High Interest Math Fact Apps
Memorizing addition and subtraction facts is an essential part of math instruction. Having your child practice the facts on the iPad can provide an engaging experience and increase their time spent practicing them. Check out these high-interest math fact practice apps.
The goal of the game is to free the “squeebles” from the mean math monster. There are four different ways to play the game, which makes it interesting for kids. The modes include addition, subtraction, random, fill the gaps (3+_ = 8) and tricky questions (questions answered incorrectly previously). Be sure to check the settings for difficulty levels and find one that best suits your child. Multiple children can be registered in the game, so it is suitable for multi-children households or classrooms. Children enjoy the quest to save the squeeble. Squeebles Addition & Subtraction is available for iPhone and iPad and costs $1.99.
This app provides an engaging theme of the quest to find stone tablets through searching in jungles, ancient ruins, and temples, all while practicing math facts. The main character in the story is a ninja who likes to swing and slice and dice the correct answer to math problems. Kids are in control of the slicing and dicing, which keeps the interest high throughout the game. Parents, you may want to have your child use headphones or turn the sound off because the background noise can be distracting, as sound effects are used for all of the movements and complex scenes. The app does also offer practice with number concepts, multiplication facts, and shapes. The app costs $4.99 and is available for iPhone and iPad.
Math Evolve is an arcade-style game that encourages children to solve simple addition, subtraction, multiplication, or advanced division problems quickly. Soar through different environments, zapping numbers while dodging all kinds of obstacles. The challenging game play was highly motivating for our app testers. This app is a long-lasting app for building number fluency because it covers facts through division. Math Evolve is for the child who is already adding and can handle a fast-action game play app. Math Evolve costs $1.99 and is available for iPhone and iPad.
Whether your child is freeing a squeeble or pretending to be a ninja, these apps will make practicing their math facts more enjoyable.
Tags: addition, division, math facts, math practice, memorization, subtraction
Back to School Math Apps
This app practices early childhood math concepts through games and videos. Parents, the app will prompt you to select your child’s age and then will adjust the options available for your child. Each concept is segmented into learning modules situated along a path in the woods. For each module there are 3 educational videos that explain the concept to children. They are short and appropriate for the age level of the child. Then your child can complete the practice games. The practice games focus in on early learning concepts such as tracing and counting numbers, basic geometric shapes, ordinal numbers, patterns, and more. The characters in the videos and games are well developed and appealing to young children. This app is subscription-based with various options for monthly or yearly payments. Additionally, there is a free 7-day trial option. Parents, you are able to set up multiple profiles and have each profile be a unique experience for the child. Another great feature to accompany the app is free printable worksheets available on their website to follow up your child’s digital practice. This app is a worthwhile investment for building early learning math skills and is appropriate for children ages 4-8.
Todo Math is a free app designed to practice early childhood math skills. Todo in Spanish means all, which indicates that this app is designed to inspire play with all the early childhood math concepts. It includes 18 multi-level games and has two different types of play: free choice and mission. In mission mode, the app gives a brief overview of each game and guides your child through each game one at a time. In free choice mode, all games are presented, and your child chooses which one they would like to play. It includes multiple levels of math games and includes adaptive play, which means the games automatically adapt to your child’s skill level. Parents, you can sign up for a parent account, which will provide you with a more detailed look at how your child is progressing through the app. Compared to most apps, Todo Math does contain a worthwhile amount of free content to provide practice in many areas of math for children ages 3-6.
Park Math by Duck Duck Moose provides practice in a variety of math concepts without sacrificing depth of learning or fun. Park Math is an extremely thoughtful app that moves users seamlessly through counting, addition, subtraction, sequencing, patterning, and comparing while being developmentally appropriate and engaging. Cheery music and a child’s voice accompany the game play throughout the app. Unlike many of the math apps in the app store, Park Math does not simply have children answering questions or tapping on objects. Park Math integrates three levels of learning into a park theme to practice and investigate math concepts in a meaningful way. Addition and subtraction are practiced in a story problem format, and counting skills are developed in the context of one-to-one correspondence. Thank you, Duck Duck Moose, for creating this engaging and educational environment. Park Math is appropriate for children ages 3-5.
