Discover the awesome reading game that helps early learners master more than 200 three-letter words. In Gappy Learns Reading, you'll travel across four exciting worlds, spelling words to bridge the gaps and collect the parts you need to redesign Gappy's house. From a cozy cabin to a castle with a gingerbread roof, there are more than 700 creative combinations you can make in the primary learning adventure perfect for pint-size readers.

“This app, from these tried and true developers, is so engaging, visually pleasing, and inviting the students simply can’t get enough of it!” — Teachers With Apps

• 211 three-letter words for kids to learn, including 174 basic CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) and 37 common sight words.
• A fun puzzle game design for preschool and kindergarten learners who know the alphabet and are just beginning to read.
• 54 different house parts that let kids make 720 fanciful combinations.
• Four game levels that help children progress from identifying letters to spelling words.
• The ability to switch cases, helping children learn capital and lowercase letters.
• Selectable word groupings that let players learn at their own pace.
• A teaching keypad with the name and sound of every letter.
• No ads or in-app purchases.

Awards & Recognitions:
• Featured in Apple Apps for Preschool & Kindergarten
• Featured in Apple’s Education Spotlight Newsletter
• Apple New and Noteworthy

The entire collection of Spinlight apps are now part of the Little 10 Robot family. AlphaTots Alphabet, TallyTots Counting, Pixel and Parker, Operation Math, Winky Think Logic Puzzles, Billy’s Coin Visits the Zoo, Gappy Learns Reading, Gappy Learns Writing, Geography Drive USA, Swapsies Jobs, Swapsies Sports, YodelOh Math Mountain and more!

Crafted by Little 10 Robot. We believe that smiling is the first step in learning. That’s why we make educational apps loaded with serious fun.

What's New

Version 1.96

Gappy Learns Reading has joined the Little 10 Robot family!

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5

9 Ratings

9 Ratings

One of the only phonics apps that gets it right


There are so many HORRIBLE phonics apps out there. So many people write them without understanding the basics of phonics instruction and phonemic awareness. I see way too many "phonics" apps that claim to be for beginning readers and spellers that include things like sight words that don't follow basic phonics rules and are not meant to be sounded out, or R-controlled vowels, digraphs, or diphthongs in what are supposed to be basic CVC words. Gappy gets it right. These are real CVC wordsthat are exactly what you need when you are teaching a child how to break a word into its individual phonemes and then use that info to spell the word. Since Spinlight Studio is one of the few to get this right, I am BEGGING you to add more apps or features: increase the field of letters that the child chooses from (maybe choices of 6, 8, or 10), make an app for CCVC words (stop, flat, crab) and CVCC words (fast, jump, pink, pots, mops); make a separate app or option for digraphs (sh, ch, th); make an app that compares CVC words to CVCe (silent e words: cap vs cape). Since you are one of the only developers who seems to get this, please make more!!

Good for Special Ed


As a speech Language pathologist, I am always looking for apps to use with my students that elicits opportunities to work on social language such as making requests and turn taking skills while hitting an academic area as well. This app works well for that. It is easy for kids to navigate. The woman's sounding out of each word is slow but natural sounding. Great modeling of sound blending. Love character's name as Gappy. Once I explained what Gap meant and that there were gaps in the word that they needed to fill in. Also like that when they get it wrong, the cue is quiet and not highly reinforcing. I have a lot of students with autism and many apps make the wrong answer cue so reinforcing that my students gravitate toward getting it wrong to get that reinforcement. On all your apps I love that the correct reinforcement is subtle and they are building towards something, in this case, changing Gabby's house. Great job!!!!! Ruth

fun app!


Help Gappy, the sweet bunny, rebuild and decorate his house by learning phonics and spelling sight words. Choose a level and select the correct letter to get Gappy across a number of bridges to his house. Once there, you earn parts of a house to mix and match in making the best home for Gappy. There are 4 levels increasing in difficulty from making words by adding 1 letter to spelling the word in its entirety. There are nearly 200 sight words, so this app will have staying power for a long time. For sensory sensitive kids, I would definitely turn off the music to prevent overload, and allow a kid time to process the instruction. There are links to other apps under a secured button. Recommended.


Little 10 Robot, LLC
71.5 MB
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© Little 10 Robot, LLC


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