Apps and Websites with Lots of Problem-Solving

Perseverance and grit are important character strengths that help kids develop the skills they need to tackle life's challenges. Help them practice sticking with things with these excellent (and educational) apps, games, and websites that encourage problem-solving. Kids will be inspired to brainstorm, make sense of clues, and try different solutions on their path to problem-solving fun. As apps that help kids cheat or solve problems with the click of a button rise in popularity, these tools will actually support kids' learning as kids try and try again while working through interesting challenges. For more social-emotional learning support, try these Games That Support Kindness and Compassion

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Bedtime Math App Poster Image
Daily math inspires, but word problems have little variety.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2015)
(2015)
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HOMER Reading: Learn to Read App Poster Image
Personalized early literacy program chock-full of choices.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2016)
(2019)
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Peg + Cat Website Poster Image
Delight in pre-K problem-solving duo's quirky adventures.
URL: http://pbskids.org/peg
(2014)
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PlayKids - Learn Through Play App Poster Image
Content galore includes shows, games; subscription needed.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2019)
(2019)
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The Cat in the Hat Builds That App Poster Image
Upbeat feline offers fun STEM exploration on- and offscreen.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2019)
(2018)
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Elmo Loves 123s App Poster Image
Kids learn numbers with beloved Muppets.
Devices: iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2013)
(2015)
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Hidden Pictures Puzzle Play App Poster Image
Fun, digital version of the beloved find-it magazine game.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2019)
(2019)
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Intro to Math, by Montessorium App Poster Image
Early math presented in varied and interesting ways.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2010)
(2013)
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Magic Math Academy App Poster Image
Learn math skills through instruction and story-based game.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2018)
(2018)
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Peep Ciencias: Rampas App Poster Image
Awesome tool to explore STEM concepts on- and offline.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2019)
(2018)
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SesameStreet.org Website Poster Image
Brought to you by the letter "F" -- for fun.
URL: https://www.sesamestreet.org
(2008)
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Tami's Tower App Poster Image
Build a tower, test, and improve to help a hungry monkey.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2019)
(2019)
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DreamBox Learning Math Website Poster Image
Online math games adjust in difficulty as you play.
URL: https://www.dreambox.com
(2009)
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Monkey Math School Sunshine App Poster Image
Early math game uses earning aquarium fish as incentive.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
(2012)
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Montessori 1st Operations App Poster Image
Math concept work with clear instruction and fun rewards.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2013)
(2013)
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Thinkrolls App Poster Image
Adorable physics platformer creates little problem-solvers.
Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2014)
(2014)
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Thinkrolls: Kings & Queens App Poster Image
Fairy tales inspire fun, challenging puzzler.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2016)
(2016)
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Arithmagic - Math Wizard Game App Poster Image
Spell-binding math game with increasing challenge.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2019)
(2019)
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BoxBoy! + BoxGirl! Game Poster Image
Think outside the box with this charming, fun puzzler.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
(2019)
(2019)
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Dragon Shapes - Lumio Geometry Challenge (Full Version) App Poster Image
Engaging geometry puzzles help boost problem-solving skills.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
(2014)
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The Electric Company Website Poster Image
Cool word games add extra challenge to friendly edu-site.
URL: http://pbskids.org/electriccompany/
(2009)
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Odd Squad: Blob Chase App Poster Image
Capture blobs and problem-solve in fun, leveled games.
Devices: iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2015)
(2015)
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Ready to Learn Reading Website Poster Image
Free, fun games and activities help develop reading skills.
URL: http://pbskids.org/read/
(2008)
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SHINE - Journey of Light App Poster Image
Capture the light in calm, unique runner.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2019)
(2019)
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Super Mario Maker 2 Game Poster Image
Fun, accessible editing tools expose kids to game design.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
(2019)
(2019)
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Monument Valley App Poster Image
Beautiful, brain-twisting puzzle game.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2014)
(2014)
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Mr. Nussbaum! Learning + Fun Website Poster Image
Engaging teacher-created edu site helps kids learn.
URL: http://www.mrnussbaum.com/
(2012)
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Numbers League App Poster Image
Superheroes defeat villains in original, creative math app.
