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Little Explorer Go! iPad Kits for Preschool - Grade 2

Little Explorers Go! KitsWhat are the Little Explorer Go! Kits?

The Little Explorers Go! Kits are backpacks developed by Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) recommended for children 3 to 6 years old and funded by the Friends of the Library, Montgomery County (FOLMC) to get them excited about science and math.

The kits are designed to encourage the parent/caregiver and child to actively explore the world around them.  Each kit contains several books, science tools, a mini- iPad with preloaded apps, and a listing of the contents of the kit.  Each kit can be borrowed for 2 weeks.

What themed kits are available?

  • Dinosaurs
  • Oceans
  • Space
  • Plants
  • Volcanoes
  • Animals
  • Insects
  • Machines
  • Experiments

Where can I borrow a kit?


STEM E-Books

Read these e-books on your computer, tablet, or smart phone. All of the e-books also are available in the Little Explorer and Young Voyager iPad Go! Kits.

Little Explorer (preschool - grade 2)

Young Voyager (grades 3-6)

Suggested Apps for Preschool - Grade 2

Family using tablets

For ages 3 - 6.

  • ABC/123
  • ABC Alphabet Phonics
    Learn the ABCs by sight, sound, and touch. Free. iPad.
  • abc PocketPhonics
    Teaches letter sounds, first words, and handwriting. iPad.
  • The ABC Song
    ABC activities and games. Free. iPad.
  • AlphaTots
    Discover the letters of the alphabet through games. Android.
  • Animals Counting Writing Game Lite HD
    Learn number counting, writing, and listening skills. Free. iPad.
  • Elmo Loves ABCs Lite
    Explore the letters A, B, and C. Free. iPad.
  • Kids ABC Phonics Lite
    Learn the letters and the sounds they make through games. Free. Android.
  • Kids Alphabet Lite
    Graphics and sounds teach the letters of the alphabet. Free. Android.
  • Montessori Counting Board
    Learn to count both up in order (1, 2, 3, 4) and down in order (4, 3, 2, 1). iPad.
  • Play 123
    Teachers shapes, colors, and numbers through activities. Free. iPad.
  • TallyTots
    Learn to count from 1 - 20. Android.
  • Animals
  • Aniworld Lite
    Allows children to virtually feed and pet animals and explore the animal kingdom. Free. Android.
  • Dinosaurs: The American Museum of Natural History Collections
    Images of T. rex as well as information about where fossils have been found and the paleontologists who uncovered them. Free version of the app was designed for the iPhone but works on the iPad.
  • It’s Tyrannosaurus Rex
    Teaches about the prehistoric world. Android.
  • Kids Can Match - Animals
    Memory game for children with over 70 animal images and sounds. Free. iPad.
  • Kids Can Spell - Animals
    Learn the image and sound of 50 different animals and how to spell their names. Free. iPad.
  • Lazoo ZOO
    Eleven animals to feed and dozens of foods to feed them. Free. iPad.
  • Lingo Zoo
    Provides seven levels each with its own environment and animal population. Complete jigsaw puzzels to assemble animals. Upon completion hear the name of the animal in English or Spanish. iPad.
  • Peek-a-Zoo Lite
    Identify animals names and sounds as well as emotions, actions, and positions. Free. iPad.
  • Planet Animals
    Animal games and puzzles for ages two years and above. Free. iPad.
  • Ultimate Dinopedia: Complete Dinosaur Reference
    A-Z list of dinosaurs including facts, size comparisons, audio name pronunciations, vital stats, and art work. iPad.
  • Zachy the Robot: Quest for the Museum Treasures
    Activities include digging up dinosaur fossils, putting together dinosaur skeletons, completing patterns of minerals, sorting minerals against the clock, and identifying fossils. iPad.
  • Concepts
  • Colors
    Learn about the primary colors from viewing well-known objects. Free. Android.
  • Madagascar Surf ‘n Slides
    Learn colors, shapes & more by going down slides, chutes and tubes. Free. Android.
  • See.Touch.Learn.
    Learn new concepts and improve communication skills with 32 flash cards and 6 lessons. Free. iPad.
  • Touch and Learn - Emotions
    Teaches how to read body language and understand emotions. Free. iPad.
  • Homework Help
  • BrainPOP Jr. Movie of the Week
    Short videos on science, social studies, reading, writing, math, health, arts and technology. Free. iPad & Android.
  • Khan Academy
