Government Apps, Games, and Websites

With democracy and social advocacy playing such monumental roles in our society, it's never too early to start learning the basics of government and politics -- kids can develop critical-thinking skills and even get inspired toward political activism. But before you start investing in kid-size suits and powdered wigs, there's plenty of media available to introduce kids to the world of government. These apps, games, and websites will help spark interest in politics and provide a starting point for discussions. To help your kid understand the role of government in history and in other cultures, check out our list of Best Social Studies Apps, Games, and Websites.

Browse Government Apps, Games, and Websites

MrNussbaum Website Poster Image
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Engaging teacher-created edu site helps kids learn.
URL: http://www.mrnussbaum.com/
(2012)
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Fun, interactive way for kids to learn about the world.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2013)
Fantastic app makes historical figures relatable for kids.
Devices: iPad
(2013)
Daily films from educational group provide tons of learning.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Chromebook, Apps for Windows
(2010)
BrainPOP Website Poster Image
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Videos and activities are fun, accurate, and valuable.
URL: http://www.brainpop.com
(2012)
Mission US: For Crown or Colony? Game Poster Image
First-person history adventure asks kids to choose sides.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2011)
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Exciting but technically flawed city-building simulation.
Platforms: Windows
(2013)
Kids experience civics by building a dream candidate.
Platforms: Windows
(2012)
Excellent strategy game is educational and accessible.
Platforms: Windows
(2010)
Brilliant expansion makes Civ V more edifying than ever.
Platforms: Windows
(2013)
iCivics Website Poster Image
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Engaging games give kids safe, smart civics lessons.
URL: http://www.icivics.org/
(2012)
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Excellent tutorials on math, humanities, and more, for free.
Devices: iPad, Android
(2012)
The Learning Network Website Poster Image
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NYTimes blog gives young people fluff-free news, discussion.
URL: http://www.nytimes.com/learning
(2011)
Quandary Game Poster Image
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Decision-making sim shows that choices have shades of gray.
Platforms: Linux, Mac, Windows
(2012)
Your Commonwealth Website Poster Image
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A global community of civic-minded young people.
URL: http://www.yourcommonwealth.org
(2012)
Budget Hero Website Poster Image
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Game challenges players to balance federal budget.
URL: http://www.publicinsightnetwork.org/budgethero/
(2012)

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