The Best Apps to Teach Math to Kids

Have you ever taught math to a child?

It is hard. First, Math is already tough. Combine that with a child’s short attention span, and it can be a real challenge. Good thing we are living in this generation where even toddlers know how to maneuver a gadget–better than some Gen Xers even. 🙂

So why not use your child’s attachment to his phone or tablet to make learning Math a fun activity for boys and girls.

We’ve done the research for you to find the best apps to teach Math to kids. Here they are:

Prodigy

Rating: 4.9 on Apple App Store / 4.6 on Google Play

Best Feature: 1200 math games for grades 1-8

Developed by ProdigyGame.com, this educational app is enjoyed by over 20 million students as well as teachers. It is free and makes learning math fun. There are over 1,200 crucial math games available that are appropriate for students between Grades 1 and 8. Games include basic counting for the younger ones, fractions for the older kids and some geometry for those in junior high school.

Prodigy is available on both Android and iOS platforms. It has a huge 4.9 out of 5 rating on the App Store and 4.6 out of 5 stars on Google Play. The game is compatible with any Android and iOS cell phones or tablets.

Brainscape

Rating: 4.7 on Apple App Store / 4.5 on Google Play

Best Feature: Smart flashcards with personalized timing

“Learn twice as fast, and remember longer,” is the tagline for Brainscape – Smart Flashcards. Flashcards are always fun to learn with; teaching speed and expanding your kids memory while learning at the same time! Imagine that flashcard concept in a gadget and you get fun math learning! The app also allows you to personalize the speed or timing of flashcard repetition.

Available on both Android and iOS systems, Brainscape partners with various experts to develop flashcards with topics ranging from math to sports trivia, chemistry and many others. Brainscape is rated  on both Google Play (4.5 out of 5 stars) and Apple’s App Store (4.7 out of 5 stars).

Mathmateer

Rating: 4 on Common Sense Media

Best Feature: 56 fun math missions

Voted as one of the 10 best apps for elementary school children by mobile app discovery service, according to Parent magazine, Mathmateer  captivates a child’s creative side. The app also won Editor’s Choice Award in the Children’s Technology Review and had been featured in The New York Times. There are 56 math missions in the app, each with objects ranging from stars to coins and pizzas floating in space. The missions teach the kids counting, fractions, patterns, square roots and many other mathematical lessons in the most enjoyable way–oh, and there is a rocket involved!

The app though, is only available on the App Store, which means it is only available on iPhone or iPad. The app is not free either. The non-profit organization Common Sense Media rates Mathmateer with 4 stars out of a perfect 5.

Khan Academy Kids

Rating: 4.7 on Apple App Store / 4.5 on Google Play

Best Feature: Learning library for everything – videos, interactive activities, articles for all subjects

First of all, Khan Academy is a non-profit educational organization created by Salman Khan in 2008 with the goal of helping educate students online. He first used YouTube, and it became a hit. In 2018, Salman created Khan Academy Kids, an educational app focused on making learning fun for children.

The app enjoys a 4.7 rating out of a perfect 5 on the App Store and a 4.5 rating out of a perfect 5 on Google Play. It is compatible with any Android or Apple cell phone or tablet.

Math Training for Kids

Rating: 3.9 on Google Play

Best Feature: Good practice for basic mathematical equations

The name sounds dour, but it’s a great way to teach kids math. It teaches the basic mathematical equations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division in a bright and sunny way–pun intended as the game features a sun and sunflower. There are three levels of difficulty to choose from, which is also the perfect way to encourage learning as kids try to reach the next level . The app is more suited for younger children (3 and up) who are just learning their numbers.

The app is exclusively available on Google Play where it currently enjoys a rating of 3.9 stars out of a perfect 5. It is compatible with any Android cellphones and tablets.

It’s a good thing app developers are making learning fun and captivating. Any of these apps is also great for parents as you can help coach them as they play.

Do you have a favorite app?  We’d love to hear about it if so!

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