Best Apps for Kids Ages 5-8

The best mobile apps for kindergartners and early elementary-aged kids cover a wide spectrum of entertainment and educational offerings. At this age, socialization and creativity are key -- and believe it or not, there are apps for that! When choosing apps for this age group, go beyond the usual arcade games (although those can be plenty fun), to apps that help kids express their feelings and their creativity. Review our app tips for more advice.

Browse Best Apps for Kids Ages 5-8

AGE
5
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
On-target intro to critical thinking, math, and prereading.
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Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2013)
AGE
5
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Fascinating, hands-on look at Disney's animation studios.
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Devices: iPad
(2013)
AGE
5
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Kids learn concepts of algebra in stellar game app.
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Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Apps for Windows, Windows Phone
(2012)
AGE
5
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Kids make fanciful facial art using everyday objects.
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Devices: iPad
(2013)
AGE
5
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Time-tested system transfers well to app, "sponge" included.
csm_app
Devices: iPad
(2014)
AGE
5
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Younger kids' version of great math app holds its own.
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Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2012)
AGE
5
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Cute monkey guides kids through six early-reading games.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2013)
AGE
5
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Math game's picky-eater fish teaches addition.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPad
(2013)
AGE
5
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Audio, easy animation help kids create and enhance stories.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
AGE
5
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Early math practice with impressive customization.
csm_app
Devices: iPad
(2014)
AGE
5
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Engaging way to make stories with great graphics and audio.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
AGE
5
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Adorable physics platformer creates little problem-solvers.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2014)
AGE
5
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Maze puzzler packed with smart, science fun.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2015)
AGE
5
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
More tools, characters, and hair-styling fun in nice sequel.
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Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2013)
AGE
5
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Kids learn to write via practicing, mirroring, publishing.
csm_app
Devices: iPad
(2015)
AGE
6
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Delightful way to learn about animals, people, and more.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
AGE
6
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Rollicking monster-truck fun, minus the noise.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
AGE
6
QUALITY
 
Fantastic, boundary-pushing interactive book.
csm_app
Devices: iPad
(2011)
AGE
6
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Capture blobs and problem-solve in fun, leveled games.
csm_app
Devices: iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2015)
AGE
6
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Well-done Minecraft-style app great for younger kids.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Windows Phone
(2013)
AGE
6
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Budding chemists freeze, spin, and explode 118 elements.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2014)
AGE
6
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Create amazing multi-scene cartoons with musical scores.
csm_app
Devices: iPad
(2011)
AGE
6
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Puzzler's plot, unique gameplay will captivate young or old.
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Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Chromebook, Kindle Fire, Nook HD, Apps for Windows, Windows Phone
(2011)
AGE
7
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Sequel introduces new levels that have gravitational pull.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2012)
AGE
7
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Deluxe creative tool will wow artists young and old.
csm_app
Devices: iPad
(2011)
AGE
7
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Angry Birds pigs star in challenging, captivating puzzles.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2012)
AGE
7
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Triumphant return of an app gaming favorite.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
AGE
7
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Animated, interactive learning tool about the human body.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2013)
AGE
7
QUALITY
 
An ode to creativity, wrapped in a colorful costume.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
AGE
8
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Simple app lets kids craft their own books to read or share.
csm_app
Devices: iPad, Android
(2011)
AGE
8
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
New version of puzzle game adds easy bridge twist.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
AGE
8
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Car puzzler with lots of levels and good help when stuck.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2010)
AGE
8
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Surprisingly fun geography education game.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Apps for Windows, Windows Phone
(2010)
AGE
8
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Terrifically addictive math-based puzzle game.
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Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2014)
AGE
8
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Kids play hair stylist for mom, the dog, or even themselves.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)