Educational Apps are rapidly overtaking text books and literature to become the go-to way to grasp new ideas, revise subjects and learn more about the fascinating world we live in.
Hundreds of educational apps were recommended to us by adults, students and children alike.
We tried and tested every Apple and Android app, researched their educational benefits, and shortlisted our 60 top educational apps for all ages.
If you know what age group you're looking for, navigate using the quick links below to check out our best educational apps for the age group your looking for - whether that be for you or your child. You'll also find our review and the subject or theme of each app.
Subject: Puzzles and Logical Thinking Devices: Apple and Android
Educational Benefit: The action teaches hand/eye co-ordination via interacting with gizmos. Learn problem solving, as you figure out how to set the levels up in order to get the balls across them. Physics concepts are introduced in the game including gravity, friction, weight, and forces.
Tutora Review: A beautiful, challenging app - one for everyone, anywhere to attempt to master!
Educational benefits: The app helps kids and teens feel confident and able to tackle anything that comduales their way. The experience starts and ends with how you feel as personalised short activities are introduced that are easy to build into your day. As you learn emotional intelligence and practice mindfulness, you can build resilience and develop their superpowers of quiet, focus and a peaceful sleep.
Tutora Review: An intuitive and equally necessary app for students, parents and everyone in between to manage stress.
Subject: Astronomy Devices: Apple, Android
Educational benefits: Lightweight (less than 100 MB), SkyOrb offers a broad list of astronomy education features, including a sky chart with augmented reality. The app has a 3D planetarium and predicts future astronomy events based from your location. It is free to download, and offers almost daily push notifications about latest astronomy and astrophysics discoveries.
Tutora Review: Truly eye opening. A love of astronomy is not necessary - but will certainly be developed with just a few uses of this app.
Subject: General Knowledge Devices: Apple, Android
Educational benefits: From the creators of curiosity.com, the Curiosity app is the best way to get smarter about your world: Enjoy short-form, easy-to-read articles that will inspire you. Watch smart videos from the best hand-picked, educational content creators. Search 5,000+ articles and over 1 million curated videos on every topic imaginable. Like to save your favourites, then follow your favourite categories.
Tutora Review: An app that'll make you into the wisest, most informed you possible!
Subject: Astronomy Devices: Apple, Android
Educational benefits: KAMI 2 tests logic, pattern recognition and problem solving, all within a relaxing paper crafted environment. The aim is to fold out paper, origami style, to turn the screen one colour in as few moves as possible. Players can also design and share their own, developing their artistic creativity. Many people create levels which are not only great puzzles but beautiful images at the same time, they’ve been using both sides of their brain in the process.
Tutora Review: Stunning graphics marries a simple, traditional concept for a great gaming experience!
Subject: Code/Programming Devices: Apple, Android
Educational benefits: SoloLearn stand outs with its bite-sized, easy-to-understand content paired with real- time peer support. The combination of the two makes the traditionally complex coding concepts as easy and digestible. New engaging content is created and curated daily by the community itself, which is personalised based on user progress and interests. In addition to formal lessons, you get access to implementations, relevant discussions, in-app coding, challenges, or all together.
Tutora Review: A swift interface and engaging community makes this our number one coding app.
Subject: Languages Devices: Apple, Android
Educational benefits: 23 languages to choose from. Super fun and free — Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Irish, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Turkish, Norwegian, Polish, Hebrew, Esperanto, Vietnamese, Ukrainian, Welsh, Greek, Hungarian, Romanian, and Swahili. Oh, and English too.
Tutora Review: The world's number 1 languages app for a reason!
Subject: Organisation Devices: Apple, Android
Educational benefits: MindMeister is a collaborative online mind mapping solution that's versatile and easy to use for students, teachers and tutors alike. As a visual learning technique, mind mapping has been found to increase students’ abilities to both memorise factual information and think creatively, making it ideal for educational purposes.
Tutora Review: Simple and beautifully efficient. An incredibly versatile mind-mapping app for every day, task and age.
