27 Apps and Sites for Gifted and Talented Kids

If you have a kid who's advanced in certain subjects, you (and the teacher!) may find it hard to keep pace with your kid to avoid boredom. But it's not about giving kids extra work or pushing them to excel. Instead, it's important to balance kids' skills with their emotional development and interests. And gifted kids aren't only math whizzes or spelling bee winners: Kids can excel in areas such as music, spatial skills, art, and more. Since gifted kids also are often perfectionists and easily frustrated, finding games that are more open-ended and allow for redos is helpful. Apps and sites that adapt to your kid's learning, encourage problem-solving and creation, and allow kids to delve a bit deeper into topics also are best and will keep them involved longer. Try out a few of these games and tools to see if they're a good fit for your exceptional kid.

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codeSpark Academy

age 5+

Code, create, and collaborate with cute characters.

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DIY.org – Creative Challenges

age 5+

How-to videos ignite curiosity and nurture key skills.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2019)
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Busy Water

age 6+

Solve and create puzzles that gush with STEM learning.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2016)
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Dotopedia

age 6+

Cool content creation like Wikipedia with training wheels.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2016)
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Storybird

age 6+

Fun, free way to be creative; writing help may cost more.

URL: https://storybird.com (2012)
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The Foolish King

age 7+

Clever story introduces kids to the game of chess.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2016)
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TinyTap - Kids' Learning Games

age 7+

Play, create, and share interactive games and lessons.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2021)
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Zoombinis

age 8+

Save cute creatures with fun, complex puzzles.

Devices: iPad, Mac, Android, Kindle Fire, Windows app (2015)
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Inventioneers Full Version

age 9+

Excellent physics puzzler emphasizes engineering practices.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2015)
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The Infinite Arcade by Tinybop

age 9+

Design, play, and improve your own arcade games.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2017)
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GarageBand

age 10+

Powerful sequencer lets kids create pro-quality recordings.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Mac (2017)
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Lumino City

age 10+

Stunning visuals and tough puzzles delight and challenge.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Mac, Windows app (2015)
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Rockd

age 10+

Geologists go social in high-level interactive reference.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2019)
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Space Science Investigations: Plant Growth

age 10+

Immersive astronaut sim combines space and life science.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2016)
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Swift Playgrounds

age 10+

Learning feels like play in sleek, approachable coder.

Devices: iPad (2018)
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Brainfeed - Educational Videos for Kids

age 11+

Curated learning videos still best after parental preview.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2015)
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Think Like Churchill

age 11+

Go inside history with stunning visuals, critical decisions.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2015)
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Google Arts & Culture

age 12+

Fun selfie feature and treasure trove of information.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2016)
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Journeys of Invention: Science and Technology from Past to Present

age 12+

Text-heavy reference tool highlights major discoveries.

Devices: iPad (2015)
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Mathemagics -- Mental Math Tricks

age 12+

Terrific tool for learning speedy math tricks.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2012)
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