For Teachers

For Parents

Play and Learn Science

  • Android, iPad, iPhone
  • Free
  • age 5+

About Play and Learn Science

Play and Learn Science is a free, PBS Kids-created app with games and tips that help kids and parents explore basic earth science, physical science, and life science topics. The 12 interactive games can be played in English or Spanish. Games feature common science-related phenomena in light (shadows), physics (inclined planes), the study of nature (weather), and more.  

Play and Learn Science Review

The Play & Learn Science introduces foundational science concepts and science and engineering practices through five distinct sets of activities: Water Games, Ramp and Roll, Shadow Play, Weather Control, and Gear Up. Each activity set includes three digital games and a designated parent page that incorporates suggestions for supporting their children’s game play (Tips) and their related real-world explorations (Activities).

Play and Learn Science is the companion app that focuses on the outdoors. Both apps also include more than 100 stickers in a “free play” area on the app. And the ideas on both are updated regularly to provide you with new ways to get engaged and keep your kids busy learning. 

Read More Less

Additional Information

Teacher Ratings


Android, iPad, iPhone





Cognitive Development
Thinking & Reasoning


In-App Purchases - No

In-App Advertising - No



Download Play and Learn Science

Screenshots for Play and Learn Science

  • Play and Learn SciencePlay and Learn SciencePlay and Learn SciencePlay and Learn SciencePlay and Learn Science


Play with shadows, control the weather, roll and slide objects down a ramp, choose the best materials for an umbrella – all while building science inquiry skills and learning core science concepts. The games in the app encourage kids to see the science in their world. They are intentionally designed to serve as catalysts for real-world exploration by modeling real-world locations and experiences. The related hands-on activities and parent notes prompt families to “try it” at home and provide tips for engaging in conversations.


  • 12 engaging games covering core topics in Earth Science, Physical Science, and Life Science
  • Drawing tool and stickers from all the games
  • Parent section with tips for parent-child engagement and activities for extending the learning into the real world
  • Completely bilingual (English/Spanish)
  • Developed in collaboration with early childhood experts

The Play and Learn Science app is part of PBS KIDS’ ongoing commitment to helping kids build the skills they need to succeed in school and in life. PBS KIDS, the number one educational media brand for kids, offers all children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and digital media, as well as community-based programs.

Read More Less