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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APP

Bedtime Math

age 3+

Daily math inspires, but word problems have little variety.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2015)
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APP

HOMER Learn & Grow

age 3+

Personalized early literacy program chock-full of choices.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2020)
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WEBSITE

Peg + Cat

age 3+

Delight in pre-K problem-solving duo's quirky adventures.

URL: http://pbskids.org/peg (2014)
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APP

PlayKids - Cartoons and game‪s‬

age 3+

Content galore with shows, games; strong parent controls.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2021)
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APP

The Cat in the Hat Builds That

age 4+

Upbeat feline offers fun STEM exploration on- and offscreen.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2018)
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APP

Elmo Loves 123s

age 4+

Kids learn numbers with beloved Muppets.

Devices: iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2015)
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APP

Hidden Pictures Puzzle Play

age 4+

Fun, digital version of the beloved find-it magazine game.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2019)
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APP

Intro to Math, by Montessorium

age 4+

Early math presented in varied and interesting ways.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2013)
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APP

Magic Math Academy

age 4+

Learn math skills through instruction and story-based game.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2018)
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APP

Peep Ciencias: Rampas

age 4+

Awesome tool to explore STEM concepts on- and offline.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2018)
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WEBSITE

SesameStreet.org

age 4+

Brought to you by the letter "F" -- for fun.

URL: https://www.sesamestreet.org (2008)
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APP

Tami's Tower

age 4+

Build a tower, test, and improve to help a hungry monkey.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2019)
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WEBSITE

DreamBox Learning Math

age 5+

Online math games adjust in difficulty as you play.

URL: https://www.dreambox.com (2009)
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APP

Monkey Math School Sunshine

age 5+

Early math game uses earning aquarium fish as incentive.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2012)
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APP

Montessori 1st Operations

age 5+

Math concept work with clear instruction and fun rewards.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2013)
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APP

Thinkrolls

age 5+

Adorable physics platformer creates little problem-solvers.

Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2014)
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APP

Thinkrolls: Kings & Queens

age 5+

Fairy tales inspire fun, challenging puzzler.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2016)
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APP

Thinkrolls Play & Code

age 5+

Delightful puzzles inspire innovation and problem-solving.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2020)
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APP

Arithmagic - Math Wizard Game

age 6+

Spell-binding math game with increasing challenge.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2019)
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GAME

BoxBoy! + BoxGirl!

age 6+

Think outside the box with this charming, fun puzzler.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch (2019)
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