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 [node:content-type] Poster Image
Simply brilliant puzzler develops critical thinking.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2017)
(2017)
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My Very Hungry Caterpillar [node:content-type] Poster Image
Famous book inspires activities, encourages kids to nurture.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2015)
(2015)
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Daniel Tiger's Grr-ific Feelings [node:content-type] Poster Image
Express feelings in safe, healthy ways with Daniel's lead.
Devices: iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2014)
(2014)
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Duckie Deck Trash Toys [node:content-type] Poster Image
Discarded and found items inspire creativity, "upcycling."
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
(2014)
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HOMER Reading: Learn to Read [node:content-type] Poster Image
Personalized early literacy program chock-full of choices.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2016)
(2019)
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MarcoPolo Weather [node:content-type] Poster Image
Sandbox tool lets kids explore weather without getting wet.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2015)
(2015)
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Metamorphabet [node:content-type] Poster Image
Learn letters and words through amazing animations.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2015)
(2015)
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My PlayHome [node:content-type] Poster Image
Virtual dollhouse encourages creative play.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook HD, Windows app
(2011)
(2013)
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Kalley's Machine Plus Cats [node:content-type] Poster Image
Kid's art-inspired story full of engineering fun (and cats).
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2014)
(2014)
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Epic! - Kids' Books and Videos [node:content-type] Poster Image
Diverse, huge, searchable library of kids' books, videos.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Chromebook
(2016)
(2020)
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MarcoPolo World School [node:content-type] Poster Image
Learning dialogue makes STEAM videos and games special.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2018)
(2018)
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Peep Ciencias: Rampas [node:content-type] Poster Image
Awesome tool to explore STEM concepts on- and offline.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2019)
(2018)
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Toca Nature [node:content-type] Poster Image
Create and interact with mesmerizing natural landscape.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook HD
(2014)
(2014)
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DIY.org – Creative Challenges [node:content-type] Poster Image
How-to videos ignite curiosity and nurture key skills.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2019)
(2019)
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codeSpark Academy [node:content-type] Poster Image
Visual code meets story-based game; kids learn by doing.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Chromebook, Kindle Fire
(2015)
(2014)
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DragonBox Algebra 5+ [node:content-type] Poster Image
Kids learn concepts of algebra in stellar game app.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Windows app
(2012)
(2016)
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Gro Garden [node:content-type] Poster Image
Free play in virtual sustainable garden requires patience.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2015)
(2014)
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PuppetMaster [node:content-type] Poster Image
Create puppets, craft stories, co-play with cool tools.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2019)
(2018)
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Thinkrolls 2 [node:content-type] Poster Image
Maze puzzler packed with smart, science fun.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2015)
(2015)
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Toca Hair Salon 3 [node:content-type] Poster Image
Creative free-styling continues with more options, features.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2016)
(2016)
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Twelve a Dozen - all access [node:content-type] Poster Image
Heroine saves the day with math in lovely, fun platformer.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
(2014)
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Arithmagic - Math Wizard Game [node:content-type] Poster Image
Spell-binding math game with increasing challenge.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2019)
(2019)
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Homes by Tinybop [node:content-type] Poster Image
Explore homes around the world in impressive detail.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2014)
(2014)
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Mystery Word Town Spelling [node:content-type] Poster Image
Old West crime-fighting takes kids on a spelling adventure.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Kindle Fire
(2015)
(2015)
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One Globe Kids - Friends Around the World [node:content-type] Poster Image
Stories, beautiful photos help kids build global awareness.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2017)
(2017)
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Toontastic 3D [node:content-type] Poster Image
Same great easy animated story creator, new 3D graphics.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Chromebook
(2017)
(2017)
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The Robot Factory by Tinybop [node:content-type] Poster Image
Stellar sandbox tool drives kids to improve designs.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
(2015)
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Angry Birds [node:content-type] Poster Image
Popular knock-down-blocks app pits birds against pigs.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2010)
(2011)
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Monument Valley [node:content-type] Poster Image
Beautiful, brain-twisting puzzle game.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2014)
(2014)
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Windosill [node:content-type] Poster Image
Imaginative journey through surreal, richly drawn puzzles.
Devices: iPad
(2015)
(2015)
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Wizard School! [node:content-type] Poster Image
Get inspired with curated videos and creative challenges.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
(2016)
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Zoombinis [node:content-type] Poster Image
Save cute creatures with fun, complex puzzles.
Devices: iPad, Mac, Android, Kindle Fire, Windows app
(2015)
(2015)
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Minecraft [node:content-type] Poster Image
Worthy spin-off of popular PC game encourages creativity.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2011)
(2011)
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Slice Fractions [node:content-type] Poster Image
Super-fun slicing app presents key concepts in engaging way.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2014)
(2014)
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Alto's Adventure [node:content-type] Poster Image
Stunning graphics bring snowboarding to endless runners.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2015)
(2015)
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Inventioneers Full Version [node:content-type] Poster Image
Excellent physics puzzler emphasizes engineering practices.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2015)
(2015)
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SkyView - Explore the Universe [node:content-type] Poster Image
Astronomy app uses location to explain your view of the sky.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
(2013)
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Word Runners - Touch Press Games [node:content-type] Poster Image
Words come alive, kids foil obstacles in fun story puzzles.
Devices: iPad
(2017)
(2017)
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Swift Playgrounds [node:content-type] Poster Image
Learning feels like play in sleek, approachable coder.
Devices: iPad
(2016)
(2018)
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The Room Three [node:content-type] Poster Image
Third in amazing series, even bigger than before.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2015)
(2015)
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Scribblenauts Remix [node:content-type] Poster Image
Vocabulary-building word puzzle game shines on iOS.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Windows app
(2011)
(2011)
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Duolingo [node:content-type] Poster Image
Plentiful, fun, fantastic, and free language lessons.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Chromebook
(2014)
(2014)
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Lifeline... [node:content-type] Poster Image
Choose Your Own Adventure grows up, goes tech, is great.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
(2015)
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Lily - Playful Music Creation [node:content-type] Poster Image
Compose pretty, rhythmic tunes, then save and share.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2018)
(2017)
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Procreate [node:content-type] Poster Image
Awesome professional-level tool for digital artists.
Devices: iPad
(2013)
(2016)
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Harry Potter: Wizards Unite [node:content-type] Poster Image
Pokemon Go meets magic in Hogwarts-themed AR game.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2019)
(2019)
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Geocaching [node:content-type] Poster Image
Treasure hunt = family fun but not for kids alone.
Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
(2010)
(2010)
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Zombies, Run! [node:content-type] Poster Image
Zombie-fueled workout fun, violent; adjust privacy settings.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2015)
(2015)
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PicsArt Photo Editor & Collage [node:content-type] Poster Image
Top-notch photo app crams in functionality; some iffy stuff.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Kindle Fire
(2013)
(2013)
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Frotz [node:content-type] Poster Image
Text-based games; some mature, but great with guidance.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2019)
(2017)
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