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Updated by Avenues EdTech Team on Jan 08, 2014
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Early Learning Apps

A growing list of apps that showcase fundamental early learning skills (e.g. spelling name, letter and sound recognition, rhyming, keyboarding skills, counting, number recognition, patterns, following directions, building social skills, color/shape recognition, etc...)

Sock Puppets

Sock Puppets lets you create your own lip-synched videos and share them on Facebook and YouTube. Add Puppets, props, scenery, and backgrounds and start creating. Hit the record button and the puppets automatically lip-synch to your voice.

ABC - Magnetic Alphabet Free

Take always with you this iPad edition of the old fashioned magnetic board suitable for kids of all ages!
It's an infinite source of fun and a great way to stimulate their imagination and creativity.
It comes with a rich set of colored pieces that can be placed freely on the board: letters, numbers, symbols and funny figures.


The TechChef4u app offers multiple resources to support teachers and parents in their search for FREE quality apps for their children and students. While the TechChef4u app is an educational app store that provides searchable and categorized lists of FREE apps for PK-12, the app doesn't stop there.

ABC Tracer

ABC Tracer is a comprehensive ABC learning app.

Kids Learning - Photo Touch Concepts

Photo Touch Concepts is an exciting educational game that helps your child rapidly learn to understand important concepts by sight, sound, and touch. The interface is so easy to use that even a 9 month old baby will delight in using this app.

ABC Sight Words Writing

Features words from six different categories (e.g. Pre-Primer, Primer, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, and Nouns). In each category, there are multiple words available. The app will read the word and then you can trace over it to practice handwriting.

Caboose - Learn Patterns and Sorting with Letters, Numbers, Shapes and Colors,

Two games in one App for your kindergartener and preschooler: pattern recognition; sorting objects by size and letters/numbers by position.

Alphabet Blocks 3D

Alphabet Blocks 3D helps children with word recognition, learning animals by name and sound, as well as helping understand how objects around them move, and with this app, they won't just be learning, they'll also be having fun!

iWriteWords (Handwriting Game)

WriteWords teaches your child handwriting while playing a fun and entertaining game.

Felt Board

Felt Board for the iPad is inspired by actual felt boards used by children, teachers and storytellers worldwide. Create characters by selecting skin color, hair and facial features. Choose from a wide variety of costumes, settings and props for hours of magical make believe play. And because it is an app, the pieces will never get lost.

Handwriting Without Tears: Wet-Dry-Try

Handwriting Without Tears is a proven success in making legible and fluent handwriting an easy and automatic skill for children.

Interactive Alphabet

Set the stage for reading success. Kids learn their ABCs through play when they make the 'D'inosaur
roar, 'Z'ip the Zipper, and more!
Every letter is a unique, interactive toy! The memorable flash cards engage children in learning and
aid in development.

Monkey Preschool Lunchbox

7 different games that teach kids about colors, letters, counting, shapes, sizes, matching, and differences.

Fish School

Children will love to learn while playing with colorful schools of fish which magically transform themselves into different letters, numbers, shapes, colors and more. Fish School includes 8 fun educational activities that will engage children.

Goodnight ABC

Is it a lesson or a game? Kids can’t tell the difference. Goodnight ABC teaches letters, letter sounds, colors, numbers, vocabulary, the basics of nature and technology and a lot more, but to your child it feels like playing the most exciting game in the world!

Hickory Dickory Dock

Help your children learn to read a clock while being entertained by a playful little mouse companion. There are a number of mini games designed to develop specific skills, while all the time keeping the child entertained with humorous animation and sound effects.

ABC Alphabet Phonics - Preschool Kids Game Free Lite

Photo Touch is an exciting educational game that helps your child rapidly learn the ABC by sight, sound, and touch. The interface is so easy to use that even a 9 month old baby will delight in using this app. Ideal for ages 0 to 6.

Little Writer - The Tracing App for Kids

Little Writer is a tracing app that's done just right. Little Writer is super fun and so easy to use that your kids will think letter tracing is a game vs. a boring chore.

I Like Books - 37 Picture Books for Kids in 1 App

The "I Like" children's picture books are a magical way to enjoy stories with your child. Not only are the stories and pictures fun... they also help your child learn about the world they live in. It is a fantastic learning experience for kids of all ages from 0 to 6. The little ones will enjoy listening to lovely stories while looking at gorgeous pictures that are carefully chosen. Toddlers will love the interactivity of the picture books and click on items to discover new words. Young kids will enjoy these books to learn how to read as they see each word individually highlighted in red at the exact moment the audio is played back.