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Best Coding & Programming Apps for Kids

Coding can be hard to learn and often not very engaging for kids (or adults), but this selection of apps helps kids learn how to code in fun and interactive ways.

We’ve selected highly rated coding apps that cater to a range of ages from pre-readers to teens (and adults), with age-based recommendations that you can use as a rough guide. (Many adults new to programing will enjoy some of the game and puzzle based apps, while young, but motivated coders, may enjoy more complex coding apps.) Also, while many apps are available on both Android and Apple devices, they are usually available as web-based programs too. Finally, cost. We’ve included a couple of free apps, but most coding apps are subscription-based (be aware that most auto-renew!) and may seem expensive when compared to other educational apps.

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EDITOR’S CHOICE: CODING APPS FOR KIDS

Kodable

Coding can be challenging to learn. This apps offers 100’s of interactive activities that help kids (even pre-readers) to learn to code. Available via website and Apple app. Ages 4-10.

FREE OR FREE TO TRY

Scratch Jr.

Scratch teaches younger kids to program their own stories and games in the Scratch programming language. Kids can design and program characters to move, dance, and sing and even add their own photos and voices. Designed for kids 5 to 7. Available on both Apple and Android devices. Usually free.

‎Grasshopper: Learn to Code

Developed by Google, this coding app helps kids learn the basics of JavaScript coding. Best for older kids (ages 10 and older). Available for Apple & Android devices. Usually free.

Codecademy Go

Some people may find it difficult to make time for learning new things, like coding. This coding app helps with that as it motivates you to keep up your coding skills “streak” anywhere (app or website) and any time. Available on Apple and android devices. Best for older kids (~ 10 years to adult).

Code Karts – Pre-coding logic

Some kids might find it hard to concentrate when learning new things. This app is an interactive game that can be enjoyable to kids whilst also helping them learn code. It’s “pre-code” design lets even younger kids learn the logic of coding though over 70 games. Perfect for kids preschool aged or older (ages 4 to 12)

Lightbot : Code Hour

Kids learn to code (without realizing it) by solving 20 levels of logic puzzles. Designed for K-12 students (ages 5 to 18), this app makes learning to code easy, fun, & FREE. When your child is ready for more, SpriteBox has additional coding apps: Lightbot Jr. Coding Puzzles, , Lightbot Programming Puzzles, SpriteBox: Code Hour (Java), and SpriteBox Coding (Java).

Sphero Edu

Designed for Sphero robots (available at Sphero.com), this coding app lets you go beyond on-screen prgramming to real world fun. Beginners can get their robot to follow a drawn path, while advanced users can write their own javascript. App available for Apple and Android devices. Best for ages 8+.

SoloLearn: Learn to Code

SoloLearn is a great way to start learning to code, it has the largest collection of free content where you can learn almost any code for free (including web programming, Python, Java, Kotlin, Ruby, Swift, C* and more). Best for older students (ages 12 to adult). Available on Apple and Android (Android app includes ads) .

Coding Games For Kids – Learn To Code With Play

This app brings play time to coding! Kids solve/play 200+ programming games such as fire fighting, playing a dentist, building train tracks, and much more. Designed to be engaging for even young coders. Available for Apple and Android. Best for preschool kids and older (Ages: 4 to 13).

SpriteBox Coding helps kids learn code while exploring different worlds. Designed as an adventure game, SpriteBox Coding covers key programming concepts such as sequencing, parameters, loops, procedures, and basic Swift syntax. Best for kids aged 7+. Available for Apple and Android devices.

SUBSCRIPTION-BASED CODING APPS

Mimo: Learn coding in JavaScript, Python and HTML

Learning code doesn’t always have to be hard and time consuming. With Mimo you can learn how to code easily by using small lessons that can fit into routines (5 minutes a day!)..

Kodable

Coding can be challenging to learn. This apps offers 100’s of interactive activities that help kids (even pre-readers) to learn to code. Available via website and Apple app. Ages 4-10.

