Our Top 100 Free Apps for Preschoolers could be more aptly titled "Every Free iPad/iPhone Preschooler App You Need To Know About." Since we started organizing the apps into specific developers, such as Disney or LEGO, the list has grown to 503 free apps. That is, as far as I know (and I would know), the most complete and exhaustive list of free apps anywhere. Everything is ranked by reader interest.
Some of these apps include in-app purchases but they are noted, and for an app to make this list, it has to have enough free content to be worth downloading. We don't include apps that are 30 seconds of play and then a "buy the full version" page. We also don't list any apps with third party ads.
This time we've also added little notations next to some of the apps to designate which of them are our staff favorites. Our staff tests **a lot** of apps so if they like something, you should download it.
Thanks again for visiting this page so much and if you have any notes to pass on about any of the apps, or ones we might be missing, please leave a comment. - Ron
* Prices were all verified at the time of this posting, but only the app's developer can ultimately control the price.
* On the developer lists, such as Disney, not all of the apps on the list are appropriate for preschoolers.
** indicates that the app contains in-app purchases/is very closely tied to a purchase
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1) ** Disney (79 apps!)
2) LEGO (37 apps)
3) Innovative Mobile apps (44 apps)
4) Fisher-Price (29 apps)
5) ABCmouse (16 apps)
6) Grasshopper Apps (24 apps) -- Cas pick!
7) Innovative Net Learning (34 apps)
8) ** Hasbro (11) including Easy Bake Oven, Hungry, Hungry Hippos and more!
9) ** Star Wars (16)
11) PBS Kids (20 apps) -- Rachel H pick!
12) WordWorld's Happy Birthday Dog -- Rachel H pick!
13) ** Super Duper (6 apps)
14) Rocket Speller
15) Preschool University (11 apps!)
16) Play 123 -- Cas pick!
17) K12 Education Apps (13)
18) TVOKids (20)
20) ** Endless Reader -- Lisa R pick!
21) Toca Kitchen Monsters (all kids need Toca Boca) -- Cynthia pick!
22) Peep and the Big Wide World (11) -- Cynthia pick!
23) Dr. Panda (4) -- Emilie pick!
24) ABC Wildlife -- Rachel H pick!
27) ** Alphabet Tracing (only in-app is for creating PDFs)
28) ** Leo's Pad -- Emilie pick!
29) ** Lazoo (3) -- Cas pick!
31) ** Learn with WordFriends (WordWorld) -- Heather H pick!
33) ** @Reks (10)
34) ** Miracle Modus (created by autistic developer)
35) Hideout: Early Reading (from BYU)
37) ** Puzzingo (one set free plus a new daily puzzle)
40) ** Jib Jab (13)
41) SlateMath K-1
45) Rovio (7, including Angry Bird apps)
46) ** Toddler Marine Preschool
47) ** Learn with Homer -- Heather H pick!
48) 9-in-1 Children's Games (lite version)
49) LetterSchool Lite -- Heather S pick!
51) Marine Missions
52) ** Richard Scarry's Busytown Mysteries -- Lisa R pick!
54) ** BrainPop Jr. Movie of the Week -- Heather H pick!
55) ** The Wiggles (5)
56) DialSafe Pro
57) ** Buzzle (11 free puzzles)
58) Fun Timer
60) Todo K-2 -- Heather S pick!
61) My PlayHome Lite -- Cas pick!
66) ** Mindshapes (Bobo's Birthday Challenge, Tap A Tune, Lingo Zoo)
67) ** Fit Brains For Kids (six free lessons)
68) Bamba Ice Cream -- Lisa R pick! (the tot loves it)
69) Draw with Stars! -- Cynthia pick!
71) Creative Kids by Faber Castell -- Emilie pick!
73) ** Splash Math Kindergarten -- Lisa M pick!
74) Superbook Kid's Bible, Videos and Games -- Heather S pick!
76) Sam Phibian (count to feed the frog bugs!)
79) Melody Street (3) -- Lisa M pick!
81) ** Community Helpers
83) Christmas Splat
85) Jesus Loves Me -- Lisa M pick!
86) Tooney Tunes
88) ** Bamba Burger -- Lisa R pick! (Again, the tot loves it.)
89) ** ABC Theater: The Alphabet Song -- Lisa R pick!
92) ** Color Band
93) The Lorax Truffula Shuffle (U.S. only)
98) ** Mix n Match
99) ** Puppet Workshop