Best Apps for Kids Ages 11 – 13 [Updated for 2020]

Fun & Educational Apps for Kids 11- 13 Years Old

We Reviewed Dozens Of The Best Apps for Kids Ages 11 – 13 So You Don’t Have To. Here Are Our Top Picks.

Top Apps for Kids Ages 11 – 13

Preteens are scary. They’re changing. They’re moody. They’re becoming teenagers right before our eyes but still look like our babies. Thankfully, we can keep them young, educated and safe with some of these top apps for kids ages 11 – 13.

From their first experiences with social media to becoming a book illustrator, we’ve found some of the best, most interactive applications around for our tweens to engage with.

With both creativity types to greatly educational, all of them are fun and functional. We’ve included our favorite photo editor and our most additive puzzle games below that even adults can appreciate.

Have your kiddos interacting with like-minded creatives within the DIY community or sharing their favorite photos with their friends in a safe environment. Allow them to spend time learning new languages, creating videos or diving into the human body.

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Top Creative Apps For Kids Ages 11 – 13

GarageBand

iOS App Store

Allow your kids to explore their musical creativity with this fun app that lets them. They can record and create their very own songs. This app is simple enough for kids who are just learning about music, and powerful enough that professional musicians can use it. It supports up to 32 tracks and has a wealth of resources for recording your own work.

GarageBand is free to download and use. It’s one of the classic apps that makes Apple mobile devices great.

 

Scribble Press – Creative Book Maker for Kids

iOS App Store

For kids that love to draw, they’ll love this app! Allow your child to turn themselves into an illustrator (and author) all with a few clicks on a button.  This creative platform is designed for both home and classroom use. Kids will eat up the chance to express themselves with art and words.

The app costs $4.99. It includes a collection of story starters for those with writer’s block and the capability to start with a blank book template for when you just want to create.

Picmonkey

iOS App Store / Google Play Store

Picmonkey is free and will have your tweens editing and jazzing up photos in no time. Filters and all the latest effects are inside this easy-to-use app. The finished products are great for scrapbooking, digital albums, sharing on social media, and more.

There are stickers to apply, touchups to use, frames, and collage effects, as well as many other powerful features.

 

 

Pixton Comic Maker

iOS App Store / Google Play Store

Pixton Comic Maker offers kids a chance to easily create their own comics or graphic novels, even if they don’t have an artistic bone in their bodies. The app makes it a breeze to set up and lay out panels, insert speech and thought bubbles, and more. There are character and prop collections and thematic backgrounds, too.

The app is free to download and use. Additional sets of backgrounds, props and characters are available as in-app purchases. It’s a great way to get creative!

 

Magic Piano by Smule

iOS App Store / Google Play Store

The root of the magic is beams of light that can guide your fingers to exactly the right note as you play anything you want from classical to classics. You’ll sound like a piano prodigy and feel like all of music is accessible to you.

The app is free to download. It offers a range of in-app purchases from ninety-nine cents to $39.99 for varying amounts of the in-game currency that can be used to purchase more music.

 

 


Top Educational Tween Apps

Box Island – Award Winning Coding Adventure

iOS App Store / Google Play Store

This fun gaming app introducing kids to the world of coding. Children will learn the basics behind coding while having fun collecting stars and moving throughout the islands.  The app includes a tutorial and lessons that will help kids understand how computer code works.

It is a free download, and the first 10 levels are available. Several additional levels are available, ranging in price from $2.99 to $7.99.

Marble Math

iOS App Store

Make math a bit more fun for the kids with this fun marble math game! They’ll sharpen their math skills while playing through fun mazes and puzzles. The problems are based on Common Core standards and work together to encourage children to develop mental math skills

The app costs $3.99 and has a high rating from users on the App Store.

 

 

Sound Uncovered

iOS App Store

Have the kids dive deeper into the world of sound. They’ll learn a lot of interesting facts while being completely engaged and entertained. This outstanding ebook offers auditory illusions, strange acoustic phenomena, and oddities like growling saxophones.

The app is free to download and use. It’s been developed by the experts at Exploratorium, so you know there’s a ton of great information wrapped up in fun.

 

Duolingo

iOS App Store / Google Play Store

Experts know that children are far more able to learn new languages more easily than adults. Now is the time to get your kids interested in learning languages. You can learn a new language with this fun and free app. And there are lots of different languages to choose from including French, Italian and Spanish as well as over 25 others!

Duolingo is free to download and use. It’s gamified, so kids will find familiar challenges like leveling up and growing streaks. There are some available in-app purchases to enhance the game experience, ranging from ninety-nine cents to $13.99.

Canva – Graphic Design Creator

iOS App Store / Google Play Store

Whether your tween is feeling artistic and wanting to express himself, or she is a social media wannabe who needs to update her posts, Canva offers a wide array of graphic design tools that will keep everyone happy. Kids can create artwork for school projects, too. There are enough tools to keep the pros going, and the app is simple enough to use that even the most inexperienced artist can quickly create a masterpiece.

Canva is free to download and use. There are optional in-app purchases for in-app credits and special image packs ranging from ninety-nine cents to $99.99. Credits can be used to purchase premium images, backgrounds, fonts and more.


Best Preteen Kids Apps

A Dark Room

iOS App Store / Google Play Store

A game of mystery that will sure to become an addictive and fun afternoon treat. It’s a text-based game that takes players on an adventure of curiosity. This classic will keep your preteen (and tween and teen) occupied for hours as they try to solve the puzzles.

The app costs $1.99, but that’s it. There are no in-app purchases or hidden costs. There aren’t even any outside advertisements!

 

Be Confident in Who You Are

iOS App Store

Have your kids fly through this entertaining and engaging graphic novel while learning some key lessons for life. They’ll read as a group of friends take turns boosting each other’s confidence – something they can take with them to their own friendships.

The app costs $2.99 and the theme will ring true with preteens and teens. And if you like this one, there are at least two more in the series for you to check out.

 

 

YouTube: Watch, Listen, Stream

iOS App Store / Google Play Store

As long as you set the parental controls on the YouTube app, your kiddo will have endless hours (or limited hours) of fun. From funny cat videos to lots of educational treats, there are some great things you can find while browsing.  

The app is free to download. Remember to set the parental controls so that your child has limits that you feel appropriate. The biggest place to watch is the “Suggested Videos” list…sometimes these are not as appropriate as parents would like.

 

Dino Walk – Your World History

iOS App Store

Dinosaurs often fascinate preteens and teens, so here’s their chance to learn more about these prehistoric wonders. Kids also often have science projects that take research, and this app is filled with information they can use. It will help them visualize what Earth was like millions of years ago.

The app costs $2.99. It includes a “time machine” that can depict nearly any bygone era, as well as an interactive 3D globe to show where these ancient creatures lived.

 

Minecraft

iOS App Store / Google Play Store

Minecraft is the ultimate creation video game. In creative mode, players can build and explore. In survival mode, there are monsters to battle and quests to win. The game is simple to begin, so it’s perfect for young and inexperienced gamers. It also has the power to become very complex so it will challenge older and more experienced players for a long time to come.

Minecraft costs $6.99 to download. It offers an array of in-app purchases designed to enhance game play. Parents should be aware that the game does include modes where players can be in touch with other players around the world via unmoderated chat systems.


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