As part of our Apps for Kids series, we had a good rummage around for apps that would be good for 8-12 year olds. Here are 10 Super Fun Apps For Tweens (and some are educational!):
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10 Super Fun Apps For Tweens
The best way for kids to learn about making music! LOOPIMAL is a building kit of handcrafted animations and sounds. The possibilities of creations and compositions are endless.
Your tween can create sequences for different animals and the content is on melodic, rhythmic or movement bases. There is no goal, there is no wrong or right, it’s a completely creative and safe fun app.
Available for iOS (€4.49)
#2. Monster Physics™
Monster Physics™ is a unique building app that lets you play with physics. Build and operate your own car, crane, rocket ship, plane, helicopter, tank and more. Build intricate, working contraptions with over 68 different parts including wheels, rockets, propellers, cannons, magnets, claws, wings and more.
Choose from different materials, connect parts together by welding them, drawing a rope or chain between them with your finger or using special dynamic joints to bring them to life. Once your invention is complete, Monster Physics™ will render it with its built-in physics engine and let you actually operate your creation in real time.
Available for iOS (€2.29)
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#3. 7 Little Words
If your child enjoys word searches, anagram and jumble games, or crosswords, 7 Little Words is a fun little app. Use the clues and letter blocks to find the 7 scrambled words in each bite-size puzzle.
The app contains 25 puzzles that you can play for free, with two new puzzles available for free each day.
Available for iOS and Android (Free with in app purchases)
#4. Stack the States™
Watch the states actually come to life in this colorful and dynamic game! As you learn state capitals, shapes, geographic locations, flags and more, you can actually touch, move and drop the animated states anywhere on the screen.
Carefully build a stack of states that reaches the checkered line to win each level.
Available for iOS (€3.49) and Android (€3.29)
#5. Little Alchemy
Little 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 official website and if you sign in you can sync across devices too.
Available for iOS and Android. Cost: Free.
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#6. The Wired Bunch: Issue 1
The Wired Bunch is a futuristic interactive storybook about robot cowboys set in the wired west. The story centers around Marshal Ram and his 5 deputies as they protect their town from evil robots.
It is a fun and engaging story with fun animations that allows the user to read it, listen to the story or both.
There are further issues you can download as well.
Available for iOS (Free)
#7. I Can Animate
Create stunning and exciting animation movies quickly and easily. With you can bring the art of creating stop-frame animations to your iOS devices and then share them for all to see.
I Can Animate has some really great features:
- Capture frames using either camera on your iOS device
- Displays onion skinning, so you can easily see the differences between frames you are capturing.
- Preview captured frames in the scrollable timeline.
- Adjust exposure, white balance and focus automatically or manually lock the settings.
- Duplicate & Reorder frames
- Review last five frames and preview whole project
- Undo support
- Capture automatically using the inbuilt time lapse feature
- Standard & Widescreen display
- Change playback speed
- Connect a bluetooth keyboard and capture frames without returning to or tapping the device (iOS7+)
- Share movies.
Available for iOS (€3.49) and Android (€5.99)
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Hopscotch is programming designed for everyone. Kids can use simple, intuitive building blocks to create games, animations and apps in this colorful, interactive environment.
Program your characters to move, draw, and collide with each other, and use shaking, tilting, or even shouting at the iPad to control them.
Available for iOS (Free)
#9. Funny Jokes
For the joke fan in the house, Funny Jokes contains a large selection of the best hand picked jokes for people of all ages (kids, teen and adults). With jokes and riddles, as well as puns and one liners, there’s plenty of fun in this app and all the answers to the jokes in the app are viewable at the click of the button.
It’s also suitable for all ages (kids, teen and adults) as this game does not contain any dirty jokes.
Available for Android (Free)
#10. Toca Hair Salon ME
Toca Hair Salon Me lets you be the customer and the stylist! Curly, straight or purple? Create a funky hairdo any way you like. Grow it long or cut it short, shave one side or spray paint it every color of the rainbow. The possibilities are endless!
Add accessories such as hats, sunglasses and hair clips to top it off. Don’t forget to take a photo and share with friends. Now you can use your own photos as backdrops to complete your style transformation.
Available for iOS and Android (€4.49)
Have you downloaded any of these apps for tweens? Any more to recommend? Tell us in the comments below.