CBeebies Apps for Learning
Explore three of the wonderful CBeebies apps, designed around the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.
The Go Explore, Storytime, Get Creative and Playtime Island apps are designed to inspire children's imaginations and provide some fun ways to develop their learning.
Adults can feel safe in the knowledge that children are using an app that is free to download and free from any advertisements or in-app purchases.
The apps also feature a parental lock to help keep little fingers safe, leaving children free to explore, play and enjoy a fun learning experience with their favourite CBeebies characters.
CBeebies Storytime is designed to support early years reading with playful and imaginative books featuring CBeebies favourites like Mr Tumble, the Go Jetters and Waffle the Wonderdog.
Each story is brought to life with interactive elements to touch, swipe and play with.
A library feature allows children to choose different books to download, then return and swap for new stories when they are finished.
The app has two reading modes to accommodate different reading abilities and styles:
- Read to Me: the story is narrated by a CBeebies character or presenter and lets children listen as they follow the story.
- Read by Myself: children can read at their own pace, either on their own or with a teacher or guardian.
At the end of each story, questions about what happened help to develop comprehension skills and prompt conversation.
There is also a dedicated Grown Ups section including tips to support children’s reading development and an option to switch to an accessibility mode.
Go Explore App
Go Explore helps children as they grow, building up their skills and understanding ready to start school.
The games in this app focus on the following areas on the EYFS curriculum:
- Understanding the World: The world
- Physical Development: Health & self-care
- Mathematics: Shape and space, numeracy
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development: Managing feelings and behaviour
- Understanding the World: People & Communities
- Understanding the World: Technology
- Literacy - reading (phonics)
The app is aimed at children aged 3-5.
Playtime Island App
CBeebies Playtime Island is a free pre-school app for families to enjoy, where kids can learn as they play.
All of the games meet specific needs of children and their parents or carers with a focus on bonding, learning, discovery and self-expression.
Children can make the island their own by choosing their favourite games and CBeebies characters to play with.
This personalisation means the app can grow with each child as they develop and their interests change.
Games range from more open-ended play for younger users, through to something a little more challenging for older children.
Playtime Island supports the following EYFS areas:
Understanding the world
Expressive arts and design
Communication and language
Personal, social and emotional
Get Creative App
Creativity is vital in children’s social and emotional development.
The Get Creative app allows children to play independently and explore open-ended activities.
They can express themselves freely as they experiment and bring their imaginations to life.
With five amazing make machines to choose from, children can:
- Design a treasure map with Swashbuckle in Magic Paint.
- Create a dinosaur with Andy Day in Terrific Toys.
- Join Hey Duggee in Block Builder and so much more!
Get Creative supports the ‘Expressive arts and design’ area of the EYFS.