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

age 5+

Fun STEM-themed free play with easy offscreen connections.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2015)
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DIY.org – Creative Challenges

age 5+

How-to videos ignite curiosity and nurture key skills.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2019)
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Kahoot! Algebra by DragonBox

age 5+

Kids learn concepts of algebra in stellar game app.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2021)
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Faces iMake - Right Brain Creativity

age 5+

Kids make fanciful facial art using everyday objects.

Devices: iPad (2016)
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GoNoodle Games

age 5+

Jump, wave, and wiggle with fun immersive movement games.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2020)
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GoNoodle - Kids Videos

age 5+

Get hearts pumping with fun, kid-friendly movement videos.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2021)
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The little line

age 5+

Sweet animated story of friendship uses kids' own drawings.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2018)
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LOOPIMAL by YATATOY

age 5+

Create sound sequences with music blocks, cute creatures.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2015)
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Marble Math Junior

age 5+

Younger kids' version of great math app holds its own.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2012)
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Monkey Word School Adventure

age 5+

Cute monkey guides kids through six early-reading games.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2013)
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Pango Build Park

age 5+

Imagine, create, and play at custom theme parks.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2017)
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Plum's Creaturizer

age 5+

Make creatures and take pics outside for fantastic fun.

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

age 5+

Create puppets, craft stories, co-play with cool tools.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2018)
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Superhero Comic Book Maker

age 5+

Engaging way to make stories with great graphics and audio.

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

age 5+

Adorable physics platformer creates little problem-solvers.

Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2014)
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Thinkrolls Play & Code

age 5+

Delightful puzzles inspire innovation and problem-solving.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2020)
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Toca Hair Salon 4

age 5+

Free-play styling game grows, now with in-app purchases.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2020)
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Zigazoo

age 5+

Creative challenges, social media for kids with purchases.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2022)
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Osmo Words

age 5+

Interactive word-builder impresses with lots of options.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2018)
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Barefoot World Atlas

age 6+

Delightful way to learn about animals, people, and more.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2012)
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