The 40 Best iPad Apps for Young Learners

Guest Post by Jasmine Hall

The best way to get your parents to
buy you expensive gadgets has always been to really sell the educational value.
“But Mom, if you buy me a Nintendo, think about how much my spelling will
improve playing Wheel of Fortune.”
Of course, these days it’s all about the iPad. For every Angry Birds there’s an
game out there to improve your child’s mind. Here are 40 of the best apps for
your young Einstein. Most of them are paid apps, but if you’ve got $500 to drop
on an iPad, we’re thinking you won’t mind.


  1. Math Evolve:
    Nominated for “Best Educational Game of 2011,” Math Evolve teaches the
    math basics through gameplay involving a dolphin shooting lasers at sea
  2. MathBoard:
    MathBoard works because of its highly-customizable features, like creating
    timed math quizzes or making quizzes out of questions answered
  3. Motion Math:
    “Putting the action in fraction,” Motion Math has players put fractions in
    order to help a fallen star move back into the sky.
  4. PopMath Basic Math: Match pairs of balloons that have the same value,
    using one of the four basic math skills to deduce the answer, and be
    treated to a very satisfying “pop.”
  5. Math Ninja HD:
    You know you’ve interested the boys with just the word “ninja.” You must
    protect your treehouse from an evil tomato by using math. OK then!
  6. Math Bingo Games — A Racing Game: Fun app for such a clunky title. Solve the math
    problems to keep your race car from crashing.
  7. Numbers League:
    Combining super heroes and comic book graphics with math was a stroke of
    genius. Kids and adults love this game.
  8. Bugs and Buttons:
    B&B helps pre-schoolers practice counting, but there’s also a bunch of
    fun, silly games paired with great graphics to keep them entertained.

and Reading

  1. Monkey Preschool Lunchbox: Teach your preschooler to spell with this colorful
    game where kids help primates prepare packaged provisions.
  2. Dr. Seuss’s ABC:
    Who better to teach your kids to spell than the legend himself? This
    award-winning app is a hit with parents and kids.
  3. Bookworm:
    This addicting word-search game is great for students who know how to
    spell and want to expand their vocabularies.
  4. Toy Story 3 Read-Along: Record your own voice for playback reading to your
    toddler, or let him or her fingerpaint or sing along with songs from the
  5. Shakespeare in Bits: Romeo & Juliet iPad Edition: It’s never too early to expose your kids to the Bard.
    Well, 8 might be too early, but 9 and up is fine.
  6. SUPER WHY! for iPad: From PBS Kids, this app lets you play as any of the
    four characters from the TV show as they write, rhyme, read, and spell.
  7. iWriteWords:
    iWW lets youngin’s practice handwriting and have completed words read back
    to them. The colors are bright and the graphics are fun.
  8. Textropolis:
    Best for more-advanced spellers, players build up their own Textropolis by
    beating word-search games. Whole families play this one together.


  1. Star Walk:
    The amazing app comes to the iPad, enabling kids to tilt the screen to the
    night sky and learn what constellations they’re looking at.
  2. NASA App HD:
    For all the future astronauts out there, this app lets them keep track of
    space stations, launch progress, and agency news.
  3. Elements Quiz:
    If you’ve got a chemist in the making, download this cheap app with clean
    navigation of the periodic table.
  4. Discover Dinosaurs: What kid doesn’t love dinosaurs? Tikes collect gold
    stars by beating quizzes on their way to becoming a T-Rexpert.
  5. Discover Your Body HD: Fun sound effects and bright graphics help kids
    figure out all those fun organs and body parts. Don’t worry, the
    reproductive system is not featured.
  6. I Learn with Poko: Seasons and Weather! HD: Poko is here to teach kids 3 to 7 about weather,
    seasons, and the calendar.
  7. Ultimate Dinopedia: Because kids love dinosaurs so much, here’s another
    great app with info and terrific artwork on 700+ dinos.


  1. soundAMP R:
    If your child is hard of hearing, download this app for him or her that
    will amplify every sound coming out of the iPad with crystal-clear
  2. My First AAC:
    This app is designed to assist toddlers with speech disorders by letting
    them point to icons to produce words. Twenty-five bucks is a small price
    to pay to let your child express himself.
  3. Read2Go:
    People with difficulty reading traditional media are already familiar with
    e-reader books
    . This is the best app for
    reading them.
  4. Model Me Going Places 2: The “Model Me” series are designed for kids with
    autism or Asperger’s. This app teaches them appropriate behavior in
    various public settings.
  5. Speech with Milo: Verbs: A speech-language pathologist created this helpful
    app where Milo the mouse performs 100 actions, speaking the word upon
    completion of each.
  6. iReward:
    iReward is a tool to help parents motivate and reinforce the positive
    behavior of kids of all abilities, but especially developmentally
    challenged ones.


  1. The Moron Test:
    This app wouldn’t be worth introducing that word to your kids if it wasn’t
    so great. It’s part IQ test, part reflex test, and all fun.
  2. WeetWoo!:
    For $4 you get access to an extensive library of kid-friendly fun and
    educational videos collected by parents. Parents rave
    about this app.
  3. Fish School:
    Little synchronized swimming fish hold your kids’ attention while teaching
    them colors, letters, numbers, and shapes.
  4. Tangram XL:
    Here’s a free app that reproduces the simple joy of tangram puzzles. It’ll strengthen your child’s ability to determine
    spatial relationships.
  5. Nota for iPad:
    Kids as young as 4 can use this app to learn about musical notes, scales,
    octaves, chords, and more musicology.
  6. My PlayHome:
    In the 90s, we had Home Ec; today, kids have My PlayHome. It’s a great way
    for kids to explore and learn about the world of the home.
  7. Geo Walk HD — 3D World Fact Book: Hold the world in the palm of your hand with this app
    that lets you touch 500 places on the globe to bring up amazing facts
    about our planet and its inhabitants.
  8. Toontastic:
    Bring out your child’s creative side with this app that lets kids create
    their own cartoons about pirates, princes and princesses, and more.
  9. gFlash+ Flashcards & Tests: Great for any age of student, gFlash+ lets you create
    your own cards, share them across the web, and even quiz yourself from
    either side of the cards.
  10. iStart Spanish:
    Kids’ brains are like sponges; childhood is the easiest time to learn a
    language. iStart is the best app to help them do it.
  11. Brain Trainer by Lumosity.com: For kids of all ages, this app offers brain teasers
    to improve your memory and problem-solving skills.



Thank you. This post is written by
me “Jasmine Hall”.
I am a freelance writer and blogger who regularly writes for Onlinecolleges.net.
I love to write blogging, education, Technology related articles. I can be
reached at: jasmine.hall83@gmail.com



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  • Would love to run this list by Steve Dembo to see what he thinks.

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  • Wonderful compilation of Educational tools. I would like to update the list with a new presentation tool, SlideSpeech, where users can easily give voice-over to their presentation through speaker notes. The SlideSpeech text-to-speech engine converts the speaker notes into voice-over. Unlike the real audio recording, the voice-over can be easily edited and updated.

  • Jot! is another app teachers, students and parents will find useful in the classroom. It is the best whiteboard app in the app store. It can facilitate student collaboration in real time through its feature called Live Sharing.


  • Although there are many great “consumption” apps as shown here, I don’t think you can call any list of apps “the best…” of anything if that is all that’s on the list.
    The power of the iPads in education is in allowing young students to share, collaborate, connect, and create.
    Such apps as EasyBloggerJr, Puppet Pals, ToonTastic, WriteAboutThis and BookCreator need to make up at least half on any such list.

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