List of Apps for Preschool & Grades 1-2

Image of the App

Name of the App




What you can do with the App


Chrome (FREE)



Productivity, Searching

Search on Google, work on keywords (digital literacy), searching images, filtering your search.


Book creator for iPad (PAID)



Literacy - Book making

Create an e-book and export as a pdf.

Work on literacy (example: one page = one sound and one picture)

Create a story, a biography...


QR reader (FREE)



QR code reader

Helps you scan QR codes.

Example of activity: Create a scavenger hunt using QR codes that students can scan.


Educreations (FREE)




Make drawings and add photos, record an explanation using the voice recording and the pause button..

Use as a small white board.

Use as a book creator.


IXL Maths Practice (Limited access in the Free version, PAID version is great)




Practice Maths with exercises (mostly Multiple choice and matching). Contains a large amount of exercises.

Could be used regularly (once a week) and can provide differentiation because students can be a various levels within the same class. Good option to challenge students who are “weak” or “advanced”.


GarageBand (PAID)



Creativity - music-making

Students can create music using digital instrument and recording their voice. A very creative app.


Tellagami Edu (PAID but there is a free version, limited)



Creativity - Speaking

Students can use an avatar that they create themselves (or following teachers’ instructions), make the avatar speak and share as a video.

This can be used to promote students’ voice and choice and encourage them to reflect on think about a solution to a problem.


Osmo Words (The app is free but you need the Osmo device)




Students guess and spell out the on-screen hidden word by tossing down real-life letters faster than your friends. A related picture gives the clue.


Osmo Tangram (The app is free but you need the Osmo device)



Motor Skills

Students arrange tangible puzzle pieces into matching on-screen shapes. Play with a friend or challenge yourself to more advanced levels as your handy-work lights up with each victory.


Osmo Numbers (The app is free but you need the Osmo device)




Students arrange physical tiles, including dots and digits, to make numbers and complete levels. Add by putting more tiles, subtract by removing tiles and multiply by connecting tiles together. Experimenting becomes fast and intuitive.


Osmo Masterpiece (The app is free but you need the Osmo device)



Art, Creativity, Motor SKills

Students can turn their iPad into a drawing tool. With Masterpiece you’ll get the proportion and perspective of your drawing exactly right. The only limit of what you can draw is your imagination!


Osmo Coding (The app is free but you need the Osmo device)




Students learn coding and understand logic skills and problem solving, and it helps them succeed in an increasingly digital world. Osmo Coding is an easy way to introduce coding to students.


Explain everything (PAID)



presentation tool, video making, explain concepts (show your understanding)

Students learn how to create a video tutorial or an interactive presentation using images, videos, text and make their creation sequential with a progression. It’s excellent to assess students’ understanding as students need to demonstrate what they learnt by explaining it through this app.


BlueBot (FREE)



Coding with blue bot

Great app to use with or without the bluebot. The bluebot can be connected to the iPad using bluetooth but the exercises/challenges on the app can be used “offline” to provide example of tasks to the students using the yellow beebot.

With the bluebot, students can make connections between their iPad and the bluebot moving around on the floor.


Kodable (FREE)



Coding basics

An excellent app to learn coding, an essential skill nowadays. Kodable is great for preschoolers and lower primary.


Scratch JR (FREE)



Coding basics

Scratch junior is another great app to learn about programming with blocks. Students can make a character move using the blocks and do much more: record a message, make the character speaks when touching it etc.


Toontastic (FREE)



Creativity - PuppetShow

Excellent app for digital storytelling. This app is a great one to create stories (more or less long and complicated) with various characters/puppets. Students can learn the structure of a story, how to move characters and make them speak etc.


Peppy pals Samy Helps Out (PAID)



Social and Personal Skills

Peppy Pals Sammy Helps Out is a fun, interactive storybook app for kids about collaboration, emotions and friendship. It illustrates the importance of encouraging others, being kind and helping a friend in need.


Drive About: Number Neighborhood (PAID)




Drive, fly, or sail around Number Neighborhood, day or night, in a delightful world filled with early math.

Super Duper Story Maker (PAID)



Story telling

Create picture and photo stories, make your own photo albums, special occasion cards, comic books, etc. Educators and parents will love StoryMaker because it helps children practice learning skills like reading, sequencing, vocabulary and sentence building, following directions, grammar, storytelling and retelling, interacting with others, and more.


Seesaw class (FREE)

There an an App for the student “Seesaw Class” and the App for Parents “Seesaw Parents”.



Creativity and Publish your work (and share with parents)

Seesaw is our eportfolio app where students’ agency is constant. Students simply have to scan the class QR code in their classroom and start publishing their work. They can send text, drawing, pictures, videos and even create a short animation of their understanding. They can also share the work they created using other apps.

