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This is just a small fraction of all the education apps that are currently available for Apple iOS and Android devices, but these are our favorites! To find even more variety, head over to the education section of your device's app store for all of the downloadable options.
$4.99, available for iOS
World Edition puts the world at your fingertips. By using simple activities, puzzles, and repetition, this app helps you or your child learn the names, locations, and flags of every country around the world.
It's challenging for both kids and adults, and it's fun to play in quick bursts or for longer sessions. When you complete each challenge, you're awarded a stamp to put in your virtual passport. You can replay different challenges or move on to a new continent with a whole new set of countries.
$2.99, available for iOS
Renowned children's book author, educator, and artist Hanoch Piven created this comprehensive yet quirky app that lets kids build up any picture they can dream of. Your kiddo can choose from interesting graphics to incorporate, and there's a new section filled with nature-inspired images. There's also an option to play music, so your little one can truly kick back and relax while learning more about art and creativity.
$2.99, available for iOS
Space by THIX is a great sandbox iOS app that lets you create your very own solar system. It features incredible, realistic graphics, and it helps you get a grasp on the scope and scale of the universe all in the palm of your hand. Not only that, it's a ton of fun to see how various objects interact. We dare you to put two black holes near one another.
Do you have a kid at home who goes bananas over adventure games? He'll get obsessed with this educational app that'll teach him all kinds of things — including spelling, phonics, letters, and more! The best part is all of the jungle-themed animation, which really makes this app feel more like a regular game.
The Todo Math app is designed for children 6-8 years old. The app helps children learn to count and write numbers neatly, and it introduces your little ones to negative numbers. It even has a fun equation maker to help users visualize and complete equations. Stars are awarded for completed tasks, which encourages your kids to keep going.
This problem-solving app is designed to introduce kids to coding. You guide a cute little robot across a series of square panels. It's your job to write the code to get him to move to safety and light up all the panels as he chugs along. The free game is relatively short, but it's a lot of fun, even for adults.
Free, available for iOS
Knowing how to code is as important as being fluent in a foreign language these days, and Swift Playgrounds is a great way to get started. This iOS-exclusive app enables users to learn coding basics with fun, but challenging, interactive puzzles. No coding knowledge is necessary for this engaging app.
WolframAlpha is a classic app for both iOS and Android. It's home to a trove of expert knowledge on various scientific subjects. Those include math, statistics, physics, and chemistry, among others. A must-have app purchase for both students and people who need an encyclopedia in their pocket.
DragonBox Elements is an app that teaches kids aged between 8 and 11 the fundamentals of geometry via exploration with various characters as well as puzzles. There are over 100 fun levels to play through. Please note that young children may require adult guidance.
Duolingo is an incredibly popular, highly rated app that allows students of all ages to learn a foreign language. The app has an intuitive and engaging interface and a neat progress tracker, as well as a bevy of languages to choose from. More features are available via in-app purchases.
$8.99, available for iOS
Based on a best-selling book, The Elements is an iOS app that allows students to learn the elements in the periodic table via both words and engaging images. The app contains over 500 obsessively photographed objects, which are there to help learners visualize the story behind each element in the periodic table.
Mathway is a math-problem-solving app that will look like downright sorcery to someone who hasn't been in school before this decade or earlier. The app has a powerful engine that can solve even advanced problems. In-app purchases allow app users to unlock its additional features.
Star Walk 2 is a gorgeous guide to the night sky that'll be highly appreciated by both science students and amateur astronomers. The app has a sleek interface and beautiful 3-D renderings of various celestial bodies. More features are available via in-app purchases.
$3.99, available for iOS
Universal Zoom helps users scale the world that surrounds us. The app makes comparing various objects side-by-side easy and fun — from atomic particles to the Eiffel Tower and all the way to space bodies.