Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

Early Learning Apps - Part 2

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Many apps (applications) are available to promote early learning for young children who are blind or visually impaired, including those who are deafblind or who have multiple disabilities.  This is a partial list (part one of two) to help you get started.  Click here to see Part 1.

The apps here help young children to develop basic cognitive skills, such as cause & effect and matching. They also help to reinforce eye-hand coordination, vocalization, and response to sensory input. These apps have been used specifically with young children especially those with additional needs, or have been chosen because the visual component is very clear and/or the auditory/sound aspects are of high quality and clear.  Many of these apps are particulary appropriate for children with CVI (Cortical Visual Impairment).



Early Drawing Apps

hello crayons app icon

Easy and fun drawing app for children using "crayons" that look and feel real.

hello crayon pencil app iconHello Crayon Pencil

Drawing app that implements a realistic look & feel of color pencils.

hello chalk app iconHello Chalk

Draw using "chalk" on this app for to-do lists, menus, and more.

hello chalk app iconiSnowflake Lite

Create paper style snowflakes with this animated app.

iboard app icon


Turns iPad or iPhone into a blank whiteboard to write or draw on.

color drops app iconColor Drops

Children’s animated draw and paint game with 11 coloring pages categories.

doddle fit app iconDoddle Fit

Fit blocks into given shapes until the blocks fill the whole shape.

paint by hand app iconKids Art with PaintbyHand

Children can draw with this app and save their pictures in a "flipbook" to visit at a later time.

doodlecast app iconSago Mini Doodlecast

Draw while recording child's voice and then playback later to watch and listen to the story.

colorwall app iconColor Wall HD

This app allows children to paint objects using objects other than brushes, different kinds of paint, paint different surfaces, use templates or stencils, or even use parts of their bodies
singing fingers app iconSinging Fingers Experiment with sounds and fingerpainting with this app. Users can record their own voice or use the apps instruments while fingerpainting and then play back the sound by clicking the paint.

idoodle 2 app iconiDoodle2 lite

Sketch and draw on iOS this free app.

color play app iconColorPlay HD

An interactive coloring app that brings illustrations to life through animation.

finger paint app iconFinger Paint with Sounds

Finger paint with sounds and children with special needs to practice their first interaction with a touch screen.


Advanced Drawing Apps

glowpaint app iconGlow Paint.

Use an assortment of brushes and colors to create a glowing masterpiece.

doodle buddy app iconDoodle Buddy

Paint, draw, scribble, sketch on this app using paints and stamps.

doodle buddy app iconFun Bubbles

Tap to create and pop these multicolored bubbles.

chilipaint app iconChiliPaint

Ad-less drawing app using a white canvas and assorted colors.

icoloring lite app iconiColoring Lite

Paint in rainbow color, original color, or gray.

drawing den app iconDrawing Den

Fill out existing drawings or create new drawings on a white canvas.

scratch a sketch app iconScratch a Sketch by BabyFirst

Swipe fingers across the screen to reveal a beautiful colorful picture.

icoloring book lite app iconiColoring Book

The closer the user colors the pictures to match the original the more points they'll gain, play against friends or at a self-pace.


Books for Children Apps

monster app iconThe Monster at the End of this Book... starring Grover!

This is an animated story book app to will help enforce children early reading skills.

icoloring book lite app iconMiss Spider's Tea Party

Animated storybook app.

ireading hd app iconiReading HD

This app provides over a thousand books to be read on iOS device for ages 2-12.

i like books app iconI Like Books

37 stunning picture books for children in one interactive app.

i like my brother app iconBooks for Children - I Like My Brother

Interactive picture book app that allows children to discover new words.

i love my mom app iconSpeech Therapy - I Love Mom Picture Book

Fully customizable children's book app with picture and story interaction.

fingerbooks app icon

Finger Books - Dr. Know All

Just with one finger, you are able to enjoy the wonderful Illustrated audio books for kids with exquisite pictures and vivid narration.

playtales! app iconPlayTales! Kids' Books


Classic tales and new favorites are featured in this interactive storybook app for children ages 1 to 12.

sleeping beauty app iconSleeping Beauty StoryChimes Free

Immerse children in sights and sounds of this interactive tale while keeping the "feel" of turning pages of a real book.

ugly duckling app icon

The Ugly Duckling - Interactive Children's Story Book HD

Interactive storybook that tells the classic Hans Christen Anderson story. This app features interactive activities, superb animation and brilliant sound effects.

cinderella app iconCinderella by Nosy Crow

This app lets children play inside the story with beautiful illustrations, exciting animation, and original music.

read me stories app iconRead Me Stories - Children's Books

This app provides a new book every day for children to read.

abc for me app icon

ABC For Me

This picture app helps children to identify pictures and associate letter sounds.

story kit app iconStoryKit

This app allows children to create their own story with text, drawings, and sounds.


