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Ages 2-6..................................................... 3
   Language & Reading..............................................................................3
   Math .......................................................................................................9
   Science ................................................................................................ 11
   Social Studies ......................................................................................13
   Arts ....................................................................................................... 14
   Hobbies ................................................................................................ 15
   Multi-Subject ........................................................................................ 17
   Thinking & Reasoning ..........................................................................19
   Creativity ..............................................................................................20
   Feelings & Friendship...........................................................................22
   Health & Fitness ...................................................................................24
   Preschool Prep .....................................................................................25

Ages 7-12................................................. 33
   Language & Reading............................................................................33
   Math .....................................................................................................35
   Science ................................................................................................37
   Social Studies ......................................................................................39
   Arts .......................................................................................................42
   Hobbies ................................................................................................43
   Multi-Subject ........................................................................................46
   Thinking & Reasoning ..........................................................................48
   Creativity ..............................................................................................52
   Feelings & Friendship...........................................................................54
   Tech Skills ............................................................................................56
   Health & Fitness ...................................................................................57
   Homework Help ....................................................................................58
   Ages Up to 7-12 ....................................................................................60

Ages 13-17............................................... 63
   Health & Fitness ...................................................................................63
   Core & Subjects ...................................................................................65
   21st Century Skills ................................................................................66
   Ages Up to 13-17 ..................................................................................68
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LANGUAGE AND READING JUMP OFF THE PAGE
A host of imaginative language tools can help kids learn to read and communicate clearly. Young kids might trace letters
on touch-sensitive screens, sound out words in animal-themed games, or make up cartoons about their lives.



                                            ABC Play
  Language & Reading

  Math
                                            Fun and easy to use, this vocabulary app introduces kids to the names
  Science
                                            photo, or watch a video. Parents sit back as kids control the experience
  Social Studies                            with this empowering app.
                                            Available from the App Store
  Arts

  Hobbies                                   Dora ABCs Vol 1: Letters and Letter Sounds

  Multi-Subject

  Thinking & Reasoning                      Two interconnected games teach kids to trace letters and pair capital

  Creativity
                                            preschool skills in a fun way.
  Feelings & Friendship                     Available from the App Store

  Health & Fitness
                                            Elmo Loves ABCs for iPad
  Preschool Prep



                                            capital and lowercase letters. Interactive images and fun Sesame Street
                                            video clips for each letter give kids great options for reinforcing early
                                            literacy skills.
                                            Available from the App Store


                                            Pocoyo World



                                            reading, counting, and memory. Kids assert their independence as they
                                            move around the zoo, playground, and other areas of this encouraging
                                            and cheerful site.



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LANGUAGE AND READING JUMP OFF THE PAGE
A host of imaginative language tools can help kids learn to read and communicate clearly. Young kids might trace letters
on touch-sensitive screens, sound out words in animal-themed games, or make up cartoons about their lives.



  Language & Reading

  Math
                                            A series of animal-themed mini-games featuring beloved Sesame
  Science                                   Street characters helps kids learn alphabet fundamentals. As kids
                                            explore various zoo habitats, they meet different animals and play
  Social Studies                            letter and reading games along the way.
                                            Buy from Amazon
  Arts

  Hobbies

  Multi-Subject
                                            Wubbzy and his friends demonstrate cooperation as they meet
  Thinking & Reasoning
                                            challenges in this interactive book app. A choice of reading mode
                                            allows kids to practice reading, spelling, listening, and reading, and
  Creativity
                                            fun, interactive elements keep kids engaged.
  Feelings & Friendship                     Available from the App Store


  Health & Fitness                          ABCMouse.com
  Preschool Prep

                                            Engaging and customizable activities get young kids excited about
                                            learning and prepared for school. Kids in preschool through
                                            kindergarten can learn the basics of math and reading and are
                                            introduced to art, music, science, and social studies.




                                            Kids learn to recognize and sound out letters through games, songs,
                                            and cheerleading from characters Duck and Elephant. A parent center
                                            and suggestions for at-home activities boost the learning in this
                                            encouraging letter-learning game.




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LANGUAGE AND READING JUMP OFF THE PAGE
A host of imaginative language tools can help kids learn to read and communicate clearly. Young kids might trace letters
on touch-sensitive screens, sound out words in animal-themed games, or make up cartoons about their lives.



  Language & Reading

  Math
                                            This animal-themed game helps kids improve reading comprehension
  Science
                                            and problem-solving skills. Kids draw objects, which are then brought
                                            to life in the ongoing story. Kids connect objects with new vocabulary
  Social Studies
                                            words and level up as reading improves.
                                            Buy from Amazon
  Arts

  Hobbies

  Multi-Subject

  Thinking & Reasoning                      Frankie the Dog leads kids through 15 mini-games, each with a learning
                                            focus. Kids can learn about colors and shapes, practice number and
  Creativity                                letter recognition, and improve memory and listening skills. Get a jump
                                            start on school with these fun games.
  Feelings & Friendship                     Available from the App Store

  Health & Fitness

  Preschool Prep

                                            Quests and mini-games promote early-reading skills and introduce
                                            kids to many other interests, such as chemistry, baking, and more. Data

                                            tools to reinforce game concepts.
                                            Buy from Amazon


                                            Montessori Letter Sounds HD


                                            Classically Montessori in its approach, this app lets kids take initiative
                                            to recognize letters, gain vocab, and develop other pre-reading skills.
                                            Simple instructions allow easy use. Supplemental activities (i.e. the
                                            online notebook) and a virtual sandbox encourage practice.
                                            Available from the App Store

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LANGUAGE AND READING JUMP OFF THE PAGE
A host of imaginative language tools can help kids learn to read and communicate clearly. Young kids might trace letters
on touch-sensitive screens, sound out words in animal-themed games, or make up cartoons about their lives.



                                            PBS Kids WordWorld
  Language & Reading

  Math
                                            Letter by letter, kids build words that transform into the shape of the
  Science                                   objects they define. This visual and physical approach to learning
                                            spelling and word recognition boosts retention. Games, activities, and
  Social Studies                            videos keep kids engaged.

  Arts

  Hobbies

  Multi-Subject                             The wide selection of books and videos in this app empowers kids to
                                            manage their own library and make selections based on their interests.
  Thinking & Reasoning                      Kids can learn about the joys of reading in an encouraging and
                                            nurturing environment.
  Creativity                                Available from the App Store

  Feelings & Friendship

  Health & Fitness

  Preschool Prep
                                            Kids improve speaking and storytelling by recording their own story
                                            over a set of illustrations. A prerecorded example gives kids a model as
                                            they imagine and create their own version. This is a great language
                                            development or assessment tool.
                                            Available from the App Store


                                            Starfall


                                            Kids build reading skills with a collection of activities. Paced to match

                                            toward reading short online books. Audio support, clickable text, and
                                            printable pages support the learning.




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LANGUAGE AND READING JUMP OFF THE PAGE
A host of imaginative language tools can help kids learn to read and communicate clearly. Young kids might trace letters
on touch-sensitive screens, sound out words in animal-themed games, or make up cartoons about their lives.



  Language & Reading

  Math
                                            Read-along stories and word-based mini-games introduce new readers
  Science
                                            to letter sounds, sight words, and phonics. Kids can read silently, out
                                            loud, or with the tutor speaking the text. Audio features and recording
  Social Studies
                                            capabilities reinforce learning.
  Arts                                      Buy from Amazon


  Hobbies
                                            Word Wall HD
  Multi-Subject

  Thinking & Reasoning                      Boost early reading skills through gameplay with four games. Kids
                                            improve word recognition, word building, and phonics-based letter
  Creativity                                sounds as they build and identify words in multiple ways — spatial,
                                            visual, tactile, verbal, logical, and rhythmic.
  Feelings & Friendship
                                            Available from the App Store

  Health & Fitness

  Preschool Prep


                                            On this companion site to the PBS TV series, kids play fun games to
                                            learn how words form and change. Kids put together compound words,




                                            speak Spanish. Kids develop new language skills through patience,
                                            experimentation, and trial and error.



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LANGUAGE AND READING JUMP OFF THE PAGE
A host of imaginative language tools can help kids learn to read and communicate clearly. Young kids might trace letters
on touch-sensitive screens, sound out words in animal-themed games, or make up cartoons about their lives.



