker or bilingual child, Pili Pop will lead your child toward language fluency. You can begin with a free trial and then choose to pay monthly for full and continued access. Pili Pop is also available for Spanish language learners.
Reading Kingdom– The Reading Kingdom is an online program that teaches children between the ages of four and ten years old to read and write to a third-grade standard. This reading program makes available six new skill models of reading methods that use elements of phonics and whole language to teach skills that make reading and writing easy and successful. The app was built to circumvent the problems of phonics and whole language.
Reading Rainbow– Reading Rainbow is a way to provide your child with an extensive collection of books—up to 10 million books and video field trips for children. This app has an extensive library of books that would engage kids for a long time and awaken their imagination. The recommended age for children to use this app is three through nine years old; the book collections include fiction and nonfiction, as well as videos of field trips hosted by LeVar Burton.
Kodable– Kodable teaches coding to kids from ages 4 through 10; it is the only complete coding program on the market. This app can be used for an individual student or for a whole school district. Kodable encourages problem-solving and critical-thinking skills while informing children of algorithms, syntax, variables, and more. These are all crucial skills that coders must acquire to succeed in computer programming. With the assistance of the app’s fuzzFamily avatars, children can learn computer science with friends.
Co-ordinates– This app incorporates practical tasks with the teacher’s participation and can be used for children between ages 5 and 14. It introduces five key areas that are needed to read maps; these skills are intended to acquaint students with the prerequisites for map reading. The app also serves as an introduction to linear equations.
Jump! A Game of Numbers– Jump! A Game of Numbers is an interesting game of simple addition for ages 6 and above. Your kids will learn to count by 2s, 3s, 4s . . . 12s. Move from one number to another by following a sequence while saving snortles and collecting beach balls as you move. Squish numbers together to get the next number as you move.
Endless Wordplay: School Edition – Kids learn to form words using only the letters that the Alphabot has shaken out of place. Children tap on letters to hear the sounds they make, and they arrange them in the correct order to form words. Each stage of the games gets progressively harder, and the words also get longer as they proceed through the game. The personal version is free and includes three of the 90 available modules, while the school edition has a fixed cost.
Math Party Lite– Math Party Lite allows for math practice for the whole family or a party of friends. Using a split screen, children ages five and up can challenge their parents to math games. Each person can choose their math ability and engage in friendly competition, which increases their math learning. The basic version is free; an upgraded version is available for purchase.
MathBrix– MathBrix is aimed at children ages four through eight and will provide hours of fun. It will teach important topics in math and give children the know-how to tackle challenging problems in new ways. After they get control of the basics, MathBrix will present more abstract and complex topics to continue challenging their minds and help them think mathematically.
Math Evolve– Math Evolve is specially designed for children age six and up to experience both story and practice modes to learn math basics. This app features addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and more. Math Evolve incorporates math facts and mental math challenges in a game that is entertaining