Parents can then see their child’s work on the “Seesaw Parent” App.


Quiver (FREE but limited free drawings)



Augmented reality coloring

Quiver is an Augmented reality app where students can see 3D animations appear on a coloring through the iPad. Apart from the “wow” factor of this app, there are pedagogical activities that you can develop to make students observe, inquire, understand and wonder.


Zookazam (PAID, there is a limited FREE version)



Augmented reality animal life

This app can be a "show-off" app but it can also be an amazing tool for a student-centered classroom to let students inquire, wonder and explore the natural life. It is a beautiful app, easy-to-use and motivating for students to learn more. I think, it is necessary to plan questions and real challenges for the students to go beyond the "wow-factor" and look for information and answers about questions related to the animals and to make them really look at the details of the animal's appearance. After this exploration, the students can share their photo with the animal and explain (using a journal like seesaw) what they have learnt.


Motion Math: Hungry Fish (PAID and need to unlock levels)



Great app for preschoolers to learn numeracy and basic maths in a game-way fashion.


Animal Math: PK-1



Join the xplorer Emma through more than 100 fun math games on a quest to help her animal friends find a way home! Many maths skills to develop here: additions, subtractions, even and odd, less than/greater than/ equal to...


Musical Paint


Music, Creativity

Musical Paint provides an engaging multi-sensory experience for all ages.  Move your finger around the screen to "paint" musical tones.  Create audio-visual compositions that you can save and play!


Brainpop ESL (PAID but FREE version limited)



Quiz, Flashcards, Videos

comprehensive English language learning program that uses highly engaging animated movies to model conversational English. The movies and related features are leveled, building upon each other to reinforce vocabulary and usage. New concepts are presented within everyday situations, helping to provide context.


Intro to math - a preschool & kindergarten bundle by mobile montessori (PAID)



This bundle includes 5 apps to have your preschoolers learn the basics of maths. It includes cards and counters, Geometric cabinets, Patterning, Pink Tower and Fractions.


Chatterpix (FREE)


Creativity - speaking

This app is great for students’ voice and choice. Students take a picture of something or someone and add a line to represent the mouth of the object or person. Then they make the object or person speaks by recording their voice. They can also personalize their character with accessories, frames etc.

Ask students a question about an object and they could use this app to make the object speaks. Great for creativity, encouraging imagination and inquiring.


Interactive Alphabet ABC's (PAID)


Literacy - ABC

A fun app for preschoolers to learn and practice the alphabet in a very interactive way.


Daisy the dino (FREE)




Another great app to learn the basics of programming.


Story Maker HD (FREE but PAID version exists)



Story making

Create a story by adding backgrounds, characters, text, accessories.


Faces iMake (PAID)



Creativity and expressive app to exercise the “right brain” by making collages.


Toca Life: Town (PAID)


Creativity and Play

You rule in Toca Life: Town, a play world where anything and everyone is welcome! With different locations and many classic Toca Boca characters, the everyday adventures in Toca Life: Town are infinite.


Toca Tea Party (PAID)


Creativity and Play

Invite your friends to a tea party around your iPad! Set the table, choose your favorite cookies and cakes, serve the tea and you’re good to go! Toca Tea Party lets you play together with your kids in a way that stimulates their imagination.


Peep and the Big Wide World Hide and Peep (FREE)


Play and Focus

In this game, characters peek from their hiding places in the tool shed. The narrator calls out their names. Players are then asked to find all of the characters.


Dr. Panda's Toy Cars (PAID)



Dr. Panda's Toy Cars is an interactive game that lets kids role-play and explore while driving various types of Toy Cars through in four unique cities.


Yummiloo (PAID)


Creativity and Play, Healthy Eating Habits

Yummiloo is a food adventure series designed to expose preschoolers to healthy eating through irresistible characters, stories and games.


Dexteria Jr. Fine Motor Skill Development for toddlers and preschoolers (PAID)


Fine motor skills

There are three distinct exercises included in the app:  “Squish the Squash,” an eye hand-coordination and tracking exercise; “Pinch the Pepper,” a coordination exercise for the thumb and pointer finger; and “Trace and Erase,” a drawing exercise using lines, curves, and mazes.  


Bugs and Buttons (PAID)


Fine motor skills

Bugs and Buttons is a collection of 18 educational and entertaining games with buttons and (very realistic!) bugs. The games involve racing, counting, sorting, finding patterns, using a slingshot, playing tic-tac-toe, connecting dots, navigating a maze, steering, matching, and completing letter sequences. Most of the games involve both buttons and eight bugs among ants, bees, butterflies, dragonflies, fireflies, and ladybugs.