Subject: Music Devices: Apple
Educational benefits: OneHour Guitar Chord Method app is a simple method to learn chord theory.
The need to learn "irrational dots on diagrams" by heart is eliminated through understanding the simple logic of chord construction.
Tutora Review: Genius logic reinvents the traditional chord learning apps we're used to, and helps beginners learn new chords without the need for constant use of their phones.
Subject: Data/Augmented Reality Devices: Apple
Educational benefits: Create incredible charts using augmented reality. Graphmented transforms your whole desk into a spreadsheets workstation. Drop sheets and charts on your desk as if they are real objects and make use of your whole desk space.
Tutora Review: Absolutely mesmerising. This app will make you want to produce graphs just for the mere sake of it.
Educational benefits: A great tool for spotting stars in the night sky. Simply lift up the device and the starry night sky on your device will fit with the night sky you’re are pointing at. All objects you see above can be recognised, for example, the brightest dot near the Moon can turn out to be Venus, the flying moving dot - ISS or Iridium flare, and the pattern of stars can be recognised as well known constellation.
Tutora Review: Step into space with this beautiful astronomy app. Never has the dark been so exciting.
Educational benefits: Designed specifically for spotting satellites for ordinary people who may only know very little about space. You are able to set alerts for the time when the satellite can be seen flying by, the app then shows the dot on the Earth where you’re located , the precise graphic of the satellite trajectory and guides you through the sky to point the direction where to look.
Tutora Review: Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it's the International Space Station! A must download app for anyone with a love of space.
Educational benefits: MosaLingua helps you memorise the words/key expressions to know in order to understand and speak a language. MosaLingua uses a modern method based on scientific research. In particular, the Spaced Repetition System helps you never forget what you have learned. There is coaching throughout the learning process and the possibility to fully customise your learning experience
Tutora Review: An intuitive tool for memorisation and language perfection.
Educational benefits: MyFitnessPal is the world’s most popular health and fitness app. Whether you want to lose weight, tone up, get healthy, or learn about your body, MyFitnessPal has you covered.
Tutora Review: The best way to get to know your body and the effect of specific meals and fitness routines.
Subject: Puzzles Devices: Apple, Android
Educational benefits: Rather than present arbitrary, obscure problems that try to defeat them, The Room combines puzzles that depend on patience and brain power to see through. Both these things together – thinking & learning – is as close to educational as you can get while remaining entertaining. The app well and truly wakes up the brain and reviews from parents highlight how beneficial this is.
Tutora Review: Everyone loves mysteries, and everyone loves puzzles - this awesome app marries the two with graphic brilliance.
Educational benefits: Fly through landmarks and cities like London, Tokyo and Rome in stunning 3D, then dive in to experience them first hand with Street View. See the world from a new point of view with Voyager, which brings you one-of-a-kind experiences from Sesame Street, BBC Earth, NASA and more.
Tutora Review: If you've not google earth-ed your own house, have you even lived?
Educational benefits: The perfect app for beginners learning Mandarin Chinese On-the-Go. The app contains numerous fun and engaging bite-sized lessons that test your listening, speaking, reading, and writing ability of Mandarin Chinese language.
Tutora Review: An excellent app that simplifies the complex language that is Mandarin.
Subject: Geography Devices: Android
Educational benefits: Do you know where Monaco lies? Yes? Great! Take the challenge and find other countries. You don't know them? No worries! Learn geography with this app! With World Map Quiz you can enjoy learning locations of all the countries around the World. Discover new challenges during playing in flag and capital mode. Try to prove yourself in extraordinary elimination mode.
Tutora Review: We learnt specific locations of 30 cities in half an hour - astonishing!
Educational benefits: Exercise your grey matter every day with Left vs Right! The games are designed to test your awareness, adaptability, reflex, reasoning, precision, and patience. Left vs Right includes 46 total games that test and train your brain in one or more of the 6 categories.
Tutora Review: 15 minutes later, we feel clever-er already.
Educational benefits: The app will transform how you organise your personal and professional projects. Dive in: take notes, create to-do lists, and save things you find online into Evernote.
