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Introducing students to new ideas is a matter of both art and science.

How do you frame the content? How do you stimulate curiosity, or establish a need to know? Which student is ready for what content, and how do you know?

This is all true whether you’re introducing students to concepts (e.g., the concept of Pi), or skills (e.g., dividing fractions). One powerful way to introduce students to new ideas is to let them ‘play’ with these ideas. If a coach wanted a baseball player to understand how to swing a bat, he wouldn’t make him watch a PowerPoint. Instead, he’d hand him a bat, watch him swing, and provide him with feedback.

Of course, it’s not that simple with everything (may not make sense to hand a student $1000 to let them ‘make sense of’ financial literacy), but the idea of letting students interact–on their own, as they will–with new ideas make sense. Technology is adept at providing this kind of opportunity. Tablets like the iPad (as well as those from Microsoft and Android) host countless apps (of varying quality) to support this.

In pursuit, we created a collection of 12 of the best math apps for kids–specifically, elementary school students. We focused on the kinds of apps that introduce students to concepts, as well as those that let students practice and progress. Better yet, many are adaptive learning apps, adjusting in difficulty to meet an individual student at their level. Some (e.g., ProdigyGame) also feature dashboards as well for both teachers and students track progress over time.

12 Of The Best Math Apps For Kids

Mental Math Cards Challenge

Mental Math is a great way to begin to teach elementary students basic arithmetic skills.

BrainPOP Jr.

Developer Description: The K-3 math movies teach educational topics like time, money, number sense, geometry, measurement, addition, subtraction, and fractions.

Moose Math

Moose Math teaches basic counting, addition, subtraction, sorting, geometry and more.

Prodigy

Prodigy is a game-based math app, it takes kids through an adventure while teaching basic math skills.

IXL

IXL provides personalized learning, along with a real-time math diagnostic test. The diagnostic designs a recommendations list based around areas you struggle.

Splash Math

Splash Math is a game-based math app that offers over 350 math skills with an adaptive learning path for each child.

Khan Academy Kids

Khan Academy Kids is a free-to-use app designed to teach beginner academics to children ages two to seven.

CK-12

CK-12 provides a library of free online textbooks, videos, exercises, flashcards, and real-world applications for over 5000 concepts.

Buzzmath

Buzzmath is a subscription-based math app offering over 7,000 math skills from grades K-12.

ABC Mouse

ABC Mouse is subscription-based app that teaches basic academic skills through fun activities.

Dragonbox

Dragonbox is a game-based app that teaches basic algebra to children five and up.

Space Pig Math

Space Pig Math is a game-based math app that teaches times tables up to 12×12.

12 Of The Best Math Apps For Kids