Best Kids' Apps to Download Before a Flight

Settling in for hours of air travel? Help mix things up for your kids by offering as many types of activities as cramped seating allows. When books and I Spy run dry, these apps cover a wide variety of interests and ages to keep everyone happy and occupied. Together, play virtual board games, create books, or solve word puzzles. In the mood to play alone? Have kids try sandbox-style games or puzzle apps to keep them interested -- and thinking. Whether you're playing as a family or your kid's playing solo, you're bound to find something for everyone from one airport to the next.

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Busy Shapes 2

age 2+

Simply brilliant puzzler develops critical thinking.

Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad (2017)
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Friends - First Words

age 2+

Eric Carle faves teach vocab in English and other languages.

Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad , Android (2015)
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Peg + Cat: The Tree Problem

age 3+

Help Cat out of trees with spatial skills; expect smiles.

Devices: iPad , Android , Kindle Fire (2015)
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Kiko's Thinking Time - Cognitive Training for Children's Brains

age 4+

Charming games help little ones build core cognitive skills.

Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad (2015)
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Skybrary – Kids Books & Videos

age 4+

Classic reborn as fee-based e-library with great selection.

Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad , Android , Kindle Fire (2012)
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Sprinkle Junior

age 4+

Water puzzles for youngsters; super fun, stays shallow.

Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad , Android (2013)
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Tales Untold

age 4+

Fun, well-crafted audio stories entertain parents and kids.

Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad (2015)
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Crazy Gears

age 5+

Fun STEM-themed free play with easy offscreen connections.

Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad (2015)
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Gro Garden

age 5+

Free play in virtual sustainable garden requires patience.

Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad , Android , Kindle Fire (2014)
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Pango Build Park

age 5+

Imagine, create, and play at custom theme parks.

Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad , Android (2017)
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Thinkrolls: Kings & Queens

age 5+

Fairy tales inspire fun, challenging puzzler.

Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad , Android , Kindle Fire (2016)
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Toca Hair Salon 3

age 5+

Creative free-styling continues with more options, features.

Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad , Android , Kindle Fire (2016)
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Barefoot World Atlas

age 6+

Delightful way to learn about animals, people, and more.

Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad (2012)
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Kahoot! Big Numbers: DragonBox

age 6+

Clever math resource-management game requires some patience.

Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad , Android (2021)
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Odd Squad: Blob Chase

age 6+

Capture blobs and problem-solve in fun, leveled games.

Devices: iPad , Android , Kindle Fire (2015)
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The Robot Factory by Tinybop

age 6+

Stellar sandbox tool drives kids to improve designs.

Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad (2015)
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Toontastic 3D

age 6+

Same great easy animated story creator, new 3D graphics.

Devices: Android , Chromebook (2017)
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Where's My Water?

age 6+

Puzzler's plot, unique gameplay will captivate young or old.

Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad , Android (2011)
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Hovercraft - Build Fly Retry

age 7+

Cool 3-D modeling, racing, and revision; lots of ads.

Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad , Android , Kindle Fire (2015)
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Minecraft

age 8+

Worthy spin-off of popular PC game encourages creativity.

Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad , Android , Kindle Fire (2011)