Apps and Websites with Lots of Problem Solving

Your kids will try and try again as they work through these tricky problems. Encourage them to brainstorm, make sense of clues, and try different solutions on their path to problem solving fun.

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Alien Assignment App Poster Image
Cute storyline for problem solving; great family fun.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
(2012)
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Bedtime Math Website Poster Image
Daily problem can help kids make math a habit.
URL: http://bedtimemath.org/
(2012)
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Sesame Street: Elmo's Musical Monsterpiece Game Poster Image
Making music with Elmo and Abby is educational and fun.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii
(2012)
(2012)
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Bugs and Numbers App Poster Image
Engaging math games span preschool through early elementary.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2013)
(2012)
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Dora the Explorer: Dora Saves the Crystal Kingdom Game Poster Image
Magical preschool adventure is perfect starter game for Wii.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 2
(2009)
(2009)
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Elmo Loves 123s App Poster Image
Kids learn numbers with beloved Muppets.
Devices: iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2013)
(2015)
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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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JumpStart 3D Virtual World Game Poster Image
Online learning game set in a big open world is a cut above.
Platforms: Windows
(2009)
(2009)
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SesameStreet.org Website Poster Image
Brought to you by the letter "F" -- for fun.
URL: http://www.sesamestreet.org
(2008)
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DreamBox Learning Math Game Poster Image
Online math game adjusts in difficulty as you play.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2009)
(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, Fire phone, 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, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2016)
(2016)
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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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LeapFrog Explorer Learning Game: Brave Game Poster Image
Adventure game challenges your knowledge of flora and fauna.
Platforms: LeapFrog games
(2012)
(2012)
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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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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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Big Brain Academy Game Poster Image
Families compete for "weightiest" brain.
Platforms: Nintendo DS
(2006)
(2006)
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Big Brain Academy: Wii Degree Game Poster Image
Thinking games become a party activity on the Wii.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii
(2007)
(2007)
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Body and Brain Connection Game Poster Image
Mini-games make you think, get you active, and are fun, too.
Platforms: Xbox 360
(2011)
(2011)
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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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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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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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OverColor App Poster Image
Elegantly simple and addictive spatial reasoning puzzles.
Devices: iPad
(2014)
(2014)
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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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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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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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Re-Mission 2 Game Poster Image
Six fun games turn cancer treatment into a winnable battle.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2013)
(2013)
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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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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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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, Windows Phone
(2011)
(2011)
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Virtual Nerd Website Poster Image
Detailed math videos and practice -- from simple to complex.
URL: http://www.virtualnerd.com/
(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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Codecademy Website Poster Image
Smart site gives teens hands-on experience with coding.
URL: http://www.codecademy.com
(2012)
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SPARK Website Poster Image
Nonprofit site fights the media's objectification of girls.
URL: http://www.sparksummit.com/
(2012)
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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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Quantum Spectre Game Poster Image
Let lasers guide the way in researcher-created puzzler.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2012)
(2012)
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