Best Kids' Apps to Download Before a Flight

Settling in for hours of air travel? Help mix things up for your kids by offering as many types of activities as cramped seating allows. When books and I Spy run dry, these apps cover a wide variety of interests and ages to keep everyone happy and occupied. Together, play virtual board games, create books, or solve word puzzles . In the mood to play alone? Have kids try sandbox-style games or puzzle apps to keep them interested -- and thinking. Whether you're playing as a family or your kid's playing solo, you're bound to find something for everyone from one airport to the next.

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Busy Shapes 2 App Poster Image
Simply brilliant puzzler develops critical thinking.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2017)
(2017)
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Friends - First Words App Poster Image
Eric Carle faves teach vocab in English and other languages.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
(2015)
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Lazoo Art Box App Poster Image
Drawing prompts and animation inspire, but no save option.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
(2015)
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LumiKids Park by Lumosity, Early Learning Play for Kids App Poster Image
Practice core cognitive skills with fun, playful critters.
Devices: iPad
(2015)
(2014)
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Mickey's Magical Math World by Disney Imagicademy App Poster Image
Early math curriculum with cool graphics, parent controls.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
(2016)
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Help Cat out of trees with spatial skills; expect smiles.
Devices: iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2015)
(2015)
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Highlights: All About App Poster Image
Popular magazine goes digital with interactive fun.
Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
(2015)
(2015)
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Kiko's Thinking Time - Cognitive Training for Children's Brains App Poster Image
Charming games help little ones build core cognitive skills.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
(2015)
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Classic reborn as fee-based e-library with great selection.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2012)
(2012)
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Sprinkle Junior App Poster Image
Water puzzles for youngsters; super fun, stays shallow.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2015)
(2013)
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Tales Untold App Poster Image
Fun, well-crafted audio stories entertain parents and kids.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2016)
(2015)
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Crazy Gears App Poster Image
Fun STEM-themed free play with easy offscreen connections.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
(2015)
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Free play in virtual sustainable garden requires patience.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2015)
(2014)
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Pango Build Park App Poster Image
Imagine, create, and play at custom theme parks.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2017)
(2017)
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Fairy tales inspire fun, challenging puzzler.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2016)
(2016)
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Creative free-styling continues with more options, features.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2016)
(2016)
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Barefoot World Atlas App Poster Image
Delightful way to learn about animals, people, and more.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
(2012)
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Clever math resource-management game requires some patience.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2016)
(2016)
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Capture blobs and problem-solve in fun, leveled games.
Devices: iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2015)
(2015)
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The Robot Factory by Tinybop App Poster Image
Stellar sandbox tool drives kids to improve designs.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
(2015)
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Toontastic 3D App Poster Image
Same great easy animated story creator, new 3D graphics.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Chromebook
(2017)
(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)
(2011)
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GameRoom App Poster Image
Beauty of a board game set -- for two or more players only.
Devices: iPad
(2010)
(2010)
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Cool 3-D modeling, racing, and revision; lots of ads.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2015)
(2015)
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Worthy spin-off of popular PC game encourages creativity.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire, Windows Phone
(2011)
(2011)
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Faithful adaptation of classic game.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook HD
(2010)
(2011)
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Motion Math: Cupcake! App Poster Image
Sweet bakery sim serves up adaptive learning, lots of fun.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
(2015)
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Surprisingly fun geography education game.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Apps for Windows, Windows Phone
(2010)
(2012)
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