The waning days of summer may have some kids scrambling to squeeze in as much extracurricular fun and sun before the start of a new school year, but parents can help their little geniuses put on their thinking caps and refocus on learning with a bumper crop of edutaining apps. Flip through our picks of some of the newest and coolest apps that’ll delight students of all ages and get their noggins back into gear.

Tynker—Learn to Code

While there are plenty of apps that teach kid the basics of programming, few apps are as nicely put together as Tynker, a creative computing platform app that teaches kids how to build games, apps and more. Using self-paced online courses, kids learn coding through fun games and challenges that introduce them to coding and problem-solving concepts. With more than 100 step-by-step tutorials that range from animation to physics, Tynker is inspired by visual programming languages like Scratch from MIT, Alice from CMU, and other programming languages like Logo, SmallTalk, and Squeak. Subscriptions for games and courses start at $6/monthly.

For all ages. Free of iOS and Android, with in-app purchases.


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—Kipp Jarecke-Cheng