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. You may even find something on this list that the entire family can participate in: Sounds like a great opportunity for a group experiment! If you're looking for other science-based lists, check out our Best Outer Space Apps and Games for Kids list or our STEM: Apps, TV, and More for Science, Tech, Engineering, and Math list.

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Bubble Guppies: Animal School Day App Poster Image
Sweet friends help preschoolers learn about animals.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
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Duckie Deck Trash Toys App Poster Image
Discarded and found items inspire creativity, "upcycling."
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
(2014)
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Kinect Sesame Street TV Game Poster Image
Excellent example of educational interactive television.
Platforms: Xbox 360
(2012)
(2012)
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BeeAmazed! App Poster Image
Informative bee-themed mazes kids may buzz through.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2018)
(2018)
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GazziliScience App Poster Image
Wordy but fun journeys guide kids through six topics.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
(2015)
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Every Body Has a Brain Game Poster Image
Innovative way to learn about gray matter.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2011)
(2011)
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LeapFrog Explorer Learning Game: Disney Doc McStuffins Game Poster Image
Cuddly game teaches hygiene and health with stuffed friends.
Platforms: LeapFrog games
(2013)
(2013)
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MarcoPolo Ocean App Poster Image
Preschoolers build, explore, and play in colorful ocean app.
Devices: iPad
(2014)
(2014)
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Seasons and Weather ! Science educational games App Poster Image
A gentle introduction to the science world for young kids.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
(2011)
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Sid's Science Fair App Poster Image
Engaging app lets kids experiment, explore with TV faves.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2011)
(2011)
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BrainPOP Jr. Website Poster Image
Animated educational content for kids to explore, for a fee.
URL: https://jr.brainpop.com/
(2011)
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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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Thinkrolls 2 App Poster Image
Maze puzzler packed with smart, science fun.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2015)
(2015)
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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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Bloom by Megalearn App Poster Image
Learn a seed-sized bit about plants with pretty graphics.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2016)
(2016)
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BrainPOP Jr. Movie of the Week App Poster Image
Wide variety of topics makes for fun, engrossing short vids.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Apps for Windows
(2014)
(2013)
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How It Works? - Games for Kids to Learn & Discover App Poster Image
Superb mix of exploration, games, and offline activities.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2017)
(2017)
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LeapFrog Explorer Learning Game: Disney Phineas and Ferb Game Poster Image
Battle the evil Dr. Doof with math, science, and technology.
Platforms: LeapFrog games
(2012)
(2012)
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LeapFrog Explorer Learning Game: The Magic School Bus: Oceans Game Poster Image
This deep sea dive is teeming with fish and education.
Platforms: LeapFrog games
(2012)
(2012)
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Leonardo's Cat App Poster Image
Place gadgets and problem-solve to help famous inventor.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
(2015)
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Plants by Tinybop App Poster Image
Kids explore biomes at their own pace in colorful app.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
(2014)
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This is my Food - Nutrition for Kids App Poster Image
Cheerful resource serves up valuable health lessons.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
(2015)
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This is my Spacecraft – Rocket Science for Kids App Poster Image
Suit up and journey through space at your own pace.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2016)
(2016)
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Toca Builders App Poster Image
Well-done Minecraft-style app great for younger kids.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Apps for Windows, Windows Phone
(2013)
(2013)
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Toca Lab: Elements App Poster Image
Budding chemists freeze, spin, and explode 118 elements.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2014)
(2013)
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Toca Lab: Plants App Poster Image
Unique way for young botanists to explore, experiment, grow.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2017)
(2017)
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Virry. Feed the Lion, bathe the Rhino App Poster Image
Live webcams and quizzes help kids learn about wildlife.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2016)
(2016)
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Bobo Explores Light App Poster Image
Thorough, and thoroughly entertaining, interactive science.
Devices: iPad
(2011)
(2011)
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Coral Reef by Tinybop App Poster Image
See and hear the wonders of reef life, no snorkel required.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2018)
(2018)
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Crack the Books App Poster Image
Impressive interactive science resource, multilevel texts.
Devices: iPad
(2015)
(2016)
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The Human Body by Tinybop App Poster Image
Animated, interactive learning tool about the human body.
Devices: iPhone, iPad
(2013)
(2013)
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Lawrence Hall of Science: 24/7 Science Website Poster Image
Fun, smart science games and activities.
URL: http://www.lawrencehallofscience.org/kidsite/
(2012)
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The Magic School Bus: Oceans Game Poster Image
Hooks kids with fun games and loads them with knowledge.
Platforms: Nintendo DS
(2011)
(2011)
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Mammals by Tinybop App Poster Image
Discover the amazing biology of animals from the inside out.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2017)
(2017)
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NASA App App Poster Image
Information-packed tool delivers videos, photos, and more.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2011)
(2011)
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NASA Kids' Club Website Poster Image
Clever games and activities teach kids about math and space.
URL: http://kids.msfc.nasa.gov
(2011)
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Plum's Photo Hunt App Poster Image
Fun nature missions get kids outside; safe sharing options.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
(2014)
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Professor Astro Cat's Solar System App Poster Image
Blast off into outer space with lots to read and explore.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2016)
(2016)
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Space by Tinybop App Poster Image
The sky's no limit on this interactive solar system app.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2016)
(2016)
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Blue Apprentice - Elementary Science Adventure Game by Galxyz App Poster Image
Immersive science adventure helpful for reinforcing facts.
Devices: iPad
(2016)
(2016)
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Britannica Kids: Solar System App Poster Image
Great interactive reference tool with space games and quiz.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2011)
(2011)
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Design Squad Global Website Poster Image
Fun PBS site introduces kids to engineering.