Sequencing Apps (some are advanced)

isays simon says oppositesiSays Free - Simon Says Game

The classic game of memory with four buttons and sequencing played by "Simon" that the user has to follow repeat.

see touch learn app iconSee.Touch.Learn

This app acts like a flashcard with pictures and text for children to use and learn.

ABA app iconABA - Problem Solving - What does not belong?

Problem solving app that requires users to identify an item in a picture that is different from the other items. Difficulty levels allow users to challenge themselves at their own pace.

riddles and brain teasers app iconRiddles & Brain Teasers

Thousands of brain teasers and riddles on this app.

zoola opposites app iconZOOLA Opposites

Distinguish opposite words through graphics and voice in this app. Explain "long and short", "fast and slow", and "happy and sad" to youngsters.

repeat after me oppositesRepeat After Me!

Press the squares in the correct order to advance to the next level in this sequencing app.

my cute memory appMy Cute Memory

Flip cards to reveal images of adorable pets, remember where they are to match them together and listen to the sweet sounds they make. 

kids mag issue 2 appKidsMag Issue 2

Creative and fun interactive magazine for children ages 3 and above. This app covers science, abc flashcards, Spanish, dress-up, and lots more!

mr potato head app iconMr. Potato Head Create & Play

Create and customize Mr. Potato Head, take him on adventures, and capture moments on camera!

visual impact app icon

Visual Impact Pro

Step-by-step multimedia app that can support simple every day tasks, also customize your own visual impact.

swipetaptap pro app iconSwipeTapTap Pro

Test reaction time, coordination, memory, and focus with this game.

bubble dreams app iconBubble Dreams

This bubble matching game allows users to travel through over 250 levels of fun.

ispellword free app icon

iSpellWord FREE

Find as many words as possible in one word with this game app.

lines and flowers app icon

Lines and Flowers

This app features artwork and music for users to enjoy.

animal pairs app iconAnimal Pairs HD?

Play wild animals mode or fish mode in this matching app game.

123 color app icon

123 Color, International Edition Talking Coloring Book, With Words Spoken in 17 Languages

This app speaks numbers, letters, and colors in 17 languages, each spoken by a native speaker of that language.

tappi bubble app iconTappi Bubble

Pop the matching bubbles in this fast-play game app.

fill the gap smudge liteFill the Gap Smudge Lite

Children help Smudge fill gaps in words, learners will practice how to avoid common mistakes in English spelling.

what does not belong app iconWhat Does Not Belong?

User will identify one of the five pictures on the screen does not belong with the others.

bitsboard app iconBitsboard - Education, Games, and Flashcards for Learning, Reading, Spelling, and more

This app has lots of learning tools available from flashcards to phototouch to spelling bees.

injijni app iconInjini: Child Development Game Suite

Inspired by children with special needs, this app is a collection of learning games for cognitive, language, and fine motor development.


Communication Apps

choiceboard creator app iconChoiceBoard Creator

Perfect app for creating customizable choice boards for unique needs of individuals with communication challenges.

answer: YesNo app iconAnswers:YesNo

Program custom buttons with text and/or pictures and audio along with the original yes no buttons to have a fully functioning binary ACC communication device at no extra cost.

pictello app iconPictello

Visual storytelling app that allows users to record and add their own sounds, videos and add their own pictures.

icomm app icon


This is an affordable and easy to use communication system using pictures and words - both written and spoken. This app was designed to use with children with multiple disabilities.

story creator app icon

Story Creator

Create stories on this app with personal pictures, sound recordings, and videos.

photo manager pro app icon

Photo Manager Pro

Photo portfolio app that organizes users photos and allows pictures to be viewed.

photo table app icon

Photo Table

Add music to a photo slideshow and mix photo collages on this app.



Create, edit and share picture collages on this app. Add filters, remove red-eye and adjust orientation.

photo-sort app icon


Sort and organize photos and videos into folders and sub-folders directly on the iPad. 

speech button app iconSpeech Button

This app is designed to help children and adults with special needs who are non-verbal or have difficulty speaking to communicate using high frequency 'core' vocabulary words and phrases.

my story - book maker for kids app icon

My Story - Book Maker for Kids

Create and share ebooks by adding photos, drawings, and stickers. Add voice to stories and share with friends and family.

PCS flash cards app icon

PCS Flash Cards

The Picture Communication Symbols (PCS) Flash Card app allows students to practice vocabulary, articulation, language and rhyming words in one app.

picture card communication app icon

Picture Card Communication

This app helps children with communication delays in language development by using picture cards to create sentences.

visual cue app icon

Visual Cue Lite

Useful tool for communicating to non-verbal children and/or visual thinkers through pictures and a combination of tools 

scribble press app icon

Scibble Press

This app allows children to create and share their own stories with drawing and writing tools.