Tutora Review: We totally understand why this app is the most popular organisational app on the market. Sync everything between your phone, tablet, and computer automatically.
Subject: Maths and Time Devices: Apple
Educational benefits: Jungle Time is easy to use, engaging, and customizable by parents and educators, ensuring mastery of time-telling concepts. It allows kids to practice telling time, setting time, and calculate elapsed time. Kids enjoy the audio and visual feedback from the jungle animals who roar with approval with correct answers. Parents and educators can get detailed reports, printed or emailed, showing a student’s accuracy and efficiency.
Tutora Review: A delightfully rawr-some app for little ones with big imaginations and lots to learn!
Educational benefits: The real value of kiddZtube is the way it transforms watching videos – including classic cartoons and kids’ modern favourites – into an active, educational experience through the addition of pop-up quizzes into each video. The questions are contextual and use imagery from the video in question, so kids are more engaged in the experience, rather than watching passively.
Tutora Review: We love that the videos are selected by real-life teachers, who can add educational questions that ask children questions about what they're watching.
Subject: English Devices: Apple, Android
Educational benefits: Empowers young readers to drive the plot through meaningful choices - a new level of engagement unavailable in traditional picture books. As well as utilising best practices, based on recent research on children's story apps to facilitate comprehension through multimedia elements that highlight the plot (like animations), whilst avoiding distracting elements (like hotspots). Tutora Review: Dreamy illustrations take children to the core of their imagination to open up incredible creative expression.
Educational benefits: The vocabulary app hits all the right notes with interactive lessons, encouraging game replay and high vocabulary retention! The story app introduces basic grammar, allowing kids to make the characters move by creating their own sentences, giving them confidence to dive into an interactive story. Parents and educators also love the free resources to help bring Gus on the Go into their homes and classrooms.
Tutora Review: Little minds will be moulded with ease with just a few uses of this intuitive language app.
Educational benefits: Stress in and of itself is not a bad thing - it is something that can push us our of our comfort zone and support our growth towards greater potential in our lives. Meditation is an ancient practice that is by no means a new idea, but technology is. The app allows mindfulness practice in a form that kids enjoy.
Tutora Review: Easy to use, delightful to look at, unbelievably effective. A must download for every parent.
Educational benefits: Lingokids’ program has been developed around topics of value to aged 2-8. Vocabulary in each unit includes high-interest words and concepts. The app the problem of child engagement & motivation through: the broadest curriculum: purposeful content that allows following different learning paths towards same outcomes, and AI that adapts the learning path to a child’s pace and emotional state.
Tutora Review: An efficient, and perfectly playful way for toddlers to master the English Language.
Subject: Maths Devices: Android
Educational benefits: Arty Mouse is a small character with BIG ideas! Arty Mouse apps teach key educational initiatives through art and support UK EYFS and Key Stage 1, and the STEM to STEAM movement to name but a few. Colourful games and activities encourage children to connect creatively with the world, all whilst developing fundamental early learning concepts.
Tutora Review: Engaging colours and forward-thinking concepts make for a mind-opening childhood educational experience.
Subject: English Devices: Apple
The app gives children English language practice through over 100 animated songs and stories. Videos on themes like fairy tales, British history and online safety are just the start of the learning journey. Language practice is extended through fun ‘read and record’ activities that help children improve their speaking, and cute animated games develop spelling and understanding. The Parent Area enables adults to manage content and view their child’s progress. Tutora Review: Plenty of content and engaging activities to encourage learning and increase productivity!
Educational Benefits: The team at EducaGames continually test every one of their apps. That's that's why they're confident the game will keep children entertained for hours. They use that high level of captivation for encouraging learning and practising. The game creates a connection between having fun and becoming more skilled in math and logic - a recipe for success
Tutora Review: Captivating graphics to explore key mathematics concepts efficiently and entertainingly.
Subject: English Devices: Android, Apple
Educational Benefits: ABC Kids is more than just a kid-friendly educational app, it was designed with adult participation in mind, too. The interface keeps toddlers focused on alphabet reading and writing, tucking menu commands away from moving fingers. Adults can easily access settings to engage Teacher Mode, look at report cards, or toggle tracing and phonics games to better facilitate learning.
