Making my child’s screen time educational is a must in our home, and these five math apps are great resources. Whether counting, practicing math facts, or adding fractions, your math-learner will be begging you to play with these fun and interactive apps and games. Your child won't even realize all the math she's doing!
1. Counting Caterpillar: This counting app is perfect for preschoolers and kindergarteners learning to count. It teaches the basics of counting by ones and then increases to the concept of skip counting by 2, 5, and 10. The app is colorful and creative, and your child will love earning beautiful butterflies. Boost your little one's counting skills even further with the tactile Learning Mats: Numbers and Counting set, which will teach your child how to recognize and name numbers 1 through 10, trace and write numbers, perform basic addition and subtraction, and much more, all with the help of eye-catching mats and tiles.
2. Math Learning Center: Math Learning Center offers 10 free apps based on visual models for a wide range of ages from grades pre-K to 7th. These visual models are great tools to help children see how math works and better understand it. The apps include fractions, number frames, math vocabulary cards, number lines, pattern shapes, and more.
3. Splash Math: Splash Math (ages 5 - 10) is a comprehensive app that covers many topics. It’s fun and interactive, and allows for math practice at an individual pace. Topics covered are addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, geometry, time, money, fractions, decimals, and much more. Teach your child new ways to tackle math problems with Math Appeal, a rhyme-filled, visually engaging book that'll teach him four new principles he can use on any math problem he encounters.
4. Math Slide: Math Slide (ages 6 - 12) is an ultimate favorite. It's a program that offers four different apps that focus on place value and basic math facts. Each app has 10 different games that focus on a specific skill and can be played with up to four different players. For a multiplayer math game you can whip out on Family Game Night, try Mobi. In Mobi, the objective is to get rid of all your numbers and operations tiles first by making various equations — just make sure your equations are correct!
5. Reflex Math: Reflex Math (ages 7 -12) is one of the best math apps around for teaching children math facts (+, -, x, ÷). The app focuses specifically on math fact fluency and being able to recall math facts from memory quickly. The app teaches ways to memorize each fact and practice them through fun games.
Your child will love playing with these apps, creating math problems and using tools to help study and complete homework. These apps are a great way to help your child get hands-on math experience and deepen her number sense in an engaging way. If you need a more traditional method to sharpen your child's math skills, try one of our many workbooks and encourage your child to complete exercises with stickers and other rewards. Remember, learning is as fun as you make it!