Cultural Appreciation Apps, Games, and Websites

Differences should be celebrated. Educating your kid about the unique histories and traditions of various cultures will help them develop a better understanding of the world and the interesting people who make it great. These awesome apps, games, and websites will help kids explore and enjoy the wonderful cultural similarities and distinctions that make us who we are. For more picks that celebrate diversity, check out Books with Characters of Color and Apps and Games with Diverse Characters.

 

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Ni Hao, Kai-Lan: New Year's Celebration Game Poster Image
Virtual Chinese New Year with perfectly designed games.
Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
(2009)
(2009)
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SesameStreet.org Website Poster Image
Brought to you by the letter "F" -- for fun.
URL: http://www.sesamestreet.org
(2008)
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Team Umizoomi & Dora's Fantastic Flight Game Poster Image
Huge cast of Nick Jr. stars jump platforms and do some math.
Platforms: Nintendo DS
(2012)
(2012)
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Who Am I? Race Awareness Game App Poster Image
Discussion starter for kids and parents to play together.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2010)
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Barefoot World Atlas App Poster Image
Delightful way to learn about animals, people, and more.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
(2012)
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Oh Noah! Website Poster Image
Learn Spanish along with title character, mistakes and all.
URL: http://pbskids.org/noah/index.html
(2012)
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Herotopia Game Poster Image
Online world where kids become heroes by combating bullying.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2011)
(2011)
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PBS KIDS Website Poster Image
Loads of super-educational games and activities.
URL: http://pbskids.org/
(2007)
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Geo Walk - World Factbook 3D App Poster Image
Brilliantly designed app about Earth's people, places, more.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
(2011)
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Maggie's Earth Adventures Website Poster Image
Save the planet with these terrific learning activities.
URL: http://www.missmaggie.org/
(2013)
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BrainPOP Website Poster Image
Videos and activities are fun, accurate, and valuable.
URL: http://www.brainpop.com
(2012)
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Mayan Mysteries Game Poster Image
Cartoony learning adventure about ancient Mayan culture.
Platforms: Linux, Mac, Windows
(2012)
(2012)
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Mission US: Flight to Freedom Game Poster Image
Riveting sim where your choices decide fate of teen slave.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2012)
(2012)
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Nancy Drew: Ghost of Thornton Hall Game Poster Image
Great haunted house mystery with challenging puzzles.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2013)
(2013)
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Nancy Drew: Tomb of the Lost Queen Game Poster Image
Fab mystery lets you explore ancient Egyptian ruins.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2012)
(2012)
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New Moon Girls Online Website Poster Image
Dynamo site for girls has priorities right.
URL: http://www.newmoon.com/
(2008)
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Yo-Kai Watch Game Poster Image
Fun happy-"ghost"-lucky game helps kids deal with emotions.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2015)
(2015)
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Kiva Website Poster Image
Micro-loan site gives everyone the chance to help.
URL: http://www.kiva.org
(2012)
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Sid Meier's Civilization V Game Poster Image
Excellent strategy game is educational and accessible.
Platforms: Windows
(2010)
(2010)
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Sid Meier's Civilization V: Gods & Kings Game Poster Image
Fab expansion to historical sim adds religion to the mix.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2012)
(2012)
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Quandary Game Poster Image
Decision-making sim shows that choices have shades of gray.
Platforms: Linux, Mac, Windows
(2016)
(2016)
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Youth Voices Their Perspective Website Poster Image
A global community of civic-minded young people.
URL: http://www.yourcommonwealth.org
(2012)
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Half the Sky Movement: The Game Game Poster Image
Empowering sim explores women's issues and activism.
Platforms: Facebook
(2013)
(2013)
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Historypin Website Poster Image
Cool history project empowers teens to connect and share.
URL: http://www.historypin.com
(2013)
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Teen Ink Website Poster Image
Creative, supportive forum for teens to share their work.
URL: http://www.teenink.com
(2009)
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Poets.org Website Poster Image
Learn all about American poets and poetry.
URL: http://www.poets.org/
(2005)
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