50 Apps All Kids Should Play at Least Once

Sifting through the app stores trying to find the best mobile games for kids isn't easy, so we've done it for you! Though plenty of other awesome apps are out there, kids should play these at least once. These are some of the best because they offer kids experiences that use the screen in innovative and engaging ways. From art to coding, preschool-skill building to problem solving, and social-emotional learning to endless runners, dive in with this list of 50 standout apps across all age groups. Check out our Essential Apps Guide for even more titles, or find a curated list that fits your kid's specific interests.

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Busy Shapes 2

age 2+

Simply brilliant puzzler develops critical thinking.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2017)
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My Very Hungry Caterpillar

age 2+

Famous book inspires activities, encourages kids to nurture.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2015)
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Daniel Tiger's Grr-ific Feelings

age 3+

Express feelings in safe, healthy ways with Daniel's lead.

Devices: iPad, Kindle Fire (2014)
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Duckie Deck Trash Toys

age 3+

Discarded and found items inspire creativity, "upcycling."

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2014)
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HOMER Learn & Grow

age 3+

Personalized early literacy program chock-full of choices.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2020)
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MarcoPolo Weather

age 3+

Sandbox tool lets kids explore weather without getting wet.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2015)
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Metamorphabet

age 3+

Learn letters and words through amazing animations.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2015)
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My PlayHome

age 3+

Virtual dollhouse encourages creative play.

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Kalley's Machine Plus Cats

age 4+

Kid's art-inspired story full of engineering fun (and cats).

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2014)
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Epic! - Kids' Books and Videos

age 4+

Diverse, huge, searchable library of kids' books, videos.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Chromebook (2020)
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MarcoPolo World School

age 4+

Learning dialogue makes STEAM videos and games special.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2018)
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Peep Ciencias: Rampas

age 4+

Awesome tool to explore STEM concepts on- and offline.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2018)
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Toca Nature

age 4+

Create and interact with mesmerizing natural landscape.

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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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codeSpark Academy

age 5+

Code, create, and collaborate with cute characters.

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Kahoot! Algebra by DragonBox

age 5+

Kids learn concepts of algebra in stellar game app.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2021)
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Gro Garden

age 5+

Free play in virtual sustainable garden requires patience.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2014)
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PuppetMaster

age 5+

Create puppets, craft stories, co-play with cool tools.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2018)
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Thinkrolls 2

age 5+

Maze puzzler packed with smart, science fun.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2015)
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Toca Hair Salon 3

age 5+

Creative free-styling continues with more options, features.

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