Apps, Games, and Websites for Inventing

Kids love the chance to get creative and invent something that's all their own. Give their inner inventors some helpful guidance with these apps, games, and websites that'll inspire science experiments, fresh fashions, and even new worlds!

Browse Apps, Games, and Websites for Inventing

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3
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Discarded and found items inspire creativity, "upcycling."
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Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
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6
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Create amazing multi-scene cartoons with musical scores.
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Devices: iPad
(2011)
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6
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LEARNING
Well-done Minecraft-style app great for younger kids.
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Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2013)
AGE
6
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Budding chemists freeze, spin, and explode 118 elements.
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Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2014)
AGE
8
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LEARNING
Fun PBS site introduces kids to engineering.
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URL: http://pbskids.org/designsquad
(2012)
AGE
9
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LEARNING
Kids learn, share, and build skills on excellent social app.
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Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2013)
AGE
8
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Spark big interest in tiny things on this super science app.
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Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2013)
AGE
8
QUALITY
 
Creative game lets kids design and buy their own clothes.
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Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
(2010)
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AGE
9
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Maker community celebrates skill building and creativity.
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URL: http://www.diy.org
(2013)
AGE
10
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Budding inventors build fun, wacky contraptions.
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Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
(2014)
AGE
10
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
2-D physics sandbox fosters awesome inventions.
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Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2009)
AGE
10
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Imaginative adventure game lets players build vehicles.
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Platforms: Xbox 360
(2008)
AGE
10
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Grand adventure teaches you to design your own games.
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Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2010)
AGE
10
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Exciting but technically flawed city-building simulation.
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Platforms: Windows
(2013)
AGE
10
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Superb physics puzzler challenges kids, inspires creativity.
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Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2013)
AGE
8
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Sandbox-style game with open online play fosters creativity.
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Platforms: Linux, Mac, Windows, Xbox 360
(2011)
AGE
12
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Learn physics while designing your own roller coaster.
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URL: https://games.ciconline.org/coastercrafter/
(2012)
AGE
14
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Rocket-building sim helps determined kids reach the stars.
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Platforms: Linux, Mac, Windows
(2011)