It’s always the math teacher that insists “math is fun.” Unfortunately, it’s not always the case. In the classroom setting, lessons can sometimes move too fast for struggling learners, requiring that parents step in and help find ways to reinforce class material at home. That’s why we’ve gathered up some of our favorite maths apps that are not only educational, but entertaining. We recommend you spend some time looking over the selections below to find some fun ways to help your child get excited about learning. For more information on any of the following app, simply click the app icon to be taken to the full review.
Below are a Few Math Apps Your Child Will Love:
Like Graphs, this is an app devoted to teaching children a specific area of mathematics — fractions. Oh No Fractions! focuses on teaching varying levels of fractions and ratios to children, employing a mix of equations including addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and comparison of fractions. The app feature a unique visual representation, helping kids conceptualize fractions by breaking them up on the screen. If kusers get stuck, there is also a “show me” option which presents an immediate answer to a particularly troublesome questions. Our Oh No! Fractions guide has more.
Shapes, colors and numbers come alive in PLAY 123 , an educational iOS app for introducing toddlers to basic geometrical, spacial, and logic concepts. Children play with colors and numbers, using various functions of the iPad to learn new shapes, trace and draw, and follow along to the narrated instructions. To learn more about this fun app geared towards preschoolers, head on over to our Play 123 guide.
What’s interesting about Slice It! is that the game does not deal directly with numbers. Instead it focuses on understanding how shapes work, prompting children to take a generated shape, and slice it into a predetermined number of pieces, using only a certain number of swipes. It takes keen planning, logic, and spacial awareness to complete the more difficult levels that occur later in the game. It’s all about geometry and playing the angles.
In Number Tap – Math Master, kids are tasked with racing against a timer as they solve equations. A bar on the side of the game screen becomes smaller as the seconds tick by, but more time can be added to t by corrected answering equations. This means players balance speed and accuracy as they try to answer correctly in time. Easy, medium, and hard modes are available, allowing parents to match the challenge up with their kids’ current skills. Check out our Number Tapguide for details.
Apps such as eBay provide children with a more practical association with math concepts. Whether buying or selling, there’s a considerable amount of mathematics at play when comparing prices, calculating shipping costs and hunting for the best prices via eBay. It’s a complicated process to buy or sell an item for the right price, so parents will need to guide their children through the experience. For more ideas on how to use eBay as a learning tool, check out the recommendations and activities in our eBay guide.