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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Duckie Deck Trash Toys

age 3+

Discarded and found items inspire creativity, "upcycling."

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2014)
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BeeAmazed!

age 4+

Informative bee-themed mazes kids may buzz through.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2018)
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MarcoPolo Ocean

age 4+

Preschoolers build, explore, and play in colorful ocean app.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2014)
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BrainPOP Jr.

age 5+

Awesome educational animation to explore, for a fee.

URL: https://jr.brainpop.com/ (2011)
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Crazy Gears

age 5+

Fun STEM-themed free play with easy offscreen connections.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2015)
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K-5 Science for Kids - Tappity

age 5+

Peppy, interactive science engages curious kids.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2021)
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Thinkrolls 2

age 5+

Maze puzzler packed with smart, science fun.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2015)
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Barefoot World Atlas

age 6+

Delightful way to learn about animals, people, and more.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2012)
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Bloom by Megalearn

age 6+

Learn a seed-sized bit about plants with pretty graphics.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2016)
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BrainPOP Jr. Movie of the Week

age 6+

Wide variety of topics makes for fun, engrossing short vids.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2013)
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How It Works? - Games for Kids to Learn & Discover

age 6+

Superb mix of exploration, games, and offline activities.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2017)
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LeapFrog Explorer Learning Game: Disney Phineas and Ferb

age 6+

Battle the evil Dr. Doof with math, science, and technology.

Platforms: LeapFrog games (2012)
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LeapFrog Explorer Learning Game: The Magic School Bus: Oceans

age 6+

This deep sea dive is teeming with fish and education.

Platforms: LeapFrog games (2012)
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Leonardo's Cat

age 6+

Place gadgets and problem-solve to help famous inventor.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2015)
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Light & Color by Tinybop

age 6+

Shed light on scientific concepts through open-ended play.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2021)
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Plants by Tinybop

age 6+

Kids explore biomes at their own pace in colorful app.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2014)
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My Food - Nutrition for Kids

age 6+

Cheerful resource serves up valuable health lessons.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2015)
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NASA NeMO-Net

age 6+

Learn about ocean life, help scientists map the ocean floor.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Mac (2020)
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This is my Spacecraft – Rocket Science for Kids

age 6+

Suit up and journey through space at your own pace.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2016)
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Toca Builders

age 6+

Well-done Minecraft-style app great for younger kids.

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