There are kids in the world who genuinely enjoy learning about math. They like the definitiveness of the subject, the challenge of learning a purely logical thing, that it’s the same in every language. That’s a wonderful thing for those kids, but I was not one of them growing up. I’d open a math book and I didn’t even have to pretend to snore; I was over it before the work had even begun. Luckily, today’s parents have a secret weapon that can make even long division seem like fun: The App Store. I’ve tapped into this educational goldmine, and compiled this list of my top seven apps to help your kids get their math on.
A one stop shop for all things number-oriented, this game is targeted at kids aged 3 to 6 and frankly, it’s awesome. More creative kids will get a kick out of completing math challenges in order to save up coins used for building their own rocket ship. Skills covered range from pattern and shape recognition and telling time to square roots and fraction problems.
Counting Caterpillar, $1.99
My daughter’s personal favorite, Counting Caterpillar is fun to look at and to play. My daughter loves the caterpillars and butterflies in the game and can’t get enough of feeding the caterpillar. Targeted at the 4 to 5 age group, the object of the game is to catch aphids in the correct numerical order. Earning butterflies moves you up to the next level, through level 45!
Peter Pig's Money Coin Counter - FREE on Android
Had this cool app been around when I was young, I wouldn’t keep mixing up nickels and dimes! This app was created by Visa as a way to teach kids all about United States currency. Peter Pig teaches the player facts about currency while they complete tasks like counting, sorting and deciding on the value of coins. Targeted at the 4 to 7 age group, Peter Pig’s Money Coin Counter is a great way to teach kids about coins, without the mess of dirty coins everywhere.
Fruity Fractions, $2.99
Fractions are difficult for many, many kids to get their minds around. Make them a little easier to understand with Fruity Fractions, a game that uses visual representations to make help kids understand what those tricky problems look like in a more “real life” context! Each task comes with a lesson that helps kids understand what they’re learning in that level and how it translates back to math. A beautiful solution to the problem many children have in translating math problems to life and back again.
Math Duel, $2.99
Competitive kids will love Math Duel. It allows them to compete with other players using skills they already know! The game uses addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to test speed and accuracy.
Dexteria Dots, $2.99
Highly interactive and tactile, Dexteria Dots allows the player to manipulate dots on the screen, sized according to the value of their assigned number. Players can visualize concepts of addition and subtraction, greater than and less than, and general number sense by slicing off pieces of dots and adding them to the other dots. Great for young children and students struggling with foundational math concepts.
Numbers at Home, $2.99
Numbers at Home is a bilingual app that allows children to hone their counting, addition and subtraction skills in both English and Spanish. Positive reinforcement encourages kids to move through two levels of play in six different games, offering words of encouragement for every correct tap and movement.