20 Weirdest Apps That Can Help Your Kid Learn

Sometimes you need to come at learning from a new direction, and all of these apps take an inventive approach. Whether they involve reading, puzzles, or vocabulary, they all invite kids into weird worlds, have unique characters, or break the mold on an old model. If your kids are bored by the more obvious educational apps, try one or two of these to spice up their screen use. Even though some don't look like "learning apps," they do encourage critical thinking, problem-solving, and other important skills.

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DRAWNIMAL by YATATOY App Poster Image
Innovative combo of paper, app, and ABCs.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
(2014)
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Metamorphabet App Poster Image
Learn letters and words through amazing animations.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2015)
(2015)
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Thinkrolls: Kings & Queens App Poster Image
Fairy tales inspire fun, challenging puzzler.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2016)
(2016)
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Busy Water App Poster Image
Solve and create puzzles that gush with STEM learning.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2016)
(2016)
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DragonBox Big Numbers App Poster Image
Clever math resource-management game requires some patience.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2016)
(2016)
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The Robot Factory by Tinybop App Poster Image
Stellar sandbox tool drives kids to improve designs.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
(2015)
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Toca Lab: Elements App Poster Image
Budding chemists freeze, spin, and explode 118 elements.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2014)
(2013)
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Monument Valley App Poster Image
Beautiful, brain-twisting puzzle game.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2014)
(2014)
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Windosill App Poster Image
Imaginative journey through surreal, richly drawn puzzles.
Devices: iPad
(2015)
(2015)
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Sound Rebound App Poster Image
Explore light, sound, and motion to bring the museum home.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2016)
(2016)
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Weirdwood Manor App Poster Image
Solve puzzles, explore rich visuals in cool storybook.
Devices: iPad
(2016)
(2016)
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Zoombinis App Poster Image
Save cute creatures with fun, complex puzzles.
Devices: iPad, Mac, Android, Kindle Fire, Apps for Windows
(2015)
(2015)
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Isoland App Poster Image
Artistic, atmospheric, tough puzzle adventure.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2016)
(2016)
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Lumino City App Poster Image
Stunning visuals and tough puzzles delight and challenge.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Mac, Apps for Windows
(2016)
(2015)
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Sleep Furiously App Poster Image
Maze of words makes creating illogical sentences fun.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2015)
(2015)
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Warp Shift App Poster Image
Visually beautiful puzzles center on escape story.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2016)
(2016)
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The Room App Poster Image
Gorgeous, captivating puzzle game will draw you in.
Devices: iPad
(2012)
(2012)
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Scribblenauts Remix App Poster Image
Vocabulary-building word puzzle game shines on iOS.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Apps for Windows, Windows Phone
(2011)
(2011)
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Think Like Churchill App Poster Image
Go inside history with stunning visuals, critical decisions.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
(2015)
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DEVICE 6 App Poster Image
Inventive, interactive story puzzler has thrills and chills.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2016)
(2013)
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