Best Apps and Games for Kids Age 7-12

Best Apps and Games for Kids Age 7-12

Here is a list, in no order, of what I think are eight of the BEST games and apps for tablets, iPads and mobile devices for 7 to 12 year olds.

1. Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp

Animal Crossing pocket camp is one of my favourite games at the moment. You get to participate in special events for prizes, complete quests from your animal friends and customise your campsite. The more quests you complete the more money and xp points you receive, which leads to leveling up. Beware this game is very addictive!

Available for Android or iOS (FREE to play, with in-app purchase options)

Animal crossing game screenshot
Animal crossing app goals screenshot

2. Minecraft

I had to have Minecraft somewhere on the list. In the game you can build to the limits of your imagination, create and explore your own world and play in survival mode. My favourite thing is to play on survival mode, this means you have to scavenge for food, materials and at the same time fight off the mobs in order to survive.

Available for purchase on Android or iOS 

Minecraft game

3. Toca Life: World

Toca Life World by Toca Boca brings togther all of the Toca Life apps into one big world for kids and teens to explore.  Even the free version has lots for kids to do.  Kids can visit the theatre, hairdresser, mini mall and more in Bop City. You can even make your own custom characters in the free version.  When you combine the app with the other paid Toca Life apps, it’s even more fund to play.

Available for Android or iOS (FREE to play)

4. Bubble Witch 3 Saga

This game is a great way for kids to kill time as well as have fun. Your end goal is to catch Wilbur and you do this by completing levels. Some levels require you to clear all the bubbles, release owls or fireflies and take down Wilbur.

Available for Android or iOS (FREE to play)

Bubble Witch 3 Saga game

5. Crossy Road

The Crossy Road game is a simple concept. The aim of the game is for you to guide your character past the moving obstacle to try to beat your high score. You can get money in the game too and put it into a machine to get a random character as well as the map they have if you don’t already own it.

Available on Android or iOS for FREE

Cross Road

6. Duolingo

Duolingo is technically not a game but is equally as fun. You can learn 36 different languages such as Spanish, French, Italian, German and more. I am learning Spanish and it is teaching me how to speak, write, listen and read. A downside is that you only have five lives and if you get five questions wrong you can’t continue until the lives recharge. Overall the app is great fun though and an easy way to learn a language. 

Available on Android or iOS for FREE.

Duo lingo learning french screenshot
Duolingo app

7. Cooking Madness - Kitchen Frenzy

In Cooking Madness you travel all over the world making fine cuisine for your customers. In every country you change what you make, maybe donuts then the next level might be snapper. Make sure to upgrade your kitchen to satisfy your customers for more points to beat the level.

Available on Android or iOS for FREE.

Cooking madness app game screenshot

8. Subway Surfer

Subway Surfer is a game with a similar concept to Crossy Roads, where you try to avoid the obstacles. There are special events all the time and many power ups to help you get a new high score. You can pick and buy characters or hover boards with the money you get in the game and use keys to unlock more outfits.

Available on Android or iOS for FREE.

Subway Surfer game

9. Roblox

Roblox is a game with multiple platforms where you can play other people’s games. Parent’s need to be careful about which games they access as not all are suitable and we also turning chat functions off. Roblox games that we like include: Horse Valley, Adopt Me and Bloxberg.

Garden in Horse Valley on Roblox

10. Froggipedia

Froggipedia is an augmented reality app that lets tweens explore and learn about the anatomy of a frog without having to dissect it!  Your tweens will be having a biology lesson without you even realising it.

11. Cyberchase 3D Builder

The Cyberchase 3D builder is a fun game with characters Buzz and Delete from Cyberchase. Kids learn about geometry and solving puzzles in three dimensions whilst constructing 3D buildings from flat shapes

12. Box Island

For the STEM fans, Box Island teaches tweens the fundamentals of coding through a computer science adventure game.  Applying basic algorithms, pattern recognition and conditionals lets your tween progress through the fun and challenging game play.

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