TinyTap: Kids' Learning Games

Book-and-game builder empowers creativity, boasts vast content library

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Great for

Differentiation, Lesson Planning, Presentation

Price: Free to try
Platforms: Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch

Pros: Extensive array of easy-to-use tools for creating interactive games.

Cons: Game types tend toward shallow and simplistic.

Bottom Line: With some patience and planning, this game maker can be a classroom game changer.

Teachers can use TinyTap: Kids' Learning Games as a resource, as a creation tool for themselves, or as a creation tool for students. Using it as a resource, teachers can search for created content that fits their students' needs and let students play those games. Using it as a personal creation tool, they can make games and books specific to the needs of their students for any content area imaginable, from shape recognition to foreign-language vocabulary. Students can become creators, too, making their own interactive games and books. TinyTap would be a fabulous addition to any teacher's iPad, but it would be especially handy for classrooms using project-based learning. Some teachers -- and students -- may find it easier to use the website instead of the app.

TinyTap: Kids' Learning Games is an app and site that are both a tool for creating interactive games and books and a vast library of pre-created games and content. The app's "Creativity Museum" -- a searchable collection of games and books created by teachers, parents, developers, and authors -- is browsable by category and age and searchable by keyword. Are you interested in particular developers or authors? Follow them to get their latest content in your feed, and perhaps download a game to your device for students to play. Or create your own game using the app's creation tools to import or create images, and then add interactive elements, including questions and answers, video, and audio. An optional subscription to TinyTap Insights can extend the applications, giving teachers access to data on student performance.

It isn't always easy for teachers to find interactive, digital content for their students. TinyTap: Kids' Learning Games seeks to solve this by helping teachers make their own custom content tailored to their students' needs and by providing a library of content that's pretty impressive. Of course, teachers might find that creating exactly what they need isn't easy either, but they can make some simple-but-impressive games or books specific to the needs of their curriculum, a small group of students, or even a single student. For the most part, the game types are very simple, and playing them might not boost learning much. Plus, sometimes the suggested games aren't quite right for the age level; they often seem to aim lower. However, the real beauty of the app is its versatility: Teachers can find pre-created content, make their own content, or have students make their own games or books using the tool.

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Teachers can find or create games specifically for their own students, so content is customizable. Older students can make their own games easily as well.


Many existing games are rote and very simple, but the process of creating games for others adds another dimension to learning.


The breadth of games is impressive, although they can be challenging to use reliably for assessment because data and scoring vary. The paid version includes useful score- and progress-tracking.

Common Sense reviewer
Amanda Bindel
Amanda Bindel Teacher

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After looking through this software, I feel like it is a great interactive tool and is appropriate to use for younger ages. Being able to create your own games and tailor them to your own lessons can be extremely beneficial to your class. I feel as if this game can be great for visual learners and help students get more involved with the content being taught.

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Data Safety How safe is this product?

  • Unclear whether this product supports interactions between trusted users.
  • Unclear whether personal information can be displayed publicly.
  • Unclear whether user-created content is filtered for personal information before being made publicly visible.

Data Rights What rights do I have to the data?

  • Users can create or upload content.
  • Processes to access or review user data are available.
  • Processes to modify data are available for authorized users.

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  • Personal information is shared for third-party marketing.
  • Traditional or contextual advertisements are displayed.
  • Personalised advertising is displayed.

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