6 great apps for starting school

Whether you have a little one starting school this year or next, these apps will come in handy. From teaching pre-schoolers their alphabet to allowing budding authors to make their own 3D cartoons, your kids will love them. We’ve even included a couple of apps to make your life easier, too.


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6 great apps for starting school

Mini Prep

Ages 3 to 5
Cost: $1.49

Recommended for ages three to five, this great little app facilitates learning through play. It has three simple activities based on numbers, letters and colours, and the easy controls will keep kids coming back for more. It also offers a school readiness program, where pre-schoolers can learn their alphabet in 28 days.

Happy Little Farmer

Ages 4+
Cost: $4.49

Green-fingered kiddies can learn where fruit and veggies come from and how they grow with this cute little app. They will learn all about the wonders of nature as they explore the 15 educational games, all with lovely graphics and interactive animations – drive a tractor, play with the animals and harvest the veggies before they go bad.

Toontastic 3D

Ages 3+
Cost: Free

It’s a must-have app for all those budding storytellers out there! Toontastic 3D lets kids turn their ideas into 3D cartoons. Kids can draw, animate and narrate their adventures so they can share their stories with their friends. They will love seeing their ideas come to life – they can even add a soundtrack to their stories and turn them into movies.


Ages 5 and under
Cost: Free

Take a few minutes to help your child develop their character and then take a back seat as they lose themselves in the wonder of imaginative play. They help their character play, draw, dance and more while learning to follow instructions independently. The fun interactive stories and activities will keep the kids entertained for ages. See for details.


For parents
Cost: Free for up to two devices

While these and more great apps are available for children, there are some apps and websites that are not so appropriate for little browsers. Curbi allows you to block inappropriate sites, lock certain apps and even limit the amount of screen time your child has. You can use the app on your device to control what your kid sees and does on theirs.

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For parents
Cost: Free

Any parent of school-aged children will testify to the fact that kids bring home a lot of artwork and other creations during their time at school (A LOT!). Even those with the best intentions must find it hard to store all of these precious handmade items. Well, Artkive is here to help. Simply take a photo of your child’s artwork and save it to your Artkive account. You can share it with friends and family and even create books and other mementos from their work.

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