Kindergarten Teacher


My Favorite FREE Apps For Elementary


If you know of a great FREE app I missed please add it to the comments! 


UPDATE: I added some more FREE apps to the list on this post

Rocket Speller– FREE I use mainly for letter ID but the kids do pick up basic spelling as they play. Class favorite!

AR Flashcards– Bring ABC flashcards to with this fun app

Skitch– FREE  Amazing app! We use a lot for labeling pictures. Sample Here

Educreations FREE  White board app that records screen and voice. Uses are unlimited. Sample lesson here

Show Me turn your iPad into your personal interactive whiteboard!

ScreenChomp– A simple doodling board, markers, and one-click sharing tools make spreading your ideas and know-how easy and fun!

Toontastic- FREE  My favorite storytelling app. Sample lesson here. You only get basic characters and backgrounds but it is still valuable. The $10 everything package is well worth it once you start using. So many great character and backgrounds and they are always adding more.

Sock Puppets FREE  The app itself is free but the ability to save the finished project was an in app purchase ($.99) when I first got it. Not sure if that has changed.  More info here

Puppet Pals– FREE -Create your own unique shows with animation and audio in real-time!

Sticker World Let your child’s imagination run wild as they create a world of their own with over 300 stickers and 6 rolling landscapes.

Daisy the Dino Free  Introduces the very basics of programming to kids. My class loves this app

ABCmouse Zoo– FREE  All the apps are free but I like the three zoo sets the best. More apps here

Rover App– FREE  This app allows flash to work on your iPad. The app is not perfect but overall I find it very useful

Doodle Buddy FREE  Drawing app

Alpha Tracing FREE There are better apps for fine motor (look here) but this free one is a good start

ABC Magic Apps FREE Many great apps, I use several of them

Haiku Deck– simple and fun new way to create stunning presentations. We use it for creating graphs

Hopscotch allows kids to create their own games and animations. Kids unleash their creativity with this beautiful, easy-to-use visual programming language.

Whiteboard Lite–  Collaborate with friends and family with Whiteboard, the easy-to-use collaborative drawing app

Popplet Lite–  capture your ideas and sort them visually in realtime. Quickly and easily!

Tellagami   is a quick and easy way to create and share a short story called a Gami.

Doceri Combining screencasting, desktop control, and an interactive whiteboard in one app, you’ll never have to turn your back to the class or audience again. Doceri does it all!

MyScript Calculator–  Easy, simple and intuitive, just write the mathematical expression on the screen then let MyScript technology perform its magic converting symbols and numbers to digital text and delivering the result in real time. 

You can find reviews and sample lessons for many of these apps on this post-> All My App Reviews and Suggestions

17 Responses to My Favorite FREE Apps For Elementary

  1. This is impressive! I don’t think I could teach today with all this technology in the classroom. :)

    • Rob says:

      A lot of our CURRENT teachers feel that way – plenty of resistance to tech in the classroom. It’s all about articles like this and finding the RIGHT tech! Thanks Matt.

  2. Kyle Pearce says:

    Huge fan of Doceri. Very simple, great pen tools and is the easiest screencasting tool for recording any of your teacher-led portions of a lesson. Easy record/pause functionality as well as the ability to zoom on the iPad, without zooming on the screencast recording or over the Apple TV.

    Thanks for sharing!

  3. Beth Holland says:

    Great list. I’d add my two favorites.

    1. Screenchomp is a FREE screencasting app that doesn’t require a login, works with or without an Internet connection, and can import a PDF. This last feature is perfect for running reading records or interacting with digital worksheets.

    2. Croak.It is a FREE audio recording tool. It gives you 30 seconds of audio with or without an account. Students only have 1 button to push. Great for audio blogging.

  4. Misty White says:

    Thanks for sharing! I have am familiar with several of these and they are pretty good apps. Rover is the only one that I know of that will allow flash player use for certain things. I have submitted several sites to them, but they have not added any of them yet.

  5. Sandy says:

    Crabby Writer is excellent for developing a proper grip.

  6. Sara says:

    PicCollage, Geoboard, and Number Pieces Basic are a few additional FREE ones that I have used in my first grade class.

  7. Awesome list! Thanks for sharing. And I appreciate the shares in the comments, too. I found some great new apps.

  8. Thanks for this list. I just downloaded Skitch onto my ipad and I will download it to the 10 we have at school. But does it require students to login? Our Prep-Year 2 students don’t have emails so I wasn’t sure how to do this.

    • Matt Gomez says:

      Yes, you can use Skitch without an email. When you open the app look toward the bottom, it says sign up later or “not now” to open the app without an email. The only thing you lose by not having an account is the ability to work on more than one skitch at a time. Meaning if your kids want to create a new skitch the old one will not be editable anymore. You can still export the finished product to the camera roll without an account. Hope that helps!

  9. The Whiteboard app actually caused a huge uproar at our school when we put it on our student iPads because there is a lot of inappropriate content in the Gallery. I prefer the one by Gummy Bear Studios for younger kids.

  10. What about SpellingCity? It’s popular as a freemium website and app. Freemium means there’s a lot for free, more if you pay. Kindergarten parents particularly like the free handwriting worksheet generator.

  11. If I may add two apps that will surely result in laughing and giggling: Sparkle Fish and Mad Libs. Both can be used for review of the parts of speech. For Sparkle Fish, student would need to record his/her voice to create mad libs. For Mad Libs, students would have to type responses to the prompts to create mad libs. The result will definitely ignite much laugher in the class.

    For storytelling, Scribble My Story and Story Creator are great apps.

  12. Puppet Edu and Seesaw! Must haves

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