Educational apps for kids of all ages

Download one of these apps to your phone or tablet and keep them entertained while they learn

Apps for younger kids 

Elmo Loves 123’s Elmo

This app has songs and videos about numbers. It has coloring pages and games about numbers. It has all the numbers from 1 to 20! Elmo’s friend Abby is here, too! $4.99. For iOS and Android.

Fish School – 123 ABC for Kids 

A playful underwater experience with eight educational activities, this award-winning app teaches letters, numbers, shapes, colors and more. Watch colorful fish create letters; recognize numbers and learn to count from 1 to 20; follow the fish as they form shapes; touch, tap and drag to make fish and other colorful sea life do funny things; listen to classical variations of the ABC Song. Free. For iOS.

Super Sight Word Adventure 

Learn sight words and nouns. Developed by an educator using techniques to improve retention and engage students in learning. It is more exciting than just using flashcards. Free. For iOS and Android.

HHabitat Bear Sitting223abitat the Game 

Kids work to keep an endangered animal alive. In Habitat, players adopt a polar bear. To keep the bear alive and healthy, players need to successfully complete events in the game and undertake real world actions. Ultimately the goal is to save the world by improving the bear’s health. Free. For iOS and Android.

Green Eggs and Ham 

The best-selling, classic book “Green Eggs and Ham” comes to life with playful interactivity, delightful animations and learning activities. 99 cents. For iOS and Android.

Crayola Create and Play 

A fun, interactive, and educational subscription app for kids that provides a safe space to develop skills through imaginative and educational games all accessible on most digital devices through one paid subscription account. For iOS and Android.

Balloony Word 

You will discover Dolch Sight Words, animal and fruit names, grade appropriate common words, elementary science terms and much more, while having fun popping a few balloons along the way! Free, but access to word list is only available in Balloony Word Pro. For iOS.

Winky Think Logic Puzzles 

Slide shapes and match colors to solve 180 logic puzzles in the awesome game that builds your brain with hours of finger-twisting fun. From simple matching to complex games packed with obstacles, mazes and multi-touch action, Winky Think will stretch your fingers almost as much as your mind. $2.99. For iOs.

Dexteria – Fine Motor Skills 

Dexteria’s unique hand and finger activities take full advantage of the iOS multi-touch screen to help build strength, control, and dexterity. The app’s efficacy is supported by independent research studies, including a 2016 study by Huntington University published in the Journal of Hand Therapy. $5.99. For iOs.

Plants by Tinybop 

Unearth the secrets of the green kingdom. Explore interactive dioramas of the forest, desert, and grasslands. Dozens of species spring to life and new surprises arise with every adventure in this STEM-aligned digital sandbox. $1.99. For iOS.

Brain PopBrainPOP Jr. Movie of the Week 

The BrainPOP Jr.® Movie of the Week app delivers a different animated movie every week, plus related quizzes and educational activities. Ideal for kids in kindergarten through grade 3, BrainPOP Jr. spans topics across Science, Social Studies, Reading, Writing, Math, Health, Arts, and Technology. The gentle, humorous, and relatable characters Annie and Moby serve as guides through each topic, empowering kids to form their own ideas. BrainPOP Jr. is designed to cultivate critical thinking skills and encourage children to ask questions and make connections. Free. For iOS and Android.

GoldieBlox & the Movie Machine 

Make your own movies with GoldieBlox and the Movie Machine. Draw, color, sticker, and photograph your way into the Bloxtown film festival by animating your own digital shorts with just a little innovation and a flick of the finger. Free. For iOS.

VocabularySpellingCity 

VocabularySpellingCity is a research-proven tool that helps teachers and parents meet the challenge of providing meaningful, intentional and extended vocabulary practice for students while improving fluency and retention. Free. For iOS and Android.

Epic! 

Welcome to Epic,  a digital library for kids, where kids can explore their interests and learn with instant, unlimited access to 40,000 high-quality e-books, audio books, learning videos, and quizzes for kids 12 and under. Two-month free trial; $7.99 per month. For iOS and Android.

SparkySparky & The Case of the Missing Smoke Alarms 

Help Sparky the Fire Dog and his pals solve a mystery.  Sparky and his friends stop by Aunt Dottie’s house to pick up items for the grand opening party of her Best Beepers Smoke Alarm Factory, but when they arrive, they spot a strange character sneaking away with a big bag.  Who is he and what was in the bag? Free. For iOS.

Apps for older kids 

CoolMath Games 

With categories like Fun Physics, Path Planning, Quick Reaction, Drawing and Match 3, Coolmath Games lets you train your brain in all sorts of ways. Coolmath Games brings your favorite logic and learning games to your mobile devices. Free. For iOS.

Stack The StatesStack the States 

As you learn state capitals, shapes, geographic locations, flags and more, you can actually touch, move and drop the animated states anywhere on the screen. Carefully build a stack of states that reaches the checkered line to win each level. $2.99. For iOS and Android.

Number Run 

Number Run is great practice for boys and girls learning math and adults who just want to stay sharp. Finally, a fun math game. $2.99. For iOS and Android.

SkyView 

You don’t need to be an astronomer to find stars or constellations in the sky, just open SkyView Lite and let it guide you to their location and identify them. SkyView Lite is an intuitive stargazing app that uses your camera to precisely spot and identify celestial objects in sky, day or night. Free. For iOS and Android.

Froggipedia 

Froggipedia is an engaging, interactive, powerful constructive learning Apple AR which helps explore and discover the unique life cycle and intricate anatomical details of a frog. Free. For iOS.

Squeebles Multiplication 

Squeebles Multiplication is a fun, interactive way for your children to learn and practice their multiplication tables and improve their basic math skills. $3.99. For iOS and Android.

Little Alchemy 

Explore what you can create by mixing simple elements. Start with four basic items and use them to find dinosaurs, unicorns and spaceships. Little Alchemy 2 also available. Free. For iOS and Android.

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