Best Apps for Kids Age 5–8

The best mobile apps for kindergartners and early elementary schoolers cover a spectrum of entertainment and educational offerings. At this age, socialization and creativity are key -- and believe it or not, there are several quality apps for that! When choosing apps for this age group, go beyond the usual arcade games (although those can be fun) to apps that help kids express their feelings and unleash their creativity. Check out the rest of our app tips for more advice on how to find and download the best picks for your kids.

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Crazy Gears App Poster Image
Fun STEM-themed free play with easy offscreen connections.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
(2015)
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DragonBox Algebra 5+ App Poster Image
Kids learn concepts of algebra in stellar game app.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Apps for Windows, Windows Phone
(2012)
(2016)
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Faces iMake - Right Brain Creativity App Poster Image
Kids make fanciful facial art using everyday objects.
Devices: iPad
(2013)
(2016)
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GoNoodle Kids App Poster Image
Get hearts pumping with fun, kid-friendly movement videos.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2016)
(2016)
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Handwriting Without Tears: Wet-Dry-Try Suite for Capitals, Numbers & Lowercase App Poster Image
Time-tested system transfers well to app, "sponge" included.
Devices: iPad
(2014)
(2013)
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LOOPIMAL by YATATOY App Poster Image
Create sound sequences with music blocks, cute creatures.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
(2015)
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Marble Math Junior App Poster Image
Younger kids' version of great math app holds its own.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2012)
(2012)
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Monkey Word School Adventure App Poster Image
Cute monkey guides kids through six early-reading games.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2013)
(2013)
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Pango Build Park App Poster Image
Imagine, create, and play at custom theme parks.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2017)
(2017)
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Plum's Creaturizer App Poster Image
Make creatures and take pics outside for fantastic fun.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2015)
(2015)
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Princess Fairy Tale Maker - by Duck Duck Moose App Poster Image
Audio, easy animation help kids create and enhance stories.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
(2012)
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Superhero Comic Book Maker - by Duck Duck Moose App Poster Image
Engaging way to make stories with great graphics and audio.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
(2012)
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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 2 App Poster Image
Maze puzzler packed with smart, science fun.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2015)
(2015)
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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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Toca Hair Salon 2 App Poster Image
More tools, characters, and hair-styling fun in nice sequel.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2013)
(2013)
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Osmo Words App Poster Image
Interactive word-builder impresses with lots of options.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
(2018)
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Barefoot World Atlas App Poster Image
Delightful way to learn about animals, people, and more.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
(2012)
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Build a Truck - by Duck Duck Moose App Poster Image
Rollicking monster-truck fun, minus the noise.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
(2014)
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Busy Water App Poster Image
Solve and create puzzles that gush with STEM learning.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2016)
(2016)
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Creature Garden by Tinybop App Poster Image
Create cool, fantastical animals and test their abilities.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2017)
(2017)
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Dotopedia App Poster Image
Cool content creation like Wikipedia with training wheels.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2016)
(2016)
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The Earth by Tinybop App Poster Image
Ignite curiosity and investigate geology hands-on.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2015)
(2015)
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Fruity Fractions App Poster Image
Juicy game helps kids divide and conquer key math skills.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
(2014)
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Galactic Genius with Astro Cat App Poster Image
Boost brain power with out-of-this-world leveled games.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2017)
(2017)
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Ocean Forests App Poster Image
Dive deep into learning with reading, exploration, games.
Devices: iPad
(2015)
(2015)
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Odd Squad: Blob Chase App Poster Image
Capture blobs and problem-solve in fun, leveled games.
Devices: iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2015)
(2015)
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Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood - Moviebook App Poster Image
Cool visuals, great music, amusing story update a classic.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2016)
(2016)
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Planets Puzzle - Game for Kids App Poster Image
Creative, unique matching puzzler entertains.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2018)
(2018)
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The Robot Factory by Tinybop App Poster Image
Stellar sandbox tool drives kids to improve designs.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
(2015)
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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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Toontastic 3D App Poster Image
Same great easy animated story creator, new 3D graphics.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Chromebook
(2017)
(2017)
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Where's My Water? App Poster Image
Puzzler's plot, unique gameplay will captivate young or old.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Chromebook, Kindle Fire, Nook HD, Apps for Windows, Windows Phone
(2011)
(2011)
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Angry Birds Space App Poster Image
Sequel introduces new levels that have gravitational pull.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2012)
(2012)
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Art Set App Poster Image
Deluxe creative tool will wow artists young and old.
Devices: iPad
(2011)
(2011)
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Bad Piggies App Poster Image
Angry Birds pigs star in challenging, captivating puzzles.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2012)
(2012)
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Cut the Rope 2 App Poster Image
Triumphant return of an app gaming favorite.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2014)
(2013)
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iStopMotion for iPad App Poster Image
Great intro to stop-motion animation with remote camera.
Devices: iPad
(2015)
(2014)
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Leela Kids - Best Audio Content for 3-15 Yr Olds App Poster Image
Rich, free repertoire of kid-friendly podcasts.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2017)
(2017)
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Levers App Poster Image
Addicting game anchors wonderful, wordless balancing act.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
(2012)
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Mammals by Tinybop App Poster Image
Discover the amazing biology of animals from the inside out.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2017)
(2017)
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Shadow Puppet Edu App Poster Image
Easy-to-use slide show maker wows; watch sharing options.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
(2015)
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Three Good Things - A Happiness Journal App Poster Image
End the day positively with this digital journal.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2017)
(2017)
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Wizard School App Poster Image
Get inspired with curated videos and creative challenges.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
(2016)
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Book Creator App Poster Image
Magically easy way to create and publish books.
Devices: iPad, Android
(2011)
(2016)
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Flow Free: Bridges App Poster Image
New version of puzzle game adds easy bridge twist.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2012)
(2012)
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INKS. App Poster Image
Pinball plus pleasant watercolors and meditative music.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2016)
(2016)
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Monument Valley 2 App Poster Image
Visually stunning sequel is another meditative puzzler.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2017)
(2017)
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Pinna Children's Audio Stories App Poster Image
Listen to stories, podcasts, game shows on great audio app.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2017)
(2017)
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The Social Express II App Poster Image
Engaging animated lessons help kids learn key social skills.
Devices: iPad
(2015)
(2017)
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Stack the States App Poster Image
Surprisingly fun geography education game.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Apps for Windows, Windows Phone
(2010)
(2012)
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Threes! App Poster Image
Terrifically addictive math-based puzzle game.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2014)
(2014)
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Toca Hair Salon Me App Poster Image
Kids play hair stylist for mom, the dog, or even themselves.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2014)
(2014)
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Zoombinis App Poster Image
Save cute creatures with fun, complex puzzles.
Devices: iPad, Mac, Android, Kindle Fire, Apps for Windows
(2015)
(2015)
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