Based on our readers' interest when posted as the Good Free App of the Day, here are our Top 10 Free Apps for Learning Letters!
Now newly updated to include 12 apps!
A few apps have in-app purchases, but they include full learning content for FREE!
** Only the app's developer can control when an app is free or not. All apps are verified to be free at the time of this post. We make no guarantees otherwise. **
Some of the apps below have in-app purchases available within the app. In-app purchases can easily be disabled through the settings of your device.**
Cambugs Letter Sounds (iPad/iPhone, in-app purchases): This app does have an in-app purchase for unlimited users, but it's FREE for one user profile (perfect for home use!) It should be a go-to app for learning letter sounds, as it's developed by educational psychologists and parents in conjunction with the University of Cambridge. I rated it 4 stars when I reviewed it, and I use it often in my work as an SLP.
ABC Alphabet Letters by The Little Book (iPad/iPhone): Another new addition to our list, this app is developed by Innovative Mobile Apps, makers of many favorite free apps. This one features full color photos for each letter of the alphabet, along with the ability to customize with sound recordings, new text, and even new pictures.
A to Z Music Videos from ABCmouse.com (iPad/iPhone, in-app purchases): This is just one of SIXTEEN free apps from ABCmouse.com. It's a fun take on learning letters, with songs to help teach letter names and early phonics. The app is also rich with vocabulary development opportunities, and the music is fun for kids. Five videos are immediately free. Additional videos are unlocked with tickets as videos are watched. There are in-app purchases to speed the process, but they are NOT REQUIRED for any of the content!
An animal alphabet (iPad/iPhone): It's not fancy graphics or interactive features that make this app book a winner. Instead, it's really the illustrations! This app includes the letter, an illustration of an animal, and an alliterative phrase, like "falcons fly fast" and "narwhals navigate north." Each part features audio, and the sound on the pictures ranges from horses galloping to water splashing. A nice gentle bedtime book!
Bugsy Kindergarten Reading School (iPad/iPhone): If your preschooler/kindergartener hasn't yet tried a Bugsy app, this free one is a great place to start! There is so much great content in this app, it's hard to believe it's free! Bugsy Kindergarten Reading School covers Bugsy Kindergarten Reading School covers alphabet, phonics, spelling, reading and vocabulary. Don't just focus on letter names--help your kids put it all in context and get a great start on learning to read!
Little Stars - Toddler Games (iPad/iPhone)
This app is highly rated on the app store, and still a favorite download on our site. It includes ABC letter names and sounds, and even more great learning, including early words, counting and recognizing numbers, shapes and colors.
ABC Alphabet Phonics - Preschool Kids Game Free Lite (iPad/iPhone): Grasshopper Apps develop some of the most popular free apps on Smart Apps For Kids, and this one is great for early letter learning. From the Good Free App of the Day post: The app names a letter and the child has to find and press on it. You can change just about everything in the app: the voice, the images, etc. so you can help your child learn their ABCs by using your voice and their own favorite items!
Little Writer - The Tracing App for Kids (iPad/iPhone): This app from Innovative Mobile has almost 1200 reviews on the app store, with a 4.5 star rating. It's hard to believe it's all free. From the Good Free App of the Day post: Little Writer is a free tracing app that includes letters (uppercase and lowercase), numbers, shapes and even some basic words AND it has a ton of customization options, including adding words (such as the child's name so they can learn how to trace it!)
Alphabet Tracing (iPad/iPhone, in-app purchases): A great app for learning all of the letters and numbers, it shows how to draw the letter, provides tracing practice, and associates an object with a letter, too. A cute train traces different patterns on the letter to keep kids engaged. An in-app purchase is available to make pdf versions of the letters to trace, but the main content of the app is all free!
9 in 1 children games (iPad only): Another app with more than just letter learning, all for free! There are two games for learning letters and numbers, and more games with matching, tangrams, creativity and several games for early math skills. One of my favorite games is actually an addition game, where the child matches the number tile to a set of objects before finding the tile to match the sum.
PBS Kids Video (iPad/iPhone): This app features more than 1000 videos, including numerous series and episodes featuring letter learning. My kids especially loved SUPER WHY and Word World, but most of the shows have at least one episode featuring some learning about letters. This app is great for on-the-go entertainment that's actually educational.
Educreations Interactive Whiteboard (iPad only): This app is so much more than just an app for learning letters--it allows the user to turn the iPad into a recordable whiteboard. Instead of letting app developers show children how to make letters, parents and teachers can record videos on each letter! When kids are ready, they can make their own video about each letter, too. It's a great, FREE way to fully utilize the wonderful technology available in the iPad.