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Learning Tools: Best Apps for Young Inventors

Remember losing yourself for hours in fort building, marble mazes, or home science kits? Take your kids back to that magical time. Now they can invent contraptions, concepts, and creations -- all online, without the mess. These inspiring apps, games, and websites are sure to get their creative juices flowing.  

Browse Learning Tools: Best Apps for Young Inventors

Editors' pick
AGE
4
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LEARNING
Exciting learn-to-read game incorporates your drawings.
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Platforms: Windows
(2009)
AGE
7
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Angry Birds maker follows up with clever brainteaser.
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Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2012)
AGE
7
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Great strategy adventure with physics lessons built in.
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Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
Editors' pick
AGE
8
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Engaging and affordable puzzler, with great replay.
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Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2011)
AGE
8
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Graphical application gives kids a taste of programming.
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URL: http://scratch.mit.edu/
(2009)
Editors' pick
AGE
10
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Grand adventure teaches you to design your own games.
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Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2010)
AGE
10
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Inventive and enjoyable spatial puzzler with mild violence.
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Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows, Mac
(2011)
Editors' pick
AGE
10
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
The ultimate puzzle game for imagination and creativity.
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Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
(2010)
AGE
11
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Vocabulary-building word puzzle game shines on iOS.
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Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
AGE
11
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Sandbox-style game with open online play fosters creativity.
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Platforms: Linux, Mac, Windows, Xbox 360
(2011)
AGE
12
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Popular, trusted resource covers mature topics responsibly.
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Devices: iPad
(2011)
AGE
12
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Challenging robot adventure surprises with touching story.
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Devices: iPad
(2011)
AGE
12
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Experiment-packed site with some seriously fun science info.
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URL: http://www.sciencebob.com
(2011)