Good App Guide’s Favourite Language & Reading Apps 2015

December 25, 2015 Published by

Apps can be great for teaching children reading and languages – they can encourage children to practise tracing letters, spelling, phonics and more.

For younger children, familiarising them with letter sounds and shapes is the key foundation to build their reading and language skills from.

As they get older children will benefit from reading and learning phonics to help them with spelling.

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Hairy Words 2

Age: 5-7 years

“I’m going to save all the Hairies!”

– Boy aged 6

In Hairy Words 2 children can practise 100 high frequency Sight words – those that are used often but can’t easily be sounded out – and are motivated to do so in order to save the Hairies! Nessy (the developer of Hairy Words and Hairy Letters) has a whole series of fabulous apps to support children’s language and spelling skills, including Hairy Phonics (1, 2 & 3) and Dyslexia Quest which are brilliant for supporting children with dyslexia.


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Name Play

Age: 4-5 years

“Look mum, I can spell my name.”

– Girl aged 4

This app lets children explore a wonderful play environment while practising writing their name with labels, typewriters and more. It’s a great way to teach them to recognise and spell their name and children loved being able to personalise their own locker.


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Pacca Alpaca – Basic learning and educational games

Age: 3-5 years

“I love this!”

– Boy, aged 4

Pacca Alpaca – Basic language and educational games for children is a collection of colourful interactive games to teach children their shapes, colours and numbers. It’s on this list because the games can be played in different languages, introducing children to foreign languages including French, Welsh and Arabic which is so unusual to see for this age group.


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Tiggly Doctor

Age: 4-8 years

“I love it, I’m going to the next one. His arm is fixed.”

– Boy aged 4

Our little testers found the gross elements of this game really funny and enjoyed helping to treat patients using their spelling skills. The game can be played with or without Tiggly Words (sold separately), physical interactive toys that add another dimension to the game.


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The Sight Word Adventure

Age: 4-8 years

“I liked shaking the iPad to muddle up the letters and it was really difficult when the ants added extra letters!”

– Boy aged 5

Children join animal characters in a collection of mini games to learn to read and write high frequency Sight words. The games were nice and simple so children could start playing straight away. The app is split into levels for each year group to support their current school learning and is a brilliant tool for both teachers and parents.


See all our 2015 favourite children’s apps here:

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See our Good App Guide for more apps to support learning.

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This post was written by Anna Taylor

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