15 Early Years Apps to
Continue Learning at Home
Get the most out of their screen time

Nowadays, it’s virtually impossible to eradicate screen use completely from our kids’ everyday lives. So instead of trying to do that, let’s focus on making the best of that screen time.

That’s why we’ve done a little research and put together a few of the best apps that are not only entertaining for your children, but also beneficial for their young minds.

If you want to find out more about enhancing the home learning environment of the children at your nursery, check out our latest article on just that.

1. The Early Years App: Fish School HD – by Duck Duck Moose

Age group: 2-5

Main EYFS area(s): Literacy, Maths

In a nutshell – This interactive, colourful app teaches kids to recognise shapes, numbers, colours and letters through a series of mini-games set in a bright, underwater wonderland.

Download it here:

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2. The Early Years App: The Sight Word Adventure – by Seven Academy

Age group: 3-8

Main EYFS area(s): Literacy, Communication and Language

In a nutshell – A fun, forest-based adventure where kids get a chance to recognise, read and write over 300 sight words.

Download it here:

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3. The Early Years App: Green Eggs and Ham – Dr. Seuss by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Age group: 2-6

Main EYFS area(s): Literacy

In a nutshell – Dr. Seuss’ classic turned into an interactive adventure, where users learn new vocabulary with tappable words. Encourage literacy skills with highlighted narration and more! Looking for more literacy activities? Head over to our article to find out about playful ways that make literacy development even more fun!

Download it here:

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4. The Early Years App: Gracie & Friends City Skate – by First 8 Studios at WGBH

Age group: 3-6

Main EYFS area(s): Maths

In a nutshell – In Gracie and Friends City Skate, players skate through the city and jump when they see the right number groupings in order to collect items for a birthday party.

Psst, why not combine online learning with some of these creative maths activities?

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5. The Early Years App: Kids Academy Talented & Gifted by Kids Academy Company

Age group: 3-6

Main EYFS area(s): Maths, Literacy, Physical Development

In a nutshell – It seems like this app simply has it all. Explore over five thousands games, videos, worksheets and even a personalised learning plan, suitable for little ones across almost all age groups.

Download it here:

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6. The Early Years App: LumiKids Park by Lumosity

Age group: 2-5

Main EYFS area(s): Communication and Language, Physical Development

In a nutshell – This delightfully illustrated app lets kids develop their cognitive skills independently. They are let loose on a digital playground with numerous interactive features and mini-games each focused on things like attention and memory, sorting or visual-motor coordination.

Enough with the screen time? Make the real playground even more engaging with these playful outdoor activities!

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7. The Early Years App: Color Band by LND Games

Age group: 2-5

Main EYFS area(s): Expressive Arts & Design

In a nutshell – A real stunner. Color Band is a motion-controlled game where kids create artwork that comes to life as music plays when the little conductors wave their hands in front of the screen. We’re hooked.

Download it here:

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8. The Early Years App: Endless Numbers by Originator

Age group: 2-5

Main EYFS area(s): Maths

In a nutshell – Adorable monsters and animations bring an end to the dullness of learning number recognition, sequences and quantities.

Download it here:

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9. The Early Years App: Little Digits by Cowly Owl

Age group: 2-5

Main EYFS area(s): Maths

In a nutshell – A new spin on finger counting! The game recognises how many fingers are put down on the screen and displays corresponding drawings, allowing the little players to associate real numbers with the number of fingers they’ve put down.

Download it here:

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10. The Early Years App: Bob Books Reading Magic 1 by Bob Books

Age group: 3-5

Main EYFS area(s): Literacy

In a nutshell – The app includes several uniquely drawn scenes with easy steps that make reading and spelling a fun experience! Great for first-time readers.

Download it here:

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11. The Early Years App: MarcoPolo Ocean by MarcoPolo Learning

Age group: 3-7

Main EYFS area(s): Understanding the World, Literacy

In a nutshell – This lovely game lets young explorers discover oceans, their inhabitants and ecosystems as well as submarines and topic-specific vocabulary. How? Through a series of puzzles and free play of course.

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12. The Early Years App: iWriteWords by Great Apps 4 Kids

Age group: 3-5

Main EYFS area(s): Literacy

In a nutshell – iWriteWorlds took the often tedious experience that is learning to write to a completely new level. Kids drag Mr. Crab with their fingers to collect the numbered balls and draw the letters at the same time. With its memorable artwork, it is an effective and entertaining learning practice.

Download it here:

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13. The Early Years App: Elmo Loves 123s by Sesame Workshop

Age group: 2-5

Main EYFS area(s): Maths, Physical Development

In a nutshell – This one’s all about Elmo and Abby exploring the numbers 1-20! The app includes several games focused on number recognition, simple counting and operations alongside classic Sesame Street video clips and illustrations. Parents get access to progress and general stats too.

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14. The Early Years App: Endless Alphabet by Originator

Age group: 2-5

Main EYFS area(s): Literacy

In a nutshell – Cute monsters introduce the little ones to new vocabulary and their definitions with captivating puzzle games and charming animations.

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15. The Early Years App: The Wheels on the Bus by TabTale

Age group: 2-5

Main EYFS area(s): Maths, Literacy, Physical Development

In a nutshell – Wheels on the Bus is an activity centre filled with educational games ranging from sing-alongs and car races to memory matching and tiny trains full of vocabulary.

Download it here:

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