Games & Activities|April 7th 2022

30 best apps for kids of all ages

Our recommendations for all the fun, free, and educational apps in 2022 for kids 3-5, 5-8, 8-12, and 12 and up.

by The Lottie Team
Source: Unsplash | Igor Starkov

Fun and free apps for every age

There are so many free apps for kids out there that it’s hard to know which apps are the best ones. As parents, we have to provide a combination of educational, challenging, and enjoyable apps for our kids to help them learn and stay entertained. That’s why we’ve tested dozens of free apps for kids to bring you this list of the top 30, ordered by our recommended age for each app. Every app is free to download and often includes a combination of free and paid content.

Ages 3-5

  1. Sesame Street
    Experience the world of Sesame Street and all its beloved characters in the official app with games, songs, and videos that teach the same lessons you would find on the show.
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  2. Fish School
    Go on an underwater learning adventure with educational activities that teach kids letters, numbers, shapes, and colors – all with the help of colorful fish and friendly sea life.
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  3. Hungry Caterpillar Play School
    You’ve probably heard of the book, but have you heard of the app? The same beloved characters help kids learn in a relaxed environment and work on their math, spelling, and problem-solving skills.
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  4. Goodness Shapes
    This is the go-to app for your little ones when it’s time to learn the shapes! Kids can start learning about shapes, colors, sorting, and matching with activities that are just challenging enough.
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  5. ABCmouse
    Preschoolers will benefit the most from this app, which features a range of videos and activities across essential subjects like math, art, and science to prepare your little ones for organized learning.
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  6. World of Peppa Pig: Playtime
    The much beloved character comes alive in this app to help your little ones express their creativity and learn important early lessons.
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  7. Pok Pok Playroom
    A uniquely open play environment that helps your preschoolers explore and play without limits. There’s no way to get stuck, so kids can doodle, draw, and build for hours with limited supervision.
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Ages 5-8

  1. Khan Academy Kids
    Start learning a bit of everything early with this lesson-packed app that introduces and reinforces concepts that kids will start learning in school. It’s truly one of the best apps for kids, and a standout in this list.
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  2. Brainpop Jr. Movie of the Week
    Kids learn important lessons in science, social studies, reading, arts, health, and more from a new animated movie every week with characters they’ll love and look forward to seeing.
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  3. Quick Math Jr.
    Math comes alive in this app that features 12 games that help kids learn the fundamentals of solving math problems.
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  4. Prodigy
    When your child is ready to become a math hero, it’s time to download Prodigy. This is a deep dive into math learning and practice as you create your own character and go on a long adventure where progress is made by solving problems.
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  5. Lingokids
    This beautifully designed and inviting app helps kids learn numbers, words, colors, shapes, animals, foods, and more with activities led by fun characters they’ll learn to love. The app is completely ad-free and 100% kid-safe.
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  6. MathTango
    This is the age to start learning math basics, and MathTango could be the ideal partner to help your kids master them. Your kid can get a lesson plan with fun challenges that gradually increase in difficulty.
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  7. Flow Free
    It’s a fun and relaxing brain puzzle for kids with unlimited replay value. Flow Free is a simple yet addictive game where you connect matching colors with pipes to help kids be creative and solve problems.
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  8. PBS Kids Video
    Explore a vast library of fun and educational kids content from PBS, the US public broadcasting service that’s been creating kid-safe entertainment for decades.
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  9. Cyberchase Shape Quest
    Kids will learn about geometry and spatial reasoning with over 80 puzzles and games that even include AR (augmented reality) activities.
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  10. OLogy: Science for Kids
    Brought to you by the American Museum of Natural History, this app was developed by museum educators and leading scientists, and features games, videos, and articles across many science topics.
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Ages 8-12

  1. Quizlet
    Once it’s time for your kids to start preparing for quizzes and tests at school, Quizlet may become their favorite app. There are millions of existing flashcard sets across subjects, plus kids can always make their own to prepare for any subject.
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  2. Epic
    Your child’s love of reading will find a home in this app, which features over 40,000 books, audiobooks, and supplementary videos.
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  3. NSF Science Zone
    Created by the National Science Foundation in the US, this free app offers a ton of content about science that’s sure to pique anyone’s curiosity.
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  4. NatureID
    Help your kids learn more about plants and even start to care for them with this plant identification app that names a plant just by taking a picture. The app also features a plant care journal, plant encyclopedia, and a plant doctor to fix problems.
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  5. Duolingo
    Start learning a new language out of more than a dozen options with lessons that will help teach vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation over time.
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  6. Droplets
    Another language learning app, but one that’s designed just for kids. Droplets will help your kids take their very first steps in learning a new language.
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  7. Barefoot World Atlas
    Ignite a love for geography and access all corners of the globe with this interactive atlas that teaches kids fun facts and useful information about regions, oceans, countries, and cities.
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  8. Hopscotch
    Encourage your child’s first foray into coding with games, art, stories, and more. Kids will have the freedom to create cool games at increasing levels of complexity that truly demonstrate the potential of software engineering and programming.
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  9. Seek
    Identify and learn about plants and animals just by pointing the camera at them. Seek includes an incredibly rich library of information about thousands of organisms that kids can find just by stepping outside.
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Ages 12 and up

  1. Lightbot: Code Hour
    This app may ignite a love of coding before your kids even know they’re coding! This app teaches the basics of coding without actually having to write code so your child can solve problems and see how software might work.
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  2. Swift Playgrounds
    Take the newfound love of coding to another level with this app developed directly by Apple to learn real coding the fun way. Kids can start coding with puzzles and lessons in a beautifully designed space with dynamic visuals.
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  3. Impulse
    Play bite-sized brain games to train your memory and critical thinking. Get detailed reports and track your performance over time so you can use this app for years to come.
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  4. Photomath
    An app we parents wish we had growing up – this app helps you solve math problems in real time with step-by-step solutions. You have to see it to believe it.
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