Menu
Literacy Apps

Top 10 Spelling Apps

Slide 1 of 11

Top 10 Spelling Apps

Child using iPad

If you've seen a young child handle an iPhone or an iPad recently, chances are you watched them "slide to unlock" and get busy finding and playing with their favorite apps.

We've found some fun and educational apps that also provide practice with important letter and spelling skills.

Click through to the next slide to browse through our recommended spelling apps, and follow our links for other reviews.


Download a printable version of this app list >

Top 10 Spelling Apps

Alpha Writer

Alpha Writer icon

Price: $2.99
Grade Level: K
Device: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch

Alpha Writer is a Montessori-style learning app that helps teach kids letter sounds and how to form words by combining different letter sounds. There's a tactile approach to the learning here, as kids can physically manipulate the letters onscreen. They'll hear the sound of each letter as they touch it, and can position them in any order they please to form words. The app has two sections. The first asks kids to spell words after seeing a picture of the word and hearing it spoken. The second section lets kids use letter and images to write their own story. Stories can be saved as photo files on your device. For more information read Common Sense Media's review of Alpha Writer.

View in iTunes >

Top 10 Spelling Apps

Bob Books #2: Reading Magic HD

Bob Books icon

Grade Level: PreK - 2
Price: $3.99
Device: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch

Bob Books is an interactive book app that uses spelling, repetition, and phonics to build beginning reading skills. Each 12-page book can be played at 4 different difficulty levels — beginning readers drag and drop letters to match words while the app sounds out the letters and reads the word aloud, more advanced readers select letters on their own. Children's efforts are rewarded when the black and white illustration fill with color and become animated. For more information read Common Sense Media's review of Bob Books.

View in iTunes >

Top 10 Spelling Apps

C is for Cow

C is for Cow icon

Grade Level: PreK
Price: $0.99
Device: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch

C Is for Cow is an alphabet game for preschoolers. Each letter of the alphabet corresponds to an animal whose name begin with that letter. Children press the letter to hear it read out loud, another button repeats the letter and says the name of the animal. For more information read Common Sense Media's review of C is for Cow.

View in iTunes >

Top 10 Spelling Apps

Clifford's BE Big with Words

Cliffords BE Big with Words icon

Grade Level: K
Price: $0.99
Device: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch

Clifford's BE BIG with Words, from PBS Kids, is a spelling app that helps children practice spelling three letter words. Kids are guided toward spelling words by choosing from a selection of letters. Once a word is completed each letter is read out loud. Additionally, each word is pronounced showing kids the connection between sounds, words and their spellings — building an understanding of words through alphabetic and phonemic awareness. No need to worry about spelling mistakes — the app is designed so that whatever letter kids choose will spell a word. For more information read Common Sense Media's review of Clifford's BE BIG with Words.

View in iTunes >

Top 10 Spelling Apps

The Electric Company Wordball

The Electric Company Wordball icon

Grade Level: K - 4
Price: Free
Device: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch

The Electric Company Wordball is a phonics game that integrates video clips from the TV show to teach reading and spelling. The game consists of two parts: watching a video about a letter sound or letter combination and tapping the "wordballs" with the featured letter or letter combination; then using the collected wordballs to complete words as they move across the screen. The object of the app is to teach lessons about phonics, reading, and spelling. For more information read Common Sense Media's review of Wordball.

View in iTunes >

Top 10 Spelling Apps

Licking Letters

Licking Letters icon

Grade Level: Pre-K
Price: $1.99
Device: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch

Licking Letters is an app that helps kids practice identifying capital letters and spelling three-letter words. Players, with the help of Hoppy the Frog, complete words by tapping the letters as they move across the screen. Hoppy then licks the letter to add it to the word. The first few rounds have three-letter words and only include the target letters, but the app gradually increases in difficulty. Completing a round earns a coin, which can be used to buy costume items for the frog. For more information read Common Sense Media's review of Licking Letters.

View in iTunes >

Top 10 Spelling Apps

Montessori Crosswords

Montessori Crosswords icon

Grade Level: PreK - 5
Price: $2.99
Device: iPad, iPhone

Montessori Crosswords helps kids develop literacy skills by dragging and dropping letters into a crossword grid to form words that correspond to the given pictures. Young children can drag letters around in the moveable alphabet and practice linking phonetic sounds to letters, while older kids can expand their vocabularies in the higher of three difficulty levels. Crossword levels include simple words with 1 sound, words with consonant blend, and words of any complexity. For more information read Common Sense Media's review of Montessori Crosswords.

View in iTunes >

Top 10 Spelling Apps

Pogg — Spelling & Verbs

Pogg Spelling Verbs icon

Grade Level: PreK - K
Price: $0.99
Device: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch

Pogg is a little green alien that acts out spelled words. There are two modes: pictures and spelling. Picture mode offers children that are not yet spelling an icon of the word, when clicked the word is read out loud, and Pogg performs the word. The spelling mode lets the child freely type words into the "What should Pogg do now?" box, encouraging kids to experiment with spelling basic words, and showing short movie clips of Pogg doing that action — for example, typing "hat" results in a short movie of Pogg putting on a hat). The spelling dictionary offers over 300 word/phrase combinations and the developer plans to release many extra word animations as free upgrades to everybody who purchases the app. For more information read this teachers review of Pogg.

View in iTunes >

Top 10 Spelling Apps

TeachMe: Kindergarten & Teach Me: 1st Grade

TeachMe: Kindergarten icon

Grade Level: K & 1
Price: $1.99
Device: iPad, iPhone

These two Teach Me apps focus on sight words, spelling, addition, and subtraction. In both apps, children answer questions and solve problems to earn sticker rewards. Teach Me: Kindergarten's touch-and-drag controls are well designed for 4 and 5-year-olds. With Teach Me: 1st Grade children write answers using their own handwriting. If the child answers incorrectly, the app shows the correct answer and proper stroke order. In both apps, parents can select subjects, difficulty level, and review performance history for each subject. Read additional reviews for Teach Me: Kindergarten and TeachMe: 1st Grade.

View Teach Me: K iTunes >
View Teach Me: 1st Grade in iTunes >

Top 10 Spelling Apps

Word Magic

Word Magic icon

Grade Level: K - 2
Price: $0.99
Device: iPad, iPhone

Word Magic a basic spelling app. For each word, the game presents a picture illustrating the word and the missing letter or letters has to be guessed. Difficulty options include: missing one letter or two letters, word lengths, upper or lower case letters, and if the missing letter(s) are at the beginning, middle, or end of words. As the game progresses, it provides a running total of right and wrong spellings, provides ongoing positive reinforcement sound effects, and awards prizes as the child progresses. For more information watch a video review from Apps for Children with Special Needs.

View in iTunes >

|
|

See more apps for literacy >

Sign up for our free newsletters about reading
Advertisement
Reading Blogs
Start with a Book: Read. Talk. Explore.
"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read." — Groucho Marx