Top iPad Maths Applications:
Look out for my top two favourites below: The Bugs applications as seen below and the IXL Math Practice Subscription App as seen toward the bottom, they are seriously unbelievably fantastic! The Bugs apps are more basic skills, but intelligently work up to where your child’s level is and will then stop when it becomes too challenging (or disheartening) and visually beautiful and engaging, whereas IXL math practice is for fine tuning those many, many skills required to meet the National Curriculum in Australian Schools. I just purchased IXL Math Practice after seeing it in action and within one week, I am THRILLED with the difference it has made to my son’s maths! SERIOUSLY THRILLED!!!
“Bugs Applications” $2.49 each.
These “Bugs” applications are FANTASTIC!!! There are 4 of these apps currently as I write this, which we have and use very often and that I will list below. With absolutely beautiful graphics and fun games to teach basic math principles, improve dexterity, telling time, finish sequences, addition, mazes, counting, tic-tac-toe, and so much more, they are definitely a HUGE favourite in our house and in many, many, many people’s homes that I know. Cannot recommend them highly enough.
Bugs and Buttons: 4 stars out of 5.
Critical Learning included: Counting, fine motor skills (pinching), path finding, patterns, sorting, tracking and many more.
Bugs and Bubbles: 4 stars out of 5.
Critical Learning Included: Balance, Colours, Counting, Letters, Patterns, Pinching, Shapes, Sorting, Tracking and many more.
Bugs and Numbers: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Critical Learning Included: Stage 1: Number and shape identity, practice left and right, seek and find while counting, tap and count, paint by numbers, match numbers and shapes. Stage 2: Count 1-100, trace numbers and shapes, sequencing, comparisons, sort/count/tally, math with ten. Stage 3: US currency, practise time, patterns, fractions, length and weight, addition and subtraction.
Bugs and Buttons 2: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Counting, fine motor skills (pinching), music memory, shapes, path finding, sorting, balance, parts of the body, letters and many more.
Other Math Applications that I have found to be helpful:
Medieval Math Battle: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Free to play the addition version, but you also have the option to buy subtraction, multiplication and subtraction for .99c each or unlock all of them for $1.99. The basic premise of this one is that the faster you answer the maths problems, the stronger you attack the bad guys who are trying to defeat you. This encourages children to memorize math facts quickly in order to defeat all the goblins, dragons, trolls, etc. The maths problems increase in difficulty as your child improves.
Splash Maths: 3 stars out of 5. Free.
There are different levels that you can install with Splash Maths, Year 1, Year 2, etc. This is a highly awarded app that reinforces maths concepts with self-paced and is adaptive to the individual child’s skills. The graphics are okay but not as nice as the “Bugs and….” Apps I mentioned earlier, but it is still an excellent maths app that is worth checking out.
Blackboard Madness: 3 stars out of 5. Free.
This is an action packed and fast paced game with all sorts of math problems flashing up on the screens that you have to find the correct answer for. The answers fly on to the screen and is a little like a fruit ninja game where you have to swipe the correct answer as fast as you can. So in a nutshell, it is like fruit ninja but with maths equation answers. This teaches children to learn math equation answers fast.
My Times Tables: 3.5 stars out of 5. Free.
This is a good way for your child to gradually learn their times tables. It is built up in four easy steps, Step 1: The child reviews the times tables one by one to make them easy to remember by repetition, repetition, repetition!! Step 2: Where the child must fill in the missing numbers in the times tables. Step 3: Playtime!! The child has to play with multiplication and division, it includes the functionality to play against your friends through the game centre also. Step 4: This is an overview section of all the times tables. It is a good app, but unfortunately only goes up to ten in the times tables not groups of 12 as is taught in schools which is a bit disappointing, but other than that, it is a good app to get the bulk of the times tables down.
Subscription Based Mathematics Applications:
The next 2 Math apps I am going to mention are subscription based applications. I know these are a little more expensive than your average app, but these are SO WORTH MENTIONING as they are just that good. They are both linked to the Australian National Curriculum and provide instant feedback to the child and have a vast range of skills that will really assist directly in what they are taught in Australian schools. I was really, really impressed with the vast breadth of skills in these and how closely linked they were to what my child was learning in school at the same time!! They are cheaper than a tutor, available 24/7, fun to do, more fun for kids of today as they are iPad or PC based and I personally think that they would make a significant difference to your child’s math skills. I was blown away by both of these following two apps.
IXL Math Practice. 4.5 Stars out of 5.
Free if you are happy to only have a short play each day as there is daily practice limit on this app. Otherwise to gain full access via iPad or PC you can pay $9.95 a month or $79.95 annually, which personally after purchasing this subscription (after checking out the practice version and getting frustrated at the limited practice) I saw how closely the skills taught in this link to the Australian National Curriculum and the required foundation knowledge that it contains, I think it is really just SO well worth it!!! My son who had struggled to one particular concept for MONTHS….(many long, hard, frustrating MONTHS AND MONTHS of explaining it to him gazillions of different ways!!!), FINALLY got the A-HA moment I had been trying to help him have for months!!! I seriously shed happy tears! Thank goodness I don’t have to tear my hair out over that part of homework every week from now on! *sniff sniff* It still makes me a tad emotional right now writing this……
It is cheaper than a tutor, more fun than doing paper based practice and very comprehensive in the skills that they include. I am actually going to get an annual subscription myself, because to be completely honest, maths is not my forte and I think any resource that can help my child in that area better than I can is worth it! This is really EXCELLENT!! Cannot recommend it highly enough, with unlimited questions in more than 2,500 skills spanning preschool to year 11, there is always something new and exciting to learn on IXL. Thanks to vibrant images, colourful illustrations and meaningful content at every turn, learning has never been just so much fun. IXL’s Australia edition offers comprehensive coverage of the Australian national curriculum for preschool to year 11 maths. Practice topics feature metric measurements, Australian dollars and more. Subscription for each additional child is only $2-.
Mathletics: 4.5 Stars out of 5.
Not free but you can pay less than $2- a week to gain access to this on iPad or PC, which is Australia’s most used educational website. Mathletics is a worldwide community with over 10,000 schools and 3.5 million students worldwide. It assists with skills relevant for Australian children aged from kindergarten to Year 12 and is directly linked to the skills essential to the National Curriculum. For less than $2- a week, I think this is a fantastic resource to have available for your child, Mathletics really motivates students to strive for better results.
Mathletics is fully aligned to Syllabus Outcomes, is adaptive as it tailors questions based to the ability of individual students, provides immediate feedback to students, teachers and parents, visually supports every curriculum concept, integrates home and school learning and allows for 24 hour access at both home and school. I highly recommend it!