  Language & Reading                        Storybird

  Math
                                            Kids can showcase writing skills and imagination as they create original
  Science
                                            stories. Collaborative storytelling allows kids to co-create with friends
                                            and family. An optional online community for sharing stories boosts
  Social Studies

  Arts
                                            Toontastic
  Hobbies

  Multi-Subject

  Thinking & Reasoning                      A guide to story arcs helps kids learn about storytelling and theater. As
                                            they choose characters and settings and develop storyline and script,
  Creativity                                they gain valuable creative skills.
                                            Available from the App Store
  Feelings & Friendship

  Health & Fitness

  Preschool Prep




                          something that happened on a family vacation or in school. They can also make one up
                          and then act it out in a live performance.




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DO THE MATH
Countless options await as kids practice and apply an array of math skills. Encouraging characters help young kids build

to everyday situations.


  Language & Reading

  Math
                                            Kids join Sesame Street
  Science                                   mathematical carnival, playing number-themed mini-games along the
                                            way. Kids can learn to recognize shapes and colors by name, match
  Social Studies
                                            Buy from Amazon
  Arts

  Hobbies                                   Love to Count by Pirate Trio

  Multi-Subject
                                            Relevant math practice helps kids understand why math matters. Kids
  Thinking & Reasoning
                                            apply basic math to everyday life as they split a pizza, count the spots
  Creativity
                                            skills with these fun pirate games.
  Feelings & Friendship                     Available from the App Store


  Health & Fitness

  Preschool Prep

                                            This game translates the basic mechanics of algebra into gameplay.
                                            Pictures take the place of letters and numbers until higher levels, when
                                            the math symbols are added. Simple enough for young children, this
                                            sets a new standard for math apps.
                                            Available from the App Store




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DO THE MATH
Countless options await as kids practice and apply an array of math skills. Encouraging characters help young kids build

to everyday situations.


  Language & Reading

  Math
                                            Kids solve addition and subtraction problems with this “augmented
  Science
                                            select answers, helping Ruff Ruffman get sushi for his crew. This is a
  Social Studies
                                            fun introduction to augmented reality apps.
                                            Available from the App Store
  Arts

  Hobbies

  Multi-Subject

  Thinking & Reasoning
                                            for elementary kids. Kids can practice a range of skills, from solving
  Creativity                                basic addition or subtraction problems to tackling slightly more complex
                                            word problems.
  Feelings & Friendship                     Buy from Amazon

  Health & Fitness

  Preschool Prep




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BUDDING SCIENTISTS
With just a few clicks, kids can take virtual journeys to the bottom of the ocean or the surface of the sun. Picture young




                                              Toca Doctor
  Language & Reading

  Math
                                              Young kids learn how the human body works with 20 puzzles that
  Science                                     encourage a curious, positive approach to the body. Kids must identify

  Social Studies
                                              Available from the App Store
  Arts

  Hobbies                                     Every Body Has a Brain

  Multi-Subject

  Thinking & Reasoning                        A map of the brain — along with narrated texts, animated visuals,
                                              songs, and mini-games — introduces kids to the biology of the brain.
  Creativity                                  Kids can peek at the differences between human and animal brains
                                              and learn how parts of the brain work together.
  Feelings & Friendship

  Health & Fitness

  Preschool Prep
                                              An age-appropriate introduction to weather and science helps kids
                                              identify types of weather through photographs. Discover the connection
                                              between cloud cover and what people are wearing. Players place
                                              photographs on the appropriate days of the week via a calendar activity.
                                              Available from the App Store




                                              Introduce young kids to basic science skills with three age-appropriate
                                              games. Kids learn to classify objects, identify patterns, chart data, and
                                              complete sequences. Encouragement from Sid and his friends keeps
                                              the gameplay fun.
                                              Available from the App Store



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BUDDING SCIENTISTS
With just a few clicks, kids can take virtual journeys to the bottom of the ocean or the surface of the sun. Picture young




  Language & Reading

  Math

  Science                                     learn how animals survive the weather and each other, how the seasons
                                              change, and even a bit about climate change. A linked dictionary helps
  Social Studies                              kids learn new science-concept words and insect names, too.
                                              Available from the App Store
  Arts

  Hobbies

  Multi-Subject

  Thinking & Reasoning
                                              adventure gaming format. Accompany Merida on her journey to
                                              learn about biology, habitats, eating habits, and life cycles. The
  Creativity
                                              bow-and-arrow game covers some basic physics, too.
  Feelings & Friendship                       Available from the App Store


  Health & Fitness

  Preschool Prep



                                              Interested in engineering? This is a great choice. Explore simple circuits,
                                              including logic and what makes a good conductor/insulator. Learn about
                                              how the parts of a machine come together to make it work and about
                                              basic physics. Basic math skills are reinforced, too.
                                              Available from the App Store




                          Find objects in your home (buttons, blocks, dry cereal) for them to classify and chart.
                          Ask “How are the objects different?” to help them identify characteristics.




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A STUDY IN SOCIAL STUDIES
Great graphics and history-inspired storylines transport kids to another time. Younger kids will love taking a spin around
a virtual globe to visit far-off lands.


                                               Toca Doctor
  Language & Reading

  Math
                                               Crisp, clear lessons make learning colors, shapes, and Chinese culture
  Science                                      a joy in this app tie-in to the popular Nick Jr. animated series. Kids learn
                                               a slew of great preschool lessons that can aid in both educational and
  Social Studies                               emotional development.
                                               Buy from Amazon
  Arts

  Hobbies

  Multi-Subject
                                               Educational videos and games help kids with puzzle solving, strategy,
  Thinking & Reasoning
                                               and logical thinking, as well as learn how to do things such as play
                                               guitar or perform science experiments. Fashion and music games tap
  Creativity

  Feelings & Friendship
                                               Barefoot World Atlas
  Health & Fitness

  Preschool Prep
                                               Kids explore an interactive globe to learn about all major countries. Info
                                               on animals, science, hobbies, and more will spark kids' interest in their
                                               world. Brief descriptions, photos, and real-time facts make learning
                                               exciting and relevant.




                                                              Ni Hao, Kai-Lan to other cultures. Read books about

                          out these rituals.




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ARTS APPRECIATION
A paint box of possibilities awaits as kids explore new shades of art and music. A mobile art set with virtual paintbrushes,
crayons, and more encourages young kids to draw and paint with abandon.



  Language & Reading

  Math
                                             This animal-themed game helps kids improve reading comprehension
  Science                                    and problem-solving skills. Kids draw objects, which are then brought
                                             to life in the ongoing story. Kids connect objects with new vocabulary
  Social Studies                             words and level up as reading improves.
                                             Buy from Amazon
  Arts

  Hobbies                                    Melody Street
  Multi-Subject

  Thinking & Reasoning                       In this charming introduction to musical instruments, kids learn to
                                             identify instruments by sight and sound and hear how music is made.
  Creativity                                 The site fosters a love of classical music with a listening room, games,
                                             and videos of kids playing instruments.
  Feelings & Friendship
                                             Art Set
  Health & Fitness

  Preschool Prep
                                             This high-quality mobile art set includes virtual paper, paints, crayons,
                                             pens, pencils, pastels, and markers, as well as texturing and blending
                                             tools. Kids can hone their art skills and explore how technology
                                             expands possibilities for art creation.
                                             Available from the App Store




                          young kids a chance to explore rhythm and sound. Make a shaker by putting uncooked rice
                          in a sealable container, or make a set of drums out of buckets and tin cans.




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HOBBIES: A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS

also a great way to balance out schoolwork. Younger kids can learn the rules and fine points of their favorite
sports or build vocabulary through fun word games.


 Language & Reading                       ABC Play

 Math
                                          Fun and easy to use, this vocabulary app introduces kids to the names
 Science
                                          a photo, and to watch a video. Parents sit back as kids control the
 Social Studies
                                          experience with this empowering app.
 Arts                                     Available from the App Store


 Hobbies

 Multi-Subject

 Thinking & Reasoning                     Players practice pet care, including the tasks some kids might try
                                          to avoid in real life — like washing, brushing, and feeding. Develop
 Creativity
                                          responsibilities and experience emotions that go along with caring
                                          for a pet. And beware the consequences of inadequate care!
 Feelings & Friendship
                                          Buy from Amazon
 Health & Fitness

 Preschool Prep




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HOBBIES: A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS

also a great way to balance out schoolwork. Younger kids can learn the rules and fine points of their favorite
sports or build vocabulary through fun word games.