Hopscotch-Programming for kids

Hopscotch not only allows kids to program their own projects (games, apps, animations, etc.), they also become part of the kid coder community. which lets them learn from the millions of other kid-created projects. Designed for kids aged 8-14. Apple app only.

‎CodeSpark Academy: Kids Coding

Designed for young coders, this app takes a no-words approach that helps kids learn through interactivity (puzzles, games, creative projects, and even printables. CodeSpark is designed for children aged 5-9 and available in both Apple and Android apps.

Tynker Coding for Kids

Tynker is one of the top coding apps for kids and comes in 3 different versions: Tynker Jr (ages 5-7), Tynker (ages 7-13), Mod Creator (for Minecraft; ages 7 -13) . While the youngest programmers can use Tynker Jr. to solve fun coding puzzles, older coders can learn how to mod Minecraft and even control robots and drones. Tynker apps are only available for Apple devices. Ages range from 5 to 13+.

About these coding & programming game apps

At the time we publish, these apps:

  • Usually have a minimum 4 star rating on Apple’s App Store
  • Do not contain ads.

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Best Math Game Apps

For many kids (and adults), math can be intimidating. But these math apps teach kids about important math concepts in a fun and engaging way. Some are free, some are paid – but all are worth downloading. More about how we select the Best Math Game Apps

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Editor’s Choice: Math App Games

Editor’s Choice: Math Tango

This app makes learning the basics of additions, subtraction, multiplication, and division really fun for kids. Apple only.

Editor’s Choice: Marble Math Multiplication

In Marble Math Multiplication, kids solve math problems by navigating a maze – either using their fingers or tilting the device. The combination of manual skills and spatial awareness and manual dexterity make Marble Math a unique approach to learning and practicing multiplication. This is a free (lite) app without ads or in-app purchases and well worth a download.

Editor’s Choice: DragonBox algebra 5+

This app is great for teaching kids at a young age about the basics of math and algebra. Kids can easily learn linear equations without even realizing.

Editor’s Choice: Slice Fractions

This math game is an incredibly fun way to learn fractions.

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Editor’s Choice: Marble Math Multiplication

In Marble Math Multiplication, kids solve math problems by navigating a maze – either using their fingers or tilting the device. The combination of manual skills and spatial awareness and manual dexterity make Marble Math a unique approach to learning and practicing multiplication. This is a free (lite) app without ads or in-app purchases and well worth a download.

Editor’s Choice: Math Tango

This app makes learning the basics of additions, subtraction, multiplication, and division really fun for kids. Apple only

This app helps kids become more fluent in math while being very engaging at the same time. Apple only.

Ahaaa Math helps kids with their math skills with small exercises that boosts their math abilities. Apple only

This game will help kids with their speed in math by using small games in which the kids will answer math questions in order to win a game.

Kids can learn addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division by going on adventures with their monster friend Maxx.

This app can teach kids math in a fun and motivating way.

Prodigy is a free math app that helps with teaching kids math while being engaging by using games that can be played with friends to help with their math skills.

In Marble Math kids solve math problems by navigating a maze -either using their fingers or tilting the device. The combination of manual skills and spatial awareness and manual dexterity make Marble Math a unique approach to learning math.

Editor’s Choice: DragonBox algebra 5+

This app is great for teaching kids at a young age about the basics of math and algebra. Kids can easily learn linear equations without even realizing.

Editor’ Choice: Slice Fractions

This math game is an incredibly fun way to learn fractions.

About these math game apps

At the time we publish, these apps:

  • Have a minimum 4 star rating on Apple’s App Store
  • Do not contain ads
  • Paid apps: unlock the full app and are not subscription-based. However, they may include in-app purchases for additional apps. For example, a paid digital book that includes links to other book apps in on the digital bookshelf or collection.
  • Free or Free to try apps: include enough math content that makes them worth a download. They may also include subscriptions and in-app purchases, but these are not required to try the app. For example, a free app might only have addition games, but the in-app purchase unlocks the whole game with multiplication or subtraction
  • Do not require sign-up or subscription before the math games can be played or tryed. For example, an app with a free 7-day trial that does not automatically become a paid subscription.

