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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.

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
Todo Math

Learn counting, math, shapes, and telling time in a colorful way.

Todo Math
Basic counting

For those who want to reinforce math basics with their preschool-aged kids.

Todo Math: Play and Learn from Counting to Multiplication is a colorful, cheerful way to learn and practice math. From counting to equations to triangles, your girls and boys will enjoy this bubbly math adventure.

Why we love it

If you want to get your kids on the right start with math, then Todo Math: Play and Learn from Counting to Multiplication is a great way to do it. They will learn while having fun with over 600 different activities.

For those who...

  • Children from pre-K to second grade

Not for those who...

  • Children above the second grade
Toca Life: Hospital

Let your little ones learn about the hospital in a fun way.

Toca Life: Hospital
Head to the hospital

For those with children ages 6 to 8 who enjoy fun discovery apps.

Toca Life: Hospital lets kids enjoy exploring a medical center. They can care for newborns and sick patients with five floors to discover. Children can learn about ultrasound and CAT scan machines, use real-life hospital tools, and do it all without time limits or scoring. For an educational yet fun and interactive way for your kids to learn about hospital life, this is a terrific app.

Why we love it

Toco Life: Hospital helps children learn more about medical care, but in a colorful and enjoyable way.

For those who...

  • Have children ages 6 to 8 that enjoy discovery apps
  • Like your kids to play with fun and engaging apps

Not for those who...

  • Do not have young children
  • Dislike your kids playing with mobile apps
Toca Life: Vacation

Let your kids go on an exciting and colorful vacation adventure.

Toca Life: Vacation
The Fun You Know

For those with children ages 6 to 8 who enjoy fun discovery apps.

Toca Life: Vacation is a fun-filled adventure for your kids. They can explore the airport, hotel, beach, and sightseeing spots. There are neat surprises to uncover like buried treasures and adorable characters to include in stories that they can record. For an exciting trip without even leaving the house, children can enjoy playing on the beach, surfing in the ocean, visiting the cockpit on a plane, and riding on a hotel elevator to the penthouse suite.

Why we love it

Toca Life: Vacation takes children on an enjoyable adventure with colorful graphics, fun surprises, and exciting sights to see at every turn.

For those who...

  • Have children ages 6 to 8 that enjoy discovery apps
  • Like your kids to play with fun and engaging apps

Not for those who...

  • Do not have young children
  • Dislike your kids playing with mobile apps
Toca Life: Stable

Kids can go on an exciting wilderness adventure with a horse

Toca Life: Stable
Head to the stables

For kids who love farm life, animals, and especially horses.

Aptly named Toca Life: Stable, kids can create their own adventure. Kids will head to the stable and select from one of 16 different horses to play with and care for. They’ll brush, feed, and clean up after their horse before heading for a ride. They can head to the arena and show of their horses’s jumping skills and more. There are three other locations including a stable, forest, and shop.

Why we love it

Kids and horses go together like peanut butter and jelly. And Toca Life: Stable is a great way for any child to use their imagination and create their own adventure. Like other games from the developer, there are no in-app purchases or third-party advertising. With no high scores or any other achievements, its perfect to play for just a few minutes or to keep younger children entertained on a long car ride.

For those who...

  • Children who enjoy animals
  • especially horses.
  • Any kid who enjoys the huge series of adventure apps from Toca Boca.

Not for those who...

  • Kids who don't like horses.
  • Parents with older children looking for a more intense adventure.
Weather by Tinybop

Take a walk in the clouds, or a tornado, while learning about weather

Weather by Tinybop
Hot and cold

For kids who want to learn more about how weather affects the Earth.

The app brings weather to life. You can explore the mundane weather or even see what its like in a tornado or hurricane. The in-depth closeups and inforgraphics are amazingly designed and could even teach adults a thing or two.

Why we love it

Just like the other great titles from the developer, Weather by Tinybop is well-designed and does a great job helping to educate children about the world around them. It’s highly recommended. It will blow you away in more ways than one.

For those who...

  • Enjoy learning about science and the forces driving Mother Nature.
  • Like an educational app with beautiful detail and music.
  • Are looking to help educate their children in an environment with in-app purchases or advertisements.

Not for those who...

  • Are looking for a quick-fix game.
  • Don't enjoy science.
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.
Toca Life: Farm

Kids can head down to the farm to learn and have some fun

Toca Life: Farm
Four different locations to explore

For children who want to explore the different facets of living on a farm.

There are four different locations for children to explore - a barn, house, field, and store. There are also 29 unique characters and tons of different animals. Players can do things like milk a cow, gather eggs from hens, and even plant and tend to crops. Kids can even create their own movie in the app. Along with the characters movements, kids can record their own voice telling a story. Each movie can be up to two minutes long and saved to an iPhone or iPad to share with friends or view later.

Why we love it

Like other apps from the developer, there are no in-app purchases or third-party advertising. With no time limit or high scores, kids can play how they want. The app offers a tons of great activities that many kids will probably enjoy - everything from strumming the banjo to cleaning up after different animals.

For those who...

  • Kids 6-8 who enjoy other apps from Toca Boca.
  • Parents who are looking for educational apps without in-app purchases or third-party advertising.

Not for those who...

  • Don't have younger kids.
  • Kids who aren't interested in pretend play on the farm.
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.
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.