Five iPad Reading Apps for Preschoolers

To say my son is addicted to the iPad is an understatement. I mean what’s not to love. He has every kid’s show known to man at his finger tips along with every new “it” game. He has mastered the NetFlix app along with beating me in Angry Birds.

But when he’s not glued to the cartoons or playing games, I do try to slip in some educational apps for him. He’s only three but he loves books. He loves to be read to. He loves to do picture walks and has shown a true interest in learning to read. We frequent the library often for new books to read but I figured why not tie in one of his favorite things to do with the reading.

I was on a mission to find the best reading applications for him. There are a ton to choose from out there but, so far, here are his favorites. Wanna hear the best part? Most are free!

1. The Three Little Pigs ~ The classic story is given a modern edge. There are so many interactive qualities of the story: touch the pigs to hear additional dialogue and help the wolf blow the pigs’ houses down. You can choose to listen to the story or read it yourself. Price: FREE

2. Preschool 15 in 1 ~ Think of this as Preschool in an App. There are 15 different categories to choose from, such as Math and Reading. This app has such a variety that your preschooler will not tire of it! I know mine doesn’t. Price: $0.99 
3. The Cat in the Hat {Lite} ~ Another classic children’s book turned into an App. The only downside of the lite version is that it only contains the first ten pages of the book but that hasn’t stopped my kiddo from loving it. You can buy the full version as well. As the story is narrated, the words are highlighted so it is easy for children to follow along. There is also a read on my own version. Price: FREE for the Lite Edition; $3.99 for the Full Version

4. Sparklefish ~ The Mad Libs for youngsters! Complete funny stories with nouns, adjectives and verbs. You can even record your voice to complete the story. Four different stories are included and the possibilities are endless. Price: FREE

5. Touchybooks ~ Touchybooks is an interactive book store for children. Children can pick and choose from a collection of books. There have a great variety of children’s books. Best part is that is educator created and is for children ages 1-11. Price: FREE

We are constantly finding new apps that help E with his preschool learning and are getting him ready to read! It is important to us to instill a love for reading {and learning} in our children and the iPad and the reading apps help us do that.

Today’s Guest Post was written by Steph from a grande life. Steph is the mom to two boys who is still trying to figure it all out with the help of her side-kicks: her camera and coffee!

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  1. Ms Bibi on November 7, 2011 at 10:10 pm said:

    My boys are way past the preschool age, but my best friend's little one is 3 and totally addicted to iPad….I am forwarding this to her.
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  2. debraarchibald on November 8, 2011 at 4:26 am said:

    I saw an IPAD proper for the first time the other day and I was so amazed! Children pick things up so quickly! I think this is a fantastic tool for learning and education and ……..

  3. I think the idea of using the ipad in this way is great… and I love all the new apps out there!
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  4. My son is just at the age where he will want these apps for reading. He's already addicted to Madden NFL though!

  5. starlinos for ipad is the best story.

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