Early Childhood Development

10 Engaging Preschool Learning Apps—Part 2

Early Childhood Development | March 12, 2018

If you’re a busy parent on the go, you can attest to the many ways smartphones and tablets can save the day when preschoolers get restless while waiting at restaurant or appointment, riding in the car, or even at home. Thankfully, there’s an app for that! As a follow-up to our previous blog on the same topic, here are some of the most recent, highly-rated and reviewed learning apps for preschoolers. Check out these fun and educational apps that can help your kids continue their learning experience outside the classroom.

YouTube Kids

It’s no secret that you can learn just about anything on YouTube, but YouTube Kids was created to make exploring online videos safer and simpler for little ones. Currently rated the top free app for kids in the iTunes app store, YouTube Kids offers a suite of parental controls, filters, user feedback, and human reviewers to keep videos family friendly.

NOGGIN Preschool

When you subscribe to NOGGIN, you child will not only be able to watch over 1,000 episodes from popular Nickelodeon preschool TV shows like PAW Patrol, Peppa Pig, Dora the Explorer, and more, they will also learn important pre-kindergarten skills through play-along videos.

Learning Games 4 Kids: Toddlers

This app offers endless possibilities to keep your toddler busy with useful and engaging games that teach geometric figures, colors, units, logic, sizes, and more with Funny Food characters. With a simple and user-friendly design, this app is a great learning tool for ages 2+.

Disney Junior Appisodes

Disney fans will likely already know about this popular iPhone and iPad app, but if you haven’t already explored it, you’ll be thrilled to find that your little ones can play along with their favorite Disney Junior shows through tilting, tapping, talking, and swiping their way through interactive episodes of several Disney Junior shows.

Laugh & Learn: Where’s Puppy’s Nose

In this Fisher-Price app, babies are immersed in an animated learning environment where their little finger taps, swipes, tilts, and shakes teach all about body parts with two fun characters (Puppy and Kitty, which are also popular Fisher-Price toys) and music. The app is designed for babies 6 months and up and is available on iPhone and iPad.


LEGO-loving preschoolers will be all aboard for this interactive app that allows kids to drive the colorful LEGO DUPLO Train from station to station as train conductor. Kids can learn to load cargo, build bridges, stop at crossings, help passengers, lay tracks, and more. With intuitive icons and user-friendly navigation, it’s easy to see why this app has become so popular.

Teach Your Monster to Read—Phonics

Suitable for ages 3 to 6, this app for iPhone and iPad is commonly used in preschool, primary school, kindergarten, and first grade settings as an interactive teaching resource. Children will create a monster and take it on a magical journey through three extensive games that teach and improve reading skills and phonics.

Splash and Bubbles

The popular PBS Kids characters, Splash and Bubbles, now have their own app that takes kids on an underwater journey to learn about amazing animals and plants that live in the ocean. Your preschooler can build and decorate his or her own ocean and learn amazing ocean facts.

Busy Shapes & Colors

Specifically designed for toddlers, this fun, motivating, and highly-intuitive app teaches colors and shapes and sharpens fine motor skills. With animated penguins guiding toddlers through the game, they can progress through different levels and encounter new challenges that motivate them to go further.

Kaju: Dance on Nursery Rhymes

This free dance game app is designed for families and children ages 2 to 6 and gets everyone on their feet while they listen to their favorite kid songs and nursery rhymes. With a cool new motion recognition technology, the app can track your child’s dance steps and provide real-time audio visual feedback to your child, and the end result is magic. This app is perfect for rainy or inclement weather days when kids can’t play outdoors.

While there’s a variety of learning apps to explore, we hope this list is a helpful start. The Gardner School’s academically-focused mission celebrates technology as a learning tool, and we love finding ways to help our parents and families continue the learning experience at home.