    Videos on math, biology, chemistry, physics, finance, and history. Free. iPad & Android.
  • Language Learning
  • TTT Lite
    Interactive app that introduces 220 words in 12 different languages including English, Spanish, Italian, French, German, Russian, Arabic, Turkish, Persian, Swedish, Korean, and Chinese. iPad & Android. Free.
  • Learn to Read and Write
  • 123s ABCs Handwriting Fun
    Finger tracing flashcards. Free. Android.
  • ABC Food
    Learn new vocabulary and how to spell different food words. iPad.
  • Bob Books #1 - Reading Magic
    Teaches reading by making the connection between letters and sounds, sound out simple words, and spell words. iPad.
  • Endless Reader
    Learn 26 sight words and use supporting sentences. Free. iPad.
  • First Words Sampler
    Teaches about letters, how letters relate to sounds, and how to spell words. Free. iPad.
  • Kids Learn to Read
    Practice blending sounds together to read and spell simple words. Android.
  • LetterSchool
    Teaches letter names and sounds as well as how to write letters (both upper and lower case) and numbers. iPad.
  • Phonics Rhyming Bee
    Learn to recognize rhyming words and sort them by sound. Also learn short vowel sounds. Free. iPad.
  • Sight Words Flash Cards
    Teaches common words by sight and sound. Free. iPad.
  • Math
  • AB Math Lite
    Game that teach addition, multiplication, and the times table. Free. iPad & Android.
  • Counting and Addition
    Math games for kids in preschool and kindergarten. Free. iPad.
  • Hickory Dickory Dock
    Learn numbers 1 - 12 as well as the hours and their position on a clock's face. iPad.
  • Interactive Telling Time Lite
    Learn to tell the time, on both analog and digital clocks, in different languages. Languages included are English, French, Spanish, Japanese, German, Swedish, Russian, Dutch, Portuguese, Norwegian, Danish, Korean, Chinese, and Italian. Free. iPad & Android.
  • Kids Numbers and Math Lite
    Learn math and numbers. Free. Android.
  • Let's Do Math
    Games to practice addition and subtraction skills. Free. iPad.
  • PopMath Lite
    Practice basic math skills by popping bubbles on the screen. Free. Android.
  • Rhymes and Songs
  • Bunny Fun: Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes
    Rosemary Wells created the featured bunny in this app. Sing along to Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes in English, French, Spanish, and Japanese. iPad.
  • Nursery Rhymes with StoryTime
    Play with Humpty Dumpty, Jack & Jill, Three Blind Mice, and other classic nursery rhyme characters. iPad.
  • Old Macdonald Had a Farm
    Ten educational games and an interactive sing-along song. Free. iPad.
  • Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
    Eight educational activities & games plus an interactive Twinkle Twinkle song. Free. iPad.
  • Science
  • KidScience
    Simple recipes with everyday materials, combined with photos and watch-and-do videos. Free app was designed for the iPhone but works on the iPad.
  • Max & Ruby Science Educational Games
    Science learning games for kids in preschool and kindergarten. Free. iPad.
  • NASA app
    Showcases a huge collection of the latest NASA content, including images, videos, and satellite tracking. Free. Android.
  • Seasons and Weather
    Identify various weather situations in different seasons. Free. iPad.
  • Space
  • SkyView
    Point your iPad at the sky to identify stars, constellations, satellites, and more. Free. iPad.
  • Space Place Prime
    Spinoff of NASA’s kids’ Space Place website. Educational articles, daily updates of NASA space and Earth-from-space images, and the informative videos. Free. iPad.
  • Star Chart
    A virtual planetarium. Point device at the sky and the app will tell what it is seeing. Free. Android.
  • Stories
  • Don't Let the Pigeon Run This App!
    Create Pigeon stories with Mo Willems. iPad.
  • iStorybooks
    Offers a collection of storybooks with pictures and voice-overs. Free. Android.
  • PlayTales
    Traditional, popular, and modern stories. Free. Android.
  • Technology and Engineering
  • Leo's Pad
    Build items like telescopes and rockets with Leonardo da Vinci and his friends. Free. iPad.
  • Vehicle Fun
    Includes 50 types of vehicles to play with. Learn about the different types of vehicles from planes in the sky to boats in the sea. Free. iPad.

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