Android #13: Free (mostly) and useful Android Apps for the younger learners

This is a quick overview of a few apps that apply to fine motor skills, oral skills, writing, reading and Visual Literacy /Visual Perception skills in very young learners.

Fine Motor Skills


Create customized handwriting lessons. Like other Android apps designed to teach handwriting, School Writing has number, letter, and word tracing activities.

Big Fat Canvas is a freedrawing app optimized for use on Android tablets running Honeycomb. Big Fat Canvas allows y ou to draw free-hand on your Android tablet. The app offers some good options for altering the size, color, and opacity of the lines you draw.

Oral skills

image Moshi Monsters Village – The dastardly Dr. Strangeglove is catching innocent Moshlings and turning them into naughty Glumps! It’s your mission to save the Moshlings and bring ’em back home to your village. With help from Buster Bumblechops, build unique, adorable houses & care for all of your rescued Moshlings in your very own Moshi Monsters Village.
image Moshi Monsters Music Follow the on-screen lyrics as you sing along to insanely catchy songs by your favourite Moshi gooperstars, from Zack Binspin and Blingo to Coco Loco, Iggy and Big Bad Bill. These vids are monsterific!


image Colour Note

Color Note offers a sticky note environment, a calendar option, to do list options, and the option to share your notes via email and sms.

image Book Creator

Book Creator is the simple way to create your own beautiful ebooks, right on your tablet.

image Moshi Monsters Colouring In: A new-ish online game called Moshi Monsters – it is one of those very safe for young children web games that is both entertaining and social. There are 12 chibi monsters drawing canvas in our coloring book.You can do detailed painting with rich toolbar menu as long as you like in this game.


image Cool Reader

anyone can use to read a variety of ebook formats including ePub, .mobi, and html. Through the Cool Reader app you can browse for books in public collections like Project Gutenberg or import your own books. The Cool Reader app has some handy features including bookmarking pages, clipping text, searching for text, and skipping to chapters.

image Learn to Read . iStoryBooks is a free Android app that offers two dozen free digital storybooks for kids ages two through eight. Most of the stories in the app are adaptations of classic children’s tales like The Ugly DucklingThe iStoryBooks app gives you the option to read each story or to read along with each story while listening to the narrator. Children can practice reading and recognizing words by going through the stories with the narration turned on.
Animal Book is an app designed to help young children learn to recognize animals. Children can go through the book to see and hear the names of the animals. There is also an option to hear the animals’ sounds although some of the sounds were less than perfect when I went through the app. There is a simple quiz mode on Animal Book that present four pictures that the child has to pick from when an animal’s name is read by the narrator.

Visual Literacy (Visual Perception Skills)

image Kids ABC Jigsaw Puzzles is a set of simple jigsaw puzzles that when constructed correctly show a letter of the alphabet with an animal whose name starts with that letter.
Screen Shot 2013-12-18 at 7.29.47 PM Visual Math is a free Android app designed to help pre-K and Kindergarten students learn to recognize numbers. The app contains a series of matching, comparison, and pattern recognition activities. Some of the activities that children can try are comparing numbers on a number line, choosing the number that is missing from a series, and simply picking the number that represents the number of objects shown on a card.

What’s Different is a simple game of identifying patterns and picking out the object that doesn’t fit the pattern. Children using the app are shown four objects and have to identify the one that doesn’t fit the pattern. When the correct object is selected, a ladybug moves across the screen.

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