URL: http://pbskids.org/designsquad
(2012)
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DIY Nano App Poster Image
Spark big interest in tiny things on this super science app.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2013)
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Geo Walk HD - 3D World Fact Book App Poster Image
Brilliantly designed app about Earth's people, places, more.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
(2011)
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Kerbal Space Program Game Poster Image
Rocket-building sim helps determined kids reach the stars.
Platforms: Linux, Mac, Windows
(2011)
(2011)
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Lifeboat to Mars Game Poster Image
Free online ecosystem game makes learning biology fun.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2010)
(2010)
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Maggie's Earth Adventures Website Poster Image
Save the planet with these terrific learning activities.
URL: http://www.missmaggie.org/
(2013)
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Pines to Vines - The Forest Biome App Poster Image
Amazing digital textbook brings forests to kids' fingertips.
Devices: iPad
(2014)
(2013)
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Powerful Plants App Poster Image
Snappy tool brings companion book's plant pictures to life.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2015)
(2015)
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WaterLife: Where Rivers Meet the Sea Game Poster Image
Fun game with strong heroine delivers an eco message.
Platforms: Windows
(2008)
(2008)
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Wondermind Website Poster Image
Games and videos make exploring the brain fun.
URL: http://wondermind.wedonicethings.com
(2012)
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Cell Strike App Poster Image
Explore and eliminate infections on biology-based missions.
Devices: iPad
(2017)
(2017)
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How to Make Electricity App Poster Image
Experiment with virtual electricity; some guidance needed.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2016)
(2016)
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PlantSnap Plant Identification App Poster Image
Take pics to (mostly) identify flowers and plants.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2018)
(2018)
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Re-Mission 2 Game Poster Image
Six fun games turn cancer treatment into a winnable battle.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2013)
(2013)
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Circuit Jam App Poster Image
Lab simulation challenges with puzzles, allows invention.
Devices: Android
(2015)
(2015)
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California Academy of Sciences Website Poster Image
Site brings the science museum experience into kids' homes.
URL: http://www.calacademy.org/explore-science
(2013)
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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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Lumosity Website Poster Image
Stick with this site for a good brain workout -- for a fee.
URL: http://www.lumosity.com
(2012)
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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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Nancy Drew: The Deadly Device Game Poster Image
Exciting mystery teaches about physics and electricity.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2012)
(2012)
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Project Noah App Poster Image
Share nature photos and help research, but watch privacy.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2011)
(2012)
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Project Noah Website Poster Image
Online community encourages citizen science; watch privacy.
URL: http://www.projectnoah.org/
(2013)
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Science Buddies Website Poster Image
A bevy of science projects tailored to your kid's interests.
URL: http://www.sciencebuddies.org/
(2013)
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Sim Cell - Touch Press Games App Poster Image
Immersive mission-based game requires payment to finish.
Devices: iPad
(2017)
(2017)
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Sky Map App Poster Image
Excellent tool encourages appreciation of the universe.
Devices: Android, Apps for Windows
(2013)
(2011)
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Space Science Investigations: Plant Growth App Poster Image
Immersive astronaut sim combines space and life science.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2017)
(2016)
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Ultimate Dinopedia: The Most Complete Dinosaur Reference Ever App Poster Image
Realistic, scary art in dino lovers' dream database.
Devices: iPad
(2011)
(2010)
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Arloon Plants App Poster Image
Cool interactivity and images but some confusing science.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2015)
(2015)
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Spore Game Poster Image
This exceptional evolution sim is a masterpiece.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2008)
(2008)
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Journeys of Invention: Science and Technology from Past to Present App Poster Image
Text-heavy reference tool highlights major discoveries.
Devices: iPad
(2015)
(2015)
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Khan Academy Website Poster Image
Excellent tutorials on math, humanities, and more, for free.
URL: http://www.khanacademy.org
(2013)
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Mobile Observatory App Poster Image
Impressive tool for stargazing, learning about astronomy.
Devices: Android, Kindle Fire
(2013)
(2012)
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Science Bob Website Poster Image
Experiment-packed site with some seriously fun science info.
URL: http://www.sciencebob.com
(2011)
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SkySafari App Poster Image
Beautiful astronomy resource is rich with information.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2013)
(2013)
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Stellarium Mobile Sky Map App Poster Image
Mobile planetarium brings night sky up close, beautifully.
Devices: Android
(2013)
(2013)
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BioDigital Human Website Poster Image
Explore the vast human body with outstanding anatomy tool.
URL: https://www.biodigitalhuman.com
(2014)
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Solar System for iPad App Poster Image
Well-written interactive book with lots of multimedia.
Devices: iPad
(2011)
(2010)
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Universe Sandbox Game Poster Image
Space sandbox turns our solar system into a playground.
Platforms: Windows
(2012)
(2012)
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The Long Journey Home Game Poster Image
Space tale filled with challenge, choice, and consequence.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2017)
(2017)
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Ptable Website Poster Image
The best periodic table reference online, hands down.
URL: http://www.ptable.com/
(2013)
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Quantum Spectre Game Poster Image
Let lasers guide the way in researcher-created puzzler.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2012)
(2012)
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Solve the Outbreak App Poster Image
Detect diseases with terrific blend of mystery and science.
Devices: iPad
(2014)
(2013)
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Virulent Game Poster Image
Be a virus, trick the immune system, and infect your human.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2011)
(2011)
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Arloon Chemistry - Laboratory of compounds | Apps for the classroom App Poster Image
Interact with 3-D chemical compounds, advanced concepts.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Windows Phone
(2015)
(2014)
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