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Best Apps for Math

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Best Apps for Math

Today we’re going to continue with our 10 Best Apps Series. We’re going to talk about the best apps for math. There are hundreds of math apps available; but not all apps have real educational value. And there are some math apps that don’t make my best apps for math list because, honestly, they are just downright boring. The purpose of an app is so our kids can learn in a fun and engaging way. If the app doesn’t hold their attention, learning isn’t going to happen. Consider using a math app as a fun tool to help your child get some extra practice in a math skill they are struggling to master. Remember the best apps for math or any subject will not be mindless, zone out play for your child. Instead, it will challenge and engage them.

You’ll find math apps for all ages and devices below. In case you missed my Best Apps for Science post, you might be wondering why I share apps for all devices. You can jump over to that post and read my thoughts on it there.

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR OTHER GREAT APPS? CHECK OUT MY BEST APP SERIES!

And now, on with the show list . . .

Best Apps for Math

Image of Math Slicer Pro app. This is #1 on my list of Best Apps for Math#1 Math Slicer Pro

Recommended Ages: 5-13

Memorizing basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division, is a real struggle for some kids. And, flash cards can be really boring. Math Slicer Pro has gamified math fact memorization in a way that’s fun for all ages. With Math Slicer Pro, kids (and adults) slice or swipe their way to quicker processing of mental math problems! Slice the correct answer as it flies across the screen. Get 3 in a row to earn bonus eggs. Then, use the bonus eggs to unlock new levels, backgrounds, helpers, and more. This game was built to promote growth of logic, reason, mental response time, and analytical thinking skills. With levels for all ages and skills, users can keep their mental edge while having fun at the same time! There are no ads and all levels are unlocked in Math Slicer Pro. There is a free version of Math Slicer. However, you’ll get a good deal of ads and won’t have access to all levels. I recommend purchasing the Pro version.

Awards:

  • Editor’s Choice Award Winner from Children’s Technology Review
  • Parents’ Choice Silver Award Winner

In App Purchases: Yes in the FREE version. Purchase the Pro version to avoid them.
Supports Family Sharing: Yes

iOS        Android        Kindle

 

Image of DragonBox Algebra 5 app. This is #2 on my list of Best Apps for Math.

#2 Dragon Box Algebra 5+

Recommended Ages: 5-9

With Dragon Box Algebra 5+, kids as young as five can easily begin to grasp the processes for solving linear equations. Best of all, they don’t even realizing they are learning. Dragon Box Algebra 5+ is intuitive and fun. Players learn how to solve equations in a game environment where they are encouraged to experiment and be creative. By manipulating cards and trying to isolate the DragonBox on one side of the game board, the player gradually learns the operations required to isolate X on one side of an equation. Over time, the cards are replaced with numbers and variables, revealing the addition, division, and multiplication operators the player has been learning throughout the game.  Kids can play this game on their own; however, this is a game you can play along with your kids. And, you might be surprised to find you’ll might brush up on some valuable math skills in the process.

Awards:

  • Gold Medal from 2012 International Serious Play Awards
  • Best Educational Game from 2012 Fun and Serious Games Festival
  • App of the Year from GullTasten 2012

In App Purchases: No
Supports Family Sharing: Yes

iOS        Android        Kindle

 

Image of Marble Math app. This is #3 on my list if Best of Apps for Math.#3 Marble Math

Recommended Ages: 9-11

Kids learn math concepts by solving a variety of math problems as they roll their marble through a series of fun mazes collecting numbers. Get an answer wrong, no problem. Marble Math gives you the option to replay the question or show the correct answer before moving on to the next problem. Parents can customize game-play to concentrate on specific math concepts by selecting problem types for each player and level. This means you can target the app for your child or just let the game run with the random problem generation for unlimited practice and play. Want to use this for more than one child? That’s easy! Add as many custom profiles as you like. Individual game settings and progress are saved in each player profile. Create different player profiles, each tailored for specific practice and abilities.

