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Best Word Game Apps for Young Kids

It's crucial to expose a wide variety of words to kids ages zero to five. Unfortunately, kids from lower income families hear and see far fewer words than their more affluent peers. Over time this gap widens and has a severe impact on literacy. Close this gap with these hand-picked apps that'll fill kids' brains with words and jumpstart reading and spelling.

Beck and Bo by Avokiddo Publisher: AVOKIDDO
Drag-and-drop adventure great for learning new words in context
Grades Pre-K
Type App
Price $2.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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abc PocketPhonics: letter sounds & writing + first words Publisher: Apps in My Pocket Ltd
Strong phoneme development activities; good practice
Grades Pre-K-1
Type App
Price $6.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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Alpha Writer, by Montessorium Publisher: Montessorium, LLC
Well-crafted app lets emerging readers and writers develop reading skills through word building
Grades Pre-K-1
Type App
Price $4.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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Another Monster at the End of This Book...Starring Grover & Elmo! Publisher: Sesame Workshop Apps
Amusing book can spark talk about feelings and conflict resolution
Grades Pre-K-1
Type App
Price $3.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire
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Big Bird's Words...A Sesame Street App Publisher: Sesame Workshop Apps
Creative tech activity helps build sight-word recognition, vocabulary
Grades Pre-K-1
Type App
Price $.99
Platforms Android
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Grades Pre-K-1
Type App
Price $2.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone
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Hooked on Phonics Learn to Read Classroom Edition Publisher: Hooked on Phonics
Research-based curriculum adapts beautifully to fun, easy-to-use app
Grades Pre-K-1
Type App
Price $49.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire
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Monkey Word School Adventure Publisher: THUP Games
Delightful monkey means business on this challenging early reading app
Grades Pre-K-1
Type App
Price $1.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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Noodle Words HD - Action Set 1 Publisher: NoodleWorks
Words become toys in this playful yet powerful vocab-learning game
Grades Pre-K-1
Type App
Price $2.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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Tiggly Submarine: Explore the Depths of Short Vowels & Phonics Publisher: Tiggly
Delightful, sea-themed activities explore short-vowel sounds
Grades Pre-K-1
Type App
Price $2.99
Platforms Android, iPad, Kindle Fire, Fire phone
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Writing Wizard - Kids Learn to Write Letters & Words Publisher: L'Escapadou
Vibrant, playful tracing practice offers unique rewards, fab support
Grades Pre-K-1
Type App
Price $4.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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Starfall Learn to Read Publisher: Starfall Education
Delight emergent readers with lively phonics lessons
Grades K-2
Type App
Price $2.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire
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Reading Rainbow Publisher: RRKidz, Inc.
Kids can "go anywhere, be anything" with vast book and video library
Grades K-4
Type App
Price Free to Try, Paid
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire
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