Top educational apps for kids

We love entertainment that’s educational, and have rounded up some fantastic learning apps for your toddlers and pre-schoolers.

Early Is Best

This series of apps includes a farm animal, safari animal and an alphabet recognition game to promote important and basic learning schools. They’re fun and engaging, and the Alphabet App is available in augmented reality (AR), to not only bring the game to “life”, but to also reinforce and enhance learning.

Free, with in-app purchases.

Early Is Best app
Early is Best app

Nooksy: the reading app with a difference

Nooksy Reading App for Toddlers

We know that reading aloud to your kids is one of the best bonding and developmental activities you can do with them, and with Nooksy, the grandparents can get involved and read stories to your children too, especially great when they’re far away.

The app lets you video call the little ones and read them a book from Nooksy’s growing library. Tapping on the page is shown to the other user, making the experience interactive, and particularly fun for the little ones as they identify objects in the illustrations of the book.

Available as a free trial, and from then on, R19.99 a month

Nooksy app

Kids Academy

This app has thousands of learning activities including games, songs, puzzles, interactive stories and animated videos, to teach kids early literacy, reading, language and maths.

All games in the app are divided into age groups, starting at toddlers, and reaching primary school kids.

Free, with in-app purchases

Kids Academy app

Reading Raven

This is an engaging learn-to-read app to help young kids build a good foundation for reading.

There are five lessons included in the app, each working on a group of five letters (individual letters, plus words that start with those letters). The app is fully customisable by age or reading level, and kids get sticker rewards to reinforce what was learnt.

Cost: R49.99

Reading Raven app

Endless Alphabet

Kids will have a blast learning their ABCs and building vocabulary with the adorable monsters in Endless Alphabet. Each word features an interactive puzzle game with talking letters and a short animation illustrating the definition.

There are no high scores, failures, limits or stress – kids can interact with the app at their own pace.

Cost: R139.99

Endless Alphabet app

AlphaTots Alphabet

This is a superb app to teach kids their ABC, via fun preschool puzzles and mini-games. Features include an engaging alphabet sing-a-long song, an interactive alphabet that helps kids recite their ABCs, plus upper- and lowercase versions of every letter.

Cost: R49.99

Alphatots app

Reading Eggs

Reading Eggs is the multi-award winning learning programme that helps children learn to read with its interactive reading games, guided reading lessons, fun activities and more than 2 000 digital storybooks.

Pre-schoolers can build pre-reading skills such as phonemic awareness and alphabet knowledge with fun activities, games, videos and read-aloud books.

Cost: Free, with in-app purchases

Reading Eggs app

Homer Reading

HomerReading is a fun, interactive way to spark your child’s passion for reading. It’s a comprehensive learning app filled with fun activities, songs, stories, colouring-in pages and poems to teach kids phonics, sight words and reading comprehension. coloring pages and more.

Cost: Free 30-day trial, with a monthly subscription of around $7.99 a month

Homer reading app

Zoolingo

This app has thousands of fun and educational activities and games to teach kids their ABCs, 123s, colours, shapes, emotions, body parts and more. Kids are taught by Moolingo the awesome monkey.

Cost: There are three subscription options ($8.99 per month, $17.99 per quarter, $47.99 per year)

Zoolingo app

ABC Preschool Kids Tracing & Learning Games

ABC Kids is a free phonics and alphabet teaching app that features a series of tracing games to help kids recognise letter shapes, associate them with phonic sounds, and put their alphabet knowledge to use in fun matching exercises.

ABC Kids app

All prices correct at the time of publication