Type n Talk app icon

Type n Talk

Type in a word or a sentence and have it read back in a robotic voice.

pandapal aac app icon

PandaPal (AAC)

PandaPal uses real photos and a gender-neutral panda to assist children who are autistic to communicate and improve speech and language skills.

soundingboard app icon


Using AbleNet symbols or personal photos, this app can create custom boards to assist children in special education, autism specturm, or other disabilities communicate.

picture card maker app

Picture Card Maker PLUS*

This communication tool allows users to easily create personal Picture Cards or visuals and attaching their voice to make requests and comments.

go talk now app icon

GoTalk Now*

Create communication books and record text-to-speech messages to share with others on this AAC app.

proloquo2go app icon


Highly customizable AAC app with pictures and tools for communication.

*Advanced, More Complex Apps


Math (may be visually busy)

counting board app icon

Counting Board

Teach counting, numbers, addition, and subtraction to children (ages 2-4) with this app.

adding apples app icon

Adding Apples

This app helps children count and add using small numbers.

KG math hd app icon

KG Math HD

Introduce child to the world of mathematics with this fun and interactive app. This app combines 18 different games geared for children kindergarten to grade 3.

numbers wood puzzle app icon

Numbers Wood Puzzle

Learn numbers and improve cognitive skills with this fun HD app.

preschool 123 app icon

Preschool 123

Teach children numbers with large numbers and sound using this free app.

kids math fun app icon

Kids Math Fun - Kindergarten

Practice basic math skills, addition of single numbers (0-9) and subtraction of single numbers (0-9) (without negative answers) with this app.

addition to 20 app icon

Addition to 20

Practice addition facts to 20 with this app that uses bright graphics and positive feedback.

multiplication x2 x5 x10 app icon

Multiplication x2 x5 x10

Learn multiplication facts of 2/5/10 with this drill and practice app that uses positive affirmations for correct answers.

division 2/5/10 app

Division 2/5/10

Learn division facts of 2/5/10 with this drill and practice app that uses positive affirmations for correct answers.

chalkboard math app icon

Chalkboard Math

Practice addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division with this interactive "chalkboard" app.

telling time free app icon

Telling Time Free

This app has two modes, practice and quiz, to help users learn how to tell time in digital and analog.

jumbo calculator app icon

Jumbo Calculator

Super simple large calculator made for everyone to use ages 2 and up.

math bingo app icon

Math Bingo

Get a pattern of five bingo bugs in a row by correctly answering math problems.



game timer app icon

Game Timer

This app is designed primarily to replace timers included with various games.

kid time lite app icon

Kid Time Lite

Set daily and session time limits for children on iOS devices.

take turns app icon

Take Turns

Automatic egg timer that can be used in everyday situations, such as a child playing with a toy and the time til their turn is done.

repeat timer app icon

Repeat Time Free

This app is a timer app that allows for repeating interval and reminder for routines.

alarm clock free

Alarm Clock Free

This app features a digital clock and alarm clock that also displays live, local weather conditions and temperature.

clock pro free app icon

Clock Pro Free

This app combines all clock and timer functions in one app, including chess timer, egg timer, world clock, stop watch and more!

visual countdown timer app

Visual Countdown Timer

This digital timer shows elapsed time clearly that will countdown anywhere from minutes to hours.

visual timer app icon

Visual Timer HD

As time elapses, the timer uncovers stunning photos.

touch me alarm app icon

TouchMe Alarm

Simple and straightforward touch screen alarm app for iOS that uses nature chimes as alarm sounds.

timer+ touch app icon

Timer+ Touch HD

Help students understand the concept of time, time remaining, and time passed with this app. Use your touch on the clock to set the timer.

autism timer

Autism Timer

Show elapsed time clearly with lights and bars. When time runs out the app beeps and vibrates.

stop go! app icon

Stop Go!

Simple to use timer app that uses a stop light to show go and stop.

vistimer app icon


This app uses an animated shrinking pie to display lapsed time.



angry birds app icon

Angry Birds

Use logic, skills, and force to solve each level of this popular bird-flinging game app.

push cars app icon


Push cars out of the city with your fingertip with this unique puzzle gameplay.

tiny zoo friends

Tiny Zoo Friends

Raise and nurture adorable and tiny animated animals on this Tiny Zoo app.

bubble birds app icon

Bubble Birds HD

Pop batches of birds by tossing other birds at them and matching sets of three or more birds of the same color.

finger scan app icon

Finger Scan

The original finger security scanner novelty app. This practical joke app will entertain users and their friends!


Please note that you may need to check whether the app has been updated or whether it only works with certain operating systems.  Please let us know if you have any information to share about any of the apps on this page!  You can email us or leave a comment below. 



Posted on January 19, 2015
Updated on: August 8, 2018