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Social Science is a branch of study which deals with Human Beings – their behaviour, growth and development, relationships, resources they use and the various institutions they require to function and carry on their life smoothly.

The inclusion of Social Studies in the curriculum right from primary to secondary classes signifies the importance of the subject and the role it plays in a student’s life. Social Studies is incorporated in the school curriculum through a combination of subjects like – History, Geography, Cultural Studies, Economics, Political Science, Sociology, Psychology, Anthropology, etc.

These subjects help children to develop awareness of the World and Environment, helps to develop critical thinking abilities, helps to enhance the social understanding of students and helps students to become better citizens. Furthermore, learning about the different religions, social and cultural beliefs, castes and creed, nationalities and ethnicity, values, languages, festivals, food and clothing, types of families, etc makes students aware that the society they live in, is diverse and multicultural and yet there is interdependence and inter-relatedness between different people, families, cultures, religions and countries.

On this page, teachers and parents will find numerous social studies apps for children. As a teacher, if you're planning a unit or writing lesson plans, then look no further. We have some suggestions for you. As a parent, go beyond the four walls of your child's classroom. Reach into an app and discover the world with your child.

    The application 'Brain Kids' is an entertaining brain training app for children aged 7 and above. The application offers a number of brain training games that can be played by both children and parents. The application has three books where the first chapter of each can be played for free. Further chapters can be purchased within the app. The application is free from in-app adverts and supports three languages English, Chinese and Thai.

    Devices: iOS


    Adventure Academy is for kids ages 8-13 and it is massive multiplayer online learning program from the creators of ABCmouse and ReadingIQ. It focuses on five subjects like math, reading, language arts, science, and social studies. 

    Devices: Android,iOS


    The application News-O-Matic EDU can only be best described as an interactive Daily Newspaper for children. This application is a combination of interactive technology and games along with exciting news articles and creativity. The content within this software is engaging, plentiful and child safe. The application is free from in-app adverts and in app purchases and the content supports various languages. This application is a subscription based service, however, users can try the application before committing to a subscription.

    Devices: Android,iOS


    Kids Academy - Talented and Gifted is not just for those children who have been identified as being especially able, although it has content for those children too, its content is suitable to help all children develop their learning.

    Devices: Android,iOS


    Issa's Edible Adventures is a stunning application that is suitable for ages 6 and above and follows the adventures of Issa as she discovers the ingredients from around the world to help make wonderful dishes. This beautifully designed app has been inspired by celebrity chef Aliya LeeKong who has a passion for bringing global and socially conscious foods into everyday cooking. This app is free from in-app adverts. 

    Devices: iOS


    Stack the countries is an educational geography game teaching and testing students on the countries of the world and their shapes, neighbours, landmarks, capital cities, languages, flags, and other geographical facts. The game supplies world maps and flash cards with country facts that can be studied before playing the game portion of the app. Gameplay involves reading questions and choosing from four different countries or country shapes as the answer. The game is not timed. If the player answers the question correctly, they get to drop the country onto the waiting pelatform. Students keep dropping countries on the platform, moving or rotating them as desired before dropping, until enough are stacked up to reach the checkered line. The player then receives a random country that gets placed on the chosen map. Once students receive 20 countries, a second game called Map It is unlocked. After 50 countries, a third game called Pile Up is unlocked. Six different profiles can be saved in the game, and there is also a guest player option. There are more than 1,000 unique questions, flash cards for each country, and interactive maps of the continents. There are hi-res photos of famous landmarks throughout the game. As students answer questions correctly, they progress through the game. Their progress is tracked through personalized maps, and up to six student profiles can be saved.

    Devices: Android,iOS


    Geo Walk HD app is an educational app loaded with useful information about 500 people, places, plants, and animals.   The information is presented in two modes as an interactive globe and photo library. Offering a rich sampling of information, the app lets students approach the content in a self-directed way. Quizzes offer a fun way to test retention.   Users spin an interactive globe that's covered with small thumbnail pictures (which turn out to be flashcards). When they tap one, they'll see an image indicating one of the game's four categories -- animals and plants, history, people, and inventions. Tap the picture and an informational paragraph gives details in a short, digestible form. The other way to view the information is by viewing the cards, which appear in a circular scrolling manner.   Since the information included on each card is brief, this app is a great source to use as an idea generator for research topics. Categories can be deselected, too, so you could make available only the options you want your students to explore (places or events, for example).

    Devices: iOS


    Spin, pinch and zoom in on animals, indigenous people, places, religions and other topics of interest around the world.  Students can find something that interests them and learn more about it through descriptions and photos. Each country, city, animal, bird or landmark can be expanded to provide further information and detail. This app is stunning and the graphics are beautiful. The globe moves effortlessly and the app provides detailed information that truly enhances the users experience. A real conversation starter, especially if you're off on your holidays soon.