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Fractions Boost

[Platform: iPad] Teachley: Fractions Boost is an exciting 3D racing game that helps children in 3rd-5th grades gain conceptual understanding of fractions while learning how to represent them on a number line. Children race through a futuristic world, driving through number line checkpoints and fraction tunnels. 

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About Teachley: Fractions Boost

Teachley: Fractions Boost is an exciting 3D racing game that helps children in 3rd-5th grades gain conceptual understanding of fractions while learning how to represent them on a number line. Children race through a futuristic world, driving through number line checkpoints and fraction tunnels. 

This engaging game, designed by teachers, features built-in lessons and powerful scaffolds to deepen children’s knowledge of fractions. Teachley: Fractions Boost covers all of 3rd grade fractions standards, including comparison and equivalence of fractions.

This app will transform the way children learn and understand fractions! 

“Teaching number sense is really difficult for elementary school students. Teaching fraction number sense can be even harder. My students frequently would “sneak” playing Fractions Boost, and I would pretend not to notice that they were playing extra rounds.” – Nick, 4th grade teacher, VT.

“Fractions are often such a difficult concept to teach. I’m so thankful that Teachley has made a game that is equally engaging as it is entertaining!” – Heather Holinger, 4th grade teacher, ME. 

Fractions Boost is aligned with all 3rd grade Common Core fractions standards and other state standards, including: 

Common Core – 3.NF.A.1, 3.NF.A.2a, 3.NF.A.3b, 3.NF.A.3c, and

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.3.NF.A.2b Represent a fraction a/b on a number line diagram by marking off a lengths 1/b from 0. Recognize that the resulting interval has size a/b and that its endpoint locates the number a/b on the number line.

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.3.NF.A.3d Compare two fractions with the same numerator or the same denominator by reasoning about their size.

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.3.NF.A.3a Understand two fractions as equivalent (equal) if they are the same size, or the same point on a number line.

TEKS – 2.3.A-B, 3.3.A-C, 3.3F-H

About Teachley: 

Teachley, LLC is an award-winning edtech company founded by expert teachers with PhDs in cognitive science and funded by the U.S. Department of Education and National Science Foundation. Teachley is transforming teaching and learning by helping schools and districts drive instruction and target interventions with games. Based on cognitive science research, Teachley’s apps focus on teaching important strategies shown to improve learning within fun and engaging games. www.teachley.com

*This app was made possible with funding provided by the National Science Foundation.

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Mt. Multiplis

[Platform: iPad] Award-winning Mt. Multiplis, is an engaging game that teaches multiplication through the commutative and distributive properties. While most multiplication apps focus on drill with digital worksheets and flashcards, Mt. Multiplis scaffolds learning to promote conceptual understanding, efficiency with multiplication strategies, and fact fluency.

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About the game:

Linka gets caught in a terrible storm while flying home after a successful treasure hunt. She escapes but her plane isn’t as lucky. Help Linka make her way through Mt. Multiplis by building bridges, unlocking treasure, and earning gems. Rebuild Linka’s plane by collecting the pieces from the greedy Crags who live on the island. 

Developed by teachers and experts in children’s cognition and learning, Mt. Multiplis is an engaging game that teaches multiplication through the commutative and distributive properties. While most multiplication apps focus on drill with digital worksheets and flashcards, Mt. Multiplis scaffolds learning to promote conceptual understanding, efficiency with multiplication strategies, and fact fluency. 

The Common Core State Standards expect third graders to use the distributive property when multiplying (CCSM.3.OA.B.5): “Knowing that 8 × 5 = 40 and 8 × 2 = 16, one can find 8 × 7 as 8 × (5 + 2) = (8 × 5) + (8 × 2) = 40 + 16 = 56.” Mt. Multiplis is designed to make this complex content more approachable and fun for kids. Students can think strategically, seeing how 7 x 8 is the same as 5 groups of 8 plus 2 more groups of 8.