 Language & Reading

 Math
                                            Help Dora and her family prepare and cook delicious dishes for a village
 Science
                                            feast. Chop veggies, stir soups, top pizzas, and more. Each cooking
                                            step nicely blends math lessons. Kids may be sorting cookies into
 Social Studies
                                            numbered groups or measuring out different amounts of ingredients.
 Arts                                       Buy from Amazon


 Hobbies

 Multi-Subject

 Thinking & Reasoning
                                            collection of games and puzzles. They identify patterns, finish
 Creativity                                 sequences, and group similar objects. Animated tutorials and
                                            helpful feedback provide guidance to boost learning.
 Feelings & Friendship                      Available from the App Store

 Health & Fitness

 Preschool Prep




                         together. Name ingredients, and ask kids to help gather them. Then ask kids for help with
                         measuring and counting — a contribution that will help with math, too.




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Language & Reading

Math
                        A fun and encouraging way to learn new vocabulary, this multiple-choice
Science                 game offers many categories of words, including shapes, colors, animals,
                        tools, and more. With English, Spanish, and French, players of all ages
Social Studies          will have fun learning new words.
                        Available from the App Store
Arts

Hobbies                 PBS KIDS Lab

Multi-Subject

                        High-quality educational activities teach preschool and early elementary
Thinking & Reasoning
                        math and literacy skills. A varied approach to learning keeps kids
Creativity              motivated. Age and skill filters help parents and teachers find the


Feelings & Friendship

Health & Fitness

Preschool Prep
                        Learning becomes a game in this interactive educational experience, in
                        which kids can solve a wide variety of math and grammar problems and
                        explore music, shapes, and art. Self-directed learning and seemingly
                        limitless content keeps kids engaged.




                        Based on Sesame Street

                        respect differences, and to share responsibility. Kids can learn
                        about friendship and cooperation.
                        Buy from Amazon




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Language & Reading

Math
                                          Kids will have endless fun as they learn developmental preschool
Science

Social Studies

Arts

Hobbies

Multi-Subject

Thinking & Reasoning                      collection of games and puzzles. They identify patterns, finish
                                          sequences, and group similar objects. Animated tutorials and
Creativity                                helpful feedback provide guidance to boost learning.
                                          Available from the App Store
Feelings & Friendship

Health & Fitness

Preschool Prep




                        Encourage kids to set goals for the games to keep them engaged.




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THINK AND REASON THIS




                                        FETCH! LUNCH RUSH
 Language & Reading

 Math

 Science

 Social Studies

 Arts

 Hobbies                                I Spy Castle

 Multi-Subject

 Thinking & Reasoning

 Creativity

 Feelings & Friendship

 Health & Fitness
                                        Oh Noah!
 Preschool Prep




                         Bright Idea:




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GET CREATIVE
Lots of new games give kids the freedom to experiment and tinker. This out-of-the box thinking can lead to new ideas and
creations — like young kids brainstorming new combinations in word and letter games.



  Language & Reading

  Math
                                            This animal-themed game helps kids improve reading comprehension
  Science                                   and problem-solving skills. Kids draw objects, which are then brought
                                            to life in the ongoing story. Kids connect objects with new vocabulary
  Social Studies                            words and level up as reading improves.
                                            Buy from Amazon
  Arts

  Hobbies                                   Melody Street

  Multi-Subject

  Thinking & Reasoning                      In this charming introduction to musical instruments, kids learn to
                                            identify instruments by sight and sound and hear how music is made.
  Creativity                                The site fosters a love of classical music with a listening room, games,
                                            and videos of kids playing instruments.
  Feelings & Friendship
                                            Storybird
  Health & Fitness

  Preschool Prep
                                            Kids can showcase writing skills and imagination as they create
                                            original stories. Collaborative storytelling allows kids to co-create
                                            with friends and family. An optional online community for sharing




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GET CREATIVE
Lots of new games give kids the freedom to experiment and tinker. This out-of-the box thinking can lead to new ideas and
creations — like young kids brainstorming new combinations in word and letter games.



  Language & Reading                        Toontastic

  Math

  Science
                                            guide to story arcs helps kids learn about storytelling and theater. As
                                            they choose characters and settings and develop storyline and script,
  Social Studies
                                            they gain valuable creative skills.
  Arts                                      Available from the App Store


  Hobbies

  Multi-Subject

  Thinking & Reasoning                      Kids make imaginative drawings to help Max overcome obstacles
                                            in this 2-D platform adventure. They playfully experiment with
  Creativity                                concepts of physics, movement, prediction, and logic as they put

  Feelings & Friendship                     Available from the App Store

  Health & Fitness

  Preschool Prep




                          on the vocabulary learned in ItzaZoo. When you return, ask kids to draw pictures about
                          the experience and tell you stories about what they saw.


                          collaborative experience is a great way to learn about and document family history.
                          Kids can then save and share stories with other family members over long distances.


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SAY HOW YOU FEEL
Getting along with others is a crucial skill in and out of school. Now there are websites and other forms of technology to
reinforce these values. Young kids can learn to express their feelings and appreciate others cultures.



  Language & Reading

  Math
                                             Kids practice identifying emotions and social cues as they recognize
  Science
                                             human emotions on the faces of cartoon animals. “Who is (blank)?”
                                             questions help kids expand vocabulary; kids learn words like “yawning,”
  Social Studies
                                             “surprised,” “crying,” and “angry.”
  Arts                                       Available from the App Store


  Hobbies

  Multi-Subject

  Thinking & Reasoning                       Elmo leads kids through the basics of potty training, such as

  Creativity
                                             and parent tips provide tools for families.
  Feelings & Friendship                      Available from the App Store

  Health & Fitness

  Preschool Prep



                                             The basics of pet care, along with money-saving and goal-setting
                                             skills, are the core learning objectives of this cute puppy sim. Kids

                                             variety of fun activities.
                                             Buy from Amazon




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SAY HOW YOU FEEL
Getting along with others is a crucial skill in and out of school. Now there are websites and other forms of technology to
reinforce these values. Young kids can learn to express their feelings and appreciate others cultures.



  Language & Reading

  Math

  Science
                                             A guide to story arcs helps kids learn about storytelling and theater. As
                                             they choose characters and settings and develop storyline and script,
  Social Studies
                                             they gain valuable creative skills.
  Arts                                       Buy from Amazon


  Hobbies

  Multi-Subject

  Thinking & Reasoning                       Videos, photos, games, and vocabulary-building activities help kids
                                             learn emotional awareness, expression, and language skills. Many
  Creativity                                 options and interactivity allow kids to take control and create an
                                             experience that works best for them.
  Feelings & Friendship                      Available from the App Store

  Health & Fitness

  Preschool Prep




                          indicators of different emotions.


                          help care for family pets. Emphasize that family pet care is a team effort, and give kids



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HEALTHY LIFESTYLE AND FITNESS

inspired to move their body in new ways and celebrate a rainbow of vegetables.



  Language & Reading

  Math
                                            Grover gets kids excited about making healthy choices in this
  Science
                                            heart-pumping game. They learn about being active and eating well,
                                            and they play out this advice by running, jumping, and dancing.
  Social Studies
                                            Positive feedback encourages kids.
                                            Buy from Amazon
  Arts

  Hobbies                                   Toca Doctor
  Multi-Subject

  Thinking & Reasoning                      Young kids learn how the human body works with 20 puzzles that
                                            encourage a curious, positive approach to the body. Kids must identify
  Creativity

  Feelings & Friendship                     Available from the App Store

 Health & Fitness
                                            Every Body Has a Brain
  Preschool Prep

                                            A map of the brain — along with narrated texts, animated visuals,

                                            can peek at the differences between human and animal brains and
                                            learn how parts of the brain work together.




                          questions to involve them in their own healing.




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PRESCHOOL PREP SKILLS


about their ABCs, 1-2-3s, and other skills that build a solid foundation.


  Language & Reading

  Math
                                              Elmo leads kids through the basics of potty training, such as
  Science

  Social Studies
                                              and parent tips provide tools for families.
  Arts                                        Available from the App Store


  Hobbies

  Multi-Subject

  Thinking & Reasoning                        A fun and encouraging way to learn new vocabulary, this multiple-
                                              choice game offers many categories of words, including shapes,
  Creativity                                  colors, animals, tools, and more. With English, Spanish, and French,
                                              players of all ages will have fun learning new words.
  Feelings & Friendship                       Available from the App Store

  Health & Fitness

  Preschool Prep



                                              motor skills by learning to assemble jigsaw puzzles. Cute sound effects
                                              and animations add to the fun. Helpful feedback provides learning
                                              support as kids match colors and shapes.
                                              Available from the App Store




                                              Help Dora and Boots get past the Grumpy Old Troll by playing a fun
                                              rhyming game! Kids learn important pre-reading skills as they match
                                              either rhyming words or words with similar sounding beginnings,
                                              middles, or endings.
                                              Available from the App Store

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PRESCHOOL PREP SKILLS


about their ABCs, 1-2-3s, and other skills that build a solid foundation.


