Best History Apps for Kids [Updated for 2020]

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We Reviewed Dozens Of The Best History Apps for Kids So You Don’t Have To. Here Are Our Top Picks.

Our moms have reviewed some awesome history apps over the years and below is our list of favorites. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite history apps, suitable both for general interest and for helping teach your kids everything they need to know.

Thanks to the advances in technology educators and parents have more options available to them to make learning history fun. Apps can be a great tool to present material in an interactive and entertaining way. The apps included in our recommendations are not only educational, but also entertaining.
Some apps may be rated age 9+.

The History of Everything

iOS App Store

Google Play Store

Think of this app as a vertical timeline. It starts back as far as we can go, with the Big Bang. Slide a bit farther, and learn about the development of life on Earth. The timeline moves through the prehistoric ages, the dinosaurs, and more. Once mankind arrives on the scene, it walks through recorded history. Each event includes a detailed explanation and incredible illustrations.

The app is free to download, and is suitable for anyone who is old enough to understand the idea of history and the past. It’s safe for younger kids, and will add depth and perspective to older students’ studies.

Today in History/HistoricalCalendar

iOS App Store

Google Play Store (Historical Calendar, a similar app by different developers)

History is made every single day, and these apps will fill you in on just what happened on any given date in history. You’ll get key facts about iconic dates and loads of fun information on any day of the year. See headlines and explore events from many different perspectives.

The iOS app costs $3.99 to download, while the Android app is free with in-app purchases ranging from ninety-nine cents to $2.99. Both will serve up a fresh dose of historical info and fun every single day, so you never need to stop learning!

Civilisations AR

iOS App Store

Google Play Store

Civilisations AR is the BBC’s first venture into augmented reality. They’ve partnered with some of the biggest museums in Great Britain to allow you to look at artifacts through your device’s camera and see them right in your living room. You can rotate, zoom, and more to take a good look at works of art, artifacts and more. Each has a companion audio guide and other features.

Civilisations AR is completely free to download and use-what a resource! Developers do caution that as with any AR system, you make sure to use it in a safe environment, and supervise children who might need help keeping themselves safe as they explore.

AP World History Pocket Prep

iOS App Store

Google Play Store

Education experts know that small study periods over longer times are the best way to prepare for important exams, and this app will help students who want to take the AP World History Exam this year. The app is free to download and try. The free version includes dozens of practice questions and limited access to the Question of the Day. You can study and see answers immediately or view them after the set is completed. The app also can push reminders to you to coax you into good study habits, and it works without access to the internet.

If you decide the app is right for you, there are a few different in-app purchase options to get more questions. Prices range from $7.99 to $19.99. It’s a solid and reliable way to get ready for the AP World History Exam.

The Pyramids

iOS App Store

Check out this highly-detailed 3D rendition of the Giza plateau to fly around and explore! If you have a budding Egyptologist or a student studying this area, you’ll want to take a look at The Pyramids. It includes renditions of all three main pyramids, the Sphinx, and 8 different tombs to enter and explore.

The app also has 40 different artifacts that can be zoomed, rotated, and explored, as well as text explaining the stories from the period. You can take a close look at excavation sites and much, much more. The app costs $4.99 and has a perfect rating on the App Store.

 

World War 2 History: World War 2

iOS App Store

This stunning World War II app is about as comprehensive as they come. It includes photographs, speeches, documents and much more to help students or afficienados understand more about the time period. The app takes full advantage of iOS’s multimedia capabilities to create an engaging and interesting trek through history.

The app costs $4.99 and includes audio and video clips, some of them rare, of important events from the period. It also has detailed analysis that will help anyone understand what was happening and why.

 

 

The Civil War Today

iOS App Store

Civil War buffs and history students will appreciate this comprehensive look at the Civil War. It has several unique features including newspapers from the war, speeches, authentic maps, and more. There are personal letters and diaries from the famous (like Abraham Lincoln) to the not-so-famous that give you a good look at daily life during this time.

The app costs $2.99 and has a wealth of content. You can get a daily synopsis of what went on during the war, hear detailed commentaries and analyses, and more.

 

History for Kids: All Civilizations Learning Games

iOS App Store

This app is built to get elementary aged children interested in history around the world. It includes photos and videos, as well as games to keep them learning. It’s tailor made for kids ages 7 and up. You won’t find a more comprehensive or engaging history app for younger students.

History for Kids is free to download. There are 14 times and places to explore, such as Maya civilization and the Roman Empire. In addition, there are 9 more civilizations available via an in-app purchase of just $1.99. Or, unlock everything for a one-time purchase of $9.99.