There are millions of apps out there, but which ones can you feel good about your kids using? We’ve scoured the Internet for the best educational apps of 2018. There’s something for everyone – as these 25 award winning educational apps range from potty training to studying for the SAT! Some have a cost associated with them and some are free. All are great, and best of all, all of them are educational.
We’ve listed them in alphabetical order for your convenience.
10 Dr. Seuss Bestsellers by Oceanhouse Media
The best-selling, classic Dr. Seuss books come to life with playful interactivity, delightful animations and fun activities! These re-imagined classics set a new gold standard for interactive book apps. $24.99
Articulation Station Pro by Little Bee Speech
Articulation Station Pro is a comprehensive articulation program offering practice at the word, sentence and story levels in 22 sounds in the English language. $59.99
Big City Vehicles – Cars and Trucks for Kids by The Melody Book
Let your little ones explore city life with its many vehicles and surroundings. Meet the funny animal characters and learn about vehicles in the street, the sky and the subway. $1.99
Duolingo by Duolingo
Learn a foreign language – 23 languages to choose from. Super fun and free — Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Irish, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Turkish, Norwegian, Polish, Hebrew, Esperanto, Vietnamese, Ukrainian, Welsh, Greek, Hungarian, Romanian, and Swahili. Oh, and English too. Again, this is a free app.
Easy Spelling Aid + Translator & Dyslexia Support by Nuapp Productions Pty Ltd
Easy Spelling Aid gives children and adults alike a quick and easy way to find out the spelling of a word, translate words to and from English and helps dyslexic learners with specific cognitive difficulties. $3.99
Endless Reader by Originator Inc.
Kids will have a blast learning sight words and their context and usage with the adorable Endless monsters. Each word features an interactive word puzzle with letters that come alive, and then a sentence puzzle with words that become what they describe. See the word “dog” as a barking dog, and the word “up” reach for the sky! Six words free to try with additional word packs available for purchase.
Fairy Quest by Futureantics Pty Ltd
Fairy Quest is an educational game that teaches young children about shapes. The game introduces the young player to various shapes all within a three-dimensional fairyland setting. Explore a magical fairyland surrounded by fairies while playfully learning about shapes. FREE Download.
GoSkyWatch Planetarium – Atronomy Guide by GoSoftWorks
Easily and quickly identify and locate stars, planets, constellations and more by simply pointing to the sky. Your personal telescope to the wonders in the night sky. Go outside and explore the night sky.
Little Digits by Cowly Owl Ltd
Little Digits is a fun educational app that teaches children about numbers via an intuitive spin on the traditional use of finger counting. Using the multi-touch screen, Little Digits displays number characters by detecting how many fingers you put down. Children can learn to associate the numerical figure on the screen with the number of fingers they place down, whilst enjoying the unique characters and animations of the Little Digits world. $4.49.
Little Stories Pro by Little Bee Speech
A reading app that targets speech, language and literacy with 82 stories. Each story is 100 words and target the R, L S, & TH sounds. Test reading fluency, comprehension and so much more! $59.99.
LogicCity Jr by Minds On Play LLC
Logic Puzzle Game. Practice logic and reasoning in a fun, safe game. Like a 3X3 sudoku with shapes and colors. Starts easy, then adds cryptic clues to up the challenge. Promotes independence, risk taking. Builds attention. Silver medal, Serious Play Awards. And just plain healthy FUN!! The cost for this app is $1.99
Mission Addition by Primary Games Ltd
You are stranded in outer space and only your mathematical skills can help you return to earth! Problem solving and addition practice combine as you decide which energy cells you must place in the teleports. $0.99
Number Line by Math Learning Center
Number Line helps students visualize number sequences and demonstrate strategies for counting, comparing, adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing. Choose number lines labelled with whole numbers, fractions, decimals, or negative numbers. Or use a blank number line, with or without tick marks. This is a free app.
On the Potty by Ana Martin-Larranaga
A fun way to potty train! This story tells your little one that everybody sits on the potty. And once they sit, sooner or later, it works! $0.99.
Periodic Table by the Royal Society of Chemistry
This Periodic Table app incorporates everything from podcasts to videos to help you learn about the elements. The app includes different levels of data to satisfy everyone, from a novice to an AP Chemistry student.
Photomath by Photomath, Inc.
For high-schoolers that just need a little more help isolating “x” in their algebra homework. Photomath instantly solves (and explains) any difficult equation. Just take a photo of Phthe problem (you can also write or type it), and the app breaks down the solution into steps that the student can understand and learn from. This is a free app.
Quick Maths by Shiny Things
This app is perfect for students in grades 2 to 6, or for anyone wanting to improve their general maths skills. With multiple difficulty levels and a focus on self-improvement, Quick Maths provides increasing challenges as your child’s skills develop. Kids can practice mental addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and mixed operations; develop arithmetic fluency and improve mental strategies; practice pre-algebra skills by calculating unknown values and using inverse operations, and practice handwriting! $4.99 to unlock all capabilities.
SAT Prep by Ready4, Inc.
Study on your phone with Ready4 SAT and ditch all the books and paper flashcards. Access over 1,000 questions with detailed answer explanations, hundreds of flashcards, and in-depth score analysis for FREE when you download the app. Also taking the ACT? Check Ready4 ACT! Both are free apps.
Sight Words Games in Candy Land – Reading for kids by 22learn, LLC
The app helps children learn and practice reading the most common sight words. It offers an easy-to-use interface and a choice of 18 fun educational games through which children can acquire mastery over this subject. $4.99
Starfall Free & Member by Starfall Education Foundation
Young children will have fun exploring reading, math, and more with the Starfall app! This app offers a variety of activities for children in the pre-k through first grade age range, plus second grade math. With an internet connection the Starfall app provides a large sample of free activities. Then join and sign in as a Starfall member. Members have access to the full content within this app on their mobile devices as well as the www.starfall.com website from their computer.
Swift Playgrounds by Apple
Swift Playgrounds is a revolutionary app for iPad that makes it fun to learn and experiment with code. You solve interactive puzzles in the guided “Learn to Code” lessons to master the basics of coding, while additional challenges let you explore code and create programs that are engaging and unique. This is a free app.
Symmetry School: Learning Geometry by PixelSoup Ltd
Symmetry School encourages learners to use their intuition and imagination to explore symmetrical puzzles. Through gameplay, learners are aided in developing an essential foundation in spatial reasoning, problem solving and visualization. Kids learn to recognize reflective and rotational symmetry; recognize simple spatial patterns and relationships and make predictions about them; develop a foundation for understanding symmetry at later levels, and develop fine motor skills. For kids 9-11. $3.99.
TED by TED Conferences
TED’s powerful talks help people anywhere in the world to learn a topic in 18 minutes or less and leave feeling inspired. TED’s apps amplifies these ideas by giving users the power to learn on the go. FREE Download.
Universal Zoom: All About Sizes and Distances by Gamifylt
Universal Zoom provides you with a superpower of seeing the invisible! Discover the world around us from the tiniest subatomic particles to the biggest space structures. Learn about the units of measurement in an intuitive way. $3.99
Wizard School by Duck Duck Moose LLC
Wizard School inspires curiosity and creative thinking across a variety of subjects including science, languages, geography and sports. This is a free app.
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