  Language & Reading                          Elmo Loves ABCs for iPad

  Math

  Science                                     capital and lowercase letters. Interactive images and fun Sesame Street
                                              video clips for each letter give kids great options for reinforcing early
  Social Studies
                                              literacy skills.
                                              Available from the App Store
  Arts

  Hobbies

  Multi-Subject

  Thinking & Reasoning                        Kids find shapes in everyday objects in this app for young kids.
                                              Repetition helps young kids follow the step-by-step directions as they
  Creativity                                  hunt down things like a beaded necklace. Bonus facts about shapes
                                              boost the learning in these activities.
  Feelings & Friendship                       Available from the App Store

  Health & Fitness

  Preschool Prep


                                              A silly monkey presents kids with a series of activities, including a
                                              memory game, a puzzle, and a comparison game. Kids learn basic
                                              preschool concepts like colors, shapes, fruits, counting, bigger/smaller,
                                              and solving simple puzzles.
                                              Available from the App Store


                                              Pocoyo World




                                              reading, counting, and memory. Kids assert their independence as they
                                              move around the zoo, playground, and other areas of this encouraging
                                              and cheerful site.


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about their ABCs, 1-2-3s, and other skills that build a solid foundation.


  Language & Reading

  Math
                                              A series of animal-themed mini-games featuring beloved Sesame
  Science                                     Street characters helps kids learn alphabet fundamentals. As kids
                                              explore various zoo habitats, they meet different animals and play
  Social Studies                              letter and reading games.
                                              Buy from Amazon
  Arts

  Hobbies

  Multi-Subject

  Thinking & Reasoning                        Grover gets kids excited about making healthy choices in this
                                              heart-pumping game. They learn about being active and eating
  Creativity                                  well, and they play out this advice by running, jumping, and dancing.
                                              Positive feedback encourages kids.
  Feelings & Friendship                       Buy from Amazon

  Health & Fitness
                                              ABCMouse.com
  Preschool Prep

                                              Engaging and customizable activities get young kids excited about
                                              learning and prepared for school. Kids in preschool through
                                              kindergarten can learn the basics of math and reading and are
                                              introduced to art, music, science, and social studies.




                                              A tie-in to the popular TV series, this game helps kids with early

                                              recognition, number order, and rhythm. Kids can discover that
                                              pretend-play and using their imagination is fun.
                                              Buy from Amazon



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about their ABCs, 1-2-3s, and other skills that build a solid foundation.


  Language & Reading

  Math
                                              This charming adventure gives preschoolers a chance to learn how to
  Science
                                              play the Wii and, in the process, acquire some early math and vocab
                                              skills. In addition, kids identify shapes and sizes and pick up a bit of
  Social Studies
                                              Spanish as they play.
  Arts                                        Buy from Amazon


  Hobbies

  Multi-Subject

  Thinking & Reasoning                        Dora and Boots make their way out of Wizzle World, engaging kids
                                              in mini-games where they count balloons, match colors, and follow
  Creativity                                  instructions. As always, kids will pick up a bit of Spanish along the
                                              way. Great feedback keeps kids engaged.
  Feelings & Friendship                       Buy from Amazon

  Health & Fitness

  Preschool Prep


                                              Kids learn to recognize and sound out letters through games, songs,
                                              and cheerleading from characters Duck and Elephant. A parent center
                                              and suggestions for at-home activities boost the learning in this
                                              encouraging letter-learning game.


                                              Every Body Has a Brain


                                              A map of the brain — along with narrated texts, animated visuals,

                                              can peek at the differences between human and animal brains and
                                              learn how parts of the brain work together.



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learn about their ABCs, 1-2-3s, and other skills that build a solid foundation.


  Language & Reading

  Math
                                              This gentle, age-appropriate introduction to weather helps kids learn
  Science                                     about differences in weather patterns, appropriate dress for different
                                              conditions, and a little about calendars. Photographs help kids connect
  Social Studies
                                              learning to what they see.
                                              Available from the App Store
  Arts

  Hobbies

  Multi-Subject

  Thinking & Reasoning                        This animal-themed game helps kids improve reading comprehension
                                              and problem-solving skills. Kids draw objects (which are then brought
  Creativity                                  to life in the ongoing story), connect objects with new vocabulary words,
                                              and level up as reading improves.
  Feelings & Friendship                       Buy from Amazon

  Health & Fitness

  Preschool Prep

                                              Learning becomes a game in this interactive educational experience, in
                                              which kids can solve a wide variety of math and grammar problems and
                                              explore music, shapes, and art. Self-directed learning and seemingly
                                              limitless content keeps kids engaged.




                                              The basics of pet care, along with money-saving and goal-setting
                                              skills, are the core learning objectives of this cute puppy sim. Kids

                                              of fun activities.
                                              Buy from Amazon

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about their ABCs, 1-2-3s, and other skills that build a solid foundation.


  Language & Reading

  Math
                                              Expect encouragement and a flood of positive messages when
  Science                                     visiting this familiar neighborhood. Kids develop social, emotional,
                                              and thinking skills as they learn to identify and handle feelings.
  Social Studies                              Open-ended activities reinforce multiple perspectives.

  Arts
                                              Montessori Letter Sounds HD
  Hobbies

  Multi-Subject
                                              Classically Montessori in its approach, this app encourages kids to
  Thinking & Reasoning                        take initiative to recognize letters, gain vocabulary, and develop other
                                              pre-reading skills. Simple instructions allow easy use. Supplemental
  Creativity                                  activities and a virtual sandbox promote practice.
                                              Available from the App Store
  Feelings & Friendship

  Health & Fitness

  Preschool Prep
                                              Crisp, clear lessons make learning colors, shapes, and Chinese culture
                                              a joy in this app tie-in to the popular Nick Jr. animated series. Kids learn
                                              a slew of great preschool lessons that can aid in both educational and
                                              emotional development.
                                              Buy from Amazon




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about their ABCs, 1-2-3s, and other skills that build a solid foundation.

                                              PBS Kids WordWorld
  Language & Reading

  Math
                                              Letter by letter, kids build words that transform into the shape of the
  Science                                     objects they define. This visual and physical approach to learning
                                              spelling and word recognition boosts retention. Games, activities, and
  Social Studies                              videos keep kids engaged.

  Arts

  Hobbies

  Multi-Subject
                                              Kids go on an adventure with animated animal heroes and learn a
  Thinking & Reasoning                        variety of important early learning concepts along the way. Preschoolers
                                              can learn counting, letter sounds, colors, shapes, patterns, and even
  Creativity                                  direction following.
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  Feelings & Friendship

  Health & Fitness

  Preschool Prep
                                              The wide selection of books and videos in this app empowers kids to
                                              manage their own library and make selections based on their interests.
                                              Kids can learn about the joys of reading in an encouraging and
                                              nurturing environment.
                                              Available from the App Store




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about their ABCs, 1-2-3s, and other skills that build a solid foundation.


  Language & Reading

  Math
                                              Introduce young kids to basic science skills with three age-appropriate
  Science                                     games. Kids learn to classify objects, identify patterns, chart data, and
                                              complete sequences. Encouragement from Sid and his friends keeps
  Social Studies
                                              the gameplay fun.

  Arts                                        Available from the App Store


  Hobbies
                                              Starfall
  Multi-Subject

  Thinking & Reasoning
                                              Kids build reading skills with a collection of activities. Paced to match
  Creativity
                                              toward reading short online books. Audio support, clickable text, and
                                              printable pages support the learning.
  Feelings & Friendship

  Health & Fitness

  Preschool Prep




                          around the house, or ask them to identify shapes of objects. When possible, make the
                          learning purposeful —




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A host of imaginative language tools can help kids learn to read and communicate clearly. Younger kids might trace
letters on touch-sensitive screens, sound out words in animal-themed games, or make up cartoons about their lives.



