Ripped Apart: A Civil War Mystery
Ripped Apart: A Civil War Mystery is more than your average whodunit. In this game, players have to resolve mysteries from the US Civil War. But, they do so by analyzing and piecing together clues from historical documents and records, just like the real historians at the Smithsonian! Combining the fun of a good mystery with Civil War history (and historiography!), this app is one of the best history apps around.
Touch Van Gogh
Touch Van Gogh is another app focused on both history and process. In this app, users learn about Van Gogh's life and his work, and how art historians analyze his different pieces left behind. Users will peel through the many layers of Van Gogh's paintings (literal and figurative) and get a glimpse into the art world and one of its most famous figures.
iOS and Android
Radio Jones And His Robot Dad
Radio Jones And His Robot Dad is a storybook app that tells the story of a boy who's tired of his father not having time for fun, and who decides to make a new robot dad instead. With a fun story, gorgeous artwork, and a few good family lessons along the way, this app is sure to be a favorite!
This time the Smithsonian needs your help to handle natural disasters! This app puts kids in the role of a disaster detector to let the town know of any impending danger. This app teaches kids what causes natural disasters, how we predict them, and (perhaps most importantly of all) how we prepare for them.
codeSpark Academy with The Foos
codeSpark Academy with The Foos is another coding game for young learners, but within that field it's one of the best. The American Association of School Librarians named this one of their best educational apps! Its colorful presentation and straightforward controls are a great way to draw kids in, and the app regularly receives new updates to keep them interested.
Free or Subscription
iOS and Android