Social Studies Apps, Games, and Websites

Early social studies skills involve gaining an understanding of different communities and cultures, as well as learning the basics of geography and mapping. Kids can learn about other cultures through a video game or develop a better sense of place by using the zoom feature on a tablet to explore an interactive globe. Students in the middle grades can gain an understanding of historic events as well as deepen their awareness of history in the making. High school kids can learn about U.S. and world history through gameplay or broaden their knowledge of the economy with hands-on activities that show the complexities of balancing a country's budget. And for more great resources, check out our Best Economics Games and Best Political Games.

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GAME

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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GAME

Ni Hao, Kai-Lan: New Year's Celebration

age 4+

Virtual Chinese New Year with perfectly designed games.

Platforms: Nintendo DS , Nintendo DSi (2009)
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APP

Issa's Edible Adventures

age 5+

Real recipes are highlights in this imaginary adventure.

Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad (2018)
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APP

My City : Election day

age 5+

Unique theme for virtual play has potential purchases.

Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad , Android (2020)
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APP

Barefoot World Atlas

age 6+

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

Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad (2012)
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APP

One Globe Kids - Friends Around the World

age 6+

Stories, beautiful photos help kids build global awareness.

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

Touchable Earth

age 6+

Kids showcase their cultures in short, categorized videos.

URL: https://www.touchableearth.org/ (2020)
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APP

News-O-Matic: Reading for Kids

age 7+

Fun, interactive way for kids to learn about current events.

Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad (2020)
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WEBSITE

Wonderopolis

age 7+

A wonder a day will keep kids' eyes open to discovery.

URL: http://wonderopolis.org/ (2012)
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APP

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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APP

Presidents vs. Aliens

age 8+

Goofy and fun way to learn about the U.S. presidents.

Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad (2011)
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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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APP

Aquation: The Freshwater Access Game

age 9+

Kids think globally about water resources in empowering sim.

Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad , Android (2018)
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WEBSITE

Scholastic Kids Press

age 10+

Kid reporters (and readers) get schooled in journalism.

URL: https://kpcnotebook.scholastic.com (2011)
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APP

World Rescue

age 9+

Serious global issues covered in nine mini-games.

Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad , Android (2017)
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GAME

Assassin's Creed Odyssey – Discovery Tour: Ancient Greece

age 10+

Education-focused historical tours without mature content.

Platforms: PlayStation 4 , Windows , Xbox One (2019)
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WEBSITE

BJ Pinchbeck's Homework Helper

age 10+

Vast library of links a boon for kids doing online research.

URL: http://www.bjpinchbeck.com/ (2011)
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GAME

Nancy Drew: Tomb of the Lost Queen

age 10+

Fab mystery lets you explore ancient Egyptian ruins.

Platforms: Mac , Windows (2012)
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GAME

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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GAME

Sid Meier's Civilization VI: Rise and Fall

age 10+

World sim expansion helps foster kids' love of history.

Platforms: Windows (2018)