Ten apps for young learners

It’s always good for children to find ways they enjoy learning and developing their interests. Thanks to the ever-expanding world of educational apps, children can enjoy some educational downtime, while having a blast.

This month, in collaboration with Kareem McKenzie, Year 6 Teacher at The English College, we’ve handpicked the top ten free apps that your kids can utilise to enhance their learning experience and pursue their interests.

Khan Academy Kids

Khan Academy Kids offers a treasure trove of interactive activities covering maths, reading and critical thinking. This free app caters to children aged 2-7, encouraging self-paced learning and fostering creativity.

Duolingo Kids

If you want to introduce your child to a new language, Duolingo Kids is the way to go. It makes language learning fun through colourful games and engaging challenges, perfect for keeping your little one’s language skills sharp.

Toca Nature

Toca Nature allows kids to create their own miniature ecosystems and explore the wonders of nature. They can plant trees, observe animals in their habitats and gain a deeper understanding of the natural world. Perfect for any nature-lovers you may have at home!


Designed for aspiring young coders, ScratchJr introduces the basics of programming through interactive storytelling. Kids can create their own animated stories and games, stimulating their logical thinking and problem-solving skills.


DIY.org is a fantastic app that promotes hands-on learning. It offers a wide range of video-based projects in various areas, like cooking, painting, photography and more. Children can unleash their creativity and develop new skills through engaging and easy-to-follow tutorials.


Epic! is an extensive digital library that provides access to thousands of books, audiobooks and educational videos for children of all ages. Kids can explore different genres, discover new authors and nurture their love for reading.


For any little space enthusiasts, the NASA app is a goldmine of information. It offers stunning imagery, videos and articles about space exploration, allowing children to learn about our universe and the wonders of astronomy in a fun and accessible way.

PBS Kids Games

PBS Kids Games offers a collection of educational games based on popular PBS TV shows. With interactive activities that cover various subjects, like maths, science and literacy, this app makes learning enjoyable and engaging.

National Geographic Kids

With the National Geographic Kids app, children can embark on exciting virtual adventures while learning about animals, geography and the environment. It features quizzes, videos and fascinating articles to satisfy their curiosity.


ABCmouse is a comprehensive learning app for children aged 2-8, covering a wide range of subjects such as reading, maths, science and art. It offers a step-by-step curriculum and engaging activities that adapt to each child’s learning level.

As parents, it’s important to strike a balance between learning and leisure. While these apps provide excellent learning opportunities, it’s equally vital for children to engage in physical activities, socialise and also enjoy unstructured playtime.

However, these are some great tools that you can use to create the opportunity for exploration, growth and fun-filled learning adventures for your child. With these top ten free apps in hand, your kids will have their pick of interesting areas to take a deeper dive into.


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