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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Fun STEM-themed free play with easy offscreen connections.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
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Fascinating, hands-on look at Disney's animation studios.
Devices: iPad
(2013)
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Kids learn concepts of algebra in stellar game app.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Apps for Windows, Windows Phone
(2012)
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Kids make fanciful facial art using everyday objects.
Devices: iPad
(2013)
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Get hearts pumping with fun, kid-friendly movement videos.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2016)
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Time-tested system transfers well to app, "sponge" included.
Devices: iPad
(2014)
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Create sound sequences with music blocks, cute creatures.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
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Younger kids' version of great math app holds its own.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2012)
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Cute monkey guides kids through six early-reading games.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2013)
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Math game's picky-eater fish teaches addition.
Devices: iPhone, iPad
(2013)
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Make creatures and take pics outside for fantastic fun.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2015)
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Audio, easy animation help kids create and enhance stories.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
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Engaging way to make stories with great graphics and audio.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
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Adorable physics platformer creates little problem-solvers.
Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2014)
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Maze puzzler packed with smart, science fun.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2015)
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Fairy tales inspire fun, challenging puzzler.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2016)
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More tools, characters, and hair-styling fun in nice sequel.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2013)
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Interactive word-builder impresses with lots of options.
Devices: iPad
(2015)
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Delightful way to learn about animals, people, and more.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
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Rollicking monster-truck fun, minus the noise.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
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Solve and create puzzles that gush with STEM learning.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2016)
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Cool content creation like Wikipedia with training wheels.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2016)
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Ignite curiosity and investigate geology hands-on.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
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Fantastic, boundary-pushing interactive book.
Devices: iPad
(2011)
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Juicy game helps kids divide and conquer key math skills.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
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Dive deep into learning with reading, exploration, games.
Devices: iPad
(2015)
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Capture blobs and problem-solve in fun, leveled games.
Devices: iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2015)
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Cool visuals, great music, amusing story update a classic.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2016)
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Stellar sandbox tool drives kids to improve designs.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
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Well-done Minecraft-style app great for younger kids.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Apps for Windows, Windows Phone
(2013)
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Budding chemists freeze, spin, and explode 118 elements.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2014)
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Same great easy animated story creator, new 3D graphics.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2017)
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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)
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Sequel introduces new levels that have gravitational pull.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2012)
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Deluxe creative tool will wow artists young and old.
Devices: iPad
(2011)
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Angry Birds pigs star in challenging, captivating puzzles.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2012)
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Triumphant return of an app gaming favorite.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
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Great intro to stop-motion animation with remote camera.
Devices: iPad
(2015)
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Addicting game anchors wonderful, wordless balancing act.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
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An ode to creativity, wrapped in a colorful costume.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
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Easy-to-use slide show maker wows; watch sharing options.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
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Get inspired with curated videos and creative challenges.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
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Magically easy way to create and publish books.
Devices: iPad, Android
(2011)
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New version of puzzle game adds easy bridge twist.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
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Pinball plus pleasant watercolors and meditative music.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2016)
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Design, play, and improve your own arcade games.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2016)
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Sweet bakery sim serves up adaptive learning, lots of fun.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
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Engaging animated lessons help kids learn key social skills.
Devices: iPad
(2015)
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Surprisingly fun geography education game.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Apps for Windows, Windows Phone
(2010)
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Terrifically addictive math-based puzzle game.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2014)
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Kids play hair stylist for mom, the dog, or even themselves.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2014)
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Save cute creatures with fun, complex puzzles.
Devices: iPad, Mac, Android, Kindle Fire, Apps for Windows
(2015)
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