Supports Response to Intervention programs:

Mt. Multiplis is a great tool for classroom teachers looking to differentiate instruction for students. The app is also great for parents who want to support their children’s learning. 

Recommended Grades: 3rd-5th (6th-8th intervention)

Meets Common Core Math Standards: 

-3.OA.A.1 -3.OA.A.3 -3.OA.A.7 -3.OA.B.5

About Teachley: 

Founded by former teachers, Teachley uses cognitive science research to create apps that teach effective learning strategies and assess what kids know within engaging games. Our team includes experts in cognition and learning, award-winning creative talent and game designers.

*This app was made possible by the US Department of Education, with funding provided by the Institute of Education Sciences’ SBIR program.


Thanks to Teachley for donating their apps for the Tech4Good: Home School Project.

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Addimal Adventure

[Platform: iPad] Award-winning Addimal Adventure, is an engaging game that teaches addition. The Addimal characters model effective strategies for solving math facts. Children practice using these strategies during the tool round, while the speed round encourages memorization, providing hints as needed.

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About Teachley Addimal Adventure

*Winner of Apple Design Award 2014* 

Parent’s Choice Award

Editor’s Choice Award – Children’s Technology Review 

What are people saying? 

“Teachley: Addimal Adventure is an excellent tool for teaching kids strategies they need to master single-digit addition.” – Common Sense Media

“Addimal Adventure is an exciting, new way to teach addition facts! There’s nothing else out there focused on teaching kids strategies.” -Sarah B., 1st grade teacher, NYC

About the game:

The sinister Professor Possum has destroyed the golden city of El Sumado and is building a robot set on destroying the world! Captain Memo and the Addimals have come to save the day, but they can’t do it alone. Help the Addimals win back the golden blocks and restore El Sumado to its former glory! 

Developed by former teachers and experts in children’s cognition and learning, Addimal Adventure is an engaging game that teaches addition. The Addimal characters model effective strategies for solving math facts. Children practice using these strategies during the tool round, while the speed round encourages memorization, providing hints as needed. 

Most addition apps focus on drill with digital worksheets and flashcards. In contrast, our app teaches effective math strategies and scaffolds learning to promote conceptual understanding and fact fluency.

Addimal Adventure is a great tool for teaching different ways to solve problems and for parents to support their children’s learning at home. 

Recommended Grades: K-2, 3-5 (intervention)

Meets Many Common Core, TEKS, and other State Math Standards. 

About Teachley: 

Founded by former teachers, Teachley uses cognitive science research to create apps that teach effective learning strategies and assess what kids know within engaging games. Our team includes experts in cognition and learning, Grammy and Emmy-award winning creative talent as well as new and noteworthy game designers. www.teachley.com 

*This app was made possible by the Federal Department of Education, with funding provided by the Institute of Education Sciences’ SBIR program.

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Crazy Times Table

Crazy Times Tables mixes the fun, games and math to help kids improve their math fluency. Crazy Times Table was created by Made By Educators, a London based educational app development studio founded by an experienced Teacher, Victoria Carpenter and Games developer, Jeremy Carpenter. To learn more, visit their WEBSITE. Made by Educators donated approximately $1840 in apps for the Tech4Good: Home School Project.

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About Crazy Times Table

Crazy Times Tables mixes the fun, games and photo features that kids love, with best practice teaching methods and a personalised boost from technology! Crazy times tables is perfect for children age 5-10 to support them to develop fluency in their times tables. 

*Is made by experienced teachers who know that kids learn best when having fun!
*Takes a personalised learning approach. Each game identifies your child’s stage in learning and targets questions which will offer appropriate challenge. 
*Gives instant feedback, stars indicate progress in that times table. Once the easiest sums are mastered the harder sums are added.
*Tricky times tables feature allows children to focus on the sums that they have previously got wrong! 
*Protects privacy. As educators we are protective of kids privacy, we make child friendly apps! No in-app purchases, no third-party advertising, no social media integration, no collection or sharing of personal information or photos.
*Our testers really loved this game!

