There are many good physics games on mobile devices, but some games have content that are not appropriate for kids, since most of these games are not designed for kids. However, many are safe for kids to play, and kids will learn a lot through these games. It takes time to find good physics games safe for kids to play. I went through many of these games, and put together a list of physics game apps that are fun and safe for kids to play. Some are game apps, some are learning apps utilizing physics mechanisms. Since most of these are not originally for kids, they are fun for you to play too.
Physics Games Apps That Are Safe for Kids to Play
Thinkrolls and Thinkrolls 2 are two apps designed for preschool to school age kids. Kids play puzzle games and learn science concepts like gravity, buoyancy, levitation, elasticity, density, temperature, acceleration.
Where’s My Water is a physics app focused on liquid physics. Kids build pipes to deliver water to Swampy the Alligator. It is an app designed by Disney that a preschool, as well as an adult, can play.
Where’s My Mickey is similar to Where’s My Water, but featuring Mickey as the game character instead.
Crayon Physics uniquely combines drawing and physics in one app. Kids see the dynamics in the setting, draw an object that they think will help them achieve the game objective, and watch what happen when their drawings come to life.
Monster Physics let kids design their own machines and moving devices, build them, and test them out. It is an “hands-on” physics lab without the mess, and kids can see how their designs work in “real” world.
Cut the Rope address physics from a different angle – kids have to find the right time to cut the rope so the candy at the end of rope can land in the cute green monster’s mouth.
Sprinkle is a combination of Angry Birds and Where’s My Water. Kids have to find the right angle to shoot the water to put out the fire.
Stack the States and Stack the Countries are two geography game apps that utilize physics in the game play. When kids stack the non-regular shaped states or countries on top of each other, they have to figure out how to keep them balanced and stay still.
Simple Physics challenges kids build a structure, like a tree house, or a bridge, using available materials, and then test out the design to see if it will work. Kids not only need build a strong structure, but also limit their budget within the range.
Amazing Alex lets kids create their own puzzles using items like balls, pipes, and scissors, to accomplish goals like popping balloons into a basket. They can create anything they want to achieve the goal, like a bridge, a domino effect, a swing. I like the fact that their is no single correct way to solve the puzzle, kids can be very creative in this app.
If you prefer playing games on computer, you can find many good physics games on www.physicsgames.net.
Another website is Coaster Crafter, where kids will design their own roller coasters.
Do you have any fun physics games that your child like to play?
Looking for more fun app ideas for kids? Check out our Best Apps for Kids collection, where you can find apps lists for kids grouped by age and subjects.