The reality is, math can be boring. As parents, many of us are thrilled to not have to do another math class, but then come to the realisation that we’re soon to be the ones teaching math to our kids, over breakfast, during homework, driving to school… With the explosion of smartphones and apps, there’s better and very clever ways to give your kids some extra help that we weren’t privy to ‘back in our day’.
Parents.com have picked their favourite Top 7, for kids of varying ages, to help your kids learn without them even realising it!
1. Math Training for Kids
The fundamentals are taught here, focusing on addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. For ages 3 and up and available on Android for free.
2. Preschool Math Games for Kids
In this app, targeted for those kids aged 2 to 8, you get learning in the form for counting, tracing and number reading, in a very interactive way. It also features learning for elementary schoolers up to grade 3.
3. Counting Caterpillar
Gorgeous colors and stunning visuals (plus cute caterpillars and butterflies!) on the display is enough to keep kids engaged. Feed the caterpillars by counting and catching aphids in the correct number sequence and earn butterflies (displayed in a gallery) to progress through more than 45 levels. (Ages 4 to 5; $1.99; iPhone, iPad)
4. Marble Math Junior
For older kids aged 6 to 8, they are asked to solve various math problems by collecting numbers and bonuses as you navigate a marble maze. With three difficulty levels and 16 marble styles, this app can be personalized to fit your kid’s skills and personality. It also lets you customize games to concentrate on the areas in which your child needs the most help. (Ages 6 to 8; $2.99; iPhone, iPad)
5. Crazy Times Tables
Lots of fun, plenty of games, photo features and more. This app learns your child’s stage and adapts the process accordingly. (Ages 5 to 10; $2.99; iPhone, iPad)
6. Thinking Blocks Multiplication
Use number blocks to solve multiplication word problems, a strategy supported by Common Core standards. This app introduces kids to six problem solving models, which helps them organize information and visualize number relationships. (Ages 7 to 10; Free; iPhone, iPad)
The app directory Appolicious voted this one of the best top 10 elementary school apps for kids, which appeals to their creative nature. For example, kids can build a rocket to space, but to do so they must first earn money by completing math equations and recognize patterns, shapes, tell the time and more. Targeted 9 to 11 year olds; $0.99; iPhone, iPad