Kids and technology can be a good combination. It’s not all wasted time in the vast hole of the Internet. This is especially true if they are utilizing education apps when they are on devices such as an iPad, smartphone, or other tablet device. As long as the time is spent wisely using education apps as opposed to just mindlessly playing app games or watching absurd videos (remember the Annoying Orange?) then a child can be learning while having a lot of fun.

These electronic devices are here to stay, and parents are putting them in the hands of their children younger and younger nowadays.

Even kids as young as two-years-old are swiping their chubby baby fingers on their own smart touch-screen computers. VTech, a popular brand of electronic learning toy, specifically designs its products for kids.

Most of the apps here are fairly age-specific. With the education apps, it’s important to read reviews before you purchase one—keep in mind some are offered for free. Look over the age recommendations before you hand it off to your child to work on. If you are talking about teens then it might be a little more difficult to get them interested in some of these education apps, but when you promise them time to peruse social media in exchange for time using a math or science app then it’s a good trade off for everyone!

Here are over 25 of the best education apps to check out in 2016 for students of all ages.


balloony-wordBalloony Word Pro

Balloony Word Pro is a family-friendly fun educational game for helping kids practice and broaden their vocabulary skills.

Device:  iPhone/IPad

chemistChemist Virtual Chem Lab

Chemist is your portable chemistry lab. It’s the only virtual chemistry lab for tablets to conduct chemistry experiments, explore chemistry reactions with different lab tools.

Device: iPhone/iPad | Android

eli-explorerEli Explorer

Eli Explorer is an exciting language learning app that helps with pronunciation. This app helps kids learn their first words in a safe, interactive world with no levels or rules.

Device: iPhone/iPad

king-of-math-jrKing of Math Junior

King of Math Junior is a mathematics game set in a medieval environment. Climb the ladder of society, and rule by answering math questions and solving puzzles.

Device: iPhone/iPad | Android

geo-dashNational Geographic: GeoDash

Join GeoDash the Robot in exploring Earth’s habitats. Get awesome animal abilities and collect animal cards with pics, cool facts, jokes, and weird-but-fun-trivia along the way.

Device: iPhone/iPad


VideoScience features short videos that demonstrate inexpensive easy-to-recreate experiments designed to inspire and excite budding young scientists of all ages.

Device: iPhone/iPad


See.Touch.Learn is visual instruction for autism and special needs. Access 50 individual libraries with thousands of exercises developed by professionals.

Device: iPad

alphabet-projectorAlphabet Projector

Alphabet Projector is an educational sight words app for learning the alphabet, developed for the iPad to utilize its projection capabilities.

Device: iPhone/iPad

ABC-phonicsABC Magic Phonics

ABC Magic Phonics helps kids learn the alphabet through sound. A phonetic photo image is matched with each letter to help them learn the sounds.

Device: iPhone/iPad

solve-the-outbreakSolve The Outbreak

In Solve the Outbreak, your mission as a “disease detective” is to collect clues and analyze data to solve a deadly virus outbreak and save lives.

Device: iPad | Android

lark-storybirdLark by StoryBird

Lark by StoryBird brings StoryBird’s creative power and beauty to your smartphone or tablet. Use Lark to make and share beautiful art-inspired poetry and stories.

Device: iPhone/iPad

little-alchemyLittle Alchemy

Little Alchemy lets you create anything by mixing simple elements. Start with four basic items and use them to discover more and more as you build on them.

Device: iPhone/iPad | Android

discovery-edDiscovery Education Techbook

The Discovery Education Techbook app is a companion to schools/districts using the Discovery Education Science Techbook and Social Studies Techbook services.

Device: iPhone/iPad

sight-wordsSight Words: Kids Learn

Sight Words: Kids Learn combines easy-to-follow activities with hands-on and audio features to jumpstart the process or learning how to read.

Device: iPhone/iPad

learning-colors-kidsLearning Colors For Kids

Learning Colors for Kids is a simple and exciting learning game for introducing young children to the amazing world of colors.

Device: Android

disney-junior-playDisney Junior Play

Disney Junior Play features loads of exciting games, puzzles, singalong videos, sticker book scenes, and more—all featuring kids’ favourite Disney characters.

Device: iPhone/iPad | Android

peppas-paintboxPeppa’s Paintbox

Peppa’s Paintbox is a drawing application designed specially for Peppa fans. It uses traditional drawing tools plus some surprises that kids will love.

Device: iPhone/iPad | Android

baby-zoo-pianoBaby Zoo Piano

Baby Zoo Piano teaches the whole octave of notes to children, using piano music accompanied by the sounds of various animals.

Device: Android

finger-painting-gameKids Finger Painting Art Game

The Kids Finger Painting app exercises fine motor skills while allowing children to be creative, and develops hand-eye coordination at the same time.

Device: Android

lego-duplo-trainLego Duplo Train

Driving the colourful Lego Duplo Train your child can load wagons, build bridges, stop at crossings and refuel, and lay new tracks around pesky rocks.

Device: iPhone/iPad | Android

math-duelMath Duel: 2 Player Math Game

Math Duel: 2 Player Math Game is a fun educational games for teens and adults where two players fight each other with mathematical skill.

Device: iPhone/iPad | Android

trivia-crackTrivia Crack

Trivia Crack is a free game that pits friend against friend in different categories to determine who has the most trivia knowledge. It’s great for all ages.

Device: iPhone/iPad | Android

math-vs-undeadMath vs.The Undead: Math Workout

Math vs.The Undead: Math Workout is a fun experience for kids that combines zombie games and educational games in one super-cool math game.

Device: iPhone/iPad | Android

mind-gamesMind Games

Mind Games is a great collection of games based in part on principles of cognitive psychology to help you practice different mental skills.

Device: iPhone/iPad | Android

nail-doctorNail Doctor

Nail Doctor is an educational game using an interactive, first-hand virtual experience for learning the complex or unfamiliar concepts of surgery.

Device: iPhone/iPad | Android

tree-house-gameTree House Learning Games

The games on Tree House Learning Games are designed with plenty of imagination. There are games for learning about shapes, colours, and polarities as well as a shadow game.

Device: Android

loose-strandsLoose Strands

In Loose Strands, kids explore a mystery in a barbershop through this interactive adventure novel. This is a critical thinking game where every choice has an outcome and consequence.

Device: iPhone/iPad | Android


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