                                           FunBrain
 Language & Reading

 Math
                                           Short skill-building games can add some fun to traditional math and
 Science                                   reading practice. Kids can learn math facts, vocabulary, and basic
                                           mouse and keyboarding skills while playing interactive games and
 Social Studies

 Arts
                                           StoryBuilder
 Hobbies

 Multi-Subject
                                           forming sentences to create a story and develop critical thinking and
 Thinking & Reasoning
                                           language skills. Careful learning design helps kids who struggle with
                                           auditory and language processing.
 Creativity
                                           Available from the App Store
 Feelings & Friendship
                                           Cosmos Chaos
 Tech Skills

 Health & Fitness
                                           This cute sci-fi adventure engages kids in learning advanced
 Homework Help
                                           save new words as they explore the context clues in each scene.
 Ages Up to 7-12                           Kids advance by using saved words correctly.
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                                           SpellBoard


                                           This customizable spelling app allows kids to create their own spelling
                                           lists with audio, image, and clue phrase for each word. Kids can choose

                                           data in this great study aid.
                                           Available from the App Store



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A host of imaginative language tools can help kids learn to read and communicate clearly. Younger kids might trace
letters on touch-sensitive screens, sound out words in animal-themed games, or make up cartoons about their lives.



 Language & Reading
                                            Scholastic Kids Press Corps

 Math
                                            This news site by kids and for kids is sure to inspire would-be
 Science                                    journalists and writers. Kids can read news stories, browse blogs, and
                                            watch video interviews from the perspective of specially selected kid
 Social Studies

 Arts

 Hobbies                                    Scribblenauts Remix

 Multi-Subject

 Thinking & Reasoning                       Thinking outside the box is rewarded with these fun brainteasers.
                                            With many possible solutions, kids stretch their thinking and put their
 Creativity                                 imaginations to work. The puzzles boost logical thinking, vocabulary,
                                            and spelling skills.
 Feelings & Friendship                      Available from the App Store


 Tech Skills
                                            SAT Vocab - MindSnacks
 Health & Fitness

 Homework Help                              A variety of fun activities challenges kids to learn 500 SAT vocabulary

 Ages Up to 7-12                            Six mini-games test and reinforce knowledge — a welcome break from
                                            rote memorization.
                                            Available from the App Store




                         Bright Idea:


                         their recorded stories and develop it by adding more details and events.




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everyday situations and learn foundational algebra concepts through snappy-looking symbols.


                                         MathBoard
 Language & Reading

 Math
                                         Impressive customization options make this math app appropriate
 Science                                 for a range of ages and learning goals. Kids can practice addition,

 Social Studies
                                         Available from the App Store
 Arts

 Hobbies                                 Cyberchase
 Multi-Subject

 Thinking & Reasoning                    Engaging games, activities, and challenges emphasize math concepts

 Creativity                              math. Real-world connections and short videos help kids connect math
                                         concepts to their own life.
 Feelings & Friendship

 Tech Skills                             StudyJams!

 Health & Fitness

 Homework Help                           Great for homework help or learning about new topics, this site includes


 Ages Up to 7-12                         and even karaoke. Kids can learn about a range of topics through fun
                                         activities and useful tutorials.




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everyday situations and learn foundational algebra concepts through snappy-looking symbols.


                                           CoolMath
 Language & Reading

 Math
                                           Dozens of easy-to-play games help kids test out a range of math
 Science                                   concepts, from addition to calculus. The site includes definitions,
                                           graphing concepts, and other instruction along with plenty of problems
 Social Studies                            for kids to practice their new skills.

 Arts
                                           Khan Academy
 Hobbies

 Multi-Subject                             Build knowledge in science, math, history, economics, and more. Kids
                                           can watch thousands of video presentations created by experts, do
 Thinking & Reasoning                      exercises, and keep track of their progress. Kids are encouraged to set
                                           goals and learn at a comfortable pace.
 Creativity

 Feelings & Friendship

 Tech Skills

 Health & Fitness

 Homework Help

 Ages Up to 7-12




                         Bright Idea:


                         something that happened on a family vacation or in school. They can also make one up and
                         then act it out in a live performance.




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With just a few clicks, kids can take virtual journeys to the bottom of the ocean or the surface of the sun.

to pick out constellations.


  Language & Reading                       The Magic School Bus: Oceans

  Math

  Science                                  wacky field trip to the bottom of the sea. Interactive elements help
                                           kids learn about the habits and diets of many marine animals. Videos,
  Social Studies
                                           photos, and mini-games boost the learning.
                                           Buy from Amazon
  Arts

  Hobbies                                  Britannica Kids: Solar System
  Multi-Subject

  Thinking & Reasoning
                                           learn in science class with this great resource. Topics include the sun,
  Creativity                               moon, planets, gravity, and more. Images, photos, and videos engage
                                           kids in a multimedia experience.
  Feelings & Friendship                    Available from the App Store

  Tech Skills

  Health & Fitness

  Homework Help                            Projects, Q&As, and engaging space-related games help kids grasp key
                                           science concepts. Topics include the sun, Earth, solar system, space,
  Ages Up to 7-12                          and people and technology. Kids can also do creative experiments,
                                           like building molecule models using gumdrops.


                                           Sea and Sky


                                           Budding astronomers and oceanographers can explore a wealth of

                                           a guide to ocean exploration are just a sample of the many resources




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With just a few clicks, kids can take virtual journeys to the bottom of the ocean or the surface of the sun.

to pick out constellations.


  Language & Reading                       I Was Wondering

  Math
                                           Biographies of 10 women scientists present inspiring role models for
 Science
                                           both girls and boys. Web comics and personal “scrapbooks” illustrate

  Social Studies
                                           work helps make the world a better place.
  Arts
                                           Ultimate Dinopedia:
  Hobbies                                  The Most Complete Dinosaur Reference Ever
  Multi-Subject

  Thinking & Reasoning                     This comprehensive encyclopedia includes facts about more than 700
                                           dinosaurs. There are images, videos, a dinosaur “family tree,” info on
  Creativity                               famous dinosaur digs, narrated blurbs, and much more. A must-see for
                                           dinosaur fans!
  Feelings & Friendship                    Available from the App Store

  Tech Skills
                                           Endless Space
  Health & Fitness

  Homework Help                            Kids can learn about strategy, exploration, and civilizations in this

  Ages Up to 7-12
                                           healthy cultures depend on a web of interconnected systems.
                                           Buy from Amazon


                                           Khan Academy


                                           Build knowledge in science, math, history, economics, and more. Kids
                                           can watch thousands of video presentations created by experts, do
                                           exercises, and keep track of their progress. Kids are encouraged to set
                                           goals and learn at a comfortable pace.




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Great graphics and history-inspired storylines transport kids to another time. Younger kids take a spin around a virtual
globe to visit far-off lands. Older kids role-play archeologists, pioneers, and world leaders — exploring new frontiers and
making key decisions about the direction of our civilization.


  Language & Reading                         Wonderopolis

  Math

                                             Curious kids of all ages can further their knowledge by digging deeper
  Science

  Social Studies
                                             and links for additional learning.
  Arts
                                             Geo Walk HD - 3D World Fact Book
  Hobbies

  Multi-Subject
                                             Get a dazzling look at the world through rich text bites and stunning
  Thinking & Reasoning                       visuals in this totally approachable app. The easy-to-understand
                                             nuggets and accompanying photographs help bring facts to life. Fun
  Creativity
                                             Available from the App Store
  Feelings & Friendship

  Tech Skills                                Presidents vs. Aliens

  Health & Fitness
                                             A little silly fun goes a long way when studying facts about U.S.
  Homework Help
                                             presidents. Kids study presidential snapshots with images, term dates,
  Ages Up to 7-12

                                             Available from the App Store




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Great graphics and history-inspired storylines transport kids to another time. Younger kids take a spin around a virtual
globe to visit far-off lands. Older kids role-play archeologists, pioneers, and world leaders — exploring new frontiers and
making key decisions about the direction of our civilization.


