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Best Apps for Kids Ages 9-12

The best mobile apps for tweens can provide a rich world of entertainment for growing minds. Our app reviews will guide you toward the best apps for this age group, and steer you away from the ones that aren't worth your time. Preteens need concrete guidelines for responsible use of the smart phone -- these are powerful little devices. They also need to know what your expectations are for responsible, respectful online behavior. In addition to keeping an eye on time limits, you'll want to be on the lookout for apps with multiplayer capabilities and make sure you can turn them off if you're not comfortable with them. Review our 5 app tips for more advice.

Browse Best Apps for Kids Ages 9-12

AGE
9
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Kids learn, share, and build skills on excellent social app.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2013)
AGE
9
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Marble mazes make for fun math practice.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2012)
AGE
9
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Pizzeria sim delivers valuable lessons about economics.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2013)
AGE
9
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Fun puzzler with programming skills; some crude humor.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2013)
AGE
9
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Dynamic estimation game lets kids design the questions.
csm_app
Devices: iPad
(2013)
AGE
10
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Challenging puzzler teaches kids to think like programmers.
csm_app
Devices: iPad
(2013)
AGE
10
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Gorgeous reference shows the wonders of human anatomy.
csm_app
Devices: iPad
(2014)
AGE
10
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Powerful sequencer lets kids create pro-quality recordings.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2013)
AGE
10
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Tough but fun geometry puzzles for brainy players.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2010)
AGE
10
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Superb physics puzzler challenges kids, inspires creativity.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2013)
AGE
11
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Graphic novel teaches kids to feel good about themselves.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook HD
(2011)
AGE
11
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Terrific, worthy sequel to one of the best puzzle games.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2014)
AGE
11
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Vocabulary-building word puzzle game shines on iOS.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Apps for Windows, Windows Phone
(2011)
AGE
13
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Innovative tool for programming on the iPad.
csm_app
Devices: iPad
(2013)
AGE
13
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Fantastic version of board classic with lots of tools.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2010)
AGE
12
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Tweens experience high school in an age-appropriate way.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2010)
AGE
12
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Dynamic, highly visual resource makes exploring words fun.
csm_app
Devices: iPad
(2013)