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Math Facts Mahjong

Math Facts Mahjong is a fun way of practicing math skills for kids (or even fun for adults looking for a new twist on mahjong!).

Math Facts Mahjong is created by Crave Creative, the developer a variety of apps including educational apps for young children and games apps for all ages. Their apps are available through Apple, Google, and Amazon app stores. apps To learn more, visit their WEBSITE. Crave Creative donated approx. $400 in apps for the Tech4Good: Home School Project.

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About Math Facts Mahjong

Math Facts Mahjong is an educational game for learning math facts. The goal of the game is to remove all tiles from the board by pairs. Select a math equation tile with a matching answer tile and they will disappear. Only free tiles that are not covered or blocked on the right or left are allowed to be removed. Mastering Math Facts Mahjong will require math skills, strategy and a little luck. This a great game for kids learning and practicing math facts or for anyone just wanting a new type of Mahjong. This game offers lots of customizing options which keeps it fresh and interesting for kids.

+ Addition Facts
+ Subtraction Facts
+ Multiplication Facts
+ Division Facts
+ 24 layouts
+ 15 background pictures
+ 15 tile designs
+ Hint and Undo board options
+ 6 remove tile effects
+ 6 load tile effects

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Draw with Math

[Platform: iOS] Draw with Math lets players compete with friends and family to solve math problems by drawing directly on the screen. 

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About Draw with Math

Practice your math skills while playing with friends and family!

Draw with Math lets players compete to solve math problems by drawing directly on the screen.  Playable by kids of all ages, and can be enjoyed alone or in groups of up to 4 players on the same iPad

Features:

  • Includes all arithmetic operations
  • 3 difficulty levels are available
  • A variety of colors are available to unlock as you progress through the game
  • Freeform drawing mode lets you draw freely with the colors you’ve unlocked
  • Progress is automatically synced via iCloud between all your devices

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Frosby Apps

Frosby Apps is the developer a top preschool app, Frosby Learning Games, which has been featured in Apple’s New & Noteworthy education category in the UK, USA & Australia. To learn more, visit their WEBSITE.

Frosby Apps has donated over $50,000 (estimated) in apps part for the Tech4Good: Home School Project.

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Busy Bee Studios

Busy Bee Studios is the award-winning developer of fun, educational apps and games for preschool and elementary aged children. In addition to developing their own apps, Busy Bee Studios has developed digital content and games for Disney, PBS, Dreamworks, and Scholastic. To learn more, visit their WEBSITE. Busy Bee Studios is part of Tech4Good: Virtual & Home School Coronavirus Project and has donated approximately $700 in apps.

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Crave Creative

Crave Creative develops a variety of apps including educational apps for young children and games apps for all ages. Their apps are available through Apple, Google, and Amazon app stores. apps To learn more, visit their WEBSITE.

Math Facts Mahjong App

Crave Creative donated approx. $400 in apps for the Tech4Good: Home School Project.

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Made by Educators

Made By Educators is a London based educational app development studio founded by an experienced Teacher, Victoria Carpenter and Games developer, Jeremy Carpenter. They saw that many kids struggled with some areas of the curriculum but loved Games! The result: a collection of over 50 educational apps for students of different ages and stages. To learn more, visit their WEBSITE.

Made by Educators donated approximately $1840 in apps for the Tech4Good: Home School Project.

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Nuhubit Software Studios

Nuhubit Software Studios develops apps that teach important concepts and skills in the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) disciplines. Their educational games cleverly reinforce important material while providing an enjoyable experience, regardless of the age, level, or field of study of the player. To learn more, visit their WEBSITE. Nuhubit Software Studios is part of the Tech4Good: Virtual & Home School Coronavirus Project and has donate approximately $6000 in apps.

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Tiltan Games

Tiltan Games is the developer of over 30 fun and educational games for children aged 1 to 6 and are available in Apple, Google Play, and Amazon apps stores. To learn more, visit their WEBSITE.

Tiltan Games donated approx. $1380 in apps for the Tech4Good: Home School Project.

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