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.

Pango Build Park

Budding engineers can explore their creative imaginations by building their own theme parks with Pango Build Park. The app lets players build virtual roller coasters, design buildings and create entire theme parks for Pango and his friends. Parks can be built and rebuilt, encouraging young builders to exercise logical thinking and develop fine motor skills. Kids will enjoy the simple, well-designed interface, while parents will appreciate the absence of in-app purchases and no invasive advertising.

For ages 3 to 7. $2.99 for iOS, $3.99 for Android.


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—Kipp Jarecke-Cheng