We think math apps make math practice much more fun. Do your kids think so, too? We’ve found some math app favorites to share with you.
See also: Best Fraction Apps for Kids
Math Apps for Kids
Marble Math Jr. $1.99
Players are shown a maze and given a math problem. Example: collect numbers equal to 8 (=5, 3) or collect from last to first (8th, 6th, 4th, 1st). Drag or roll the marble through the maze to complete the problem. Three levels of play. The maze makes it seem like a game making the math practice more fun for kids.
Marble Math $1.99
The same concept as Marble Math Jr. but for older kids. Three levels starting with problems such as: collect fractions to add up to 1. A level 2 problem example is collect the missing number: 24 + ? = 51. A fun game-like way to practice math.
JumpStart Jet Pack $1.99
Pick from either reading or math play, pick the topic (such as silly syllables, noun-sense or number know it all 1 – 30 or add em up – two digits) within the three levels of curriculum, then select from three levels of difficulty. This means you have mega options for practice and learning! Players fly through the correct answers or zap the incorrect numbers – you have a jetpack and get to fly around – we think it’s “cool” and totally fun. Top Pick! We also love Jet Pack Joyride.
Monkey Math School $.99
For the younger kids to practice basic math concepts like: touch the shape that has 4 sides = a square has 4 sides. JJ loves the prizes of fish in an aquarium! Plus the super cute monkey super on a beach has big kid appeal. Top Pick!
Sushi Monster FREE
Lots of levels of math practice in this one — 7 addition levels, and 5 multiplication levels. The goal is to get faster and faster. A sushi monster in the middle of two circles – outer circle have numbers on sushi pieces. The monster has a number on him which is the target number. Players pick the numbers on the outer circles that either combine up to that number. In addition, if you get it write the monster eats the number, if you get it wrong, you can keep trying but if you get it wrong in multiplciation, he smashes the table. We think this is lots of fun.
Kids will love this fast paced, multi-player math adventure. You’ll work with three other base ten agents to solve the equations before time runs out. Select an operation (addition, subtraction, both, multiplication, division) and difficulty level – easy, medium, and difficult. The equations spin around in the center circle so up to 4 players can play on any side of the ipad. Each player has a number pad to enter the answer. This just came out so my kids haven’t had a chance to play it but I think it looks fantastic.
Splash Math FREE, $9.99
A practice and play math app for each grade level with prizes and reports on progress. 2nd grade example question: What is the place of the underlined digit? 79 = ones. I like the option of a scratch pad where kids can work out the problem with their fingers. Concepts covered are place value, numbers sense, addition strategies, 2 digit addition, subtraction strategies, 2 digit subtraction, time, measurements, geometry, data, money, 3 digit addition, 3 digit subtraction.
Playful Minds Math (ages 5 – 8) FREE
Select from either a US or UK curriculum, design an avatar, and pick grade level K – 2 to get started. You’re given a map where you can select a destination like the Beach Island. There you must follow the trail with different math concepts to solve. For example 2nd graders on the Beach Island do addition, subtraction, telling time, and patterns. Tropical music and a pleasant sounding narrator make the game-feel of this app happy and friendly.
Math Blaster Hyperblast 2 FREE / $1.99
We love this fun video arcade-type game! addition, subtraction, fractions, multiplication, division, – each with different lessons and levels of difficulty, you are on a rocket ship zooming through a tunnel full of dangers you must shoot and destroy and the equation numbers. Top Pick! Also try Space Zapper.
King of Math FREE, $.99
Timed practices with unique levels like farmer, jester, and blacksmith. Concepts include: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, arithmetic, geometry, fractions, powers, statistics. Good practice for older kids because it’s quite challenging.