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Best apps for kids about space.


Do you often hear 'I want to be an astronuat!' from your kids? Then this list of best space-themed apps for kids for iPad and iPhone will be helpful.
We included apps for kids teaching about:


  • Solar System

  • planets exploration

  • astronauts

  • space rockets

  • space discoveries


Thanks to these apps children will learn about space and grow their curiosity. Space-themed apps will be useful for preschool and elementary education. The apps for kids related to space subject will definitely help in understanding the world.
Note: we featured on this list also apps for younger kids, not quite educational but still fun and engaging so you will find here apps about aliens too!

You may also want to take a look at :

Best apps for kids: Early science


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Dr. Panda in Space - Android Version

Dr. Panda in Space - Android Version
by Dr. Panda Ltd

Price: 2.99$
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Overall Score: 99/100

version reviewed: 1.0

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Best for: Interactive play, Attention & concentration, Creativity, Interaction, Understanding of the world

What it is and what you do with it: fly through space, interact with aliens, fix broken spaceships, explore black holes - and more.

What we liked: the concept. Good range of interactions and simple activities. Humor and fun factor. Quality 3D-like illustrations and animations. Sounds and sound backgrounds. Easy operation. No distracting elements. Overall quality of the app.

What we didn't like: we wish there was more educational content. No narration or spoken instructions.

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Wubbzy's Space Adventure - Android version

Wubbzy's Space Adventure - Android version
by Cupcake Digital

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Overall Score: 99/100

version reviewed: 1.4

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Best for: Interactive books, Attention & concentration, Early literacy, Interaction, Language, Personal & social

What it is: an interactive storybook about 16 pages long (featuring the TV series character Wubbzy) plus extra activities: 2 minigames, 3 videos and a coloring activity. 'Read to me', 'read & play', 'just a book' (simple version with no interactions) reading options.

What you do with it: read the story yourself or listen to the narration. Touch objects on pages for simple animations and sounds. 2 minigames include: Man In The Moon (a version of the 'whac-a-mole' game) and Space Craze (fly the rocket and avoid obstacles).

What we liked: the story, illustrations and animations, funny characters, sounds and sound backgrounds, ease of use, good reading options, the 'Just a Book' mode, overall quality of the app.

What we didn't like: the interactions (simple sounds and animations) and activities will appeal only to younger kids (the 2 minigames are really very basic).

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Wubbzy's Space Adventure

Wubbzy's Space Adventure
by Cupcake Digital

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Overall Score: 99/100

version reviewed: 1.4

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Best for: Interactive books, Attention & concentration, Early literacy, Interaction, Language, Personal & social

What it is: an interactive storybook about 16 pages long (featuring the TV series character Wubbzy) plus extra activities: 2 minigames, 3 videos and a coloring activity. 'Read to me', 'read & play', 'just a book' (simple version with no interactions) reading options.

What you do with it: read the story yourself or listen to the narration. Touch objects on pages for simple animations and sounds. 2 minigames include: Man In The Moon (a version of the 'whac-a-mole' game) and Space Craze (fly the rocket and avoid obstacles).

What we liked: the story, illustrations and animations, funny characters, sounds and sound backgrounds, ease of use, good reading options, the 'Just a Book' mode, overall quality of the app.

What we didn't like: the interactions (simple sounds and animations) and activities will appeal only to younger kids (the 2 minigames are really very basic).

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A Ride with Aliens

A Ride with Aliens
by WARE'S ME

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Overall Score: 99/100

version reviewed: 1.0

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Best for: Interactive books, Attention & concentration, Early literacy, Language, Personal & social
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What it is: an interactive fantasy book (about 13 pages long) with extra activities.

What you do with it: listen to the narration (in English or Italian (or record your own narration). Touch objects on pages for simple animations and sounds.

The app also contains 4 jigsaw puzzles (5x5 pieces) and 4 coloring sheets.

What we liked: the story, beautiful illustrations (including some very funny aliens), sound effects.

What we didn't like: text layout is not 'young readers friendly'. Most interactions are very simple and may not be too attractive for the target age group. The narration could be more lively.

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PUZZINGO Space Puzzles Games for Kids & Toddlers

PUZZINGO Space Puzzles Games for Kids & Toddlers
by 77SPARX Studio, Inc.

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iPhone + iPad

Overall Score: 98/100

version reviewed: 3.31

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Best for: Brain teasers, Attention & concentration, Eye-hand coordination, Language, Understanding of the world

What it is: a set of 7 puzzles with the 'space and aliens' theme (Solar System, observatory, space shuttle, space station, astronaut in the dressing room, alien hair salon, constellations).

What you do with it: slide the pieces in place to complete the puzzles (e.g. planets in the Solar System, parts of the space shuttle etc.). The name of each piece will be read out by the narrator. Some sets contain additional activities: e.g. flying the space shuttle, playing around with the gravity in the space station or helping a lady alien choose the best hair style at the alien hair salon.