    Devices: iOS


    GeoBee Challenge by National Geographic is one of our favourite geography apps. It is not an app for beginners and even though the app is aimed at kids age 9 to 13 some of the tests could be really challenging even for the geography enthusiasts. Kids can use it as an assessment tool used to test their knowledge of world geography and to identify locations on a world map. The only critique is that during our review the app stopped unexpectedly twice and needs an update that will remove discontinued features like Open Feint. The app may inspire children to compete in the real life competition and receives a 4 star EAS Certification.

    Devices: iOS


    Britannica Kids: Aztec Empire app helps the kids to get to know a past civilization, some of Mexico’s history and basics of the history of the Aztec people. Britannica Kids: Aztec Empire opens a window on the history of the Aztec people, from their agrarian roots to their downfall at the hands of the Spanish.   There are articles about many aspects of the Aztec life, culture, and history. There were some phrases that you could click on to see the word defined. Which makes the app more it accessible for younger audiences. The articles do not shy away from death, destruction, and sacrifice which is all part of Aztec more. There was a separate section for the Aztec Gods. The description include art found on buildings, pottery, or elsewhere that represent each of the God. The pronunciation guide or embedded audio file would have been nice; I've no idea how to string together the long combinations of letters that meet up the companies.

    Devices: iOS


    The Homes app offers an educational look at different abodes from around the world. Homes. Developed by Tinybop, it’s an open-ended interactive playscape in which kids explore four unique homes from around the world: the Guatemalan adobe, the Brooklyn brownstone, the Yemeni tower house, and the Mongolian ger (yurt). Somewhere between a game and an anthropology lesson, the app encourages them to poke through the cabinets, use the bathroom, cook food and listen to music in each dwelling. It’s full of clever prompts you can use to get your kids thinking critically about how and why things like construction, layout and furnishings differ from culture to culture. That makes this the rare app that’s less a tool to distract them and more a chance to engage with them. Kids come in the app explore homes from around the world. Through exploring the homes, kids will learn and discover world culture and life.

    Devices: iOS


    Kids World Culture app provides opportunities for kids to describe their culture, but also have the opportunity to explore others to learn about the world beyond. Teaching your kids about world cultures helps them appreciate the differences in people and their traditions.Kids World Cultures is an important app for children and families to explore in order to learn and understand the diverse world we live in today. It is also beneficial in order to build cultural competency and build better rapport with children and families of different cultural backgrounds!

    Devices: iOS


    This app focuses on teaching about music and instruments through the exploration of a world tour. The opening screen takes you to a large map of the world; allowing you to select from seven different countries. The United States, Brazil, Spain, and Egypt are only half of the places your child can journey to in this app.   The “learn” tab introduces some basic objects that teach players about the culture of the chosen country. These include a selection of musical instruments, local wildlife, famous buildings, foods, religious deities and more.   The play section already has a scene built out for you and allows your child to touch on the characters and instruments to make animation and music.   The create section is a picture board or much like a sticker book. Kids can select from all the images they just learned about pertaining to that particular culture and create their own scene.   Jazzy World Tour is a great addition to your app collection and is great for kids beginning at pre-school age and ranging up to middle school as their reading skills increase and they can move from using the app as a musical sticker book to reading the information about different cultures by themselves. If you are looking for an app to teach your children about culture and various parts of the world, this app is for you.

    Devices: iOS


    Catering to grades 1-8, Social Studies Friendzy has numerous games to complement the learning standards of social studies. There are videos and articles, as well as live tutors to help students learn more about states and capitals, US government and history, citizenship, and much more. Students can even play multiplayer games. This is among the top 10 apps for students that make social studies for kids be easy and fun.    This is because they are able to learn Social Studies lessons even as they play alone, with their friends or even with kids from other parts of the world. Parents are able to view the Social Studies scores of their children and the time that they have spent playing. 

    Devices: iOS


    One Globe Kids - children's stories from around the world app really helps children see what it is like to live in other countries through the perspective of native children. A day in my life stories from kids with relatable, diverse experiences around the world create a highly engaging learning experience and make the kids understand global cultures through audio and videos based stories.

    Devices: iOS


    Stack the States is a good tool for teachers to use with students to help them memorize the names of U.S. states and capitals. It works well with reluctant learners who may be motivated by mixing those need-to-know facts with more interesting trivia and fast-paced gameplay. The states become animated characters, with eyes that follow your motions, and because they're so adorable, they'll inspire some kids to play more.

    Devices: iOS


    Back in Time is an e-textbook app that is quite stunning and is suitable for children that are aged above 10. It takes kids through an exploration of Earth, world history, civilization and life in general. This app allows you to experience the journey through the time where each event is well documented in historical and social context, rare and interesting facts and a well illustrative timeline. This offers an interesting and also great learning experience using some custom made animations that bring an event to life. 

    Devices: iOS