Best Math Apps for Kids

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Photo by Annie Spratt/Unsplash
4/2/20 - By Alina Adams

For those of us who are not good at math, we need a little help. I was a straight-C math student all my life. But, if I'd had all the help​ that kids have today? My math story might have turned out a little better! 

And now with the prolonged school closures due to the extended quarantine, parents don't want their kids to fall behind. Not to mention, do YOU know how to teach Common Core math? So we've rounded up fifteen apps that we think will help the kids best learn math during this time and help reinforce what they're learning even when they're back in school.

We've got loads more info and ideas for you, from best apps to virtual storytimes and tours, too, in our Coronavirus Guide for Parents. Check it out!

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Best Math Apps for Preschool and Kindergarten Students

1. Splash Math Kindergarten Math App
This is an all ages math app in which kids can practice adding, subtracting, measuring and basic geometry. It is aligned with the Common Core and send parents progress reports!


2. Little Solver Preschool Logic Game
This is a problem solving app for preschoolers. Memory, matching, shapes, same or different and more. Simple and can be played on the phone.

3. Montessori Numbers for Kids
Great application for understanding numbers, the quantity they each stand for, their relationship to one another, and how numbers are physically formed. 

4. Khan Academy Kids
KAK is an-offshoot to the very successful Khan Academy. The app will give kids the opportunity to play games and build pre-math skills. It is a very high quality app receives high marks.

5. Animal Math
Animal Math offers math apps for several age groups all on the theme of animals. Silly pets like Ralphie the Cat and Oleg the Owl helps kids along the way as they learn basic math skills. App covers number recognition, counting, addition, subtraction, basic shapes and is aligned with Common Core.

Number Pieces Basic. Photo courtesy of Math Learning Center 

Best Math Apps for School-Age Kids

6. Pizza Fractions
Yes! We are talking pizza. This is a great way for kids to visually see how fractions break down with a familiar item. Times exercises.

7. Math Learning Center
Math Learning Center have a vast array of mathematics subjects for the elementary age student. Fractions, number frames, money, number lines, patterns, and so much more. This is an app that can move along with your student as he/she goes through the school year. 

8. Prodigy
This app is for children in grades 1 through 6. They will earn in-game badges and work at their own pace in a Common Core aligned curriculum. There is an option to buy a Premium membership.

9. Fetch! Lunch Rush by PBS Kids
Aimed at children ages 6 to 8 and inspired by the series of the same name, Fetch! is a 3-D world where Ruff Ruffman has the job of getting everybody's lunch orders right. 

10. XtraMath 
Get kids fluent in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division with XtraMath. You can see weekly reports and it only takes a few minutes each day.

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Best Math Apps for Tweens and Teens

11. Algebra Tycoon
Designed to assist NY student with their Algebra Regents Examination. By getting answers correct, student "invest" their "money" and make it grow. A fun game that will also solidify Algabraic knowledge.

12. Math Blaster Hyperblast 2
This is a game that my kids played a lot. MathBlaster has a rich backdrop of a sci-fi futuristic world and makes it visually engaging and interesting for kids so much, they forget they are doing math! Math on all topics.

13. Marble Math
Moving up from basic math facts, kids ages 9 to 11 can progress to fractions and decimals, factoring, and sequencing equations, all while customizing and building their own mazes and avoiding obstacles. Choose your marble style!

Questimate: Why concentrate solely on answers when kids can make up their own questions?

14. Questimate
If your kids love knowing trivia, they will really enjoy this app! Questimate lets children pick a category from among Amazing Animals, Need for Speed, History of Awesome, Olympic Gold, and GeoOdyssey, 

15. Dragon Box Math 12+
This program covers 12+ mathematics and algebra concepts. Includes the use of parentheses, factorization, substitution, like terms, and more. This app is self paced and colorful.


Originally published 2016