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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APP

Molly of Denali: Learning App

age 4+

Explore Alaska Native culture and more with TV character.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2020)
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GAME

Ni Hao, Kai-Lan: New Year's Celebration

age 4+

Virtual Chinese New Year with perfectly designed games.

Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi (2009)
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WEBSITE

SesameStreet.org

age 4+

Brought to you by the letter "F" -- for fun.

URL: https://www.sesamestreet.org (2008)
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GAME

Team Umizoomi & Dora's Fantastic Flight

age 4+

Huge cast of Nick Jr. stars jump platforms and do some math.

Platforms: Nintendo DS (2012)
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APP

Who Am I? Race Awareness Game

age 5+

Discussion starter for kids and parents to play together.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2013)
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APP

Barefoot World Atlas

age 6+

Delightful way to learn about animals, people, and more.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2012)
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WEBSITE

Oh Noah!

age 6+

Learn Spanish along with title character, mistakes and all.

URL: http://pbskids.org/noah/index.html (2012)
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APP

Geo Walk - World Factbook 3D

age 8+

Brilliantly designed app about Earth's people, places, more.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2011)
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WEBSITE

Maggie's Earth Adventures

age 8+

Save the planet with these terrific learning activities.

URL: http://www.missmaggie.org/ (2013)
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WEBSITE

BrainPOP

age 9+

Videos and activities are fun, accurate, and valuable.

URL: https://www.brainpop.com (2012)
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GAME

Mayan Mysteries

age 10+

Cartoony learning adventure about ancient Mayan culture.

Platforms: Linux, Mac, Windows (2012)
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GAME

Mission US: Flight to Freedom

age 10+

Riveting sim where choices decide fate of enslaved teen.

Platforms: Mac, Windows (2012)
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GAME

Nancy Drew: Ghost of Thornton Hall

age 10+

Great haunted house mystery with challenging puzzles.

Platforms: Mac, Windows (2013)
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GAME

Nancy Drew: Tomb of the Lost Queen

age 10+

Fab mystery lets you explore ancient Egyptian ruins.

Platforms: Mac, Windows (2012)
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GAME

Yo-Kai Watch

age 10+

Fun happy-"ghost"-lucky game helps kids deal with emotions.

Platforms: Nintendo 3DS (2015)
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WEBSITE

Kiva

age 11+

Micro-loan site gives everyone the chance to help.

URL: http://www.kiva.org (2012)
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GAME

Sid Meier's Civilization V

age 11+

Excellent strategy game is educational and accessible.

Platforms: Windows (2010)
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GAME

Sid Meier's Civilization V: Gods & Kings

age 11+

Fab expansion to historical sim adds religion to the mix.

Platforms: Mac, Windows (2012)
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WEBSITE

Quandary

age 12+

Decision-making sim shows that choices have shades of gray.

URL: https://www.quandarygame.org/ (2013)
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WEBSITE

YourCommonwealth

age 12+

A global community of civic-minded young people.

URL: http://www.yourcommonwealth.org (2012)