Games That Help Kids Think Critically

Great games and apps 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 Games That Help Kids Think Critically

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Drag-and-drop shape puzzles made especially for toddlers.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2010)
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Cute storyline for problem solving; great family fun.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
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Cute but wordy preschool game has lots of activities.
Platforms: Nintendo DS
(2012)
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New version of classic book has kids solve the mystery.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
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LeapFrog toy character guides kids through numbers 1 to 20.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
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Very basic alphabet learning with cute interactive scenes.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
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Making music with Elmo and Abby is educational and fun.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii
(2012)
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Kids help animals by succeeding at simple learning games.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
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Fun, simple games teach key perceptual skill.
Devices: iPad
(2012)
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Amazing starter geometry app is fun and comprehensive.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2013)
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Solve and create puzzles that gush with STEM learning.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2016)
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This deep sea dive is teeming with fish and education.
Platforms: LeapFrog games
(2012)
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Great math practice with fun story, entertaining characters.
Devices: iPad
(2013)
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Information-packed tool delivers videos, photos, and more.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2011)
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Superheroes defeat villains in original, creative math app.
Devices: iPad
(2011)
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Kids learn financial literacy through game-show action.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
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Fantastic app makes historical figures relatable for kids.
Devices: iPad
(2013)
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Daily films from educational group provide tons of learning.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Apps for Windows
(2010)
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Save the planet with these terrific learning activities.
URL: http://www.missmaggie.org/
(2013)
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Clever physics game can be tricky on small screens.
Devices: Android, Kindle Fire
(2011)
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Amusing and informative fable teaches Internet safety.
Platforms: Windows, Mac
(2010)
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Marble mazes make for fun math practice.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2012)
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Collection of mental challenges is hard but rewarding.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2011)
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Videos and activities are fun, accurate, and valuable.
URL: http://www.brainpop.com
(2012)
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Challenging puzzler teaches kids to think like programmers.
Devices: iPad
(2013)
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Grand adventure teaches you to design your own games.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2010)
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First-person history adventure asks kids to choose sides.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2011)
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Excellent tool encourages appreciation of the universe.
Devices: Android, Apps for Windows
(2013)
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Playful brain workout provides social media bragging rights.
Platforms: PlayStation Vita
(2012)
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The ultimate puzzle game for imagination and creativity.
Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
(2010)
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Complex math concepts presented as real-world examples.
URL: http://www.figurethis.org/index.html
(2012)
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Innovative space strategy game rewards thoughtful play.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2012)
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Vocabulary-building word puzzle game shines on iOS.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Apps for Windows, Windows Phone
(2011)
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Detailed math videos and practice -- from simple to complex.
URL: http://www.virtualnerd.com/
(2012)
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Addictive, globe-trotting guessing game gets kids thinking.
Platforms: Linux, Mac, Windows
(2013)
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Popular, trusted resource covers mature topics responsibly.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Apps for Windows, Windows Phone
(2011)
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A global community of civic-minded young people.
URL: http://www.yourcommonwealth.org
(2012)
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Game challenges players to balance federal budget.
URL: http://www.publicinsightnetwork.org/budgethero/
(2012)
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Cool history project empowers teens to connect and share.
URL: http://www.historypin.com
(2013)
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Well-written interactive book with lots of multimedia.
Devices: iPad
(2011)
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Violent, intriguing first-person perspective of revolution.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2016)