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.

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Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids Website Poster Image
Useful education tool, but games won't wow kids.
URL: http://bensguide.gpo.gov
(2007)
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Khan Academy Website Poster Image
Excellent tutorials on math, humanities, and more, for free.
URL: http://www.khanacademy.org
(2013)
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Mr. Nussbaum! Learning + Fun Website Poster Image
Engaging teacher-created edu site helps kids learn.
URL: http://www.mrnussbaum.com/
(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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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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BrainPOP Website Poster Image
Videos and activities are fun, accurate, and valuable.
URL: http://www.brainpop.com
(2012)
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SimCity Game Poster Image
Exciting but technically flawed city-building simulation.
Platforms: Windows
(2013)
(2013)
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The Political Machine 2012 Game Poster Image
Kids experience civics by building a dream candidate.
Platforms: Windows
(2012)
(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: Brave New World Game Poster Image
Brilliant expansion makes Civ V more edifying than ever.
Platforms: Windows
(2013)
(2013)
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iCivics Website Poster Image
Engaging games give kids safe, smart civics lessons.
URL: http://www.icivics.org/
(2012)
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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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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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PolitiFact Website Poster Image
Find out who's telling the truth in politics.
URL: http://www.politifact.com/
(2015)
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Mobilize.org Website Poster Image
Nonprofit site that empowers Millennials to get involved.
URL: http://mobilize.org/
(2012)
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Street Law Website Poster Image
Excellent info, activities get kids into SCOTUS case work.
URL: https://www.streetlaw.org/
(2015)
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SCOTUSblog Website Poster Image
Comprehensive unbiased coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court.
URL: http://www.scotusblog.com/
(2015)
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