Tools to Turn Your Kid into a Math and Science Pro

These terrific digital tools can make math and science come alive for even the most reluctant student. In addition to facts, figures, and formulas, these math and science apps, games, and sites help kids learn how to learn. You can help by encouraging kids to try and try again when faced with challenging concepts. Perseverance and resilience are character-building traits that kids can apply to any learning situation. Get more advice and media recommendations for helping kids learn at home.

Khan Academy Poster Image
WEBSITE

Khan Academy

age 5+

Excellent tutorials on math, humanities, and more, for free.

URL: https://www.khanacademy.org (2013)
Solar Family Planets Stars Games Solar System Kids Poster Image
APP

Solar Family Planets Stars Games Solar System Kids

age 5+

Cute characters and planet facts not out of this world.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2017)
See full review
Kahoot! Big Numbers: DragonBox Poster Image
APP

Kahoot! Big Numbers: DragonBox

age 6+

Clever math resource-management game requires some patience.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2021)
See full review
Prodigy: Kids Math Game Poster Image
APP

Prodigy: Kids Math Game

age 7+

Fantasy game helps kids become math wizards.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Chromebook (2019)
See full review
Ansel and Clair: Little Green Island Poster Image
APP

Ansel and Clair: Little Green Island

age 7+

Eco-friendly game makes kids masters of their own islands.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2013)
See full review
The Digits: Fraction Blast Poster Image
APP

The Digits: Fraction Blast

age 7+

Fractions rock in interactive, rock-band-in-space appisode.

Devices: Kindle Fire (2013)
See full review
The Magic School Bus: Oceans Poster Image
GAME

The Magic School Bus: Oceans

age 7+

Hooks kids with fun games and loads them with knowledge.

Platforms: Nintendo DS (2011)
See full review
Math Blaster Online Poster Image
GAME

Math Blaster Online

age 7+

Exciting-yet-educational games in safe, social world.

Platforms: Mac, Windows (2011)
See full review
MathBoard Poster Image
APP

MathBoard

age 7+

Useful practice tool customizable for range of levels.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2011)
See full review
Meet the Insects: Forest Edition Poster Image
APP

Meet the Insects: Forest Edition

age 7+

Inspire backyard explorers with bug-tacular resource.

Devices: iPad (2014)
See full review
Mystery Math Town Poster Image
APP

Mystery Math Town

age 7+

Great math practice with fun story, entertaining characters.

Devices: iPad (2013)
See full review
NASA Kids' Club Poster Image
WEBSITE

NASA Kids' Club

age 7+

Clever games and activities teach kids about math and space.

URL: http://kids.msfc.nasa.gov (2011)
NRICH Poster Image
WEBSITE

NRICH

age 7+

Fantastic math site engages kids through problem solving.

URL: http://nrich.maths.org (2013)
ExploreLearning Reflex Poster Image
WEBSITE

ExploreLearning Reflex

age 7+

Fun games, friendly guides help kids build math fluency.

URL: https://www.reflexmath.com (2013)
Classify It! Poster Image
APP

Classify It!

age 8+

Great tool for building scientific classification skills.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2014)
See full review
Cyberchase Poster Image
WEBSITE

Cyberchase

age 8+

Site based on PBS show is online learning at its best.

URL: http://pbskids.org/cyberchase (2011)
Lifeboat to Mars Poster Image
GAME

Lifeboat to Mars

age 8+

Free online ecosystem game makes learning biology fun.

Platforms: Mac, Windows (2010)
See full review
Magic Store Math Poster Image
APP

Magic Store Math

age 8+

Hands-on practice, not magic, makes this game effective.

Devices: iPad (2016)
See full review
NASA's Space Place Poster Image
WEBSITE

NASA's Space Place

age 8+

Site shows kids the fun in learning about science and tech.

URL: http://spaceplace.nasa.gov (2011)
NSF Science Zone Poster Image
APP

NSF Science Zone

age 8+

Amazing free app sparks imagination and learning.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2019)
See full review