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.

The Oregon Trail: American Settler

This classic educational computer game gets a spiffy mobile reboot that features all of the decision-making, problem-solving and role-playing fun of the original. Featuring skill-based mini-games that include challenges like hunting and fishing, players also must navigate through random events such as disease and robbers. Players learn about America’s westward expansion, survival and resource management while establishing their own frontier town in the wild west.

For ages 10 and older. Free for iOS and Android, with in-app purchases.


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—Kipp Jarecke-Cheng