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10 Great Free Apps for Elementary Schoolers

It's hard to narrow the list of great apps for elementary schoolers out there; there's certainly no shortage of options! Here are 10 free elementary school app recommendations hand-picked by our editors and chosen for their quality and versatility. We've made sure there's something for just about every need. Use these apps with students from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade to help them hone their social skills, tell stories, use their imaginations, and get going on foundational ELA, math, social studies, science, and arts.

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TinyTap, Create & Play Educational Games

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

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


Drag-and-drop programming is an effective intro for budding coders

Bottom line: With a little adult help, this is a great platform for getting kids into programming.

Epic! - Unlimited Books for Kids

Free, expansive digital library unlocks treasure trove of books

Bottom line: This large collection of books and videos on a wide variety of topics is an easy -- and free -- enhancement to any classroom library.

Seesaw: The Learning Journal

Versatile digital portfolio appeals to teachers, students, and parents

Bottom line: Students can showcase their work in text, pictures, videos, and more.


Direct and star in zany TV shows with fun, easy-to-use movie maker

Bottom line: What this fun, creative storytelling tool lacks in depth, it makes up for with pizzazz.

Recap: Video Response and Reflection for Education

Multimedia reflection app puts a new spin on class discussion

Bottom line: By promoting regular self-reflection and inquiry through Recap, teachers can support more authentic learning and self-assessment among their students.

Wizard School

Curated videos and creative challenges ignite active learning

Bottom line: There's plenty of material to inspire kids to embark on learning adventures that get them to explore, create, and share safely on the screen and off.

Shadow Puppet Edu

Resource-rich video slide-show maker a gem for a variety of classrooms

Bottom line: Easy-to-use free tool is a must-have for elementary classrooms; just keep an eye on sharing and privacy.

DIY App - Creative Community for Kids

From cardboarding to cooking, this app helps kids find the fun in DIY

Bottom line: Fabulous way for kids to get skills and share their projects digitally.

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