Tutora Review: Entertaining and helpful, the perfect educational alphabet tool for tots!
Subject: Maths Devices: Android
Educational Benefits: The Counting Parrots Game is an educational tool that teaches children mathematical skills including counting, addition, associating numbers with quantities, and simple equations. The Game is suitable for any child up to a year one ability level, and provides educational games and fun math-based learning for children in nursery school and year one.
Tutora Review: Graphics and gameplay hit all the right notes to make this a must have app for little ones.
Subject: Problem Solving Devices: Apple, Android
Educational Benefits: An entertaining, educational app that provides a series of fun, stimulating environments for toddlers and preschoolers to explore and interact with. The app helps children become familiar with objects of their world through creative and engaging play. It encourages playful discovery, logical thinking and problem solving while kids drag and drop objects into appropriate places to build a scene.
Tutora Review: Delightful app with lovable characters and animals - perfect for parents with toddlers trying to get to grips with language acquisition!
Educational apps for kids (6-10 years)
Subject: Science Devices: Apple, Android
Educational benefits: DNA Play is a fun workshop and a wonderful introduction to genetics, a scientific field that encloses the mysteries of life itself. The app introduces young kids to the concept of DNA and how it affects the way we look and what we can do. In an easy style, kids learn how to build creatures by completing and rearranging a series of simple DNA puzzles. They experiment with mutations and test how their creatures perform and react in various fun scenarios. Tutora Review: Out of all the apps we tested, this one certainly made learning about genetics the most easily digestible - thoroughly entertaining!
Subject: Art Devices: Apple
Educational benefits: A magic immersive journey into the world of Paul Klee’s art: art pieces become enchanted animated scenes that children can explore inspired by their own free imagination and creativity. The fascinating learning experience encourages children to linger, and stimulates their intuitive comprehension of artistic content, while maintaining a rigorous philological and pedagogical approach.
Tutora Review: Art as you have never seen experienced it before! Our top pick for kids and adults alike.
Educational benefits: codeSpark Academy uses a patent pending “no words” interface to teach kids ages 5-10 about computer science. This combination of structured learning and community supported creative tools is unique and leads to more effective knowledge acquisition and transference.
Tutora Review: A must download for children in the 21st century - sure to ignite a new generation of programmers.
Subject: Maths Devices: Apple, Android
Educational benefits: Squeebles Maths Bingo offers children a fun way to practise addition, subtraction, multiplication and division (or a combination of all four!) with a range of difficulty levels. An innovative incentive system, based around a virtual ice cream parlour, is used to reward children for their work, although children are motivated to return to the educational aspect of the app frequently, in order to earn more ice cream cones and exciting flavours.
Tutora Review: A great app for miniature bingo lovers, and soon-to-be mathematic geniuses.
Educational benefits: Zapzapmath is the choice of parents as it brings young learners into a universe of games that makes learning maths fun and engaging. Zapzapmath's games are aligned to international maths standards, so players acquire mathematical skills as they complete each game. Zapzapmath players can also engage each other via the multiplayer mode, which encourages healthy competition.
Tutora Review: A thrilling learning app for little maths lovers (and those who need a helping hand!)
Subject: Business Devices: Apple
Educational benefits: Entreprenaws equips young people for making their own way in the future, through simulation built on metacognition, finance, maths in context and problem solving for players of all ages. Simulation increases retention and memory, do something a few times and that practice becomes embedded. With no textbook for building a successful business, the learning process is intuitive, success has to be worked for and problems encountered! Real learning for life!
Tutora Review: A great app for kids to learn the basics of starting a business and the mindset to match!
Subject: Science and Activity Devices: Apple
Educational benefits: DIY Nano showcases activities and experiments that allow families to experience and learn about cutting-edge nanoscale science, engineering, and technology at home.The app provide these easy to use, hands-on activities at your fingertips. Each activity includes material lists, found in your own home, step-by-step instructions, and detailed explanations.