  Language & Reading                         Roman Town

  Math
                                             History comes alive when kids become virtual archaeologists, digging
  Science
                                             up artifacts and learning about life in ancient Rome. As kids use
                                             archeological tools and unearth items, they boost thinking skills and
  Social Studies

  Arts                                       Buy from Amazon


  Hobbies                                    The Oregon Trail
  Multi-Subject

  Thinking & Reasoning                       Kids join a pioneer family traveling by wagon train in this adventure
                                             simulation. Along the way, they learn historical facts about the
  Creativity                                 American westward expansion of the 1800s. Decision-making skills
                                             and resiliency help players survive the journey.
  Feelings & Friendship                      Available from the App Store

  Tech Skills
                                             Mission US: Flight to Freedom
  Health & Fitness

  Homework Help
                                             her way to freedom. Kids can learn what society was like for African
  Ages Up to 7-12
                                             Americans in the pre-Civil War era of slavery. Robust online tools




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Great graphics and history-inspired storylines transport kids to another time. Younger kids take a spin around a virtual
globe to visit far-off lands. Older kids role-play archeologists, pioneers, and world leaders — exploring new frontiers and
making key decisions about the direction of our civilization.


  Language & Reading

  Math
                                             Players absorb knowledge about world history from the role of an
  Science                                    empowered ruler in this dynamic strategy game. They also gain an
                                             understanding of how historic events led to great discoveries,
  Social Studies                             inventions, and social and political advances.
                                             Buy from Amazon
  Arts

  Hobbies

  Multi-Subject

                                             This informative world sim game gives kids a hands-on way to learn
  Thinking & Reasoning
                                             world history as they take on the role of a world leader. In this
  Creativity                                 expansion of the original game, the addition of religion shows kids
                                             how popular faiths can shape nations.
  Feelings & Friendship

  Tech Skills

  Health & Fitness

  Homework Help

  Ages Up to 7-12




                          Bright Idea:
                                                                 The Oregon Trail by taking them to a history
                          museum or, if you live near one, a pioneer village. You can also ask your librarian to




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techniques like shading and perspective and even mix their own multi-voice music.



 Language & Reading                         Art Academy

 Math
                                            Through 10 incredibly detailed lessons, kids improve art skills and
 Science
                                            learn about sketching and painting techniques such as shading,
                                            adding perspective, color mixing, and more. This app feels much
 Social Studies

 Arts                                       Buy from Amazon


 Hobbies                                    NewMoonGirls
 Multi-Subject

 Thinking & Reasoning                       A safe space for honest discussions and self-esteem-building creativity,
                                            this online community is a great space for girls to share and read
 Creativity

 Feelings & Friendship

 Tech Skills
                                            GarageBand

 Health & Fitness
                                            Budding musicians and sound engineers will love composing original
 Homework Help                              music and experimenting with different sounds in this virtual audio
                                            workstation. Kids can play a variety of virtual instruments and record
 Ages Up to 7-12                            voices as they create digital audio tracks.
                                            Available from the App Store




                         Bright Ideas:


                         give kids a chance to explore rhythm and sound. Make a shaker by putting uncooked
                         rice in a sealable container, or make a set of drums out of buckets and tin cans.


                         Art Academy. Seeing art in person can inspire young artists to create and share work.



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vocabulary through word fun games. Older kids can write for online newspapers or learn about computer programming.


 Language & Reading                       The Daring Game for Girls

 Math

 Science                                  promotes curiosity, intelligence, self-direction, and making friends.
                                          From recalling history to managing money, kids learn a range of skills
 Social Studies                           as they navigate the game's world.
                                          Buy from Amazon
 Arts

 Hobbies                                  FIFA SOCCER 12 by EA SPORTS

 Multi-Subject

 Thinking & Reasoning                     This realistic soccer simulation lets kids learn the rules of the game
                                          as well as the basic concepts of teamwork and strategy. Kids will
 Creativity
                                          collective efforts.
 Feelings & Friendship                    Available from the App Store

 Tech Skills
                                          Scratch
 Health & Fitness

 Homework Help                            Create animations, video games, art, and music videos with an
                                          incredibly clever, block-based form of computer programming. Kids
 Ages Up to 7-12                          can learn valuable programming concepts like loops and conditionals,
                                          as well as bottom-up problem solving.




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vocabulary through word fun games. Older kids can write for online newspapers or learn about computer programming.


 Language & Reading                       Scholastic Kids Press Corps

 Math
                                          This news site by kids and for kids is sure to inspire would-be
 Science
                                          journalists and writers. Kids can read news stories, browse blogs, and
                                          watch video interviews from the perspective of specially selected kid
 Social Studies
                                          reporters. Kids' voices make this a gem.
 Arts

 Hobbies                                  Exploratorium

 Multi-Subject

 Thinking & Reasoning                     With thousands of pages on astronomy, the body, the brain, and other


 Creativity                               here. Beautifully presented examples and follow-along experiments
                                          enhance this great museum companion site.
 Feelings & Friendship

 Tech Skills                              Roblox
 Health & Fitness

 Homework Help                            This virtual design tool and online community helps kids learn to craft
                                          virtual worlds and games. Active message boards provide guidance
 Ages Up to 7-12




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vocabulary through word fun games. Older kids can write for online newspapers or learn about computer programming.


 Language & Reading                        Minecraft

 Math
                                           Kids can exercise their imagination and learn valuable digital creation
 Science
                                           skills in this open-ended mining and construction game. Working
                                           individually or collaboratively, they use game tools and resources to
 Social Studies
                                           build virtually anything they can imagine.
 Arts
                                           Scrabble
 Hobbies

 Multi-Subject
                                           Kids can exercise their imagination and learn valuable digital creation
 Thinking & Reasoning                      skills in this open-ended mining and construction game. Working
                                           individually or collaboratively, they use game tools and resources to
 Creativity                                build virtually anything they can imagine.
                                           Available from the App Store
 Feelings & Friendship

 Tech Skills

 Health & Fitness

 Homework Help

 Ages Up to 7-12




                         Bright Idea:




                         will give kids the chance to share what they know about soccer rules and gameplay, and



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puzzles to help learn grammar, math, and more — all at once. Apps for older kids have vast collections of articles, and
instructive websites help reinforce core lessons from school.


 Language & Reading                         PBS Kids Go

 Math
                                            With clever, cute games and video clips from shows like The Electric
 Science
                                            Company, kids learn a variety of skills, from fractions to rhythm and
 Social Studies
                                            something for all kids to love.
 Arts

 Hobbies                                    Nancy Drew: Tomb of the Lost Queen

 Multi-Subject
                                            At a realistic archaeological dig site in Egypt, kids become Nancy Drew
 Thinking & Reasoning
                                            and use sleuthing skills to solve a mystery. They learn about ancient
                                            Egypt, hieroglyphics, and famous pharaohs as they gather clues and
 Creativity
                                            solve logic puzzles and ciphers.
 Feelings & Friendship                      Buy from Amazon

 Tech Skills

 Health & Fitness

 Homework Help

 Ages Up to 7-12




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puzzles to help learn grammar, math, and more — all at once. Apps for older kids have vast collections of articles, and
instructive websites help reinforce core lessons from school.


  Language & Reading                        HowStuffWorks

  Math
                                            Real-world content and in-article links make this site a high-tech
  Science                                   version of the neighborhood library. Articles, companion pieces, and
                                            videos allow kids to dive deeper into the subject matter. A strong
  Social Studies                            visual component enhances the information.

  Arts

  Hobbies                                   HowStuffWorks for iPad

  Multi-Subject

  Thinking & Reasoning                      From astronomy to zoology, this app goes deep into the subjects that
                                            curious kids want to explore. Learn just about anything with this vast
  Creativity
                                            Available from the App Store
  Feelings & Friendship

  Tech Skills

  Health & Fitness

  Homework Help

  Ages Up to 7-12




                          Bright Idea:




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younger kids become virtual sleuths. Older kids are challenged to think ahead several steps — predicting the impact of
force on objects or how others will react in multiplayer games.

                                            Wonderopolis
  Language & Reading

  Math
                                            Curious kids of all ages can further their knowledge by digging deeper
  Science

  Social Studies                            and links for additional learning.

  Arts
                                            Body and Brain Connection
  Hobbies

  Multi-Subject

  Thinking & Reasoning
                                            coordinate their bodies when “acting out” the solutions.
  Creativity
                                            Buy from Amazon
  Feelings & Friendship
                                            Cosmos Chaos
  Tech Skills

  Health & Fitness

  Homework Help
                                            as they explore the context clues in each scene. Kids advance by using
  Ages Up to 7-12                           saved words correctly.
                                            Buy from Amazon


                                            Cut the Rope


                                            Physics and fun blend together in a format that encourages discovery
                                            through hands-on play. Kids are encouraged to experiment and
                                            observe the results of each action as they test out basic concepts of
                                            physics, gravity, motion, and force.
                                            Available from the App Store



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younger kids become virtual sleuths. Older kids are challenged to think ahead several steps — predicting the impact of
force on objects or how others will react in multiplayer games.


