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Apps and Games That Help Kids Think Critically

Great games like these don't simply ask kids for RIGHT or WRONG answers. Instead, they encourage kids to experiment and consider the shades of gray in problems.

Browse Apps and Games That Help Kids Think Critically

AGE
2
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LEARNING
Drag-and-drop shape puzzles made especially for toddlers.
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Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2010)
AGE
3
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LEARNING
Cute but wordy preschool game has lots of activities.
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Platforms: Nintendo DS
(2012)
AGE
3
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
LeapFrog toy character guides kids through numbers 1 to 20.
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Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
AGE
3
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Very basic alphabet learning with cute interactive scenes.
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Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
Editors' pick
AGE
3
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Making music with Elmo and Abby is educational and fun.
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Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii
(2012)
AGE
3
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
New version of classic book has kids solve the mystery.
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Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
AGE
3
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Cute storyline for problem solving; great family fun.
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Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
AGE
5
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LEARNING
Kids help animals by succeeding at simple learning games.
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Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
AGE
5
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LEARNING
Fun, simple games teach key perceptual skill.
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Devices: iPad
(2012)
AGE
5
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Amazing starter geometry app is fun and comprehensive.
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Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2013)
AGE
6
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
This deep sea dive is teeming with fish and education.
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Platforms: LeapPad Explorer, LeapPad2, Leapster Explorer, LeapsterGS
(2012)
AGE
7
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Great math practice with fun story, entertaining characters.
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Devices: iPad
(2013)
AGE
7
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Information-packed tool delivers videos, photos, and more.
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Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2011)
Editors' pick
AGE
7
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Superheroes defeat villains in original, creative math app.
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Devices: iPad
(2011)
AGE
7
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Kids learn financial literacy through game-show action.
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Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
AGE
8
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Fantastic app makes historical figures relatable for kids.
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Devices: iPad
(2013)
AGE
8
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Kids dig into concepts with funny science educator.
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Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2013)
AGE
8
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Daily films from educational group provide tons of learning.
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Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Apps for Windows
(2010)
AGE
8
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Save the planet with these terrific learning activities.
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URL: http://www.missmaggie.org/
(2013)
AGE
8
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Clever physics game can be tricky on small screens.
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Devices: Android, Kindle Fire
(2011)
AGE
8
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Amusing and informative fable teaches Internet safety.
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Platforms: Windows, Mac
(2010)
AGE
9
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Marble mazes make for fun math practice.
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Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2012)
AGE
9
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Collection of mental challenges is hard but rewarding.
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Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2011)
AGE
10
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Videos and activities are fun, accurate, and valuable.
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URL: http://www.brainpop.com
(2012)
AGE
10
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Challenging puzzler teaches kids to think like programmers.
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Devices: iPad
(2013)
Editors' pick
AGE
10
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Grand adventure teaches you to design your own games.
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Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2010)
AGE
10
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
First-person history adventure asks kids to choose sides.
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Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2011)
AGE
10
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Excellent tool encourages appreciation of the universe.
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Devices: Android, Apps for Windows
(2013)
AGE
10
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Playful brain workout provides social media bragging rights.
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Platforms: PlayStation Vita
(2012)
AGE
10
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
The ultimate puzzle game for imagination and creativity.
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Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
(2010)
AGE
11
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Complex math concepts presented as real-world examples.
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URL: http://www.figurethis.org/index.html
(2012)
AGE
11
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Innovative space strategy game rewards thoughtful play.
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Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2012)
AGE
11
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Vocabulary-building word puzzle game shines on iOS.
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Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Apps for Windows, Windows Phone
(2011)
AGE
11
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Detailed math videos and practice -- from simple to complex.
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URL: http://www.virtualnerd.com/
(2012)
AGE
12
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Addictive, globe-trotting guessing game gets kids thinking.
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Platforms: Linux, Mac, Windows
(2013)
AGE
12
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Popular, trusted resource covers mature topics responsibly.
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Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Apps for Windows, Windows Phone
(2011)
AGE
12
QUALITY
 
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A global community of civic-minded young people.
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URL: http://www.yourcommonwealth.org
(2012)
AGE
13
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Game challenges players to balance federal budget.
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URL: http://www.publicinsightnetwork.org/budgethero/
(2012)
AGE
13
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Cool history project empowers teens to connect and share.
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URL: http://www.historypin.com
(2013)
AGE
13
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Well-written interactive book with lots of multimedia.
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Devices: iPad
(2011)