Best Educational VR Virtual Reality Apps for Kids to Try

Virtual Reality, also abbreviated as VR, explores a whole new world of possibilities. Although there are both many pros and cons into diving into the VR world (which I’m not debating here as it’s such a newer consumer technology) I expect that in less than ten years most families will have a VR headset in their home. Just download free apps from the app store and get started!

character wearing a VR virtual reality apps headset

If you’re not sure about jumping into the world I recommend starting with a cheap pair of Google Cardboard VR “glasses” to start – you can find them for around $6. (Or if you have a younger child check out the View-Master VR set.) One glance on Amazon will show you that the at home Virtual Reality market is expanding VERY rapidly! And believe it or not the best educational VR apps are on the upswing!

Google Cardboard VR Headset
Google Cardboard VR Headset – about $10

View-Master VR Headset
View-Master VR Headset – under $20

Samsung VR Headset
Samsung VR Headset – runs $50-70

Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Headset
Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Headset

My oldest son with autism is quite obsessed with technology so we decided to make the leap and settled on a Samsung Virtual Reality headset for him. I have poured into hours of research about time restrictions on VR, side effects, best VR apps for kids, etc. He first came across VR after hearing about the Goosebumps Virtual Reality app on the app store and he’s been begging for a set ever since. Of course he’d probably be over the moon to try out an Oculus Rift VR headset ($600+) that is definitely not in this teacher family’s budget!

I know there are some fabulous classroom geared VR programs out there (albeit rather pricey in my opinion) but these educational apps in the app store listed below are specifically geared for families at home.

Below are the apps that we will be starting with. I’ll expand this list as I come across more! If you know or use other VR apps that are great for kids please leave me a comment below so that I can add them to our list! I’d LOVE to have some more options!

Best Educational Virtual Reality Apps for ANDROID Devices

Discovery VR app

Discovery VR – You’ll find exclusive clips from behind-the-scenes of your favorite shows, heart-pounding adventures and stunning celebrations of our incredible planet.

InMind VR – Allows the player to experience the journey into the patient’s brains in search of the neurons that cause mental disorder. Submerge into the micro world and experience the miracles of the human mind.

Roller Coaster VR app

Roller Coaster VR Attraction – Some are free and some are paid.

Jurassic VR app

Jurassic VR – Learn more about the history of dinosaurs and stand in awe as you explore a rich virtual reality world filled with insidious 3d details. Explore the jungle at your own pace.

Cardboard Camera – Capture and share moments with virtual reality (VR) photos. VR photos let you experience scenery and sound in every direction and in 3D, making near things look near, and far things look far.

Liftoff VR – Liftoff VR enables you to launch a rocket into space along with the added challenge of landing the booster rocket back on a drone ship after successfully deploying a satellite

Goosebumps VR app

Goosebumps VR – Use your mobile device to help R.L. Stine escape the Praying Mantis!

Goosebumps: Night of Scares VR – Can you survive a night in R.L. Stine’s house – a living trap filled with his most famous monsters?

VR Ocean Aquarium 3D – You can learn the names of the fish and look them closely. When you approach a fish, the movement will be slower so that you can closely examine the details. Just look at another place to move again.

VR Moonwalk 3D – You can see the moon and enjoy the environment using your VR eye glasses.

Titans of Space – A short guided tour of our planets and a few stars in virtual reality.

Sea World VR App
Sea World VR2
– See the inside of the ocean as a diver.

VR Mars  VR Mars is a first-person VR game about Mars surface exploration!

Best Educational Virtual Reality Apps for APPLE

Vrideo app

 

Mobile VR Station – With this app you can view your Photos, Panoramas, Videos & Files projected onto a virtual screen floating in space.

InMind VR app

InMind VR – Allows the player to experience the journey into the patient’s brains in search of the neurons that cause mental disorder. Submerge into the micro world and experience the miracles of the human mind.

Jurassic VR – Learn more about the history of dinosaurs and stand in awe as you explore a rich virtual reality world filled with insidious 3d details. Explore the jungle at your own pace.

Cardboard Camera – Capture and share moments with virtual reality (VR) photos. VR photos let you experience scenery and sound in every direction and in 3D, making near things look near, and far things look far.

Liftoff VR

Liftoff VR – Liftoff VR enables you to launch a rocket into space along with the added challenge of landing the booster rocket back on a drone ship after successfully deploying a satellite to space.

Goosebumps VR – Use your mobile device to help R.L. Stine escape the Praying Mantis!

Goosebumps: Night of Scares VR – Can you survive a night in R.L. Stine’s house – a living trap filled with his most famous monsters?

VR Moonwalk 3D

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3 Comments

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  2. David Jones says:

    Virtual reality can be useful in education, medicine, construction industry and many other industries. It can influence people by helping them understand themselves and others better. As for virtual reality games for children, then of course there are many opinions from parents, how safe it is and how the games affect children in general. Recently I found a useful guide about the impact of virtual reality games for kids

  3. The advantages of using virtual reality for children are definitely there, virtual technologies are able to instill the interest and involvement of the child in education.

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