Best Science Games, Websites, and Apps for Kids

From the characteristics of plants and animals to those of Earth and space, science is all about inspiring curiosity and discovering the world. With these great apps, games, and websites, kids can develop the skills of a scientist such as asking questions, making observations, collecting data, and examining their findings, in addition to broadening their understanding of the various fields of science.

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Sweet friends help preschoolers learn about animals.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
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Discarded and found items inspire creativity, "upcycling."
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
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Excellent example of educational interactive television.
Platforms: Xbox 360
(2012)
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Innovative way to learn about gray matter.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2011)
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Wordy but fun journeys guide kids through six topics.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
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Cuddly game teaches hygiene and health with stuffed friends.
Platforms: LeapFrog games
(2013)
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Preschoolers build, explore, and play in colorful ocean app.
Devices: iPad
(2014)
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A gentle introduction to the science world for young kids.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
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Engaging app lets kids experiment, explore with TV faves.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2011)
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Animated educational content for kids to explore, for a fee.
URL: http://www.brainpopjr.com
(2011)
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Wide variety of topics makes for fun, engrossing short vids.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Apps for Windows
(2014)
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Fun STEM-themed free play with easy offscreen connections.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
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Maze puzzler packed with smart, science fun.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2015)
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Delightful way to learn about animals, people, and more.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
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Battle the evil Dr. Doof with math, science, and technology.
Platforms: LeapFrog games
(2012)
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This deep sea dive is teeming with fish and education.
Platforms: LeapFrog games
(2012)
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Place gadgets and problem-solve to help famous inventor.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
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Kids explore biomes at their own pace in colorful app.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
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Cheerful resource serves up valuable health lessons.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
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Suit up and journey through space at your own pace.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2016)
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Well-done Minecraft-style app great for younger kids.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Apps for Windows, Windows Phone
(2013)
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Budding chemists freeze, spin, and explode 118 elements.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2014)
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Thorough, and thoroughly entertaining, interactive science.
Devices: iPad
(2011)
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Animated, interactive learning tool about the human body.
Devices: iPhone, iPad
(2013)
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Fun, smart science games and activities.
URL: http://www.lawrencehallofscience.org/kidsite/
(2012)
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Hooks kids with fun games and loads them with knowledge.
Platforms: Nintendo DS
(2011)
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Information-packed tool delivers videos, photos, and more.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2011)
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Clever games and activities teach kids about math and space.
URL: http://kids.msfc.nasa.gov
(2011)
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Fun nature missions get kids outside; safe sharing options.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
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Blast off into outer space with lots to read and explore.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2016)
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Immersive science adventure helpful for reinforcing facts.
Devices: iPad
(2016)
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Great interactive reference tool with space games and quiz.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2011)
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Fun PBS site introduces kids to engineering.
URL: http://pbskids.org/designsquad
(2012)
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Spark big interest in tiny things on this super science app.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2013)
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Brilliantly designed app about Earth's people, places, more.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
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Rocket-building sim helps determined kids reach the stars.
Platforms: Linux, Mac, Windows
(2011)
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Free online ecosystem game makes learning biology fun.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2010)
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Save the planet with these terrific learning activities.
URL: http://www.missmaggie.org/
(2013)
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Amazing digital textbook brings forests to kids' fingertips.
Devices: iPad
(2014)
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Snappy tool brings companion book's plant pictures to life.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2015)
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Fun game with strong heroine delivers an eco message.
Platforms: Windows
(2008)
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Games and videos make exploring the brain fun.
URL: http://wondermind.wedonicethings.com
(2012)
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Six fun games turn cancer treatment into a winnable battle.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2013)
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Lab simulation challenges with puzzles, allows invention.
Devices: Android
(2015)
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Site brings the science museum experience into kids' homes.
URL: http://www.calacademy.org/science/
(2013)
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Gorgeous reference shows the wonders of human anatomy.
Devices: iPad
(2014)
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Stick with this site for a good brain workout -- for a fee.
URL: http://www.lumosity.com
(2012)
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Colorful graphics, fun missions engage as kids experiment.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
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Exciting mystery teaches about physics and electricity.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2012)
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Share nature photos and help research, but watch privacy.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2011)
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Online community encourages citizen science; watch privacy.
URL: http://www.projectnoah.org/
(2013)
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A bevy of science projects tailored to your kid's interests.
URL: http://www.sciencebuddies.org/
(2013)
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Excellent tool encourages appreciation of the universe.
Devices: Android, Apps for Windows
(2013)
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Realistic, scary art in dino lovers' dream database.
Devices: iPad
(2011)
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Cool interactivity and images but some confusing science.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2015)
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This exceptional evolution sim is a masterpiece.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2008)
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Text-heavy reference tool highlights major discoveries.
Devices: iPad
(2015)
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Excellent tutorials on math, humanities, and more, for free.
Devices: iPad, Android
(2012)
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Impressive tool for stargazing, learning about astronomy.
Devices: Android, Kindle Fire
(2013)
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Experiment-packed site with some seriously fun science info.
URL: http://www.sciencebob.com
(2011)
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Beautiful astronomy resource is rich with information.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2013)
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Mobile planetarium brings night sky up close, beautifully.
Devices: Android
(2013)
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Explore the vast human body with outstanding anatomy tool.
URL: https://www.biodigitalhuman.com
(2014)
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Well-written interactive book with lots of multimedia.
Devices: iPad
(2011)
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Space sandbox turns our solar system into a playground.
Platforms: Windows
(2012)
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The best periodic table reference online, hands down.
URL: http://www.ptable.com/
(2013)
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Let lasers guide the way in researcher-created puzzler.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2012)
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Detect diseases with terrific blend of mystery and science.
Devices: iPad
(2014)
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Be a virus, trick the immune system, and infect your human.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2011)
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Interact with 3-D chemical compounds, advanced concepts.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Windows Phone
(2015)
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