Tutora Review: We love that all the activities were developed from a community of science museums. The proof is in the learning!
Subject: Maths Devices: Apple
Educational benefits: Award-winning educational apps, crafted to help children practice maths and vocabulary skills, built especially with early learners in mind. Bright bold, easy-to-use with a splash of theory thrown in there. The range includes seven core subjects meaning children are familiar with the gameplay.
Tutora Review: Ibbleobble's intuitive apps enables children to learn at their own pace. Each beautifully crafted element will certainly help any child love to learn something new every day.
Subject: Science, Astrology Devices: Apple
Educational Benefits: Created specially with beautiful and useful learning experiences in mind. The app targets key points in the curriculum, while introducing awesome visuals, quizzes, and extra facts to amp up enthusiasm for STEM subjects. Navigate the solar system simply to explore the planets, Moon, Sun, and space travel. ‘Unzip’ planets to discover how they work inside, build a rocket, calculate their age on Mercury, and more! And it’s all achieved with the help of a savvy blue space cat!
Tutora Review: Encourages children to learn important scientific concepts - without the need to set homework!
Subject: Puzzles Devices: Apple
Educational Benefits: Designed to provide children with the necessary inspiration to discover and understand the physical properties of mechanisms found in their everyday lives. Complex notions include tension, motion, and gravity. Encourages children to manipulate objects in each level and move them around to figure out how they work together to pull the next level. Powerful as it gives kids power to intuitively understand STEM subjects.
Tutora Review: Boys and girls and embracing STEM subjects more than ever before - this app is the perfect introduction.
Subject: General Knowledge Devices: Apple, Android
Educational Benefits: The app features over 1000 activities including engaging fiction and non-fiction articles, original videos and quizzes, as well as fun puzzles and brain challenges that build skills and stretch young minds. To date, kids have played over 2 million activities, inspired by content from the beloved Highlights magazine. The Highlights Every Day App is updated to offer something new to play and learn daily.
Tutora Review: The perfect app for inquisitive minds!
Subject: Art and Creative Writing Devices: Apple
Educational benefits: A creative tool that encourages imagination, story telling and open-ended play. Use the tool to draw, colour, decorate with stickers, create animations and record stories. Teachers use Draw and Tell across subjects to give children a voice as they construct their own narrative. Students blend real-world experiences with digital tools to develop and express their own ideas.
Tutora Review: Draw, colour, craft, create animations and record videos to make into stories - every child would benefit from this imagination-fuelled app!
Subject: Maths Devices: Apple
Educational benefits: The app is extremely configurable and will grow with child's skills. Additionally it does not mix in any unneeded “cuteness”, it is built and meant to be a learning app similar (if not the same) to what you find used in schools.
Tutora Review: A simple, easy to use blackboard concept that'll help teach core maths concepts without any unnecessary distraction.
Educational benefits: The app ties the physical book with the digital experience. It introduces the universe that lies in between the pages of the book to a generation of iPad children. The app keeps the original story of the classical fairy tale, so the children can get a chance to get familiar with the old language, phrasing and storytelling.
Tutora Review: A truly magical story-telling experience. Adults and children prepare to be whisked away to a mystical dimension!
Subject: Organisation, Special Needs Devices: Apple
Educational benefits: DayCape enables children with special needs to succeed in school. Together with children it´s designed and created to be a fun way to feel more in control during and after school. An incredible tool for teachers to support children that otherwise would fall behind.
Tutora Review: One to try for every parents with special needs children - a great way to track their children's emotions within a daily timeline.
Subject: Maths Devices: Apple, Android
Educational benefits: Rookie is a new social learning platform to learn mathematics in a fun, interactive and safe environment. Students enter an immersive 3D world to play and go on quests solving problems based on age and ability. Developed by teachers, game developers, designers, parents and kids, Rookie focuses on outcomes based learning, collaborating to solve problems and “Working Mathematically”.
Tutora Review: An app for the cool kids - Rookie makes learning maths awesome!
