Apps, Games, and Websites for Inventing

Building and creating things can help kids understand the world -- and a little guidance will keep you from having to call the roof repair service when things go awry. These apps, games, and websites will make inventing an amazing -- and safe -- experience for your little mad scientists. And if they want to learn about the forces and theories behind their projects, introduce them to the world of science with our list Best Science Games, Websites, and Apps for Kids.

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Duckie Deck Trash Toys App Poster Image
Discarded and found items inspire creativity, "upcycling."
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
(2014)
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Toca Builders App Poster Image
Well-done Minecraft-style app great for younger kids.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Apps for Windows, Windows Phone
(2013)
(2013)
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Toca Lab: Elements App Poster Image
Budding chemists freeze, spin, and explode 118 elements.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2014)
(2013)
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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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DIY Nano App Poster Image
Spark big interest in tiny things on this super science app.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2013)
(2015)
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Minecraft Game Poster Image
Sandbox-style game with open online play fosters creativity.
Platforms: Linux, Mac, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One
(2011)
(2011)
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Style Lab: Fashion Design Game Poster Image
Creative game lets kids design and buy their own clothes.
Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
(2010)
(2010)
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DIY Website Poster Image
DIY
Maker community celebrates skill building and creativity.
URL: http://www.diy.org
(2013)
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DIY App - Creative Community for Kids App Poster Image
Kids learn, share, and build skills on excellent social app.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2016)
(2015)
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Algodoo Game Poster Image
2-D physics sandbox fosters awesome inventions.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2009)
(2009)
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Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts Game Poster Image
Imaginative adventure game lets players build vehicles.
Platforms: Xbox 360
(2008)
(2008)
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Gamestar Mechanic Game Poster Image
Grand adventure teaches you to design your own games.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2010)
(2010)
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SimCity Game Poster Image
Exciting but technically flawed city-building simulation.
Platforms: Windows
(2013)
(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)
(2011)
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