25 Apps and Sites for Gifted and Talented Kids

If you have a kid who's advanced in certain subjects, you (and the teacher!) may find it hard to keep pace with your kid to avoid boredom. But it's not about giving kids extra work or pushing them to excel. Instead, it's important to balance kids' skills with their emotional development and interests. And gifted kids aren't only math whizzes or spelling bee winners: Kids can excel in areas such as music, spatial skills, art, and more. Since gifted kids also are often perfectionists and easily frustrated, finding games that are more open-ended and allow for redos is helpful. Apps and sites that adapt to your kid's learning, encourage problem-solving and creation, and allow kids to delve a bit deeper into topics also are best and will keep them involved longer. Try out a few of these games and tools to see if they're a good fit for your exceptional kid.

Browse 25 Apps and Sites for Gifted and Talented Kids

codeSpark Academy App Poster Image
Visual code meets story-based game; kids learn by doing.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Chromebook, Fire phone, Kindle Fire, Windows Phone
(2015)
(2014)
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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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Dotopedia App Poster Image
Cool content creation like Wikipedia with training wheels.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2016)
(2016)
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Storybird Website Poster Image
Create beautiful books to share online and in print.
URL: http://www.storybird.com
(2012)
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The Foolish King App Poster Image
Clever story introduces kids to the game of chess.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2016)
(2016)
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TinyTap, Create & Play Educational Games App Poster Image
Play, create, and share interactive games and lessons.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2017)
(2017)
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Wizard School App Poster Image
Get inspired with curated videos and creative challenges.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
(2016)
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Crafty Cut - Touch Press Games App Poster Image
Gorgeous shapes game offers intellectual play at its best.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2017)
(2017)
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DIY App - Creative Community for Kids App Poster Image
Kids learn, share, and build skills on excellent social app.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2016)
(2015)
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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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Inventioneers Full Version App Poster Image
Excellent physics puzzler emphasizes engineering practices.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2015)
(2015)
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The Infinite Arcade by Tinybop App Poster Image
Design, play, and improve your own arcade games.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2016)
(2017)
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GarageBand App Poster Image
Powerful sequencer lets kids create pro-quality recordings.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Mac
(2013)
(2017)
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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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Space Science Investigations: Plant Growth App Poster Image
Immersive astronaut sim combines space and life science.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2017)
(2016)
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Swift Playgrounds App Poster Image
Learning feels like play in sleek, approachable coder.
Devices: iPad
(2016)
(2018)
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Brainfeed - Educational Videos for Kids App Poster Image
Curated learning videos still best after parental preview.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2017)
(2015)
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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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Google Arts & Culture App Poster Image
Fun selfie feature and treasure trove of information.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2018)
(2016)
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Journeys of Invention: Science and Technology from Past to Present App Poster Image
Text-heavy reference tool highlights major discoveries.
Devices: iPad
(2015)
(2015)
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Mathemagics -- Mental Math Tricks App Poster Image
Terrific tool for learning speedy math tricks.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
(2012)
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Autodesk Sketchbook App Poster Image
Impressive creation tool for teens serious about art.
Devices: iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Apps for Windows, Windows Phone
(2013)
(2013)
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Curious - the game of lifelong learning App Poster Image
Learn stuff, earn smarty points in only a few minutes a day.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2017)
(2017)
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Incredible Numbers by Professor Ian Stewart App Poster Image
Beautiful exploration of math beyond classroom; dense text.
Devices: iPad
(2015)
(2015)
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NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program Website Poster Image
Delightful crash course warmly guides budding novelists.
URL: https://ywp.nanowrimo.org/
(2013)
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Arloon Chemistry - Laboratory of compounds | Apps for the classroom App Poster Image
Interact with 3-D chemical compounds, advanced concepts.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Windows Phone
(2015)
(2014)
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