Geography Apps, Games, and Websites

Earth is a fascinating and amazing place to explore, and your kid might want to see it all. But with Earth's 3,959 miles of land and sea to discover, your little explorer might need some help. These stellar apps, games, and websites will educate your kids on the world and and its history, all while they're having fun playing games and answering trivia.

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JumpStart 3D Virtual World

age 4+

Online learning game set in a big open world is a cut above.

Platforms: Windows (2009)
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BrainPOP Jr.

age 5+

Awesome educational animation to explore, for a fee.

URL: https://jr.brainpop.com/ (2011)
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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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Encantos Learning Hub

age 4+

Language, geography learning site is off to a strong start.

URL: https://www.encantosbrands.com/learning (2020)
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Mr. Nussbaum! Learning + Fun

age 7+

Engaging teacher-created edu site helps kids learn.

URL: https://www.mrnussbaum.com/ (2012)
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Geo Walk - World Factbook 3D

age 8+

Brilliantly designed app about Earth's people, places, more.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2011)
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Maggie's Earth Adventures

age 8+

Save the planet with these terrific learning activities.

URL: http://www.missmaggie.org/ (2013)
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National Geographic Kids

age 8+

Lots of educational content, but stuffed with ads, promos.

URL: https://kids.nationalgeographic.com (2007)
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GAME

Snapshot Adventures: Secret of Bird Island

age 8+

An intriguing mystery facilitates in-depth bird watching

Platforms: Windows (2007)
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APP

Stack the Countries

age 8+

Pile up nations while you pile up geography knowledge.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Windows app (2012)
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FactMonster

age 9+

Tons of fun info on topics from math to history to sports.

URL: http://www.factmonster.com (2012)
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BrainPOP

age 9+

Videos and activities are fun, accurate, and valuable.

URL: https://www.brainpop.com (2012)
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APP

Google Maps - Transit & Food

age 10+

Sublime navigation tool with cool extras.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2012)
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National Geographic Challenge

age 10+

Game show/board game is a blast -- but questions are tough!

Platforms: Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 (2011)
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WEBSITE

Google Earth

age 11+

Zoom in or out, see the whole world on this virtual globe.

URL: http://www.google.com/earth/ (2013)
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GAME

Sid Meier's Civilization V

age 11+

Excellent strategy game is educational and accessible.

Platforms: Windows (2010)
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APP

Google Earth

age 12+

Must-see geographic exploration tool; watch for iffy videos.

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WEBSITE

Historypin

age 13+

Cool history project empowers teens to connect and share.

URL: https://www.historypin.org/en/ (2013)
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APP

Solar System for iPad

age 13+

Well-written interactive book with lots of multimedia.

Devices: iPad (2010)
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Mashable

age 16+

Slightly sensationalistic news, social networking.

URL: http://mashable.com/ (2012)