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. This is a great time to be the training wheels for your kid as they learn to use smartphones responsibly. Plus, you want their screen use to provide the best experiences possible, since there's a lot of cool stuff out there for them to try. Look for apps that give kids experiences they can't have off-screen. And, ideally, encourage learning from those experiences as much as possible. Review our app tips for more advice, and check out some other top picks for even more fabulous apps 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, 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, Android
(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, Android
(2016)
(2016)
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DragonBox Elements - Geometry 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)
(2017)
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Inventioneers Full Version App Poster Image
Excellent physics puzzler emphasizes engineering practices.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2015)
(2015)
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Marble Math App Poster Image
Marble mazes make for fun math practice.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Kindle Fire
(2012)
(2013)
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Monster Heart Medic App Poster Image
Fab medical sim promotes heart-healthy living.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2015)
(2015)
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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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Arloon Geometry App Poster Image
Shape up spatial skills with augmented reality tool.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
(2015)
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Cargo-Bot App Poster Image
Challenging puzzler teaches kids to think like programmers.
Devices: iPad
(2013)
(2012)
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A Dark Room App Poster Image
Terrifically imaginative game uses text, not graphics.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2014)
(2014)
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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, Windows app
(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)
(2018)
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Thomas Was Alone App Poster Image
Completely charming -- and funny -- puzzle game.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(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 App Poster Image
Plentiful, fun, fantastic, and free language lessons.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Chromebook
(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, Android
(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
(2019)
(2017)
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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, Windows app
(2011)
(2011)
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Terraria App Poster Image
Well-done Minecraft-like game, with action twist.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(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, Android
(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, Windows app
(2014)
(2017)
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My Child Lebensborn App Poster Image
Moving, immersive role-play about post-WWII discrimination.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2019)
(2019)
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SimpleRockets App Poster Image
Space-science physics game a blast for budding engineers.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2014)
(2014)
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The Westport Independent App Poster Image
News simulator shows how the media can shape reality.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2019)
(2016)
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