Digital Apps & Tools for Kindergarten Readiness

With a wealth of apps available for children ages 2-6, it can be overwhelming to know which apps are high-quality educational apps. How do you select digital resources that meet your child’s needs while helping them prepare for kindergarten? Children’s Digital Learning Librarian Eileen Saam is here to help!

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Eileen suggests focusing on digital apps and tools that are engaging and intuitive and support specific learning priorities—such as problem-solving, expressing and understanding emotions, developing early literacy skills, and improving fine motor skills. Check out some of the digital apps and tools she suggests below.

Digital resources to help prepare for kindergarten & beyond, sorted by learning priority

Last updated 2/23/22. Availability and costs of third-party apps suggested here are subject to change.

Books | Coding | Comprehensive learning | Creation & engineering | Creative expression | Early literacy | Fine motor | Foreign language | Math | Problem solving | Social-emotional learning | Storytelling

Books

Epic logo Epic! by Epic Creations
Available on: iOS, Android
Cost: Free for basic version, one book/day; $79.99/year subscription
Hoopla logo Hoopla by Midwest Tape
Available on: iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, browser on laptop/desktop
Cost: Free with your Oak Park library card
Libby logo Libby by Overdrive
Available on: iOS, Android, Microsoft Windows 10+
Cost: Free with your Oak Park library card
Skybary logo Skybrary by Reading is Fundamental
Available on: iOS, browser on laptop/desktop
Cost: Free trial; $4.99/month, $39.99/year subscription
TumblebookLibrary logo TumbleBookLibrary by TumbleBooks
Available on: Browser on laptop/desktop
Cost: Free with an Oak Park library card
World Book Early Learning logo World Book Early Learning by World Book
Available on: Browser on laptop/desktop
Cost: Free with an Oak Park library card

Coding

Kodable logo Kodable by SurfScore, Inc.
Available on: iOS
Cost: Free trial; $59.99/year subscription
Scratch Jr logo ScratchJr by Scratch Foundation, Inc.
Available on: iOS, Android
Cost: Free
Tynker Junior logo Tynker Junior by Tynker
Available on: iOS
Cost: Free trial; $108/year subscription

Comprehensive learning

Homer Learn & Grow logo Homer Learn & Grow by Homer
Available on: iOS, Android, Kindle Fire
Cost: Free trial; $59.99/year subscription
Khan Academy Kids logo Khan Academy Kids by Khan Academy
Available on: iOS, Android, Kindle Fire
Cost: Free

Creation & engineering

Easy Stop Motion Studio logo Easy Stop Motion Studio by Edoki Academy
Available on: iOS
Cost: $3.99
Faces iMake - Right Brain Creativity logo Faces iMake – Right Brain Creativity by iMagine Machine Israel LTD 
Available on: iOS (iPad only)
Cost: Free trial; $2.99
Toca Builders logo Toca Builders by Toca Boca AB
Available on: iOS, Android, Kindle Fire
Cost: $3.99

Creative expression

Bandimal logo

Bandimal by Yatatoy
Available on: iOS
Cost: $3.99

Draw and Tell logo Draw and Tell HD by Duck Duck Moose
Available on: iOS (iPad only)
Cost: Free
Music Sparkles logo Music Sparkles by Tab Tale LTD
Available on: iOS
Cost: Free for basic version, $3.99 for full version
Pok Pok Playroom logo Pok Pok Playroom by Pok by Pok
Available on: iOS
Cost: Free trial; $29.99/year subscription

Early literacy

Early Bird Readers logo Early Bird Readers by Oak Park Public Library
Available on: Subscribe to get weekly early learning tip texts
Cost: Free from your library
Encantos logo Encantos: Play, Learn & Grow by Encantos Media Studios, Inc.
Available on: iOS
Cost: Free
Starfall- Learn to Read logo Starfall: Learn to Read by Starfall Education
Available on: iOS, Android, Kindle Fire
Cost: Free

Fine motor

Bugs and Buttons logo Bugs and Buttons by Little Bit Studio, LLC
Available on: iOS, Android, Kindle Fire
Cost: $2.99

Foreign language

Fabulingua logo FabuLingua: Kids Learn Spanish through Stories by FabuLingua, Inc.
Available on: iOS, Android
Cost: Free trial; $31.99/year subscription
Montessori Letter Sounds logo Montessori Letter Sounds: English, Spanish, French & Italian by Edoki Academy
Available on: iOS
Cost: $4.99

Math

Busy Shapes logo Busy Shapes by Edoki Academy
Available on: iOS
Cost: $2.99
Elmo Loves 123s logo Elmo Loves 123s by Sesame Workshop
Available on: iOS, Android, Kindle Fire
Cost: $4.99

Problem solving

Bugs and Bubbles logo Bugs and Bubbles by Little Bit Studio, LLC
Available on: iOS
Cost: $2.99
Crazy Gears logo Crazy Gears by Edoki Academy
Available on: iOS
Cost: $2.99
Peg+ Cat- The Tree Problem logo Peg+ Cat: The Tree Problem by PBS Kids
Available on: iOS, Android, Kindle Fire
Cost: $2.99
Kids Puzzles Games Puzzingo logo Kids Puzzles Games Puzzingo by 77Sparx Studio, Inc. 
Available on: iOS, Android, Kindle Fire
Cost: Free

Social-emotional learning

Breathe Think Do with Sesame Street logo Breathe, Think, Do with Sesame Street by Sesame Workshop
Available on: iOS, Android
Cost: Free
Daniel Tiger’s Grr-ific Feelings logo Daniel Tiger’s Grr-ific Feelings by PBS Kids
Available on: iOS (iPad only), Android, Kindle Fire
Cost: $2.99

Storytelling

Superhero Comic Book Maker logo Superhero Comic Book Maker by Duck Duck Moose
Available on: iOS
Cost: Free
Tell About This logo Tell About This by RSA Group, LLC
Available on: iOS (iPad only)
Cost: $2.99

Where to find more resources

  • Common Sense Media is a great resource for parents to find high-quality apps and games that support their child’s learning, development, and engagement.
  • Many apps include parent tips. Look on the home screen of each app. 
  • If you like an app, search by the app developer in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store to find more apps created by that developer.
  • Want books too? Check out our “New Experiences” picture book section in the Children’s Services area at the Main Library to find books about getting ready for kindergarten.