How many Math Apps does it take to educate a child?
That’s my version of a “Light Bulb” joke! Seriously, there are MANY math apps on the market. So how does one weed through them? The best way is to read reviews and posts from others’ who have tried Apps. And so, that is what I intend to do on the HomeschoolingApps Review section.
Math Facts Apps
Lets face it, whether you have children in public school, private school or homeschool, one of the greatest challenges for all children is to learn their basic math facts, especially their multiplication tables.
None of the Math Curriculum that we have used has spent enough time drilling the basic facts. Some did a good job of explaining the hows and whys, but the truth is, learning math facts is still mostly a memorization task.
After flash cards were met with groans and even tears, I decided to lean on my development skills and develop a simple Math Facts App that could teach them the facts quickly and in a fun and interactive way.
I also set out to find some additional Math Facts Apps that would be helpful and have created a master list of…
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5 Must Have Math Facts Apps For Elementary Age Children
1 – Math Facts: Classic on Android and Kindle – This App is simple and easy to use. Select Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, or Division, the select 1 – 12. Once the user has practiced their facts 1 – 12, they can test themselves with the Random Facts feature. Also includes options to hear the fact and options to be given the answer or to shut off answers. Available on Kindle (Amazon) and Android (Google) Devices.
2 – Butterfly Math on Android – First, there is a different Butterfly Math App for iOS, so to be specific, this one runs on Android only. This App is sweet and simple – tap two butterflies that add (or subtract, multiply or divide) up to the number shown at the top of the screen. After a couple of rounds, you get to play a game of touching as many butterflies as possible without touching a bee. Then the next level starts and you get a more challenging set of math fact problems to solve. My children enjoyed it more than most (but not all) of the other Apps that we tried out. There is a “light” version if you want to try it for free first. Also available through Amazon.
3 – Butterfly Math on the iOs – For this App, the player gets to choose from 10 games. Most of the games involve a math problem and you then drag butterflies into a butterfly cage to “answer” the problem. After you check the problem, you get a new one until you answer a certain amount. The cute twist to this game is that you earn colored tiles as you answer correctly. You then use these tiles to “color” a picture. Our children like the earning tiles and coloring part of this math game.
4 – Sushi Monster on the iOs – I have to admit that I really like this App. Maybe it is just because I like Sushi so much, but I also think it is pretty cute and challenging. The players are given a number in the center and they have to select the two plates around the rim that add up to that number. Each round increases the number of plates and there does seem to be some preassure to get it done in a certain amount of time. Once a level is completed correctly, they can earn additional levels and also trophies!
5 – Math Opps (Madagascar) on iOs – Although I am not the biggest fan of the Madagascar series, this App does a good job of integrating math into a real game and it is the favorite of my oldest daughter (age 10). The player gets to go along with the penguins on an adventure to free the Madagascar crew from captivity. You have to solve math problems, then use a little geometric thinking to launch a penguin at the current contraption. All the other Apps in this review are straightforward – solve a problem, then solve the next one. The Madagascar App is really an adventure game that uses math as part of the play system.