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, and check out our Essential Apps Guide for even more fabulous picks for your kids.

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Adventures of Poco Eco - Lost Sounds App Poster Image
A meditative musical journey through a lush neon wonderland.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2016)
(2016)
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Alto's Adventure App Poster Image
Stunning graphics bring snowboarding to endless runners.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
(2015)
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Box Island - Award Winning Coding Adventure App Poster Image
Cute coding adventure introduces logic of computer science.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2016)
(2016)
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DragonBox Elements App Poster Image
Innovative geometry app integrates learning with play.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2014)
(2014)
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The Infinite Arcade by Tinybop App Poster Image
Design, play, and improve your own arcade games.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2016)
(2016)
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Inventioneers Full Version App Poster Image
Excellent physics puzzler emphasizes engineering practices.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2015)
(2015)
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Kudos :) App Poster Image
Photo-sharing app offers tweens an intro to social media.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2014)
(2014)
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Marble Math App Poster Image
Marble mazes make for fun math practice.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2012)
(2013)
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Meet Science: Light and Sound App Poster Image
Brighten minds with mini-games and DIY experiments.
Devices: iPad
(2015)
(2015)
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Monster Heart Medic App Poster Image
Fab medical sim promotes heart-healthy living.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
(2015)
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Motion Math: Pizza! App Poster Image
Pizzeria sim delivers valuable lessons about economics.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2013)
(2013)
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Questimate! App Poster Image
Dynamic estimation game lets kids design the questions.
Devices: iPad
(2013)
(2013)
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Sound Uncovered App Poster Image
Cool interactive science app lets kids explore sound.
Devices: iPad
(2014)
(2013)
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Word Runners - Touch Press Games App Poster Image
Words come alive, kids foil obstacles in fun story puzzles.
Devices: iPad
(2017)
(2017)
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Adventure Time Game Wizard - Draw Your Own Adventure Time Games App Poster Image
Fun mix of platform creation and arcade play.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2015)
(2015)
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Arloon Geometry App Poster Image
Shape up spatial skills with augmented reality tool.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Windows Phone
(2015)
(2015)
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Cargo-Bot App Poster Image
Challenging puzzler teaches kids to think like programmers.
Devices: iPad, Android
(2013)
(2012)
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A Dark Room App Poster Image
Terrifically imaginative game uses text, not graphics.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
(2014)
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DK The Human Body App App Poster Image
Gorgeous reference shows the wonders of human anatomy.
Devices: iPad
(2014)
(2011)
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Fruit Attacks App Poster Image
Inventive, juicy shooting game with cartoon violence.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2015)
(2015)
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GarageBand App Poster Image
Powerful sequencer lets kids create pro-quality recordings.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Mac
(2013)
(2017)
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Lumino City App Poster Image
Stunning visuals and tough puzzles delight and challenge.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Mac, Apps for Windows
(2016)
(2015)
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Monster Physics App Poster Image
Colorful graphics, fun missions engage as kids experiment.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
(2013)
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The Orchestra App Poster Image
Stellar videos, interactive features make beautiful music.
Devices: iPad
(2015)
(2015)
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Swift Playgrounds App Poster Image
Learning feels like play in sleek, approachable coder.
Devices: iPad
(2016)
(2017)
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Thomas Was Alone App Poster Image
Completely charming -- and funny -- puzzle game.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
(2014)
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Weight Loss for Kids and Teens by Kurbo Health App Poster Image
Fantastic health app empowers kids to reach goals.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
(2014)
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Brainfeed - Educational Videos for Kids App Poster Image
Curated learning videos still best after parental preview.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2017)
(2015)
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Duolingo: Learn Languages Free App Poster Image
Plentiful, fun, fantastic, and free language lessons.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Chromebook, Kindle Fire, Nook HD, Windows Phone
(2014)
(2014)
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HappiMe for Young People App Poster Image
Brain-centered mindfulness helps kids learn positivity.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2018)
(2018)
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iTooch Music App Poster Image
Explore the world of music through fun but serious quizzes.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2014)
(2014)
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Middle School Confidential 1: Be Confident in Who You Are App Poster Image
Graphic novel teaches kids to feel good about themselves.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook HD
(2011)
(2011)
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The Room Two App Poster Image
Terrific, worthy sequel to one of the best puzzle games.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2014)
(2013)
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Scribblenauts Remix App Poster Image
Vocabulary-building word puzzle game shines on iOS.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Apps for Windows, Windows Phone
(2011)
(2011)
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Terraria App Poster Image
Well-done Minecraft-like game, with action twist.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire, Windows Phone
(2015)
(2014)
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Think Like Churchill App Poster Image
Go inside history with stunning visuals, critical decisions.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
(2015)
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Civilization Revolution 2 App Poster Image
Fun history strategy game has improved graphics.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
(2014)
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DEVICE 6 App Poster Image
Inventive, interactive story puzzler has thrills and chills.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2016)
(2013)
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DragonBox Algebra 12+ App Poster Image
Fantastic approach to learning algebra through gameplay.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Apps for Windows, Windows Phone
(2014)
(2014)
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SimpleRockets App Poster Image
Space-science physics game a blast for budding engineers.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire, Windows Phone
(2014)
(2014)
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