Are you looking for fun science apps to download for your kids for your iPhone, iPad or smartphone? Here are 10 free science apps for kids reviewed by Mykidstime Parents and Kids.
#1. Weird but True – iPhone,iPad
As a parent I was surprised at how popular this App was with both my children – aged 9 and 11. We did need to purchase the in-App upgrade (€1.79) though as the Lite version was very limited, but, once bought, they got loads of fun out of the animations used to grade each Fact, and entertained each-other, and me, with all the new info on the school run.
Charlie (11) says: “This App is rather good for the common-or-garden nerd. It contains fun Facts and some not so fun ones. But you can decide which Facts are interesting, and which are not so good. Your “vote” will count in a top Fact Chart“.
Reviewed by Sara.
Rating: 4 out 5.
#2. Amazing Science Facts – Android
Amazing Science Facts presents some of the most interesting science facts in the universe. Ranging a broad array of science topics. The app allows you to click through short interesting science facts & also to upload facts to the app.
My daughter (8) played with the app for about 5 minutes before gettting bored with it!
Although she found the information interesting, because its not interactive, ie quizz, games etc & just straight reading it wasn’t much fun. I tried it too & found it dull. The colours etc are quite plain and it’s not easy on the eye.
Reviewed by Sandra.
Rating: 2 out 5.
#3. Max & Ruby Science Educational Games – iPhone, iPad
This app has 3 games to choose from – all are introduced and include Max and Ruby throughout. Characters are as they are in the programme with familiar surroundings and Max being his usual funny self!
Two of the games have basic science learnings…but all based around fun games so kids are not even aware! Different levels give the child a chance to try again and then move up. All instructions are clear and easy to understand without the child needing assistance. The 3rd game is more a picture building game where you can take (and save) photos of what you create. Be warned you may end up with a full camera roll!!
Son enjoyed it, good fun and kept his interest. With different levels it provides more than many in the educational app field. If they like Max and Ruby, especially Max silliness, they will thoroughly enjoy!
I would give it 4.5 out of 5, marks taken off as it can be slow to load.
Young man said it was 5/5!!
Reviewed by Mary.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
#4. VideoScience – iPhone, iPad
A growing library of over 80 hands-on Science lessons that are great for home and the classroom. These short videos demonstrate inexpensive and easy to recreate experiments that are designed to inspire and excite kids of all ages.
The app consists of 80 short videos of various science experiments all approximately four to seven minutes long. There is a great variety of experiments to watch.
As a parent of a 5 and 3 year old, this app was of no interest to them. They just could not relate to any of it, there was no interaction, Just one man doing each experiment. I feel that it is aimed more at secondary school children, their parents or science teachers.
I could see it being of benefit to my family in a few years time!
Reviewed by Louise.
Rating: 2 out of 5 (Probably rate higher if you are looking for science experiment videos)
#5. Rocket Science 101 – Android
My daughter, Rebecca loved the game. In the app you have to build a rocket and put all the pieces together. The app then talks you through launch and all the different stages of what happens when it hits space.
I thought the idea was a little basic and not a whole lot for the child to do. However it got the cool seal of approval from Rebecca. She said it was fun!
Reviewed by Maria
Rating : 3 out of 5.
#6. DK Quiz – iPhone, iPad
My daughter found the app a little too hard – she is only 5 – so is probably better suited to older kids, teenagers.
I found it to be an interesting app, and it’s challenging – I tried some of the quizzes on easy and I struggled! But, I would say it is good to get information and test your knowledge.
Reviewed by Naomi
Rating : 3 out of 5
#7. Science Heroes 1 – The Digestive System for Kids – iPhone, iPad
We tried out “Science Heroes 1 – Digestive System” which is an interactive adventure through the twists and turns of the digestive tract. The evil Ignarus are causing trouble in the digestive system, and the game places children in the shoes of “Yogotars”, heroes who have to make sure the different phases of digestion, from the mechanical and chemical breakdown of food to the absorption and reabsorption of nutrients, are working properly. The entire digestive process is covered.
This game is described as encouraging “children ages 5-8 to observe and participate in the 5 phases of digestion, and explains biological concepts in a simple, intuitive way.”
My 8 year old tried it out, I have to say that she did lose interest quite quickly and this is what she said, “It was quite easy to play and I liked the fact that it told when you were in danger. The graphics were cool but it could do with a bit more explaining at the beginning to help you.” Fern, 8
Reviewed by Jill
Rating : 3 out of 5
#8. Cargo-Bot – iPad
Sounds quite simple – but is quite challenging! Essentially – you are writing a programme for the robot to move, using arrows and some additional function keys. There are 5 levels, of play from easy to impossible, and one level of tutorials. It is worth starting with the Tutorials, as shows you ways to write the programmes, as movements required gets more complicated.
My 8 year old son got through half the tutorials, before they became too complicated. I found I had to sit down with him and we worked on them together. I would say is best suited for older kids/adults or kids who enjoy a basic level of programming. That said is quite addictive once you start! And the background music is very pleasant!
Reviewed by Jennifer
Rating : 3 out of 5 (due to complexity)
#9. 3D Brain – iPhone, iPad & Android
My 12 year old tried out the 3D Brain app where you can use your touch screen to rotate and zoom around pictures of the brain. It shows you how each brain region functions, what happens when it is injured, and gives you information on the brain works with information on studies and links to read more.
She recognised it from having used it at school and said they had also used a similar app for looking at how lungs worked.
“It’s cool because it’s very visual you can see all the different parts of the brain and it has lots of information. I like how you can move the image around”
Reviewed by Jane
Rating : 4 out of 5
#10. Earth School – iPhone, iPad & Android
Earth School app teaches young kids about how the universe began in a fun and effective way that is at just the right level for them to understand. Through 7 different mini-games, kids will explore and learn about the big bang, black holes, planet generation, and galaxies. App is intended for 2-6 years.
My 5 year old really enjoyed it! The 7 free levels and mini-games are beautifully illustrated and learning is taught by simple games, so the kids don’t even realise they are learning!
On iOS, the free version comes with 6 levels in stage 1, with option to purchase full version, with 11 additional levels. My son quickly whizzed through these, so might be best suited for slightly younger kids, or be prepared for purchase of additional levels – would reckon is probably worth it though! [Note : No free version on Android – costs €0.73 and contains the 17 levels].
Reviewed by Sarah
Rating : 4 out of 5
If you have a favourite science app that your kids love, let us know in the comments below!