Global Awareness Apps, Games, and Websites

Planet Earth is a pretty big deal, and your kid might have a few questions about it. With these awesome products, kids can learn about different parts of the world and the challenges we face in the 21st century. Whether your kid is managing a historic nation in Sid Meier's Civilization V or catching up on the latest news with News-O-Matic, this list will have an amazing age-appropriate and entertaining game for everyone. If your kid wants to focus on a more specific global topic, check out our Cultural Appreciation Games and Geography Apps, Games, and Websites.

 

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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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News-O-Matic App Poster Image
Fun, interactive way for kids to learn about the world.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2013)
(2014)
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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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BrainPOP Featured Movie App Poster Image
Daily films from educational group provide tons of learning.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Windows app
(2010)
(2011)
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The Daring Game for Girls Game Poster Image
Great girl-power messages, lots of variety and fun.
Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi, Nintendo Wii
(2010)
(2010)
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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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National Geographic Education Website Poster Image
Rich resource preps kids to be conscientious citizens.
URL: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/education/
(2013)
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National Geographic Kids Website Poster Image
Lots of educational content, but stuffed with ads, promos.
URL: http://kids.nationalgeographic.com
(2007)
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TIME for Kids Website Poster Image
Terrific news/info resource boosts brain power.
URL: http://timeforkids.com
(2007)
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Aquation: The Freshwater Access Game App Poster Image
Kids think globally about water resources in empowering sim.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2018)
(2018)
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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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Google Maps App Poster Image
Sublime navigation tool with cool extras.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2013)
(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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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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Google Earth App Poster Image
Must-see geographic exploration tool; watch for iffy videos.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2013)
(2018)
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The Learning Network Website Poster Image
NYTimes blog gives young people fluff-free news, discussion.
URL: https://www.nytimes.com/section/learning
(2011)
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Stop Disasters! Game Poster Image
Natural disasters become less scary in sim games.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2007)
(2007)
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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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