Awards:

  • Children’s Technology Review Editor’s Choice Award for Excellence in Design
  • Common Sense Media ON for Learning Award Winner

In App Purchases: No
Supports Family Sharing: Yes

iOS        Android        Kindle

 

Image of Monkey Math School Sunshine app. This is #4 on my list of Best Apps for Math.#4 Monkey Math School Sunshine

Recommended Ages: 3-6

Monkey Math School Sunshine has fun graphics that are eye catching for young learners. There are nine different simple yet educational math-based mini games. Kids don’t need to read in order to play the game. A cute monkey walks you through the game with spoken instructions. Topics covered in the game include addition and subtraction, number recognition, patterns, and number sequencing. Parents don’t have to worry about 3rd party ads or in-app purchases.

In App Purchases: No
Supports Family Sharing: Yes

iOS        Android        Kindle

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Image of Squeebles Maths Bingo app. This is #5 on my Best Apps for Math list.

#5 Squeebles Maths Bingo

Recommended Ages: 5-11

The Maths Monster has been at it again! This time he’s frightened all of Ruby’s customers away from her ice cream and bingo parlour and has stolen all the ice cream ingredients. Kids help Ruby get her ingredients back and convince customers to return by answering addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division problems in a fun bingo card game.  Unlimited player profiles can be registered, making this app ideal for classroom use as well as for using at home. Stats are available for each player so parents and teachers can see how they’re doing. Parents don’t have to worry about 3rd party ads or in-app purchases.

In App Purchases: No
Supports Family Sharing: Yes

iOS        Android        Kindle

 

Image of DragonBox Elements app. This is #6 on my Best Apps for Math list.#6 DragonBox Elements

Recommended Ages: 8 & up

Dragonbox Elements takes the same approach to geometry as Dragonbox Algebra 5 and 12 – allowing kids to learn advanced math concepts through fun, interactive games. This really is an app for the entire family. That’s the strength of Dragonbox, it encourages parent/child interaction. By playing the 100+ puzzles in DragonBox Elements, kids (and adults, too) will gain a deep understanding of the logic of geometry. You’ll explore the properties of geometric shapes through Euclidian proof: triangles, circles, quadrilaterals, right angles, line segments, parallel and transversal lines, vertical angles, corresponding angles, corresponding angles converse, and more. Players use shapes and their properties to create mathematical proofs, all through fun exploration and discovery. Family learning in such a fun way easily gets this DragonBox Elements on my best apps for math list!

In App Purchases: No
Supports Family Sharing: Yes

iOS        Android        Kindle

 

Image of Hands-On Equations 1app. This is #7 on my Best Apps for Math list.#7 Hands-On Equations 1

Recommended Ages: 9-11

Hands-On Equations is a great app to introduce algebra to elementary and middle school-aged kids. It consists of six lessons and one review lesson. There are more than 80 equations for the student to enjoy and solve! Hands-On Equations is not gamified quite as much as Dragonbox Algebra 5+, but kids will definitely have fun and their sense of self-esteem will grow as they learn to master sophisticated looking algebraic equations. Older students who need help with algebra will also benefit from Hands-On Equations. This app is not so childish in appearance and may just teach kids to understand key concepts of algebra that have held them back. Hands-On Equations is designed to accommodate multiple users while keeping track of the problems solved by each user. In other words, it can be used by multiple members of a family at the same time.  Additional levels of Hands-On Equations are available. So, you can continue learning at a higher level.

In App Purchases: No
Supports Family Sharing: Yes

iOS        Android        Kindle

 

Image of Math Dual app. This is #8 on my Best Apps for Math list.

#8 Math Duel – 2 Player Math Game

Recommended Ages: 9-adult

Math Duel is a split screen mathematics game that pits two players against each other on the same device! This is a great game to play with your kids, or let siblings and friends challenge each other. You can enable more operations and digits for adults who are playing younger children. It’s so easy to adjust the settings for both players to ensure an equal playing field. Learning or brushing up on math has never been so fun! And what makes this especially notable on my best apps for math list is the fact that the app itself encourages game play with another person.

