Apps for the very young and elementary aged students

NOTE: It is very difficult to label an app specifically for a particular age group. The wonderful thing about apps is they allow you to differentiate learning and meet every child's needs. What may be listed as appropriate for a particular age/grade may not work at all for your individual student. My best advice: assess needs, then look for apps that meet those needs. With over half a million apps available to you, I hope you find these lists a useful start-I have! 


A word to the wise regarding ALL of the app recommendations here: READ THE CUSTOMER REVIEWS IN iTUNES BEFORE SPENDING A NICKEL!! I find the info shared by those who have plunked down their dollar(s) to be absolutely invaluable! I NEVER buy an app (even "free" apps) without reading as many reviews as I can.  I recommend that you sort the reviews so you read the "most critical" ones first, rather than the default, which is "most recent." 


Another tip: Check YouTube for app reviews and demos...sometimes created by developers, but also by users. 


Roxann Nys's list of apps for elementary


Presentation for Howards Grove Elementary-Nov. 12, 2014 (many new apps added for grades K-4):


PowerPoint version link: Great Elementary School Apps.pptx

PDF Version (with my notes)-Dropbox link:



For the most current info about apps that Roxann finds, Like our "CESA 7 ETS Apps For Education" page on Facebook and/or follow her Pinterest apps boards (  Important Facebook Tips: To be sure to always receive posts from pages you've "Liked" in your FB newsfeed, hover the mouse on the "Like" button of the page, and select "Show in Newsfeed."  If you don't check FB regularly, you can choose "notifications" when hovering your mouse on  the "Like" button of a page, which links to your email address. This choice causes an email to be sent whenever a new post happens on that page. has a VERY nicely organized list of apps (and other resources) that are being reviewed by educators and students. Includes apps for struggling readers and ELL students as well as many other curriculum areas. Also includes some links to school initiatives so you can learn more about how others are implementing/using iOS devices.


My all time favorite resource person for all things iOS is Tony Vincent. His website, Learning in Hand is an amazing collection of ideas, tips, tricks and recommendations that you will find very, very helpful. You can follow Tony on Twitter for up to the minute tips on new apps and great deals. Additional app resources Tony's created that I've found useful are  Tony Vincent's iPod touch and iPhone apps list on Google Moderator. You won't be able to vote or contribute unless you have (or create) a Google account, but this list is very informative anyway.  Also check out: Tony Vincent's app library on Appolicious (Yahoo list) and his list of apps lists on Delicious and his Tony Vincent's his iPad app list on Delicious.

Moms with Apps is a collaborative group of family-friendly developers seeking to promote quality apps for kids and families. Most of their membership is comprised of parents who have launched their own apps on the App Store, have their own access to iTunes Connect, and have the time and inclination to share best practices with other developers at the founder’s level. Moms with apps sponsors "Free App Fridays" (Family-friendly app developers and enthusiasts, promoting apps together) via their Facebook page: (You will need to create a Facebook account to view.)


Bridging (formerly known as SNApps4Kids) is a great resource, especially for special needs students, but also for early learners. I highly recommend you register with the site to get regular notifications and app updates.


APPitic is a directory of apps for education by Apple Distinguished Educators (ADEs) to help you transform teaching and learning. These apps have been tested in a variety of different grade levels, instructional strategies and classroom settings


K-5 Apps arranged by Bloom's Revised Taxonomy!

 by Diane Darrow (@dianedarrow on Twitter) is an information media specialist at Bel Aire Elementary in Tiburon, CA. These are all part of a series she's done for Edutopia on iPad apps and Bloom's revised taxonomy



Chicago Public Schools iPad Apps List: Here is a list of iPad Apps that schools across CPS are using in the classroom:
Here's a nice list of PreK/Early elementary apps created by Sheryl HendricksSpecial Education TeacherRobinson Elementary School
in Laona, WI
 App List 2012.docx


This iPad in Education Wiki houses information related to the iPad in Education sponsored by the Department of Educational Technology in the School District of Palm Beach County. Within the wiki you'll find a host of useful tips and ideas, including grade level lists of apps, among them Elementary School iPad Apps.



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Applicable2u iPad and iTouch app review blog Blogger Andrea Gardner shares some in-depth reviews/commentary about a variety of elementary (and some middle school) apps. Andrea was an elementary and middle school teacher for many years. She is also certified Smartboard trainer, a certified field trainer and collaborator on the development of Verizon Thinkfinity online courseware, a trainer for the Massachusetts Elementary School Principal’s Association and a regular presenter in professional development programs for school educators. (Be sure to check out her older blog posts for more suggestions.)


A Matter of App A children's educational app review blog created by a developmental psychologist who does educational media research. Cynthia Chiong systematically reviews educational apps for young children, and does a great job!


Matt Haughey's personal blog (Feb. 16, 2010) with his recommended list of games for very young children (his daughter was 2 when he started the list) that he says "These have stood the test of time and lasted several months to several years, and most are just a buck or so." A couple of apps on this list are not available through the US iTunes store as yet. See this post for info on how to set up an account for a different country's iTunes store. Note: Sign out of any account you may already be logged in as before starting. Also, this account will only work for apps that are free.


The "Literacy Toolbox" blog by D. Little, a mother of two, includes a post that list some apps for early readers to help develop literacy skills. Many other posts review a variety of tools that sometimes include apps reviews.


Here's a google spreadsheet (not sure who created it?) that lists apps, links to apps, suggested curriculum and grade level usage, a brief description and cost. Note that it was last updated in 2010, so doesn't include any really new apps, but there are definitely some good ones listed.'s list of the the top 50 free applications in the Education category (data is pulled from iTunes downloads) is a good place to check back on regularly, as it is updated regularly. There is also a list of the top paid education iPhone apps.  No reviews or categorization...a popularity list, basically, but worth a look from time to time.


Five Fun Free iPad Apps for Elementary School Teachers And Students as shared by Kelly Walsh, Chief Information Officer at The College of Westchester in White Plains, NY.  


Erica Hartman's Google spreadsheet of Free Apps for Elementary Students (a work in progress). Erica is an Educational Computer Specialist, Google Certified Teacher, and Technology Facilitator from Morristown, NJ. 


Survey results for apps being used by our CESA 7 area schools


iPad only lists:

Shared by blogger, writer, former elementary teacher and mom of two girls, Melissa Taylor is her list called Ten Best Educational iPad Apps for Elementary Kids. magazine has a list called "12 Great iPad Apps for Elementary School Kids"  (date: Nov. 2010)'s list of 65+ iPad Apps Perfect for Elementary School (A few on this list will work with iPods)