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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APP

LEGO DUPLO WORLD

age 2+

Branded blocks build early skills with co-play, mini-games.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2019)
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APP

Build With Grandpa

age 3+

Mini-games about building appeal to construction lovers.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2017)
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APP

Sago Mini Toolbox

age 3+

Empowering play with tools and projects lacks logic.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2015)
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APP

Tiny Builders - Digger, Crane and Dumper for Kids!

age 3+

Diversity stands out in construction-site sandbox.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2015)
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APP

The Cat in the Hat Builds That

age 4+

Upbeat feline offers fun STEM exploration on- and offscreen.

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

Tami's Tower

age 4+

Build a tower, test, and improve to help a hungry monkey.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2019)
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APP

Thomas & Friends Minis

age 4+

Fun AR builder for train fanatics; good fun for others.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2017)
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APP

Township: Farm & City Building

age 4+

Sophisticated, occasionally slow take on the sim genre.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2019)
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APP

Car Kit

age 5+

Design fun roadways and cities, drive around your creations.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2017)
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WEBSITE

DiscoverE

age 5+

Stellar source of engineering info and experiments.

URL: http://discovere.org (2020)
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APP

DIY.org – Creative Challenges

age 5+

How-to videos ignite curiosity and nurture key skills.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2019)
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APP

Fiete Cars

age 5+

Drive into a creative, make-and-test dream with fun options.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2017)
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APP

Pango Build Park

age 5+

Imagine, create, and play at custom theme parks.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2017)
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APP

Pango Build Safari

age 5+

DIY safari landscapes come to life in scene-building app.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2018)
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APP

SpriteBox Coding

age 7+

Puzzle-based platformer teaches kids actual code.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2017)
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APP

Train Kit

age 5+

Virtual trains take a spin through a 3D world you design.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2016)
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APP

Train Kit Space

age 5+

Design 3D landscapes for locomotives on other planets.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2019)
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APP

Build a Truck - by Duck Duck Moose

age 6+

Rollicking monster-truck fun, minus the noise.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2014)
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GAME

Super Mario Maker 2

age 6+

Fun, accessible editing tools expose kids to game design.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch (2019)
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WEBSITE

Code.org

age 8+

Clear instruction can turn kids into coding superstars.

URL: https://code.org (2019)