By: Wendy Morelli
Most kids just don’t like math. But what they do like is playing with their devices, so if playing a game on their device will help them grasp math concepts, I’m all in. These 5 math apps are not only fun, but your kids will think your super cool for letting them play “games” on their device, but we all know better. It’s like getting them to eat vegetables without them knowing they are.
Math Bingo ($0.99)
Get 5 BINGO bugs in a row by correctly answering math problems based on addition, subtraction, division, multiplication and mixed equations. 3 levels of difficulty and bonus games will keep kids engaged over time.
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Slice Fractions ($2.99)
Kids are introduced to fractions by problem solving 90+ puzzles to clear the path for a young mammoth. Help the mammoth by slicing through ice and lava and collect funky hats along the way. The app contains no ads or in-app purchases.
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Mystery Math Town ($2.99)
Help a friendly ghost rescue fireflies hidden in Mystery Math Town. Kids must solve math equations (addition, subtraction, multiplication) in order to unlock rooms and passages to advance.
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Jungle Time ($2.99)
Learn to tell time with 3 clock styles – Standard, Learning (hours and minutes) and Classic (roman numerals) with 12 or 24-hour clock options. The app is packed full of features, but the iPad version rules with double-clock math problems. For learning money math, also check out Jungle Coins.
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Motion Math: Pizza ($3.99)
Build math and entrepreneurial skills playing Motion Math: Pizza. Shop owners must shop for pizza ingredients, build their menu, set pizza prices, shop for upgrades to attract and retain hungry customers. So much fun, kids won’t even realize they’re using mental math and strategy to build their pizza empire.
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Wendy, aka AppHipMom, loves her 2 kids and her iPhone, not necessarily always in that order. She is an app obsessed mom who loves everything tech and is (unfortunately) old enough to remember the brick Motorola cell phone and the Commodore computer. Wendy is co-founder of Tweenhood, an online magazine for parents with kids ages 8-12. Be sure to follow her on Tweenhood.