When it comes to teaching math, you’ve probably tried everything from quizzes over breakfast to extra homework help. But modern technology has introduced a clever new skill-building method: digital math games for kids.
We’ve picked our favorite math apps for students of all ages, designed to teach arithmetic operations like addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Some even meet Common Core State Standards. And the best part is that your child will have so much fun, she’ll hardly even know she’s learning!
In this math game for kids, a monster named Maxx will teach your student basic arithmetic, including addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Your kid will learn multiple skills at once while helping Maxx fight enemies, explore, and save his friend Dextra. You can even enter “Multiplayer Mode” and compete with others online! (Grades 1-3; Free, App Store and Google Play).
Calling all visual learners! This math app seeks to make arithmetic fun and engaging with a self-paced, curriculum-aligned program. For example, the Kindergarten level features shapes and counting, while the fifth-grade level focuses on multiplication, division, basic algebra, fractions, and decimals. The app also has several stand-out features: virtual rewards, a progress dashboard, and explanations for wrong answers. (Preschool-5th Grade; Free, App Store and Google Play).
Marble Math Junior
Solve a variety of math problems by collecting numbers and bonuses as you navigate a marble maze. With three difficulty levels and 16 marble styles, this math app can be personalized to fit your kid’s personality and skills. It also lets you customize games to concentrate on the areas in which your child needs the most help. ($3.99; App Store)
On this math app for kids, the main task is to pass all eight levels within a certain time frame by answering 10 math questions at each level (including ones about fractions and greater than/smaller than numbers). Each question allows limited answering time; players are rewarded with an additional four seconds for correct answers, and they lose five seconds for incorrect answers. Dynamically generated questioning means that kids get new questions every time they play. (Free; Google Play)
The Math Tree
Designed by experts at the Stanford Graduate School of Education, this app will teach your kid math through adorable animal characters. But it also has programs for reading, writing, language, problem-solving, motor development, and social-emotional development. Adaptive features allow for a personalized experience, ensuring kids will get the most of the digital game. (Ages 2-6; Free, App Store and Google Play).
Looking for free math games for first graders and Kindergarteners? This fun app, from the makers of Khan Academy Kids, might be the trick! It takes kids on a “mathematical adventure” based on Common Core State Standards. Kids earn rewards for completing five multi-level activities, which they can put towards building a city of their own. Parents can also monitor progress through a “report card.” (Ages 3-7; Free, App Store and Google Play)