Devices: iPad
(2011)
(2017)
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Quick Math - Multiplication Table & Arithmetic Game App Poster Image
Timed problem sets make arithmetic a fun sport.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
(2014)
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Cyberchase Website Poster Image
Site based on PBS show is online learning at its best.
URL: http://pbskids.org/cyberchase
(2011)
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Design Squad Global Website Poster Image
Fun PBS site introduces kids to engineering.
URL: http://pbskids.org/designsquad
(2012)
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Monument Valley 2 App Poster Image
Visually stunning sequel is another meditative puzzler.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2017)
(2017)
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Nintendo Labo Toy-Con VR Kit Game Poster Image
Cardboard crafting meets fun virtual reality experiences.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
(2019)
(2019)
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OverColor App Poster Image
Elegantly simple and addictive spatial reasoning puzzles.
Devices: iPad
(2014)
(2014)
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Pode Game Poster Image
Beautiful co-op tale of friendship and teamwork.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4
(2018)
(2018)
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Scratch Website Poster Image
Graphical application gives kids a taste of programming.
URL: http://scratch.mit.edu/
(2009)
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Zoombinis App Poster Image
Save cute creatures with fun, complex puzzles.
Devices: iPad, Mac, Android, Kindle Fire, Windows app
(2015)
(2015)
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Aquation: The Freshwater Access Game App Poster Image
Kids think globally about water resources in empowering sim.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2018)
(2018)
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Brain Age 2: More Training in Minutes a Day! Game Poster Image
Brainteasers for everyone from grandma to junior.
Platforms: Nintendo DS
(2007)
(2007)
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Dragon Quest Builders 2 Game Poster Image
Terrific building game with positive messages and teamwork.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4
(2019)
(2019)
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FactMonster Website Poster Image
Tons of fun info on topics from math to history to sports.
URL: http://www.factmonster.com
(2012)
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Madden NFL 20 Game Poster Image
Superstars stand out in focused, dynamic on-field play.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2019)
(2019)
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Pandemic: The Board Game App Poster Image
Save-the-world co-play strategy game challenging but fun.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2019)
(2016)
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Wuzzit Trouble App Poster Image
Fun, engaging gear puzzler boosts problem-solving skills.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2014)
(2014)
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Agent A: A Puzzle in Disguise Game Poster Image
Cheesy retro spy puzzler is a short but fun challenge.
Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2019)
(2019)
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Go Car Go App Poster Image
Challenging and addictive car-building physics app.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
(2011)
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Layton's Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy - Deluxe Edition Game Poster Image
Puzzler with a great female protagonist, clever conundrums.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
(2019)
(2019)
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Lumosity Website Poster Image
Stick with this site for a good brain workout -- for a fee.
URL: http://www.lumosity.com
(2012)
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Scribblenauts Unlimited Game Poster Image
Vocabulary-exercise puzzler is an imaginative treat.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii U
(2012)
(2012)
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Ring Fit Adventure Game Poster Image
Work up a sweat while saving the land in this fun adventure.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
(2019)
(2019)
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Road Not Taken Game Poster Image
Inventive and challenging puzzler has quirky humor.
Platforms: Mac, PlayStation 4, Windows
(2014)
(2014)
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Figure This! Website Poster Image
Complex math concepts presented as real-world examples.
URL: http://www.figurethis.org/index.html
(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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Scribblenauts Remix App 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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Sid Meier’s Civilization VI Game Poster Image
Amazing world simulation can teach players about history.
Platforms: Windows
(2016)
(2016)
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Virtual Nerd Website Poster Image
Detailed math videos and practice -- from simple to complex.
URL: https://www.virtualnerd.com/
(2012)
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The Witness Game Poster Image
Brilliant puzzle game is challenging but deeply rewarding.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows
(2016)
(2016)
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Framed App Poster Image
Cartoon violence in cool comic book crime puzzler.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2017)
(2016)
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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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Codecademy Website Poster Image
Smart site gives teens hands-on experience with coding.
URL: https://www.codecademy.com/
(2012)
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Magicka 2 Game Poster Image
Bring along some friends for spell-slinging fun.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows
(2015)
(2015)
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SoloLearn: Learn to Code App Poster Image
Free coding classes, lots of user-generated examples.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2017)
(2017)
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SPARK Website Poster Image
Nonprofit site fights the media's objectification of girls.
URL: http://www.sparkmovement.org/
(2012)
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