Technology and kid’s education are reaching an important crossroad. These days kid’s have access to various technology devices ( smartphones / tablets / laptops). The world of smartphones has also made it possible for kid’s to browse through many choices in terms of available App’s. However, its important for parents to help their kid’s make prudent choices of which app’s they pick. Here are some of the educational math apps which are fun and safe for kids to play while learning and revising their Math concepts. After all, Math is fun when you learn through play.
One of my friend introduced me to this app. I started reading the Bedtime Math books to my kids and later downloaded the app. The problems starts with a fun fact story and are grouped into “age-ranged” problems for “Wee Ones”, “Little Kids” and “Big Kids”. There are simple addition, subtraction and multiplication problems.
The only drawback is that some of the problems for “Wee Ones” are sometimes too easy and sometimes too hard. “Little Kids” problems are sometimes pretty difficult. I think, if there was a hint or suggestion ideas on how to solve the tough problems, it would have been an added advantage. My younger son, loves it and wants to sometime read and solve more than one story.
DragonBox Algebra 5+ ( Cost : $4.99)
It is one of the most brilliantly designed app which makes reviewing algebra concept so easy. The puzzles start simple and teaches you to balance the two side of an equation with graphics only. It gradually replaces the graphics with numbers and math operators, so that the kid can solve more complex algebraic equations without the need for the graphics.
The only drawback is that the app doesn’t teaches you the concept behind the algebra equations and that’s where the role of a teacher is very important. It enforces the rule and doesn’t give you any hints and you need to figure it out on your own. For example, a simple algebra concept like, if you need to cancel something on one side of an equation, then you need to cancel it out on the other side also to balance both sides of the equation, are not explained and one needs to figure it out themselves , especially if they are new to algebra. Initially, I sat with my elder son when he started playing with this app and explained him the reason behind the moves and he now loves playing it.
There are also more apps by DragonBox for younger kids but I haven’t tried them yet.
Prodigy ( Cost : Free/Membership)
My kids teacher recommended this educational math app to me. The kids love it because it has an option to play with your friends online. It is a fantasy based app and web game, designed for 1st through 8th grade, where kids answer math questions correctly to do a spell on the monsters and battle their way through different worlds to free the land of prodigy from the wrath of the Puppet Master.
One of the best feature I personally like as a parent about the app is that you can access a dashboard where you can customize the math skills you want your kids to revise. So, if you only want to focus on addition skills for your kid, you can customize the dashboard to only show addition problems in the game. That way, kids can revise their math skills while playing a game online.
Moose Math ( Cost : Free )
This app features a fun game to learn counting, addition, subtraction and basic geometry and is perfect for a preschooler or a kindergartener. The game is set in a virtual city with a few different buildings like ‘Moose Juice”, “Puck’s Pet” or “Lost & Found”. Inside each building there are couple of math questions to solve. Once the player solve a problem, they are given an item to decorate their building like a silly window or an airplane to put in the sky.
Inside the “Moose Juice” building kids learn how to make a smoothie by adding fruits and vegetables to the blender which helps them practice their counting, additions and subtraction skills . If you solve it wrong, it turns into a giant mess and you have to try it again. Kids also learn to follow directions.
Inside the Puck’s Pet building, kids need to match the number of dots on the mom and baby snails which helps them with their counting skills.
Within the Lost & Found building, kids play dot-to dot game. They need to follow certain rules like counting by 2’s or by 5’s, for joining the dots to help the character find his way back home. In Lost & Found, kids also learn how to identify different geometric shapes, like finding the shape which is different from all others in a group. The instructions are pretty clear and concise. Overall, it is one of the fun and educational math apps for little ones to play.
What are your favorite educational math apps ? Let me know in the comment section.
And while you are here, check out some of the math puzzles to do with your kids here.
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