Building and Maker Apps, Games, and Websites

The Maker Movement -- a return to more hands-on engineering activities -- has been capturing the imagination of kids worldwide. It helped launch STEAM initiatives that combine the analytic methods of STEM with the creative elements of art, as well as the popularity of DIY videos. These digital resources tap into all the fun of building and making while helping kids develop spatial reasoning skills. Whether you have a preschooler who loves construction or a teen excited about 3D modeling, these apps, games, and websites will inspire them to build, create, and invent something to be proud of. For more inspiration, check out our favorite DIY YouTube Channels and Shows.

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LEGO DUPLO WORLD App Poster Image
Branded blocks build early skills with co-play, mini-games.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2019)
(2019)
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Build With Grandpa App Poster Image
Mini-games about building appeal to construction lovers.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2017)
(2017)
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Sago Mini Toolbox App Poster Image
Empowering play with tools and projects lacks logic.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2015)
(2015)
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Tiny Builders - Digger, Crane and Dumper for Kids! App Poster Image
Diversity stands out in construction-site sandbox.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
(2015)
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The Cat in the Hat Builds That App Poster Image
Upbeat feline offers fun STEM exploration on- and offscreen.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2019)
(2018)
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Tami's Tower App Poster Image
Build a tower, test, and improve to help a hungry monkey.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2019)
(2019)
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Thomas & Friends Minis App Poster Image
Fun AR builder for train fanatics; good fun for others.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2017)
(2017)
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Township: Farm & City Building App Poster Image
Sophisticated, occasionally slow take on the sim genre.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2019)
(2019)
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Car Kit App Poster Image
Design fun roadways and cities, drive around your creations.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2017)
(2017)
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DIY.org – Creative Challenges App Poster Image
How-to videos ignite curiosity and nurture key skills.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2019)
(2019)
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Fiete Cars App Poster Image
Drive into a creative, make-and-test dream with fun options.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2017)
(2017)
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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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Pango Build Safari App Poster Image
DIY safari landscapes come to life in scene-building app.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2018)
(2018)
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Train Kit App Poster Image
Virtual trains take a spin through a 3D world you design.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2016)
(2016)
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Train Kit Space App Poster Image
Design 3D landscapes for locomotives on other planets.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2019)
(2019)
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Ed Emberley's Shake & Make App Poster Image
Puzzle-game-and-art-lesson-in-one appeals to all ages.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
(2011)
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Build a Truck - by Duck Duck Moose App Poster Image
Rollicking monster-truck fun, minus the noise.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
(2014)
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Super Mario Maker 2 Game Poster Image
Fun, accessible editing tools expose kids to game design.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
(2019)
(2019)
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Apprentice Architect: Fondation Louis Vuitton App Poster Image
Virtually examine a famous architect's latest masterpiece.
Devices: iPad
(2015)
(2014)
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Max and the Magic Marker Game Poster Image
Great physics game with cute story, requires steady hand.
Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Wii, Windows
(2010)
(2010)
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Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer Game Poster Image
Cute, accessible home-design sim in popular series.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2015)
(2015)
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Cyberchase 3D Builder App Poster Image
Kids turn 2-D shapes into 3-D buildings in fun geometry app.
Devices: iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2014)
(2014)
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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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Minecraft App Poster Image
Worthy spin-off of popular PC game encourages creativity.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2011)
(2011)
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Sweet Escapes: Build A Bakery App Poster Image
Fun, if simple, mix of puzzles and building design.
Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
(2019)
(2019)
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The Toymaker Website Poster Image
Cheerful paper toys to print and assemble.
URL: http://www.thetoymaker.com/
(2004)
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World of Goo App Poster Image
Great physics puzzler works well with touch interface.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Nook HD, Windows app
(2010)
(2011)
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DIY Website Poster Image
DIY
Maker community celebrates skill building and creativity.
URL: https://www.diy.org
(2013)
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Dragon Quest Builders 2 Game Poster Image
Terrific building game with positive messages and teamwork.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4
(2019)
(2019)
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Assemblr App Poster Image
Building cool stuff marred by focus on posts and purchases.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2018)
(2018)
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KidsThinkDesign Website Poster Image
Budding designers explore creative fields, get inspired.
URL: http://www.kidsthinkdesign.org/index.html
(2014)
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Orb App Poster Image
Orb
Build 3D models using cool, free AR app; tricky controls.
Devices: iPhone, iPad
(2017)
(2017)
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Instructables Website Poster Image
Encyclopedia of cool DIY projects, but not all for kids.
URL: http://www.instructables.com
(2010)
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Make:Online Website Poster Image
DIY site encourages kids to tinker, create, invent, think.
URL: http://makezine.com/
(2012)
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