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: http://www.lawrencehallofscience.org/kidsite/
(2012)
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PBS KIDS GO! Website Poster Image
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Loads of super educational games and activities.
URL: http://www.pbskids.org/go
(2007)
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ZisBoomBah Website Poster Image
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Healthy meal planning made fun and practical for kids.
URL: http://www.zisboombah.com
(2011)
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Imaginative sci-fi RPG entertains as it builds vocabulary.
Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
(2010)
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Great girl-power messages, lots of variety and fun.
Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi, Nintendo Wii
(2010)
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Nature-themed interactive TV software puts kids in the show.
Platforms: Xbox 360
(2012)
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Incredibly in-depth archeology sim brings history to life.
Platforms: Windows
(2010)
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Site brings the science museum experience into kids' homes.
URL: http://www.calacademy.org/science/
(2013)
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Sublime navigation tool with cool extras.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2013)
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Solve Nancy's latest mystery with help from her friends.
Platforms: Windows
(2011)
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Great haunted house mystery with challenging puzzles.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2013)
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Exciting mystery teaches about physics and electricity.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2012)
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Share nature photos and help research, but watch privacy.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2011)
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Innovative space strategy game rewards thoughtful play.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2012)
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Addictive, globe-trotting guessing game gets kids thinking.
Platforms: Linux, Mac, Windows
(2013)
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Popular, trusted resource covers mature topics responsibly.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Apps for Windows, Windows Phone
(2011)
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Impressive tool for stargazing, learning about astronomy.
Devices: Android, Kindle Fire
(2013)
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Historypin Website Poster Image
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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)
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Google Scholar Website Poster Image
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Google scores with scholarly search engine.
URL: http://scholar.google.com
(2009)
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Top-notch photo app crams in functionality; some iffy stuff.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2013)
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