Apps and Games Where Kids Collect Data

While it might be tempting to guide your kids through trials, sometimes it's best to let them figure things out for themselves. Trusting your kids' individual problem-solving skills is key to helping them learn to think creatively and independently. So sit on your hands as they enjoy their trek through these top apps and games that will puzzle and challenge their minds. For more ways for your kids to develop independent thinking, check out our list of Games That Help Kids Think Critically.

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Lawrence Hall of Science: 24/7 Science Website Poster Image
Fun, smart science games and activities.
URL: https://www.lawrencehallofscience.org/
(2012)
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PBS KIDS Website Poster Image
Loads of super-educational games and activities.
URL: http://pbskids.org/
(2007)
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ZisBoomBah Website Poster Image
Healthy meal planning made fun and practical for kids.
URL: http://www.zisboombah.com
(2011)
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Cosmos Chaos Game Poster Image
Imaginative sci-fi RPG entertains as it builds vocabulary.
Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
(2010)
(2010)
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The Daring Game for Girls Game Poster Image
Great girl-power messages, lots of variety and fun.
Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi, Nintendo Wii
(2010)
(2010)
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Kinect Nat Geo TV Game Poster Image
Nature-themed interactive TV software puts kids in the show.
Platforms: Xbox 360
(2012)
(2012)
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California Academy of Sciences Website Poster Image
Site brings the science museum experience into kids' homes.
URL: http://www.calacademy.org/explore-science
(2013)
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Google Maps App Poster Image
Sublime navigation tool with cool extras.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2013)
(2012)
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Nancy Drew: Alibi in Ashes Game Poster Image
Solve Nancy's latest mystery with help from her friends.
Platforms: Windows
(2011)
(2011)
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Nancy Drew: Ghost of Thornton Hall Game Poster Image
Great haunted house mystery with challenging puzzles.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2013)
(2013)
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Nancy Drew: The Deadly Device Game Poster Image
Exciting mystery teaches about physics and electricity.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2012)
(2012)
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Project Noah App Poster Image
Share nature photos and help research, but watch privacy.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2011)
(2012)
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FTL: Faster Than Light Game Poster Image
Innovative space strategy game rewards thoughtful play.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2012)
(2012)
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Geoguessr Website Poster Image
Addictive, globe-trotting guessing game gets kids thinking.
URL: https://geoguessr.com/
(2013)
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Mobile Observatory App Poster Image
Impressive tool for stargazing, learning about astronomy.
Devices: Android, Kindle Fire
(2013)
(2012)
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Historypin Website Poster Image
Cool history project empowers teens to connect and share.
URL: http://www.historypin.com
(2013)
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Kerbal Space Program Game Poster Image
Rocket-building sim helps determined kids reach the stars.
Platforms: Linux, Mac, Windows
(2011)
(2011)
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Google Scholar Website Poster Image
Google scores with scholarly search engine.
URL: http://scholar.google.com
(2009)
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PicsArt Photo Editor & Collage App 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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