What we liked: the concept, good variety of puzzles, quality graphics and animations, sounds and sound backgrounds, fun factor, ease of use (simple drag and drop operation, visual hints), good educational value (especially for younger kids).

What we didn't like: the educational value could be even better (for older kids). Some parents may may find the fantasy (aliens) aspect of the app a bit objectionable.

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I Am An Astronaut!

I Am An Astronaut!
by Tizio BV

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Overall Score: 97/100

version reviewed: 1.0.3

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Best for: Interactive books, Attention & concentration, Early literacy, Eye-hand coordination, Language, Personal & social
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What it is: an interactive book for younger kids (about 10 pages long).

What you do with it: listen to the narrator (or to the parent reading the book). Touch elements on pages for simple animations and sounds.

As an additional feature you can take a picture of the child and place it in the rocket's cockpit.

What we liked: simple story, nice illustrations, warm, kid-friendly narration, sound effects, no distracting elements.

What we didn't like: the story is very short. We wish there were more animations and interactions (and some visual clues showing which objects are interactive). Some sounds could be a bit quieter.

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Jett's Space Rocket - Little Boy - The Game

Jett's Space Rocket - Little Boy - The Game
by Kids' Mania

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iPhone + iPad

Overall Score: 96/100

version reviewed: 1.0

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Best for: Games, Attention & concentration, Eye-hand coordination

What is it/what do you do with it: a simple arcade game based on the 'Jett's Space Rocket' book from the Little Boy series.

Tilt the iPhone or iPad to control the rocket. Pick up bonuses and lost objects but watch out for the obstacles.

There are 8 game levels and 3 difficulty settings.

What we liked: fun illustrations. Simple controls. Sound backgrounds and sounds. No distracting elements.

What we didn't like: requires good eye-hand coordination (may be too demanding for younger kids). Limited educational value. We wish there were more features.

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My little Rocket

My little Rocket
by urbn; pockets

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Overall Score: 96/100

version reviewed: 1.0

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Best for: Interactive play, Creativity, Interaction, Understanding of the world
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What it is: an app for creating and launching a virtual space rocket.

What you do with it: the app contains:

- simple 'create and fly your rocket' activity: put the rocket together from the pieces provided, launch it using your voice (the louder you scream during the countdown the further you will fly); after you land (on a random planet or star) you can learn some facts about the planets and the Solar System

- instructions for building your own cardboard rocket

- a virtual launching pad (you can launch the 'real' cardboard rocket you build from there) with extra sound and smoke effects

What we liked: the concept, the illustrations, ease of use, fun factor, sound effects, the option to insert your own photo as the 'astronaut'.

What we didn't like: limited educational value: the scientific 'facts' about the planets are a bit random, they are not too kid-friendly, there is no narration etc). Prominent link to the Game Center.

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Solar System for iPad

Solar System for iPad
by Touch Press

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Overall Score: 91/100

version reviewed: 1.1.1

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Best for: Education, Interaction, Understanding of the world

What it is: an interactive book about the Solar System by Marcus Chown. About 150 pages, 40 interactive models of astronomical objects, interactive orrery (plus other interactive features), over 600 images, key facts, details + live data from Wolfram Alpha.

What you do with it: explore the book (please note that there is no narration), view photos, use the interactive features (please refer to our video walkthrough for more details).

What we liked: the concept, range of topics, high quality content, easy navigation. Very good educational value. Great quality illustrations and photos. Good interactive features. Overall quality of the app.

What we didn't like: no narration (for non-reading kids parental assistance is necessary). We wish there were more interactive features.

Bottom line: we really liked this app but it is aimed at an audience slightly older than our usual Appysmarts age range. If you are not sure if the app will suit your child please view our 'See before you buy' video (below).

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English Maze: First Words HD (US English)

English Maze: First Words HD (US English)
by Cambridge English Online Ltd

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Overall Score: 90/100

version reviewed: 1.0

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Best for: Education, Attention & concentration, Early literacy, Interaction, Language
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What it is and what you do with it:a simple arcade game for vocabulary/spelling practice. 8 themes: animals, shapes, transport, body, numbers, food, letters, colors).

Tilt the iPad to steer the spaceman around the maze to match the words with pictures in the correct order. Avoid floating aliens and keep your oxygen level up.

What we liked: the concept. Simple illustrations. Sounds and sound backgrounds. Easy game controls. Spoken instructions, clues/help feature. Fun factor. Good educational value. No distracting elements.

What we didn't like:only timed play (we would like to see some optional 'free play' mode). May get a bit repetitive after longer play (we wish there were more game-like features). May be too challenging for kids with poor eye-hand coordination.

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