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. 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 App Poster Image
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Simply brilliant puzzler develops critical thinking.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2017)
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My Very Hungry Caterpillar App Poster Image
Famous book inspires activities, encourages kids to nurture.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Windows Phone
(2015)
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Sago Mini Friends App Poster Image
Fascinating first app features familiar, friendly fun.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
(2014)
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Daniel Tiger's Grr-ific Feelings App Poster Image
Express feelings in safe, healthy ways with Daniel's lead.
Devices: iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2014)
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Duckie Deck Trash Toys App Poster Image
Discarded and found items inspire creativity, "upcycling."
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
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MarcoPolo Weather App Poster Image
Sandbox tool lets kids explore weather without getting wet.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2015)
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Metamorphabet App Poster Image
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Learn letters and words through amazing animations.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
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Virtual dollhouse encourages creative play.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook HD, Apps for Windows
(2011)
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Kalley's Machine Plus Cats App Poster Image
Kid's art-inspired story full of engineering fun (and cats).
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2014)
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Homer: Kids Learn to Read App App Poster Image
Personalized early literacy program chock-full of choices.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2016)
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Leo's Pad Enrichment Program for Preschoolers App Poster Image
Charming stories, interactivity get preschoolers thinking.
Devices: iPad
(2015)
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Create and interact with mesmerizing natural landscape.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook HD
(2014)
(2014)
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Classic reborn as fee-based e-library with great selection.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2012)
(2012)
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Big Bird's Words...A Sesame Street App App Poster Image
Impressive use of technology great for young readers.
Devices: Android
(2014)
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Kids learn concepts of algebra in stellar game app.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Apps for Windows, Windows Phone
(2012)
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Visual code meets story-based game; kids learn by doing.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Chromebook, Fire phone, Kindle Fire, Windows Phone
(2015)
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Free play in virtual sustainable garden requires patience.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2015)
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Maze puzzler packed with smart, science fun.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2015)
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Creative free-styling continues with more options, features.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2016)
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Twelve a Dozen App Poster Image
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Heroine saves the day with math in lovely, fun platformer.
Devices: iPad
(2014)
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Homes by Tinybop App Poster Image
Explore homes around the world in impressive detail.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2014)
(2014)
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Old West crime-fighting takes kids on a spelling adventure.
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(2015)
(2015)
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One Globe Kids - Friends Around the World App Poster Image
Stories, beautiful photos help kids build global awareness.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2017)
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Toontastic 3D App Poster Image
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Same great easy animated story creator, new 3D graphics.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2017)
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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)
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Popular knock-down-blocks app pits birds against pigs.
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(2010)
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Beautiful, brain-twisting puzzle game.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2014)
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Seedling Comic Studio App Poster Image
Photo effects enhance cool comic-maker.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
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Windosill App Poster Image
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Imaginative journey through surreal, richly drawn puzzles.
Devices: iPad
(2015)
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Wizard School App Poster Image
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Get inspired with curated videos and creative challenges.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
(2016)
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Alto's Adventure App Poster Image
Stunning graphics bring snowboarding to endless runners.
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(2015)
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Save cute creatures with fun, complex puzzles.
Devices: iPad, Mac, Android, Kindle Fire, Apps for Windows
(2015)
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Worthy spin-off of popular PC game encourages creativity.
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(2011)
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Super fun slicing app presents key concepts in engaging way.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2014)
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Tynker - Learn programming with visual code blocks App Poster Image
Fun coding puzzler helps kids ease in to complex concepts.
Devices: iPad, Android, Chromebook
(2014)
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Excellent physics puzzler emphasizes engineering practices.
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(2015)
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Motion Math: Pizza! App Poster Image
Pizzeria sim delivers valuable lessons about economics.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2013)
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SkyView - Explore the Universe App Poster Image
Astronomy app uses location to explain your view of the sky.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
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Word Runners - Touch Press Games App Poster Image
Words come alive, kids foil obstacles in fun story puzzles.
Devices: iPad
(2017)
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The Orchestra App Poster Image
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Stellar videos, interactive features make beautiful music.
Devices: iPad
(2015)
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The Room Three App Poster Image
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Third in amazing series, even bigger than before.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2015)
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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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Plentiful, fun, fantastic, and free language lessons.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Chromebook, Kindle Fire, Nook HD, Windows Phone
(2014)
(2014)
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Lifeline... App Poster Image
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Choose Your Own Adventure grows up, goes tech, is great.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
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Procreate App Poster Image
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Awesome professional-level tool for digital artists.
Devices: iPad
(2013)
(2016)
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Treasure hunt = family fun but not for kids alone.
Devices: iPhone, Android
(2010)
(2010)
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Freemium sim both enjoyable and playable without spending.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2012)
(2012)
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Dubsmash App Poster Image
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Silly lip-synching, shareable fun for older teens.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2015)
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Top-notch photo app crams in functionality; some iffy stuff.
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(2013)
(2013)
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Zombies, Run! App Poster Image
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Zombie-fueled workout fun, violent; adjust privacy settings.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2015)
(2015)
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