Timmy's Starting to Read

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About this app

Timmy and friends Kid and Finlay from the TV show Timmy Time help your child build their vocabulary in English, start to read and boost memory skills in Timmy’s Starting to Read!

Safe, ad-free, English language learning fun for children aged six and younger, designed by the British Council, world experts in teaching English trusted by parents worldwide, in partnership with Aardman Animations.

Ideal for children aged six and younger who are learning English as an additional language and for children aged three and under if their first language is English.


PLAY three interactive games to learn new words, build confidence in reading and boost essential skills.
DISCOVER up to 60 words and phrases in English, including holiday-themed vocabulary such as party food, musical instruments and fancy-dress costumes.
EARN stickers and videos – fun rewards motivate your child to keep learning!
LISTEN to the narrator and practise saying the words aloud.


Timmy’s Starting to Read includes three bite-size and age-appropriate games that are designed by British Council English teaching experts to provide hours of high-quality learning content for your child and challenge them as they progress.

• In Hatch Match, your child will build confidence in reading simple vocabulary as they match pairs of pictures with words. They can also choose between three levels of difficulty, depending on how strong their reading skills are.

• In I-Spy, your child can find hidden objects on the beach, such as bucket, spade or fish, as well as revise vocabulary, boosting their concentration. As they progress, objects get harder to find, requiring serious focus!

• In Rub-a-Dub, your child will be guided by the narrator to swipe away sand and beach towels to discover objects such as cake and pizza hidden beneath. Tapping and swiping away the holiday-themed scenes will develop their motor skills and hand–eye co-ordination. 


The British Council, experts in teaching English, and Aardman, the Academy Award®-winning animation studio, have combined their experience, expertise and passion for teaching to create Learning Time with Timmy, an innovative learning experience for children aged two to six years.

Learning Time with Timmy includes face-to-face courses, three educational apps and an online series available on YouTube and TV to help your child to develop and become a confident learner of English.

For more information, visit https://www.britishcouncil.org/english/timmy


Your child’s privacy is very important to us. We do not collect any information about your child or your family. The app provides a completely safe learning environment, with no adverts or links to other websites. We track how the app is used, such as which of the games are most popular, in order to make the app more enjoyable for your child. 

Learn more about the British Council’s privacy policy for the Learning Time with Timmy apps here: https://www.britishcouncil.org/english/timmy/apps/privacy


Your child can continue their language learning adventure and build their confidence in English with Timmy’s First Words in English and Timmy’s Learning New Skills.

All our apps are designed to be intuitive and have been improved using feedback from teachers, parents and children.

Visit our website to see our full range of apps: http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/parents/apps .

For more tips on how to continue supporting your child’s learning at home, join us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LearnEnglishParents.BritishCouncil


We love to hear from our users. Please get in touch with us at learnenglish.mobile@britishcouncil.org
Updated on
Dec 3, 2018

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216 reviews
Bea Wal
July 18, 2020
Loves the app! Really engaging! Question: Are you considering introducing a speech-recognition module where a child (or an adult) could first mouth and then read out the words to score 'points'? That would be great for pronunciation practice and would definitely satisfy the users who are saying the app doesn't teach reading. And might be great with adult EFL students, who I am sure, would use it to have fun to practice their pronunciation. :)
29 people found this review helpful
A Google user
June 15, 2019
this app doesn't teach reading. no games in the app require the kid to actually read something on their own. The only game that could require reading is match a word to a picture but the app reads the word out loud for you anyway so that is not reading skills that are trained but listening comprehension.
69 people found this review helpful
British Council
June 17, 2019
We are really upset that you are dissatisfied with the app. However, the games are designed for kids aged six or younger to build confidence in reading simple vocabulary. I will pass your comments to our app manager. Please feel free to let us know at learnenglish.mobile@britishcouncil.org if you have further comments.
A Google user
June 12, 2019
worst app ever i am trying to look for a app of math,reading,writing,drawing, for toddlers ages 2 to 6 i am trying to get my little sister ready for kinder garden i reall want her to get good grades at least 3 or 4 ! if you could make a app of math,reading,writing,drawing it would make me be very happy to get my little sister ready for kinder garden P.S pls make a app to get my sis ready
6 people found this review helpful
British Council
June 13, 2019
Hi there, thank you for your suggestions. This is an app for kids to learn English, therefore we don't have any maths games in this app. As for your other suggestions, such as reading, writing and drawing, I will pass your comment to our app manager. Thank you.

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