Social Studies Apps, Games, and Websites

Early social studies skills involve gaining an understanding of different communities and cultures, as well as learning the basics of geography and mapping. Kids can learn about other cultures through a video game or develop a better sense of place by using the zoom feature on a tablet to explore an interactive globe. Students in the middle grades can gain an understanding of historic events as well as deepen their awareness of history in the making. High school kids can learn about U.S. and world history through gameplay or broaden their knowledge of the economy with hands-on activities that show the complexities of balancing a country's budget. And for more great resources, check out our Best Economics Games and Best Political Games.

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JumpStart 3D Virtual World Game Poster Image
Online learning game set in a big open world is a cut above.
Platforms: Windows
(2009)
(2009)
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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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Art Stories Cities App Poster Image
Playful take on world travel has lofty educational info.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2017)
(2017)
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Issa's Edible Adventures App Poster Image
Real recipes are highlights in this imaginary adventure.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2018)
(2018)
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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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One Globe Kids - Friends Around the World App Poster Image
Stories, beautiful photos help kids build global awareness.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2017)
(2017)
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Traveling with Arthur - London city guide for kids App Poster Image
Lovely London-themed info and games cute, light on learning.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2017)
(2017)
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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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Wonderopolis Website Poster Image
A wonder a day will keep kids' eyes open to discovery.
URL: http://wonderopolis.org/
(2012)
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Britannica Kids: Aztec Empire App Poster Image
Get to know a past civilization, some of Mexico's history.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
(2011)
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Geo Walk HD - 3D World Fact Book App Poster Image
Brilliantly designed app about Earth's people, places, more.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
(2011)
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Presidents vs. Aliens App Poster Image
Goofy and fun way to learn about the U.S. presidents.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
(2011)
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Stack the Countries App Poster Image
Pile up nations while you pile up geography knowledge.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Apps for Windows, Windows Phone
(2011)
(2012)
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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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Scholastic Kids Press Corps Website Poster Image
Kid reporters (and readers) get schooled in journalism.
URL: http://magazines.scholastic.com/
(2011)
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The Oregon Trail App Poster Image
Relive history by managing a family's wagon trip out west.
Devices: Android, Kindle Fire
(2010)
(2010)
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World Rescue App Poster Image
Serious global issues covered in nine mini-games.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2017)
(2017)
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BJ Pinchbeck's Homework Helper Website Poster Image
Vast library of links a boon for kids doing online research.
URL: http://www.bjpinchbeck.com/
(2011)
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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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National Geographic Challenge Game Poster Image
Game show/board game is a blast -- but questions are tough!
Platforms: Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
(2011)
(2011)
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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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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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Think Like Churchill App Poster Image
Go inside history with stunning visuals, critical decisions.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
(2015)
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Google Arts & Culture App Poster Image
Fun selfie feature and treasure trove of information.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2018)
(2016)
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HowStuffWorks Website Poster Image
Excellent tool for kids with nuts-and-bolts questions.
URL: http://www.howstuffworks.com/
(2011)
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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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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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Journeys of Invention: Science and Technology from Past to Present App Poster Image
Text-heavy reference tool highlights major discoveries.
Devices: iPad
(2015)
(2015)
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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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Finding Home - A Refugee's Journey App Poster Image
Incredible interactive story shows teen refugee experience.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2017)
(2017)
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Tropico 4 Game Poster Image
City building game offers tyrannical options.
Platforms: Xbox 360
(2011)
(2011)
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