I would’ve never dreamed a Kindle Fire could be such a useful tool for homeschooling preschool, but it is! Thanks to the great selection of Kindle apps for preschoolers, the Kindle Fire has turned into one of our favorite day-to-day resources in our homeschool. Some of these great apps make video streaming quick and easy and some of them are simply wonderful tools to reinforce preschool concepts such as letters and numbers.
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It probably goes without saying that having a Kindle Fire is necessary to enjoy these great Kindle apps for preschoolers. Luckily Amazon has several Fire models available and you can spend as much on these or as little as you want. (Can you believe there’s a Kindle Fire for less than $50? That’s the one Prissy has since we’re not fans of giving young children expensive electronics. To each his own, right?)
Favorite Free Kindle Apps for Preschoolers
1. Starfall – Starfall.com was a great preschool resource for us when The Boy was younger. When I found it in the Kindle App Store, I knew it was one we had to try in this format too. While all of Starfall’s offerings aren’t free through the app, there are enough free games and activities available to make this one of Prissy’s favorite apps.
2. Elmo Loves 123s – This is one of Prissy’s newer apps and I’m pleasantly surprised by how much she’s learned by using it! Elmo’s 123s focuses on numbers 1 – 20 and helps preschoolers with number identification, counting, writing numbers, and more. This is a great freebie from the Amazon Underground selection!
3. PBS Kids Video – I’m a big believer in using television viewing wisely, but not so much a believer in brainless entertainment. If my kids are going to be watching something, it needs to be something that teaches them or inspires them. This PBS Kids app is one of our favorites (even for my 9 year old!) because we can be intentional with our viewing wherever we go. All of the great PBS Kids shows are just a tap away!
4. Super Why ABC Adventures – This is another great offering from Amazon Underground. Just like the Super Why TV show, Super Why ABC Adventures emphasizes early literacy through letter identification, letter sounds, uppercase and lowercase writing and more. This is Kindle app for preschoolers you don’t want to pass up!
5. Disney Junior – This is a favorite Kindle app for us because we are Disney-loving folks around here! Prissy enjoys being able to watch her favorite Disney Junior shows like Sofia the First, Sheriff Callie’s Wild West, and The Lion Guard through this app, but she also loves the variety of games on this one. (Keep in mind that the app is free, but you’ll only be able to access a few episodes and games if you don’t have Disney Junior through a television provider.)
6. Alphabet Preschool – Alphabet Preschool is probably the preschool Kindle app we’ve had the longest, but it’s one we continue to go back to, especially for homeschooling purposes. I use this app to reinforce Prissy’s letter focus each week and give her additional practice tracing and writing the alphabet.
7. Drawing Pad/ Peppa’s Paintbox – These two aren’t necessarily super educational, but they’re lots of fun. Drawing Pad has limitless opportunities for creativity and is a favorite for my preschooler and my almost ten year-old. This is one to download for kids of any age! Peppa’s Paintbox, on the other hand, is probably more appealing to preschoolers and toddlers, but still a fun way to get creative with Kindle!
8. Letter Sounds A – Z – This is a great Kindle freebie from All About Learning Press and its designed for use with their pre-reading curriculum. With that said, we’re not currently using that curriculum, but still use this app frequently. It’s a great tool for preschoolers because it provides clear enunciation of each letter sound with a very basic, user-friendly display.
9. Phonogram Sounds – This one is similar to All About Learning’s Letter Sounds A – Z app, but focuses on letter combinations instead of individual letter sounds. While it’s useful on it’s own and a great Kindle app for preschoolers, it’s even more beneficial to those using All About Spelling or All About Reading since it’s designed to support those two programs.
10. Frozen Free Fall – Okay, so this one isn’t necessarily packed with educational value but it’s lots of fun to play with your kiddo. If you just insist on having some educational justification before you download it, know that it helps with pattern recognition and fine motor skills. Did I mention that it’s lots of fun?
What are your favorite preschool apps for Kindle users? I’d love to check out your suggestions!