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Best Science Apps for Elementary School Kids


Today’s “Best Educational Apps for Kids” list is Best Science apps for elementary school kids.  I did not include those animal related apps, as there will be a separate list of “Best Educational Apps for Kids” on “Nature and Animals”.  If you know any good science apps for kids age 6 to 10, please leave the app name in a comment.  I will update the list periodically.

Best Science Apps for Elementary School Kids

Best Elementary Science Apps

KidScience AppKidScience (Free): an app showing you how to do some science experiments at home.  You can search for science experiments by “Experiment Name”, “What is in My Pantry”, “Age Group”, “Science Type” (biology, physics, etc.), and “Amount of Time” the experiment takes.  All experiments are easy to do, and with science explanations.

Solar Walk ($2.99): travel through the solar system with your finger on your iPAD or iPhone.  You can tap on any planet you are interested in.  The app allows you take close look of each planet in the solar system, and you can spin the planet to get a view from any angle.  Kids will have fun flying throught the space and holding the planets in their hands.

SkyView AppSkyView (Free): shows the stars and constellations on your device screen while you hold your iPhone or iPAD up, like you are going to take a picture of the sky. When you move your device, the view will change with your move. You can get facts on each star or constellation by simply tapping on the object of your interest.  There is a paid version also.

Star Walk AppStar Walk ($2.99): Similar to SkyView, but with much more facts and better pictures.  Some additional facts include calendar of celestial events like planetary alignments, full moons, solar eclipses, and meteor showers.  There is a quick live sky one page that details when planets will rise and set.  I suggest go with Star Walk if kids are beyond SkyView Free.

NOVA Element AppNOVA Elements (Free): teach kids periodic table with multi-media materials, 3D models, and fun experiments.  Kids play games to build the molecules that make up a number of objects – coffee, bananas, clothes.  The content is scientific enough to learn the true science, and easy enough for early elementary kids to follow.  It is a great app to get kids started on elements.

Monster Physics AppMonster Physics ($1.99): Kids design, build, and operate their own machines, or moving devices with wheels, joins, ropes, propellers.  After they build the machines, they can test out and see if they work or not.  It is like a prototype facility on screen.  Kids get the opportunity to learn physics with their own inventions and parents don’t have to worry about them breaking anything.

Where's My WaterWhere’s My Water ($0.99): one of the first games I played with my son.  We still love it.  Kids learn fluid physics from playing the games.  I have seen quite a few physics games by now, many of them don’t have realistic movements.  The subjects either move too slow or not responsive to touches.  While playing this game, you feel you are playing with the real liquid of different kinds.

Where's My PerryWhere’s My Perry ($0.99): very similar to Where’s My Water, with added challenges, such as hot water meets ice, water turns into steam, … When kids move up the levels, the game scenario become more challenging, kids have to do some strategic planning to have a step-by-step action plan to win the game.  This is another benefit besides learning physics.

Cut the Rope AppCut the Rope ($0.99): Cut the rope to feed the candy on the rope to a cute monster.  Kids learn basic physics concepts, such as gravity, motion, force, and vector.  To solve the puzzle, they have to strategically plan out the sequence and timing of the rope cuttings and execute the plan perfectly.  It is another great physics game.

Angry BirdsAngry Bird ($0.99): It is such a popular game that people use “Angry Bird” when they really mean “all the games on iDevice”.  For this reason, some parents automatically put it into “non-educational” category.  While in fact, there are a lot science and strategy in the game, if used correctly, kids can learn lot from the game.

Bobo explores lightBobo Explores Light ($4.99): A very well designed science app with engaging interactive activities.  The app utilizes multimedia contents when instroducing science concepts.  Kids will have many opportunities to get hands-on to try out some experiments themselves.

What science games does your child like to play?  Please leave a note!  I will update the list periodically.  Keep in mind, all animal and natural related apps will be in a separate list, which will be posted in the next week or so.

Have elementary kids at home?  Make sure check out Best Math Apps for Elementary Kids. For all lists of Best Educational Apps for Kids series, please visit the page Best Educational Apps for Kids.

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  • Magaret March 25, 2014, 12:08 am

    Everyone loves what you guys are usually up to.

  • Christine March 23, 2014, 11:09 pm

    my kids actually already play a lot of those – I just wish there were more! The where’s my water, etc, ones are especially fun.

    • Christine March 23, 2014, 11:13 pm

      I can’t find a couple of these :(

      • iGameMom March 24, 2014, 8:58 am

        Did you click on the app titles? They should lead you to more details and download link. Please let me know if any one of the link doesn’t work.

    • iGameMom March 24, 2014, 8:55 am

      Thanks Christine. We love those fun and educational apps too.

  • Natalie November 15, 2013, 12:56 am

    I am very interested in several apps on your list, especially Nova and Monster Physics. Thanks for adding this list to this year’s Ultimate Guide!

    • iGameMom November 15, 2013, 12:29 pm

      I think your daughter will like them, especially Monster Physics. Make sure try it yourself, you probably will like it too! :-)

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  • objectpermanenceblog December 22, 2012, 8:46 pm

    Great list! Thanks for sharing this.

    • iGameMom December 26, 2012, 9:26 pm

      you are welcome! Do you have some favorite apps for kids?

  • Matt Renwick December 22, 2012, 9:34 am

    Nice list Matt. My kinder son also likes Max and the Magic Marker and Bobo Explores Light. Don’t know what happened to Casey’s Contraptions, but that was also a lot of fun.

    • iGameMom December 26, 2012, 9:50 pm

      Thanks for the app names. I will take a look and update the list.

  • Jane Marsh December 21, 2012, 1:56 am

    Will be checking these out…

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