Daniel Tiger's Grr-ific Feelings (PAID)


Social Skills

Children can play, sing, and learn about all kinds of feelings with their friend and neighbor Daniel Tiger.


Vocabulary pack for preschoolers by mobile Montessori (PAID)


Literacy - Vocabulary Preschool

Help children learn to identify the things they see in the world around them by means of vibrant photographs and illustrations, clear text and audio, and matching exercises. It contains 6 apps: animals, baby animals, musical instruments, transportation, household items, parts of the body.


Phonics: Fun on Farm (PAID)


Literacy - Phonics

Phonics: Fun on Farm is a fun and educational app that will help young children learn basic literacy skills through playful activities.


BrainPOP Jr. Movie of the Week (Limited FREE version, complete version is PAID)


Various content

BrainPOP Jr. Movie of the Week app spans subjects within Science, Social Studies, Reading, Writing, Math, Health, Arts and Technology. The gentle, humorous, and relatable characters Annie and Moby serve as guides through each topic, empowering kids to form their own ideas. BrainPOP Jr. content is designed to cultivate critical thinking skills and encourage children to ask questions and make connections. The app is easily navigable by kids ages 5-9.


Google classroom (FREE)


Interactive education platform

Classroom helps teachers create and organize assignments quickly, provide feedback efficiently, and easily communicate with their classes. Classroom helps students organize their work in Google Drive, complete and turn it in, and communicate directly with their teachers and peers.


Google docs (FREE)


Word processor

Create, edit, and collaborate with others on documents from your iPad.


Google drive (FREE)



To organize your files in Drive, you can create folders to make files easier to find and share with others.


Google maps (FREE)



Google Maps makes navigating your world faster and easier. Find the best places in town and the information that you need to get there. You can inquire about the world, see images of places. Students could share itineraries or take a screenshot of a map, they could travel virtually and discuss about places around the world.


Google sheets (FREE)


data processing

It’s never too soon to start working with data on spreadsheet. Create, edit, and collaborate with others.


Google slides (FREE)


presentation tool

Students can create, edit, and collaborate with others on presentations. Then they can present in from of the class and even use the “audience tool” to interact with their audience.


Keynote (PAID)


presentation tool

Create presentations with  Keynote.


iMovie (PAID)


Creativity - video-making

Create a movie using clips, photos from the iPad.


YouTube (FREE)


Watch videos

Students can watch videos on YouTube by using their GAFE account so that they can only see the videos that are approved by their teachers.


Green screen by do ink (PAID)


Creativity - Special background effects

Create effects by using a green screen to record a video and changing the background with another video or an image. Excellent app to travel in time and space, to visit places that are far or imaginary. A lot of options for creativity.


Brainpop featured movie (FREE)


Content on videos

Explore hundreds of Science, Math, Social Studies, English, Engineering & Tech, Arts & Music, and Health subjects right on their mobile devices. All movies are close captioned, so it’s easy for them to read along.


Scribblepress (PAID)


Create stories

Scribble is an app that empowers children to imagine, write, and illustrate their own stories.


Stopmotion studio (FREE)


Creativity - video making

Create stop motion animation videos easily.


Dash and Dot apps:

Wonder / Blocky / Go / Path / Xylo



Program the Dash and Dot robots (you need the robots for that) with capabilities, compose musical pieces or draw. They are plenty of things your can program the robots to do: speak, walk, light up, and you can also use variables/conditions using sensors for instance.





You can use Tickle to program the various robots including Dash and Dot robots.

You can also use Tickle to create games and animations or solve puzzles and challenges with programming.


Montessori Arithmetic Bundle - Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, & Division (PAID)


Practice, practice, practice the basic math operations via these apps featuring charts and tables. This bundle contains 7 apps: Addition Charts, Addition Tables, Division Charts, Subtraction Charts, Subtraction Tables, Multiplication Charts and Multiplication Tables.

Extra Apps For Teachers



Formative assessment

Plickers lets you poll your class for free, without the need for student devices. Just give each student a card (a "paper clicker"), and use your iPhone/iPad to scan them to do instant checks-for-understanding, exit tickets, and impromptu polls. Best of all, your data is automatically saved, student-by-student, at

You need to print your paper clickers and set up your class online.


ReadingEggs (PAID logins)

Literacy - Reading

Requires logins.

Reading Eggs educational apps are designed to help children learn to read through phonics and teach spelling, vocabulary, math, sight words, and more!



Sketching, Creativity

This complete artist’s toolbox helps you create beautiful sketches, inspiring paintings, and stunning illustrations.

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