In App Purchases: No
Supports Family Sharing: Yes

iOS        Android       Kindle

 

Image of Numbers & Addition! Math games app. This is #9 on my Best Apps for Math list.

#9 Numbers & Addition! Math games

Recommended Ages: 3-6

Numbers and Addition Math Games will get your kids ready for school. Kids embark on a fun adventure in the savannah. Along the way, they learn key math skills such as counting, ordering numbers, and adding or subtracting while playing games with cute savannah animals! Numbers & Addition didn’t just make my best apps for math list. It’s won some notable awards as well.

Awards:

  • Best In Family-Friendly Products – Moms’ Choice Awards 2012
  • Brain Toy Award” – Academics’ Choice Awards 2012

In App Purchases: Yes
Supports Family Sharing: Yes

iOS        Android       Kindle

 

Elmo Loves 123s-Best Apps for Math

#10 ELMO LOVES 123s

Recommended Age Range: 3 to 6

Join Elmo and Abby as they learn about numbers 1 through 20 through interactive activities and fun videos. Each number includes three videos and three activities, a puzzle, a search and find game, and a count and fill the bucket game. Tracing and coloring pages are also available for each number. While Elmo takes care of the counting aspects of the game, Abby introduces basic addition and subtraction practice by having your child add or take away monsters in different settings.

In App Purchases: Yes
Supports Family Sharing: Yes

iOS      Android      Kindle

 

# 11 CYBERCHASE SHAPE QUEST

Recommended Age Range: 6 to 9

Starring recognizable characters from the PBS show, Cyberchase, this fun geometry-focused app helps kids learn about shapes, special reasoning, and problem solving. The app features three different games aimed at building geometry skills, including 80 educational puzzles and an augmented reality game interface.

  • Patch the Path: Help the animals find their home in this augmented reality game, which uses the camera to combine your child’s real world with the game’s 3D content. This game requires a game board, which is available for free at org/shapequest.
  • Hide and Seek: Solve a variety of different shape puzzles to find the hidden animals.
  • Feed the Critters: Practice special reasoning by feeding the hungry animals, while also watching out for walls and other obstacles along the way.

This free app requires that your device have a rear-facing camera.

In App Purchases: No
Supports Family Sharing: Yes

iOS      Android      Kindle

 

Monster Math Dual-Best Apps for Math

#12 MONSTER MATH DUEL

Recommended Age Range: 6 to 10

Spanning a wide range of grade levels (first through fourth grade), this fun learning app will keep your kids entertained and educated for a long time. The fun (and unique) quality of this game is that students can compete against other kids or the computer in drill-style games and parents will can view an ongoing report of their kids’ progress in the game (including which skills their child practiced and how well they did). Within each grade level, players can choose to play all skills or focus on a specific math skill they want to practice. There are a variety of ways kids can “duel” in this app, including:

  • Nearby: Allows players to add up to seven opponents via a Wi-Fi connection
  • Split Screen: Allows kids to play an opponent on a single device
  • VS Computer: Allows a single player to challenge a simulated computer

In addition to competing against other students on their own level, players can also duel players in different grade levels. The winner of each duel is the player with the most correct answers at the end of the timed round.

In App Purchases: Yes
Supports Family Sharing: Yes

iOS      Android

Slice Fractions-Best Apps for Math

 

#13 SLICE FRACTIONS

Recommended Age Range: 8 and up

Modeled after the popular slicing game themes, Slice Fractions teaches children about fractions while also challenging them to think creatively while problem solving. The app is made up of 90 leveled puzzles that require players to slice and drop fractions of a whole to complete a mission laid out by an adorable wooly mammoth. The game encompasses all parts of fraction problem solving, including introducing the concept of fractions as parts of a whole and how to read fractions and interpret the numerator and denominator. Kids are awarded with fun prizes for each complete level and are given assistance if a problem proves to challenging for them after the first few tries.

In App Purchases: No 
Supports Family Sharing: Yes

iOS      Android

What are some of your family’s favorite apps for math?

 

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