Subject: Science Devices: Apple, Android
Educational benefits: In Weather, kids can experiment with air and wind, the sun and temperature, water and precipitation to make the weather. They can see the water cycle in action, stir up hurricanes and tornados, jump into a cloud to see what it’s made of. All Tinybop apps are designed to support inquiry-based learning. Kids play, explore, experiment, form hypothesis and test them out to learn, developing foundational science literacy.
Tutora Review: The weather can be a hard concept to grasp - Tinybop have nailed it with their intuitive Weather app.
Educational benefits: The app has a wide variety of games that teach listening, speaking, character recognition, useful vocabulary and simple sentences. Created by a team of multilingual teachers, we have seen first hand how kids acquire language skills more efficiently when learning becomes a game. We designed the activities to be entertaining and challenging. Kids play, become immersed, learn at their own pace and gain confidence.
Tutora Review: Our favourite app for those with a desire to learn Mandarin from a young age!
Subject: Art, English Devices: Apple, Android
Educational benefits: The app offers multiple approaches to visual reinforcement and its multifaceted approach to sight word learning—through word games, tracing words, drawing, and storytelling. All valuable methods to support children with emerging language skills. The app also features a dyslexic-friendly font, Castledown, which children can use to practice tracing words. The app offers a a strength-based approach to learning sight words by connecting them to visual and multi-sensory learning.
Tutora Review: Crisp game functionality, brilliant colours and a perfect combination of art and storytelling.
Subject: Science Devices: Apple
Educational benefits: The American Association of School Librarians, in its round up of best STEM apps for teaching and learning 2016, writes that "Earth Primer is a cross between an intro to earth science textbook and an interactive sandbox game. This creative application allows students to play with the powerful concepts that make up the physical aspects of our planet."
Tutora Review: A stimulating app that reignited our love for earth sciences!
Subject: Revision Devices: Apple
Educational benefits: Synap is an intelligent revision app used by thousands of students and teachers across the world. It lets you create, practice and share Multiple Choice Quizzes (MCQs) with your friends, and creates a personalised learning plan tailored for you.
Tutora Review: A tailored revision app to maximise potential and improve revision productivity!
Subject: Science Devices: Apple
Educational benefits: The Elements, and its companion apps, bring back the delight experienced by chemistry students in an earlier time, when chemistry education was hands-on and centred on the ways elements and compounds appear in and contribute to our world. It is widely credited with inspiring countless young people to pursue an interest in science.
Tutora Review: Amazing - we love that the elements are rotatable images of the elements in their natural habitats.
Subject: A Level Revision Devices: Apple, Android
Educational benefits: An easy to use, engaging and concise revision app.
Tutora Review: A fantastic video tutorial app, made by successful A Level graduates to make revision efficient and enjoyable.
Educational benefits: Created specifically to help educate and empower kids, teens and parents manage their weight and improve health habits. Kurbo teaches healthy habits through fitness and food tracking using a simple traffic light system.The app includes evidence based behaviour modification techniques to provide families with tools to make the healthy choice the easy choice.
Tutora Review: Staying fit and healthy is especially important for children in our digital age - Kurbo combines our love for technology with crucial motivation for fitness.
Subject: Confidence Devices: Apple
Educational benefits: This 49-page digital graphic novel is based on Book 1 of the award-winning Middle School Confidential series written by nationally recognized teen expert and anti-bullying activist Annie Fox, M.Ed., and illustrated by Harvey award winner Matt Kindt. This is a Universal iOS app for 8- to 14-year-olds
Tutora Review: A necessary and highly informative confidence building app for comprehensive school aged children in the 21st century.
Subject: Science Devices: Apple, Android
Educational benefits: A self-contained educational resource designed to help students perform their best in exams. The app distinguishes itself from other quiz apps by including concise reference materials linked directly to each practice exam question and flash cards. Learn using traditional approaches by reading review material and testing themselves on selected topics, or “flipping” their learning experience by working with review questions and using the linked reference material to reinforce concepts.
Tutora Review: Everything you need in an intuitive biology revision app!
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