Last updated on January 20th, 2021 at 08:32 am .
Preschoolers of today are already technology savvy. Not only do they know how to use a phone, most even own their own tablets and iPads. We can even go so far as to say that most preschool-aged children spend the better part of their day swiping screens. Even though parents are often concerned about the increased screen-time, did you know that there are a plethora of best educational apps that can have a very positive impact on children’s interactions and learning? In this list, we have collected some of the most child-friendly, interactive, and engaging learning apps for preschoolers.
This app is perfect to let your preschooler’s imagination run wild as they enjoy learning like gaming by building their own town, city, or village, leveraging an assortment of different materials. Kids will have an amazing time filling the landscapes with buildings, beach resorts, forests, schools, roads, shops, stadiums, theatres, and even theme parks. Delightful, discovery-based world-building encourages decision-making and cooperation, and taps into your child’s hidden creativity. Each building requires a special combination of materials to create, for instance, you need bricks and love to build a school, while bricks and energy combine to create a movie theater. Once they have created a world, kids can watch characters experience and interact with it.
Since most preschoolers are LEGO fans, this amazing app allows them to leverage their imagination and building skills as they create their own helicopters, trucks, and cars, and then get a chance to drive/fly them to collect coins along the way. At the end of their route, kids get a simple puzzle to assemble in any order they choose. LEGO APP4+ is perfectly engaging for 4 year olds who are LEGO die-hards.
Avokiddo ABC Ride
This highly interactive and engaging app takes a preschooler on a thrilling adventure through the world of alphabets. Choose who will accompany you on your adventure, Bo or Beck, and breeze through a series of challenges to hunt for letters in your quest. All the challenges focus on a single alphabet, for instance, pop balloons to reveal the missing letter (B), unwrap a gift (G) to reveal the letter, pull W out of a Well, or catch apples (A) that are falling from a tree. Once the child has completed the game, they can fill in the letters for words they have encountered throughout the game, such as “balloon” and “apple”. Kids will need to use their logic, observation and problem-solving skills to find the hidden letters in a whole host of scenarios and challenges. This game is perfect for letter recognition, learning new words, enhancing vocabulary, reinforcing spelling, and teaching basic phonics.
This fantastic app is perfect for introducing basic MATH based on Common Core State Standards to a preschooler in a fun, engaging setting. Visit the Lost and Found office to group similar objects together, make a smoothie in the Moose Juice Store by practicing addition, subtraction, and counting, or help the Dust Funny find his way home by joining the dots and solving number patterns. Kids earn rewards for solving each challenge, which helps them build their own city and renovate existing buildings. What we especially love in the game is the integration of the parent “report card”, which helps parents and teachers monitor progress and customize learning activities for preschoolers.
Children who struggle to learn the alphabets will find this app ultra-useful and engaging. The app reinforces letters with creative and clever interactive activities. For instance, preschoolers will be asked to cut strings for the letter C, Dig for treasure for the letter D, or Build a robot for the letter B. 26 fun preschool puzzles and an interactive alphabet sing-a-long song help kids recite their ABCs. The app interface is designed for preschoolers to navigate without assistance. Each letter is individually sounded-out and the interactive elements that kick in after each pronunciation, are highly engaging and fun.
Elmo Loves ABCs
This engaging, multi-faceted app is great for helping preschoolers learn their alphabets. Elmo Loves ABCs has two modes of play: in the first one, kids will choose a letter, trace it, watch a couple of video clips about things and actions that start with that letter, and play a hide and seek game. In the other mode of play, kids will need to identify a letter from a group, listen to its pronunciation, select an item that begins with that letter and listen to songs about it. Kids who already love Elmo will have a great time learning their ABC’s with him.
What are the Benefits of Game Based Learning?
Game based learning is an ingenious approach to teaching, where preschoolers delve in to appropriate aspects of games in a learning context crafted by teachers. Students and teachers collaborate in order to add perspective and depth to the entire experience of playing the game. There are a plethora of commendable game based learning applications which can take the students in to highly life-like virtual environments that feel and look familiar.
What are the Goals of Gamified Instructions?
The best aspect of gamified instruction is that it encourages students to learn from their mistakes and work towards achieving their goals, instead of giving up trying. This has vast implications for the education industry. Game based learning comes with an intrinsic value, pushing students to develop their cognitive thinking skills such as debate, problem solving, and analysis to reach their goals. This not only facilitates concept mastery, but also aids in better comprehension and retention of information.