There is a lot of repetition and memorization involved during the comprehension of basic math skills, which can cause some kids to lose interest and slow down the learning process. For this reason, apps that use games and fun challenges to keep children’s attention while teaching them math concepts can be a wonderful addition to any learning program.
1. Basic Math (Available for iPad, iPod Touch and iPhone)—
If you’re tired of the repetition required by flashcards and seeking a more engaging way to help a child build up foundation skills such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, the Basic Math app can help.
Based on drills, this app can help kids 12 and under learn the basic concepts of mathematics, or help them practice multiplication tables. With a numeric keypad and sound effects to make it interesting, Basic Math also offers a report card so users can be motivated by their progress.
2. Mathmateer Free (Available for iPhone and iPad)—
The Mathmateer Free app takes learning math to a whole new level: outer space! Kids are captivated by the task of building their very own rocket and taking it on math missions, allowing them to touch objects floating in space, and to earn medals for mathematical accomplishments.
With over 90 colorful rocket parts, different avatars from which to choose, fun sound effects and tunes, this app can help children with such number-related concepts as telling time, counting money and basic arithmetic.
3. Mystery Math Town (Available for IPhone and iPad)—
This is an app that feels more like a suspenseful game than an educational enabler, but this is because it’s done in a clever and mysterious setting in which kids must travel through the town using hints to move through the houses to collect fireflies.
Parental reviews have been overwhelmingly positive, stressing that the theme of Mystery Math Town is dark, but not in a scary way. The app developers have also used funny dialogue and clever characters to increase the fun factor of this game so that kids don’t even realize they’re learning math as they play along.
4. Kids Numbers and Math (Available for Android and Kindle Fire)—
Kids Numbers and Math is an excellent starter app for those with young children just starting down the path of math fundamentals. Teaching basic addition and subtraction with both images and numbers, this is a great app for visual learners who grow bored with only numbers, yet find pictures to be compelling.
The Kids Numbers and Math app also teaches children to count in 5 different languages, making it an excellent choice for multilingual households, or any parents who want to get their kids started early on learning multiple languages.
5. Addimal Adventure (Available for iPad)—
This app uses characters having adventures to teach children to strategize, allowing them to reach answers on their own, which can be a very useful tool for memorization. User-friendly and fun, the Addimal Adventure app features both graphics and voice prompts, which can assist visual and aural learners in memorizing the mathematical facts they need to educationally progress.
The settings allow users to play at varying levels of difficulty, which can be very important to keep early math students from becoming overwhelmed, frustrated and/or giving up.
If you can turn education into a game, you will always be able to capture the attention of kids and motivate them to learn new things. Use the apps above to encourage, engage and more easily teach children the mathematical concepts they will need to move forward in school and life.
Noelle Eberts has a passion for connecting children to the possibilities that math can unlock. She writes independently for MathNook and is a great resource for all kinds of kid’s math games. Noelle is a part-time math tutor and a full-time Mom!