Although I teach college level math and therefore focus on apps for that level, I also have two small boys who I keep in mind while looking at apps. One is 4 years old and the other is 6 years old. I am often on the look out for math apps to help them practice math in an enjoyable way. These are a couple of my 6 year old’s favorite math apps.
(Disclaimer: These reviews are based solely on my own experiences with these products. I am not associated with any of the following companies.)
Marble Math Junior
Website Link: Marble Math
iTunes App Link: Marble Math Junior on iTunes
What is it: Roll the marble (either by dragging with finger or tilting device) to pick up desired objects for the level. Earn points to “purchase” new marbles.
- Easy Level
- Addition - numbers 1-10
- Equivalence – numbers/dice/tallies 1-10
- Sequence – numbers/dice/tallies 1-10
- Sequence using ordinals
- Shape recognition
- Medium Level
- Addition – coins to $1.00
- Addition – numbers 1-20
- Addition using 10′s
- Compare clock faces – hours
- Compare numbers 1-100
- Sequence – numbers 1-100
- Subtraction – numbers 1-20
- Hard Level
- Add using 100′s
- Addition – coins and notes up to $2.00
- Addition to 100 – finish equation
- Compare clock face – 15 min increments
- Identify fractions (/2, /3, /4)
- Multiples of 2, 3, 5, 10
- Multiplication to 100
- Sequence numbers 1-1000
- Currencies available
- Australian Dollar
- Canadian Dollar
- British Pound
- United States Dollar
Why my six year old likes it: I like it because it is about math. It has a marble and I like marbles. Other kids should play it because math is good for you. It is fun.
Why I like it: Marble Math allows for individual profiles. It also contains multiple skills and levels to continue to challenge. Any skills within a level can be selected or deselected to individualize learning objectives. Instructions are spoken to help emerging readers.
Website Link: abcya.com
iTunes App Link: Math Bingo on iTunes
Cost: $0.99 (Can play on website for free)
What is it: A Bingo card is filled with numbers. You answer the given questions by selecting the correct answer on the Bingo card. (Some numbers are in multiple places.) After a Bingo, a Bingo Bug is awarded. Bingo Bugs can be interacted with by touching, spinning, and tilting them.
Why my six year old likes it: It has Bingo Bugs and it is fun. It is about math. It is really good. When you earn Bingo Bugs, you can play with them. When you touch a Bingo Bug, it spins fast. They are fun to play with.
Why I like it: I like the fact that it incorporates individual math operations and has different levels of difficulty. It also provides the opportunity to practice all four operations together. Individual profiles are available to keep track of performance. My boys love earning Bingo Bugs to play with. I also like the fact that it helps them learn strategy. There may be multiple squares with the correct answer, but the goal is to get a Bingo.
Motion Math: Hungry Fish
Website Link: Motion Math: Hungry Fish
iTunes App Link: Motion Math: Hungry Fish on iTunes
Cost: Free (Limited levels in free version)
What is it: Free version includes on addition. (Paid levels include subtraction and negative numbers.) Includes 18 levels of difficulty. The fish has a specific number that it needs to eat in order to grow. You must move the right number bubbles to the fish to eat. Number bubbles can be combined to make the sum.
Why my six year old likes it: I like it because it is also about math. You can change your fish colors when you pass levels. You can also change the types of fins. It’s fun. When you drag the right number bubble to the fish, it eats it and gets bigger. You must put number bubbles together to get the right number for the fish to eat.
Why I like it: This is a different spin on learning addition facts. Instead of being given two numbers to add and finding the sum, you are given the sum and must chose numbers to add together to achieve that sum.
Check back next week for Part 2 of this series. There are so many wonderful apps available for this age group. Leave a comment and let me know what apps you have found.