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How Do I Help My Child With Math? With an App, of Course!

Math learning has come a long way since the invention of the handheld calculator. These days, there are all sorts of engaging math apps for kids. And thank goodness for that, given how much time the kids are spending at home due to school closures!

Mathematics apps cater to a range of learning styles and age groups. There are apps for learning basic skills like addition and subtraction and apps for high-school subjects like algebra. One thing most of the best math apps for kids have in common is that they’re interactive. In fact, many of these apps are so fun that your kids won’t even feel like they’re learning.

Search for math apps online, on the App Store, or on Google Play and you’ll find literally hundreds of results. Because we wanted to help (and because we love math), we went out and tested many of these apps. Scroll below to see our complete list of the 10 best math learning apps for kids.

1. Khan Academy Kids

If the name Khan Academy sounds familiar, that’s because it has the biggest library of free online courses for K-12. Khan Academy Kids is a dedicated app with thousands of educational activities, songs, and games for toddlers, pre-schoolers, kindergartners, and first graders. The app promotes a personalized learning experience where each child learns at their own pace.

Top features:

  • Skills include counting, numbers, addition, subtraction, shapes, and measuring
  • Super Simple songs teach kids through music and animation
  • Five characters–including narrator Kodi Bear–guide kids through activities

2. SplashLearn

SplashLearn is another popular math app that motivates children with interactive games and rewards. For each correct answer, your child earns a coin that they can redeem for virtual pets. The great thing about the Splash math app is that it’s designed for K-5, so your kid can keep moving through the levels throughout elementary school.

Top features:

  • 350+ mathematical skills covering addition, subtraction, geometry, money
  • Monitor your child’s activity with the Parent Connect app
  • Dashboard with detailed progress reports and email reports in your inbox every week

 3. Prodigy

Prodigy takes the gamification of math learning farther than anyone. Inspired by role-playing games like Pokemon, this free math app makes players compete in math duels against in-game characters. To win, your child must answer sets of math questions. Premium membership unlocks extra in-game features, benefits, and rewards.

Top features:

  • 1,400+ mathematical skills
  • Uses adaptive learning principles to personalize content to each student’s needs
  • Progress reports and monthly report cards straight to your inbox

4. DragonBox

DragonBox has six excellent math apps for kindergarten through middle school. All the apps revolve around intuitive gameplay, and the apps for older kids also include classroom-learning methods. Apps include Algebra 5+, which introduces algebra to elementary schoolers, and Algebra 12+, which teaches more-advanced algebraic concepts.

Top features:

  • Curriculum guides your child from basic through to advanced concepts
  • DragonPacks – multiple apps bundled into one discount package
  • Free trips and resources on building your kid’s math skills

5. Math Learning Center

Math Learning Center is a nonprofit and designer of Bridges in Mathematics, a PK-5 curriculum that teaches math through a combination of direct instruction, structured investigation, and open exploration. Its free math apps are all based on the visual models used in the Bridges of Mathematics curriculum.

Top features:

  • Math apps include fractions, number sequences, geometry, patterns, and math vocabulary
  • Activities includes digital flashcards and worksheets
  • Apps are not gamified; instead, they more closely mimic a virtual classroom

6. Marble Math

Marble Math is another fun math help app that gamifies the learning process. As the name suggests, the games revolve around earning and using marbles. Children practice math skills by rolling or dragging their marbles through a series of mazes to complete problems. As your child progresses, they unlock new marbles. There are 16 unique marble styles to choose from.

Top features:

  • Skills include fractions, factoring, counting money, and simplifying equations
  • Three separate difficulty levels to suit different ages and abilities
  • Parents can customize gameplay to focus on specific math concepts

7. Rocket Math

Dr. Don Crawford designed the Rocket Math Worksheet program used in schools throughout America for the last 40 years. Now he has turned Rocket Math into an online game and mobile app. Like the worksheet program, the Rocket Math is built on the concept that kids are motivated by seeing their own success. At each level, your kid can earn three achievements: take-off, orbit, and universe.

Top features:

  • 16 learning tracks, from basics like adding/subtracting to higher levels like fractions, factors, and primes
  • 26 levels within each learning track – from A to Z
  • See your child’s progress from the parent/teacher dashboard

8. Elephant Learning Math Academy

Elephant Learning is the most expensive app on our list, but it’s also the most comprehensive. Because of its multiple-user subscription plans, it’s best used by families with two or more kids. Elephant Learning reduces math to its basics, using the essential language necessary for your child to understand math.

Top features:

  • Full refund if your child doesn’t learn 1 year of math in 3 months (when using the system at least 30 mins per week)
  • Algorithm assigns your child a ‘real’ math age, then builds curriculum accordingly
  • Accurate, real-time reports on your child’s progress

9. CK-12

CK-12 is a non-profit organization that builds some of the best free educational apps for kids in a range of subjects, including math. It has 10 excellent math apps, building up from first grade to high school subjects. We most recommend CK-12 for high schoolers, due to its focus on strengthening advanced math skills like algebra and geometry

Top features:

  • High school skills include geometry, algebra, and pre-calculus
  • Learning formats include video, flash cards, and practical experiments
  • All high school apps have ‘related modalities’ that teach the same concept in different ways

10. BuzzMath

BuzzMath is an interactive math app for elementary and middle schoolers with some very unique activities. For example, students can complete activities and collect badges by travelling back in time with the most famous mathematicians from the last two centuries.

Top features:

  • 7,000+ activities based on Common Core State Standards initiative
  • Tools and reports to manage your child’s learning
  • Students receive detailed feedback and on-demand examples


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