  Language & Reading                        Wondermind

  Math
                                            Complex concepts about the brain come to life on this educational site
  Science                                   that features games, videos, and a blog. Using Alice in Wonderland-
                                            themed content, the site teaches kids about memory, spatial ability,
  Social Studies                            language, and other brain functions.

  Arts
                                            LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7
  Hobbies

  Multi-Subject
                                            Players attend classes at Hogwarts to learn magic, practice dueling,
                                            and solve hundreds of environmental puzzles. Kids must use a keen
  Thinking & Reasoning

                                            way out of story-based predicaments.
  Creativity
                                            Buy from Amazon
  Feelings & Friendship
                                            Nancy Drew: Alibi in Ashes
  Tech Skills

  Health & Fitness

  Homework Help                             detective. Kids must collect data, analyze evidence, and make

  Ages Up to 7-12                           own skills to unravel this intriguing case.
                                            Buy from Amazon




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younger kids become virtual sleuths. Older kids are challenged to think ahead several steps — predicting the impact of
force on objects or how others will react in multiplayer games.


  Language & Reading                        Portal 2

  Math
                                            An innovative puzzle game set in a 3-D world challenges kids to solve
  Science
                                            a broad range of physics-based brainteasers. Kids learn to solve
                                            problems through observation, deduction, and hypothesis testing in
  Social Studies

                                            Buy from Amazon
  Arts

  Hobbies                                   Scribblenauts Remix
  Multi-Subject

  Thinking & Reasoning                      Thinking outside the box is rewarded with these fun brainteasers.
                                            With many possible solutions, kids stretch their thinking and put their
  Creativity                                imagination to work. The puzzles boost logical thinking, vocabulary,
                                            and spelling skills.
  Feelings & Friendship                     Available from the App Store

  Tech Skills

  Health & Fitness

  Homework Help                             Players absorb knowledge about the history of the world from the
                                            role of an empowered ruler in this dynamic strategy game. They
  Ages Up to 7-12                           also gain an understanding of how historic events led to great
                                            discoveries, inventions, and social and political advances.
                                            Buy from Amazon




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younger kids become virtual sleuths. Older kids are challenged to think ahead several steps — predicting the impact of
force on objects or how others will react in multiplayer games.


  Language & Reading

  Math
                                            This informative world sim game gives kids a hands-on way to learn
  Science                                   world history as they take on the role of a world leader. In this
                                            expansion of the original game, the addition of religion shows kids
  Social Studies                            how popular faiths can shape nations.
                                            Buy from Amazon
  Arts

  Hobbies                                   Machinarium

  Multi-Subject

  Thinking & Reasoning                      This game is all about trial and error, empowering kids to look for
                                            available tools and think creatively to achieve their goals. The
  Creativity                                challenging puzzles follow a logical path. Kids stretch their imagination
                                            to tackle problems from various angles.
  Feelings & Friendship                     Available from the App Store

  Tech Skills
                                            Professor Layton and the Last Specter
  Health & Fitness

  Homework Help                             A fascinating story line propels kids through a mystery as players
                                            solve a wide variety of brainteasers. Puzzles range from basic math
  Ages Up to 7-12                           problems to complex spatial recognition activities to word problems.
                                            Hints help players of different skill levels.
                                            Buy from Amazon




                          Bright Idea:




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Lots of new games give kids the freedom to experiment and tinker. This out-of-the box thinking can lead to new ideas and
creations. Younger kids brainstorm new combinations in word and letter games. Older kids put their personal stamp on
games by designing their own contributions.


 Language & Reading                         NewMoonGirls

 Math
                                            A safe space for honest discussions and self-esteem-building
 Science
                                            creativity, this online community is a great space for girls to share
                                            and read stories, poems, and thought-provoking articles. Content on
 Social Studies

 Arts
                                            Super Scribblenauts
 Hobbies

 Multi-Subject

 Thinking & Reasoning                       wild as they solve puzzles by writing new objects into a scene. Kids
                                            are in charge of their own learning in this compelling environment for
 Creativity                                 language play and media creation.

 Feelings & Friendship                      Buy from Amazon


 Tech Skills

 Health & Fitness

 Homework Help

 Ages Up to 7-12




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Lots of new games give kids the freedom to experiment and tinker. This out-of-the box thinking can lead to new ideas and
creations. Younger kids brainstorm new combinations in word and letter games. Older kids put their personal stamp on
games by designing their own contributions.


  Language & Reading                        Minecraft

  Math
                                            Kids can exercise their imaginations and learn valuable digital-creation
  Science                                   skills in this open-ended mining and construction game. Working
                                            individually or collaboratively, they use game tools and resources to
  Social Studies                            build virtually anything they can imagine.

  Arts
                                            Scribblenauts Remix
  Hobbies

  Multi-Subject
                                            Thinking outside the box is rewarded with these fun brainteasers.
  Thinking & Reasoning                      With many possible solutions, kids stretch their thinking and put their
                                            imagination to work. The puzzles boost logical thinking, vocabulary,
  Creativity                                and spelling skills.
                                            Available from the App Store
  Feelings & Friendship

  Tech Skills

  Health & Fitness

  Homework Help

  Ages Up to 7-12




                          Bright Ideas:


                          look at? Is there a model? You could even introduce them to real builders and architects




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Getting along with others is a crucial skill both in and out of school. Now there are websites and other technologies to




  Language & Reading                        Herotopia

  Math
                                            As superheroes, kids outwit bullies, learn geography, and practice good
  Science                                   global citizenship. They earn points for doing good deeds as they travel
                                            the world, learning fun geography facts and popular phrases in foreign
  Social Studies                            languages along the way.

  Arts
                                            Tykoon
  Hobbies

  Multi-Subject
                                            Money management is a fun and unintimidating experience for both
  Thinking & Reasoning                      kids and parents with this innovative site. Kids set financial goals
                                            and track their saving and spending. Parent involvement is important
  Creativity                                in this real-world learning experience.

  Feelings & Friendship
                                            Webonauts Internet Academy
  Tech Skills

  Health & Fitness
                                            To help kids build digital citizenship skills, this online game presents
  Homework Help                             situations where they make choices related to online behavior. Kids
                                            learn how to protect passwords, deal with online bullies, and respect
  Ages Up to 7-12                           intellectual property rights.




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Getting along with others is a crucial skill both in and out of school. Now there are websites and other technologies to




  Language & Reading                         Mission US: Flight to Freedom

  Math

  Science                                    way to freedom. Kids can learn what society was like for African
                                             Americans in the pre-Civil War era of slavery. Robust online tools help
  Social Studies

  Arts

  Hobbies

  Multi-Subject
                                             This empowering social network gets kids personally invested in
  Thinking & Reasoning
                                             creating great content. Kids stretch their writing skills as they create
                                             forums and write blogs and articles. A school section offers science
  Creativity
                                             news, book reviews, and homework.
  Feelings & Friendship

  Tech Skills

  Health & Fitness

  Homework Help

  Ages Up to 7-12




                          Bright Ideas:




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of computer programming and video game creation through inventive, forward-thinking games.



 Language & Reading                        Scratch

 Math
                                           Create animations, video games, art, and music videos with an
 Science
                                           incredibly clever, block-based form of computer programming. Kids
                                           can learn valuable programming concepts like loops and conditionals,
 Social Studies
                                           as well as bottom-up problem solving.
 Arts

 Hobbies
                                           Gamestar Mechanic

 Multi-Subject
                                           By building video games, kids learn to think both mathematically and
 Thinking & Reasoning
                                           principles of game design. Sharing their creations with the network
 Creativity
                                           encourages learning.
 Feelings & Friendship

 Tech Skills
                                           Pixton

 Health & Fitness
                                           How-to videos show kids exactly how to make great online comics.
 Homework Help                             Transform a blank panel into a professional strip in very little time.
                                           Customize comics with characters, backgrounds, speech bubbles,
 Ages Up to 7-12                           props, and more. Authors can even promote their own digital creations!




                         Bright Ideas:


                         board games, written game reviews, or artwork advertising the game. Give them art
                         supplies, and help them locate examples to learn from.




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inspired to move their body in new ways and celebrate a rainbow of vegetables.



