15 Great Apps to Play with Your Tweens and Teens

It's not always easy to find fun activities to do with your tween or teen, but these 15 apps will get you playing and talking together -- both on- and off-screen. Whether you problem-solve with puzzle games, find fun projects to take offline, or compete to read the most pages, there are plenty of opportunities to talk to your kid about topics from perseverance to online safety. And for more games to play together, try these Xbox One Games for Family Fun.

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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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Heads Up!

age 7+

Guessing game is family fun with real-world interaction.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2013)
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Windosill

age 7+

Imaginative journey through surreal, richly drawn puzzles.

Devices: iPad (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)
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League of Legends: Wild Rift

age 10+

Popular multiplayer game gets fantastic mobile version.

Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android (2021)
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Reading Rewards

age 10+

Rewards, social features encourage kids to read and connect.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2017)
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Coach Guitar Chords Tuner Tabs

age 12+

Top-notch lessons teach guitar visually; pop songs included.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2017)
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Sporcle Party

age 12+

Amusing trivia contest that's safe but not fun for all-ages.

Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android (2020)
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Curious - the game of lifelong learning

age 13+

Learn stuff, earn smarty points in only a few minutes a day.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2017)
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Fortnite: Battle Royale

age 13+

Popular shooter has lots of violence, hits mobile bulls-eye.

Devices: Android (2018)
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StoryCorps

age 13+

Capturing and sharing family stories couldn't be easier.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2016)
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Geocaching

age 14+

Treasure hunt = family fun but not for kids alone.

Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android (2010)
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Solve the Outbreak

age 14+

Detect diseases with terrific blend of mystery and science.

Devices: iPad, Android (2013)
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The Sims FreePlay

age 15+

Freemium sim both enjoyable and playable without spending.

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