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Educational Apps and Games You Want Your Kids to Play

These educational apps are not only fun, but they transform your iPhone and iPad into something that's less about distractions and more about learning.

Stack the States®

Fifty states of fun.

Stack the States®
Slide the states

For those who want to teach their kids about U.S. geography in a fun way.

Stack the States lets kids learn about the states and their shapes, capitals, flags, geographical locations, and more. It does so primarily by allowing kids to touch and move animated states on the screen in five mini-games with different objectives: build tall piles of states, tap the locations of states on the map, tap the correct states before they pile up too high, put together adjacent states like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, and match states with their capitals.

Why we love it

The animated states make all the difference in Stack the States. By allowing kids to tap and move them around, the app helps kids learn about the states in a colorful and playful environment. In other words, Stack the States enables children to learn about geographical borders without the boredom.

For those who...

  • ... want to learn about the 50 states of America in a fun way. ... enjoying playing mini-games with cartoony graphics.

Not for those who...

  • ... don't like playing mini-games. ... are outside the U.S., where a more than basic knowledge of the states is not essential.
DragonBox Algebra 5+

So fun and easy, a five-year-old can do it.

DragonBox Algebra 5+
Box equals x

For those who are ready to have their children learn algebra using a fun game.

Players manipulate cards to isolate the DragonBox on one side of the game board. Gradually, the cards are replaced with numbers and variables. Subsequently, it emerges that players have been learning how to work with addition, division and multiplication operators all along.

Why we love it

DragonBox Algebra 5+ is a perfect example of game-based learning. Ostensibly it's a simple game that has players manipulating cards. But actually it's an educational game that teaches players how to solve linear equations without them knowing it.

For those who...

  • ... like learning while playing. ... want to learn the basic concepts of mathematics and algebra.

Not for those who...

  • ... want a more straightforward app for learning algebra. ... don't want anything to do with numbers and variables.
Jump Numbers

Kids can have fun practicing math while saving cute creatures.

Jump Numbers
Make a path

For those who would like their children ages 6 and up to learn math skills with a fun game.

Jump! A Game of Numbers is a great way for your children to practice and hone their math skills. It is challenging per your child’s skill level and provides an energetic and light-hearted learning environment. You cannot help but love hearing the sounds of the Snortles and will do your best to save them all.

Why we love it

For children ages 6 and up, Jump! A Game of Numbers provides a fun and unique way to practice math and counting. Rescue over 140 cute Snortles floating in the sea through six lively locations.

For those who...

  • Children ages 6 and up

Not for those who...

  • Children under the age of 6
Slice Fractions

Slice your way through learning fractions.

Slice Fractions
Spread the lava

For those looking for Fruit Ninja accessibility with actual educational elements.

In Slice Fractions, kids have to clear a path for a mammoth by slicing through lava to melt the blocks of ice that hinder the pachyderm's safe passage. Effectively, kids learn about fraction concepts without dealing with potentially confusing words. To reward kids for their excellent slicing, they can also unlock funky hats for the mammoth.

Why we love it

Grasping the concept of fractions can be hard for grade-schoolers and even for some grown-ups. So it's recommended that kids get a head-start. And Slice Fractions, which teaches kids about fractions using game-based learning methods, is a perfect app for that.

For those who...

  • ... want to learn about fraction concepts without words. ... like slicing games.

Not for those who...

  • ... want to learn about fractions but in a more straightforward, academic manner. ... don't want to help a mammoth survive the Ice Age.
Stack the States® 2

Make geography fun and exciting.

Stack the States® 2
Stack and go

For those who want to teach their kids about U.S. states, cities, and landmarks in a unique way.

Designed for children 9 to 11, the app does a wonderful job in bringing the subject to life. There are two main parts of the app - a section with four different geography games and a learning area with an awesome interactive map and flash cards. One of the best features of the sequel is the map. For each state, kids can take a look at major cities, landmarks, and a 3-D elevation view.

Why we love it

The animated states make all the difference in Stack the States 2. By allowing kids to tap and move them around, the app helps kids learn about the states in a colorful and playful environment. In other words, Stack the States enables children to learn about geographical borders without the boredom. It really does help the important subject come to life in a fun and exciting way.

For those who...

  • Interested in learning more about the 50 states in the U.S. Enjoy playing fun and interesting mini-games.

Not for those who...

  • Don't need or want to learn more about U.S. geography.
Dinorama

Teaching kids about money is better with dinosaurs.

Dinorama
Manage your own jurassic park

For those who want to teach their children the concepts of money and time.

In Dinorama, kids are in charge of everything that has to do with their dinosaur theme parks, from hiring employees to selling to running concessions to taking care of dinosaurs. They're challenged to manage money and time well in anticipation of unpredictable events like lower tickets sales and food price hikes. They can also earn interest with the piggy bank.

Why we love it

Money and time management is an important concept that kids would do well to learn as early as they can. And Dinorama is a great app to assist parents in teaching their children that concept. It just goes to show that any subject can be made more fun and playful with the help of dinosaurs.

For those who...

  • ... want to learn about money and time management. ... love dinosaurs.

Not for those who...

  • ... think their kids are too young to be playing with money (or at least the concept thereof). ... scared of dinosaurs.