Augmented Reality Apps

Using a screen to play a game or learn something isn't only one-dimensional anymore. With augmented and virtual reality apps, you can experience digital worlds in a new way. While virtual reality (or VR) requires a headset and plops you into an immersive world, augmented reality (or AR) is different: The screen acts as a way to enhance or add elements to the real world. Pokémon GO is certainly the most popular example of how it works, but it's far from the only one. Basically, your device's camera blends an image of your actual surroundings with a digital image so that they merge into one reality. Aside from providing entertainment, AR can help kids and adults learn science, simulate experiences, and bring books to life. Check out these apps to get a sense of the possibilities!

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Color Quest AR

age 4+

Color me healthy using creative tool ripe with food facts.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2019)
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HexaParty - Hexel Art for Kids

age 4+

Coloring simple images is fun, takes little effort, has ads.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2020)
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My AR Puppy

age 4+

Cute virtual canine can teach care but has purchases.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2019)
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My Very Hungry Caterpillar AR

age 4+

Iconic storybook caterpillar inhabits your kid's real world.

Devices: iPhone, iPad (2017)
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Thomas & Friends Minis

age 4+

Fun AR builder for train fanatics; good fun for others.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2017)
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Cyberchase Shape Quest!

age 6+

Hours of shape and puzzle fun with a PBS Kids favorite.

Devices: iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2017)
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FETCH! LUNCH RUSH

age 6+

Novel PBS Kids app takes game off screen and into room.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2014)
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JFK Moonshot

age 6+

Shoot for the stars with free, immersive AR history lesson.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2019)
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Math Ninja AR

age 6+

Basic addition practice in a busy AR world.

Devices: iPhone, iPad (2017)
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Social Distance Training

age 6+

Augmented reality tool safely teaches important skill.

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

age 6+

Stories magically unfold all around you with interactive AR.

Devices: iPhone, iPad (2018)
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ARrrrrgh

age 7+

Dig up AR treasure with friends in fun hide-and-find game.

Devices: iPhone, iPad (2017)
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Civilisations AR

age 8+

Diverse AR collection brings the art museum home.

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

age 8+

Cool virtual models for learning; AR has limitations.

Devices: iPhone, iPad, Mac, Windows app (2019)
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Powerful Plants

age 8+

Snappy tool brings companion book's plant pictures to life.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2015)
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Reach Across the Stars

age 8+

AR allows unique perspective on work from women scientists.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2021)
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Wallace & Gromit: Big Fix Up

age 8+

Wacky duo heads up complex, multi-day, immersive AR story.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2021)
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Arloon Geometry

age 10+

Shape up spatial skills with augmented reality tool.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2015)
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Assemblr

age 10+

Building cool stuff marred by focus on posts and purchases.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2018)
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Cosmos Creator AR

age 10+

AR tool cool but confusing; watch for safety.

Devices: iPhone, iPad (2017)
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