Tags: addition, back to school, childhood, comparing, counting, development, early, free, math, patterning, play, sequencing, subtraction
Anticipating summer? Get in the mood with these summer-themed apps.
This app features a theme of camping and has nature and adventure lovers in mind. KinderTown loves the Grandma and Grandpa characters created by Fairlady media; this app focuses particularly on lovable Grandpa. Grandpa invites your children on a hike through the woods where they choose a trail and identify plant and tree species with his help. In the app, children have to drag forest animals to the food they eat and identify coordinating shapes of common tools used when camping, such a pocket knife or hatchet. Another feature of the app is a word find, which may be more challenging for beginning readers interested in the app and who may need the assistance of a parent. Kids love going on a hike with Grandpa, picking special stuffed animals to sleep with, and roasting marshmallows and hot dogs over the virtual campfire. As with other Grandpa apps, when children get the answers correct, Grandpa offers a high five that children get to slap (gently). Camping with Grandpa is a great way to get in the mood for summer camping. Camping with Grandpa costs $2.99 and is appropriate for children ages 4-8.
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Bug Art provides an informal environment for children to learn and play with bugs. The free paint area allows children to paint and use stickers to depict a bug scene. The bug designer area allows children to choose a basic stencil and then design a unique bug around the stencil. Pictures can be saved in the app and shared with friends. The app also has free play areas where children can race bugs or use the iPad to make them fly through pathways. This app is a fun creative experience with bugs. Bug Art costs $2.49 and is appropriate for children ages 3-5.
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Park Math HD by Duck Duck Moose works on a variety of math concepts. Park Math HD is a thoughtful app that moves users seamlessly through counting, addition, subtraction, sequencing, patterning, and comparing while being developmentally appropriate for early learners. Unlike many of the math apps in the app store, Park Math HD does not simply have children answering questions or tapping on objects; Park Math HD integrates three levels of learning into a park concept to practice and investigate math concepts in a meaningful way. Addition and subtraction are practiced in a story problem format. Park Math HD costs $2.99 and is appropriate for children ages 4-6.
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myBlee Math offers a wide variety of elementary math lessons on topics such as measuring line segments, working with money, mental math and multi-digit addition for students ages 5-8. KinderTown likes how the app gives initial instruction on a particular concept before the child is asked to practice or apply it. The instruction is given with a female robotic-like voice. Another great feature is the use of “MyScript” technology that can identify a child’s handwriting as she writes her answer directly on the screen. Children will also find the use of the digital manipulatives which include movable rulers, blocks, protractors, etc. both interesting and helpful for solving problems. myBlee is an app that would benefit students who need additional practice with math concepts. The app offers communication to parents about their student’s progress through frequent emails. The app is free for 10 minutes each week. Subscriptions can be purchased for students who need more time per week for $9.99 a month or for $74.99 for a year.
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Tags: addition, math, measurement, money, practice
Engaging Math Apps
Engaging Math Apps
Jump! (iOS only)
Jump! is a truly unique game experience based on numbers. The app takes children through challenges involving counting, skip counting, and addition. The player must lead their character from one shore to another by jumping on the correct number. Players can combine numbers to make numbers needed if they are missing. There is a hint button which is helpful to players who are just learning to play the game. The app uses adaptive technology to quickly adjust to your child’s learning level. There is a rewarding play area where children can play with the characters they have saved. The game has additional obstacles called “Stompers” and “Fuses” that will add a challenge to your child’s strategy as they navigate their way through the game. This app is appropriate for children who are becoming confident with recognizing numbers and counting approximately ages 4-8 and is $2.99.
Motion Math Match (iOS only)
Motion Math Match presents children with a series of cards and challenges them to match cards that equal the same value. For example, a student might choose the following cards, 2+2=4, 4, and 3+1=4. The students can use both hands to match multiple cards. Once a match has been made the cards disappear and more cards fall into place. The app adjusts to your child’s level and can be played with addition facts, subtraction facts, multiplication facts, or division facts. This iPad app is appropriate for children ages 5-12 and is $3.99. Motion Math Match is available for iPad and iPad mini.
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Tags: addition, counting, math, numbers, skip counting
Early Math Learning Apps
As most parents are thinking about back-to-school season, consider the valuable early math learning apps.