  Language & Reading                         ZisBoomBah

  Math
                                             Celebrate balanced nutrition and creative cuisine combos in the
  Science
                                             service of practical cooking. Kids can learn about nutritional values
                                             as they find the right mix of foods to make balanced meals. Tips
  Social Studies
                                             and printouts encourage healthy habits.
  Arts

  Hobbies
                                             Body and Brain Connection

  Multi-Subject

  Thinking & Reasoning

  Creativity
                                             coordinate their bodies when “acting out” the solutions.
                                             Buy from Amazon
  Feelings & Friendship

  Tech Skills
                                             Dance Central 2
 Health & Fitness

  Homework Help
                                             By studying professionally choreographed moves, kids can learn
                                             how to improve their dance skills and get some exercise in the
  Ages Up to 7-12
                                             process. Tutorials walk kids through the basics. “Freestyle” dancing
                                             is encouraged, allowing creative expression.
                                             Buy from Amazon



                          Bright Ideas:


                          balanced. Have them enter in real food choices they make — both from healthy and less



                          parties. Pick songs that everyone will like, and face off for some healthy competition.
                          You can also place people in teams and keep track of scores.

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Time outside of school can be a really productive work time. But it can be challenging, too. Having information and help at


schoolwork from videos and slideshows on everything from history to psychology.


  Language & Reading                         Britannica Kids: Solar System

  Math
                                             Encourage kids' interest in astronomy and build on concepts they
  Science
                                             learn in science class with this great resource. Topics include the sun,
                                             moon, planets, gravity, and more. Images, photographs, and videos
  Social Studies
                                             engage kids in a multimedia experience.
  Arts                                       Available from the App Store


  Hobbies                                    SpellBoard
  Multi-Subject

  Thinking & Reasoning                       This customizable app allows kids to create their own spelling lists with
                                             audio, image, and a clue phrase for each word. Kids can choose study
  Creativity
                                             in this great study aid.
  Feelings & Friendship                      Available from the App Store

  Tech Skills
                                             StudyJams!
  Health & Fitness

  Homework Help                              Great for homework help or learning about new topics, this site includes

  Ages Up to 7-12
                                             and even karaoke. Kids can learn about a range of topics through fun
                                             activities and useful tutorials.


                                             BJ Pinchbeck's Homework Helper


                                             A huge, comprehensive library of homework links gives kids a starting
                                             point on almost any topic. Find "best of" links for English, math, or art.
                                             Discover search tools like reference sites and search engines. What's
                                             more, it won't overwhelm.


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Time outside of school can be a really productive work time. But it can be challenging, too. Having information and help at


schoolwork from videos and slideshows on everything from history to psychology.


                                             HowStuffWorks
  Language & Reading

  Math
                                             Real-world content and in-article links make this site a high-tech version
  Science                                    of the neighborhood library. Articles, companion pieces, and videos
                                             allow kids to dive deeper into subject matter. A strong visual component
  Social Studies                             enhances the information.

  Arts
                                             HowStuffWorks for iPad
  Hobbies

  Multi-Subject
                                             From astronomy to zoology, this app goes deep into the subjects that
                                             curious kids want to explore. Learn just about anything with this vast
  Thinking & Reasoning

  Creativity                                 Available from the App Store

  Feelings & Friendship
                                             Khan Academy
  Tech Skills

  Health & Fitness                           Build knowledge in science, math, history, economics, and more. Kids
                                             can watch thousands of video presentations created by experts, do
  Homework Help                              exercises, and keep track of their progress. Kids are encouraged to set
                                             goals and learn at a comfortable pace.
  Ages Up to 7-12




                          Bright Idea:



                          their understanding of a topic through writing practice.




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CROSS-AGE PICKS
Many of our picks are great for kids of all ages. Find awesome apps, great games, and wonderful websites that can be
introduced to younger kids but can also age up to kids 7-12.



  Language & Reading                       Feel Electric!

  Math
                                           Videos, photos, games, and vocabulary-building activities help kids
  Science
                                           learn emotional awareness, expression, and language skills.
                                           Interactivity and lots of options let kids take control and create an
  Social Studies
                                           experience that works best for them.
  Arts                                     Available from the App Store

  Hobbies
                                           Zui.com
  Multi-Subject

  Thinking & Reasoning
                                           Educational videos and games help kids with puzzle solving, strategy,
  Creativity                               and logical thinking, as well as learn how to do things such as play
                                           guitar or perform science experiments. Fashion and music games tap
  Feelings & Friendship

  Tech Skills
                                           Barefoot World Atlas
  Health & Fitness

  Homework Help
                                           Kids explore an interactive globe to learn about all major countries.
 Ages Up to 7-12
                                           in their world. Brief descriptions, photos, and real-time facts make
                                           learning exciting and relevant.




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Many of our picks are great for kids of all ages. Find awesome apps, great games, and wonderful websites that can be
introduced to younger kids but can also age up to kids 7-12.



  Language & Reading                       DragonBox

  Math
                                           This game translates the basic mechanics of algebra into gameplay.
  Science
                                           Pictures take the place of letters and numbers until higher levels, when
                                           the math symbols are added. Simple enough for young children, this
  Social Studies
                                           sets a new standard for math apps.
  Arts                                     Available from the App Store

  Hobbies
                                           The Electric Company
  Multi-Subject

  Thinking & Reasoning
                                           On this companion site to the PBS TV series, kids play fun games to
  Creativity                               learn how words form and change. Kids put together compound words,

  Feelings & Friendship

  Tech Skills
                                           Oh Noah!
  Health & Fitness

  Homework Help

 Ages Up to 7-12
                                           speak Spanish. Kids develop new language skills through patience,
                                           experimentation, and trial and error.




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Many of our picks are great for kids of all ages. Find awesome apps, great games, and wonderful websites that can be
introduced to younger kids but can also age up to kids 7-12.



  Language & Reading                       Start with a Book

  Math
                                           With the assistance of a parent, teacher, or librarian, kids learn how
  Science
                                           reading can enrich their lives and their education. Topic-centric book
                                           choices and extended learning tools help kids become better readers
  Social Studies
                                           and listeners.
  Arts

  Hobbies                                  Storybird

  Multi-Subject
                                           Kids can showcase writing skills and imagination as they create
  Thinking & Reasoning
                                           original stories. Collaborative storytelling allows kids to co-create with
                                           friends and family. An optional online community for sharing stories
  Creativity

  Feelings & Friendship

  Tech Skills
                                           Toontastic

  Health & Fitness

  Homework Help                            A guide to story arcs helps kids learn about storytelling and theater. As
                                           they choose characters and settings and develop storyline and script,
 Ages Up to 7-12                           they gain valuable creative skills.
                                           Available from the App Store




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                       Sex, Etc.
 Health & Fitness

 Core Subjects

 21st Century Skills

 Ages Up to 13-17



                       Stay Teen




                       Check Yourself




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                       Go Ask Alice!
 Health & Fitness

 Core Subjects

 21st Century Skills

 Ages Up to 13-17



                       Scarleteen




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 Health & Fitness                     Hippocampus

 Core Subjects

 21st Century Skills

 Ages Up to 13-17



                                      Solar System for iPad




                                      Tropico 4




                       Bright Idea:




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SKILLS FOR TOMORROW, RECS FOR THE REAL WORLD




 Health & Fitness      Age of Empires Online

 Core Subjects

 21st Century Skills

 Ages Up to 13-17




                       Codeacademy




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 Health & Fitness                      StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty

 Core Subjects

 21st Century Skills

 Ages Up to 13-17




                                       DoSomething.org




                       Bright Ideas:




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                       Art Set
 Health & Fitness

 Core Subjects

 21st Century Skills

 Ages Up to 13-17




                       Body and Brain Connection




                       FIFA SOCCER 12 by EA SPORTS




                       Presidents vs. Aliens




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 Health & Fitness      The Oregon Trail

 Core Subjects

 21st Century Skills

 Ages Up to 13-17




                       Scholastic Kids Press Corps




                       Nancy Drew: Alibi in Ashes




                       Portal 2




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 Health & Fitness      Roblox

 Core Subjects

 21st Century Skills

 Ages Up to 13-17




                       GarageBand
                                                2- 6   7-12   13 -17
                                                              13- 17
CROSS-AGE PICKS



                       HowStuffWorks for iPad
 Health & Fitness

 Core Subjects

 21st Century Skills

 Ages Up to 13-17




                       InnerBody




                       Khan Academy




                       Machinarium




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                       Professor Layton and the Last Specter
 Health & Fitness

 Core Subjects

 21st Century Skills

 Ages Up to 13-17




                       Science Bob




                       Scrabble




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