Smartphones and tablets will be the go-to tool for our kids as they grow up, so it makes sense that these gadgets are becoming a key part of early learning. Teaching your kids to read is one thing that apps can really help with – their interactive nature makes phonics more fun and memorable.
With that in mind, we’ve rounded up some of the best apps for learning to read (in British English, there are some other greats out there for US English like Hooked on Phonics).
£3.99 on iPad and iPhone
This award-winning app helps children learn the names, sounds and shapes of each letter before teaching them how to form words. Fun animations and games help your kids learn more quickly so they can move from phonics to blends and words easily, and everything’s divided into six colour-coded stages to make things even simpler.
Read with Biff, Chip & Kipper: Library
Free on iPad, iPhone and Windows
For decades kids have been learning to read with Biff, Chip and Kipper, and now the books have been updated for the 21st Century. This app gives you two interactive eBooks (you can buy the rest of the series with in-app purchases) so you can help your kids get interested in reading stories. There are even handy hints and tips for parents that’ll help when reading with kids.
Jolly Phonics Letter Sounds
£4.99 on iPad and iPhone
Jolly Phonics is the system used in most English primary schools to teach kids to read, so the Jolly Phonics app is a fantastic way to give your little ones a head start. It helps to teach letter sounds, letter recognition and how to write them through a series of games that are unlocked as your kids learn. There are even hints for parents so you can help your kids get more from the app.
Teach Your Monster to Read: First Steps
£3.99 on iPad, free on your web browser
This BAFTA-nominated app lets your kids create their own monster and go on journeys to magical lands as they take their first steps on the road to reading. As your little monsters learn new letters and sounds they’re rewarded with prizes that let them customise their monsters, encouraging them to keep coming back to the app.
Phonics Puzzles FREE
Free on Android, iPad and iPhone
In Phonics Puzzles, kids complete simple jigsaw puzzles to help them learn phonics. The app helps them develop shape recognition skills as they learn to recognise the shapes and sounds of letters and groups. The great thing about this is that you can try the free version before committing to buying the full version that has more puzzles and no ads.
If you’ve found a great app to help your kids read, share it with us in the comment below.