Children begin to understand numbers and number concepts early, so try these apps to engage your child in math thinking. Additionally, for anyone who is using the Math-U-See curriculum, these apps would coordinate with the Primer Level.
TallyTots makes counting fun! Numbers 1 through 20 are presented first by counting to the number, introduced with a short game and reinforced through tapping and counting while playing. Download KinderTown to read the full review.
Little Writer is a well-crafted app for writing practice. This app adds shapes and numbers to the usual letter and word practice. Tracing is supported in the app with enough leeway to not frustrate young children. Download KinderTown to read the full review.
Park Math by Duck Duck Moose works on a variety of math concepts without sacrificing depth of learning or fun. This is an extremely thoughtful app that moves users seamlessly through counting, addition, subtraction, sequencing, patterning and comparing while being developmentally appropriate and fun. Download KinderTown to read the full review.
Motion Math: Hungry Guppy unlocks addition for young children. A prequel to Motion Math: Hungry Fish, Hungry Guppy just works on the 5 first numbers in a young child’s life: 1,2,3,4,5. Practice subitizing (instantly recognize “how many”) dots and recognizing written numerals to match given quantities your fish wants to eat. Download KinderTown to read the full review.
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Tags: addition, comparing, counting, math, numbers, patterning, subitizing, subtraction
Best Apps for Math Fact Practice
It’s back to school time and I bet many of you are looking to sharpen up your child’s math facts. Make practicing math fun and interesting with these apps!
Math Fact Apps
Sushi Monster is made by Scholastic, and is completely free! Sushi Monster is a delightful app for strengthening kids’ math fluency and reasoning with addition and multiplication.
Operation Math makes practicing math facts unbelievably fun! Check out the full review inside the KinderTown app.
Math Bingo is a fun way to practice math facts. Users choose a character, identify if they want to work on adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing, or a mix of all four; tap on easy, medium, or hard, and then set to work filling a bingo board with bugs as they solve math problems. Download KinderTown for more information.
Be Quick, Be accurate! QuickMath works to improve math fact fluency by offering the challenge of speed and accuracy. Check out the review inside the app!
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Tags: addition, division, math, multiplication, practice, reasoning, scholastic, subtraction
Quick Math Jr. Loved by KinderTown!
KinderTown loves the new app, Quick Math Jr. by Shiny Things.
Quick Math Jr. is uniquely made to capture kids’ attention and teaches about counting, ordering numbers, addition, subtraction, and handwriting numbers.
The app is centered around colorful and playful monsters. Three of five different game areas are randomly selected from when the game play begins. They are represented by a bus, a light bulb, a pair of eyes, a house, and a train. One of the greatest features of the games is that they automatically adjust to your child’s learning level so they are appropriately challenged as they learn.
In the bus game, children must put the same number of monsters onto the bus as the number shown. KinderTown likes how the monsters occasionally “pair up” to assist children in skip counting by two’s to reach the desired number and that the bus coordinates to a ten frame used to gain a visual understanding of the number ten.
In the train game, children have to place the numbers in the correct order on the train. As the levels progress, the train shows skip counting number patterns such as 2’s, 3’s, 5’s, and 10’s counting forward and backwards.
In the light bulb game, children are shown a certain number of monsters underneath the light for a few seconds, then the child must select that number from the dice shown below after the light goes off.
In the game represented by the pair of eyes, children are given the opportunity to practice writing their numbers. The app aims to detect your child’s handwriting to adapt to their style. This feature can also be turned off.
In the game represented by the house, Number Memory Mansion, children must remember how many monsters go in the house and exit the house, arriving at the final number of monsters hidden within the house.
Throughout the game, children can earn different facial features for the monsters, that then appear within the app. Our child testers loved this feature and the ability to personalize their own monster. The app allows for multiple students to have profiles, so if you have a classroom or multiple children at this level, the app will support each child’s individual development. The app is appropriate for children who can recognize numbers and number concepts starting around 4, through the ability to add and subtract numbers and memorize the facts usually around second grade or age 7/8. Parents, also read the parent section to read different examples of age-appropriate number games that can be played offline to support your child’s learning and development of numbers.
Tags: addition, counting, games, math, numbers, ordering, subtraction, writing