Research shows that preschool apps for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch help children learn, whether it's through whole group instruction (as in a classroom) or self-directed learning (as at home). Here is a list of preschool apps for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch that are endorsed by early childhood educators and loved by parents.
Abby Monkey has the Recommended Seal by Parents' Choice Awards 2012. Preschool children develop their recognition and fine motor skills as they assemble simple puzzles in this app designed by educational experts. All puzzles have hand drawn art and are interactive. For example: When a preschool child places a cloud over a flower pot, rain will fall and a flower will grow. Themes include: farm animals, zoo animals, xylophone sounds, ice cream, vehicles and flowers. The UI is clean and easy for a child to navigate. While this app is free to download and assemble some puzzles, a $1.99 purchase is necessary to unlock all the puzzles.
Swapsies is a simple preschool app that helps children develop their fine motor skills as they dress firefighters, police officers, doctors and more. Along the way they learn about some of the things they can be when they grow up through fun mini-activities and interactive age-appropriate quizzes. Well worth the $2.99 price.
Preschool Memory Match and Learn teaches preschool children to match items in 6 preschool categories: Colors, Shapes, Numbers, Letters, Fruits and Vegetables. The activities in this memory matching app adapt to a child's learning; the more they learn, the more challenging the activities become. There are 20 different puzzle modes in this highly configurable preschool app that uses vivid colors and HD graphics. This app is freemium: it is free to download and the first 3 stages are free to use, after that the other stages must be unlocked with a $1.99 one time purchase (which also removes the ads).
These apps for preschool are compatible with the iPad and iPod touch and the iPhone. Has your child ever used an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch preschool app? Let us know in the comments below.