Top Puzzle Apps

When parents think about puzzles, most picture cardboard pieces that fit together. And there are some solid apps that let kids put pieces together when real-life puzzles are less convenient. Then there are match-3 games and number puzzles like Sudoku. But there are lots of other fun ways to fire up your problem-solving skills. Some challenge your ability to figure out where things need to go to make something work, which gets your spatial reasoning involved. More advanced versions even put you into other worlds where you manipulate your environment. Whatever type is most appealing, these puzzle apps will get your kid thinking -- and practicing perseverance -- as they play.

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Kids Puzzles Puzzingo - Learning Puzzle Games for Toddler

age 2+

Well-done app engages tots learning animals, ABCs, and 123s.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2011)
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Tozzle - Toddler's favorite puzzle

age 2+

Drag-and-drop shape puzzles made especially for toddlers.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2010)
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Preschool Puzzle Town

age 3+

Delightful puzzles for preschool players.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2017)
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RelationShapes

age 3+

Stellar puzzler shows how shapes combine to form objects.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2017)
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Action Puzzle

age 4+

Simple puzzles with pizazz come alive with animated scenery.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2019)
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Hidden Pictures Puzzle Play

age 4+

Fun, digital version of the beloved find-it magazine game.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2019)
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Crazy Gears

age 5+

Fun STEM-themed free play with easy offscreen connections.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2015)
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Thinkrolls: Kings & Queens

age 5+

Fairy tales inspire fun, challenging puzzler.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2016)
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Thinkrolls Play & Code

age 5+

Delightful puzzles inspire innovation and problem-solving.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2020)
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Winky Think Logic Puzzles

age 5+

Fun puzzler for wide age range; older kids need patience.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2018)
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Busy Water

age 6+

Solve and create puzzles that gush with STEM learning.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2016)
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Planets Puzzle - Game for Kids

age 6+

Creative, unique matching puzzler entertains.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2018)
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Pokemon Cafe Mix

age 6+

Fun Pokemon puzzle game even non-fans may enjoy.

Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android (2020)
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Snoopy Puzzle Journey

age 6+

Matching game gives plenty of help and few tough puzzles.

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Where's My Water?

age 6+

Puzzler's plot, unique gameplay will captivate young or old.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2011)
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Angry Birds

age 7+

Popular knock-down-blocks app pits birds against pigs.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2011)
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Angry Birds Space

age 7+

Sequel introduces new levels that have gravitational pull.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2012)
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Bad Piggies

age 7+

Angry Birds pigs star in challenging, captivating puzzles.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2012)
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Blek

age 7+

Creative minimalist game defies expectations.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2014)
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Cut the Rope 2

age 7+

Triumphant return of an app gaming favorite.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2013)
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