10 of the Best Educational Apps for Kids aged 8-12

We don’t know about you but whenever our tweens play with apps, we like to feel that they are learning something at the same time. So we asked families to review educational apps for tweens and here are 10 of the best educational apps for kids aged 8-12, according to them:

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#1. Learn French Mind Snacks

educational appsLearn French Mind Snacks aims to test your knowledge of French through a number of games, more of which can be unlocked through further play and/or buy buying the complete app.

Instead of snooze-worthy flashcards, there are rich and unique games designed to help memorize words, practice verb conjugation, and learn word gender.

Plus, native speaker audio clips to help make those tough French pronunciations easier.

“Having not done French since Secondary school I found it good for testing day-to-day words. Anything that helps improve even basic French is good and the pronunciation on the app is very clear which is great. My son enjoyed the app and has been trying out new words every day.” – Reviewed by Susan

Rating: 4 out of 5

Available for iPhone, iPad. Cost: Free.

#2. TimesTables

educational apps for kidsTimesTables is described as “a challenging, fun and interactive way for children to learn the multiplication tables.”

The Lite version has 3 out of 12 tables. You choose the table you want to study e.g. 2 and it cycles through all the entries in the table.  You can listen to the spoken version of the table and then you can test yourself by writing the answers and it offers a check and a Test option with 3 levels of difficulty as well.

“My 8 year old son thought it was easy to use and he liked the Shuffle version of the Test.” – Reviewed by Sara

Rating: 4 out of 5

Available for iPhone and iPad and Android. Cost: Free

#3. 6 Numbers (iPhone, iPod touch & iPad)

6 numbers by brainbow

The 6 Numbers app get players to combine + – x / and any of the 6 numbers to hit the target. It is about using calculations to make a big number on each level, and it gets harder and harder as you go up levels.

“My daughter downloaded the app on her ipad and is currently on level 12. She likes it because she likes using numbers and trying to figure out the maths.” Reviewed by Joy.

Rating: 5 out of 5 

Available for iPhone, iPod touch & iPad. Cost: Free.

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#4. Weird but True

weird but trueWeird But True is a collection of more than 900 kid-friendly facts, from National Geographic Kids.

Did you know a hippo’s lips are about two feet wide? Or that didaskaleinophobia is the fear of going to school? Or that before toothpaste was invented some people cleaned their teeth with charcoal? Filled with wacky facts and tantalizing trivia that will engage curious kids and parents alike, Weird But True presents each of the 625 facts in a fun, colorful, and interactive format. And parents can rest easy knowing that each fact is age-appropriate and handpicked by a brand they know and trust: National Geographic Kids.

“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. My son (11) said that he thought 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.” – Reviewed by Sara.

Rating: 4 out 5.

Available for iPhone, iPad. Cost: Free.

#5. 3D Brain

3d brain

With the 3D Brain app 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.

“My daughter aged 12 said she recognised it from having used it at school and said they had also used a similar app for looking at how lungs worked. She said ‘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

Available for iPhone, iPad & Android. Cost: Free.

#6. Long Division Touch

educational apps for kidsThis app is designed to help you learn the mechanics of long division. It has a touch interface where you drag digits down, then slide the decimal into the correct position, and tap to identify repeating decimals.

So example, 8)256, you drag the 8 into ‘25’ and find the correct multiple. Then you drag the 6 down and finish the problem.

There are also lessons in topics such as Long Division Basics, Zero up top, Remainders, Decimals, Repeating Decimals and Decimals in the Divisor.

“My daughter aged 11 tried the app out and liked it but felt it was best for someone starting out with long division rather than for her class who have been doing it for 2 years.” Reviewed by Jill

Rating 4 out of 5

Available for iPhone, iPad. Cost: Free.

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#7. Monkey Maths


Beat the evil rogue, Mean Monkey, to Banana Cradle and return the stolen ancient treasures to their rightful place. Travel to the enchanted islands of arithmetics and test your skills in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, with multiple levels on each island. Every equation you solve brings you closer to victory.

“My 8 year old loved the game, but you have to be quick to answer. The next level unlocks as you complete each level. He sometimes got frustrated at speed, particularly as he progressed to more difficult levels, as he needed time to work out the answer. The equations repeat regularly throughout a level particularly if you got it wrong previously. Would be nice to be able to slow down game for younger players, so they could progress though levels.” Reviewed by Marie

Rating: 4 out of 5. 

Available for iPhone, iPadAndroid. Cost: Free.

#8. Motion Math: Hungry Fish (iPhone, iPad and Android)

hungry fish appMotion Math is a mathematical app that helps with the logical and analytical thinking. The idea of the app is that the fish has a number on it and bubbles with different numbers pop up around the place and you have to combine bubbles with the correct numbers in them to match the number the fish carries.

Once you feed the fish with the correct number it grows and if you get it wrong it shrinks. There are plenty of levels in the game to challenge even the most mathematical minded children.

“My daughter loved the hungry fish app and got really into it. She particularly loved that you can change the color of the fish once you get to the next level.” Reviewed by Bogna

Rating: 5 out of 5

Available for iPhone, iPad and Android. Cost: €1.99 / £1.49 / $1.99  iPhone, iPad and €3.01 on Android.

#9. Inventioneers

With the help of the Inventioneers, tiny helpers with unique characteristics, you can invent fun, creative and often quite weird inventions.

inventioneers appInventions are included in the game, and the more you solve the more parts you receive for your own inventions.

Learn about physics: Inventioneers helps kids learn about realtime physics and the science behind different features like air, fire, magnetism and jumping bunnies. What you can do with the tool is virtually endless.

One nice feature is that there is only 1 one-time fee to buy the full game. There are no recurring in app purchases or consumables.

“My daughter liked Inventioneers because she was playing games and I liked the invention aspect but the fact that it is teaaching them about science at the same time” – Reviewed by Martha

Rating 4 out of 5

Available for iPhone, iPad and Android. Cost: Free and €1.99/£1.49/$1.99 for full version.

#10. Little Alchemy

little alchemyLittle Alchemy is an app and online game where you start with 4 basic elements and mix them to start creating more things.

It’s all about mixing elements to create interesting, fun and surprising items. Every combination is a little puzzle to solve. Your objective is to reach 510 elements at the end.

As well as being available in app format you can play on desktop at the Little Alchemy offical website and if you sign in you can sync across devices too.

“It’s a bit addictive. It’s fun to experiment and see what each pair of elements makes. I liked trying to reach the goal of 500 items.” Reviewed by Fern (10).

Rating: 5 out of 5

Available for iOS and Android. Cost: Free.

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Over to you now. Is there a cool educational app that your tween uses? Tell us about it in the comments below.

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Jill is one of the co-founders of Mykidstime and a mum of 2 girls