Best Apps to Help Your Elementary-Schooler With Math [Updated for 2020]

Introduce math into your child's daily routine

We Reviewed Dozens Of The Best Apps to Help Your Elementary-Schooler With Math So You Don’t Have To. Here Are Our Top Picks.

Take advantage of the power of your mobile device to help your elementary school student practice math. Math apps are designed to be powerful, yet engaging. They often can provide motivation for drill and practice that traditional paper-and-pencil activities cannot.

Math apps also frequently have monitoring systems built right in so you can keep tabs on your child’s progress. Many are also adaptive, presenting just the right level of difficulty for your student each time they play. Check out this selection!

Practice Basic Computation

Math Vs. Zombies

iOS App Store / Google Play Store

Younger elementary students will have a blast saving the world from the Zombie Apocalypse and they may not even notice that they are practicing their basic computation skills in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to do so.

Each zombie appears with a math question on its forehead. Answer the math fact correctly to destroy the monster. Speed and accuracy count in this fast paced game that will leave kids begging to practice their math facts! The app is completely free to download and play.

Mystery Math Town

iOS App Store

This computation game has a twist-players must actually create equations to match given answers. The game supports multiple player accounts and is fully customizable so teachers and parents can help kids practice with laser focus.

Mystery Math Town provides an immersive gaming experience where the math is fully integrated into the story line. Players can earn tons of recognitions and awards during game play, as well as unlock special tools and ultimately solve the core mystery. The app costs $3.99.

Mathmateer

iOS App Store

If your child is looking for an excuse to do math, this app just might do the trick. Players solve problems to build and decorate their very own rockets, then head out into the wilds of outer space on any one of 56 missions.

There are three levels of difficulty, covering everything from addition and subtraction through fractions and square roots. Enjoy the lively sound effects and music, and play with the fun graphics. Teachers and parents will appreciate the ability to create up to five separate player profiles. The app costs $1.99.

Sushi Monster

iOS App Store

Get lots of practice with addition and multiplication here. There are 12 levels, carefully sequenced to help your child improve math fact fluency. Each replay of a level is with new numbers, so the app will never seem repetitive.

Sushi Monster is completely free to download and to play. Build speed and accuracy by making correct equations to feed the monster.

Challenge Problem-Solving Skills

iLiveMath Animals of Africa

iOS App Store

This app (and the others in the series) features dozens of photos and videos about African animals and educational links about the topic. Best of all, though, there are over one million possible randomly-generated related word problems.

Parents and teachers will love that they can choose the level of difficulty between three levels: addition and subtraction with numbers 1-10, multiplication with numbers up to 50, and simple percent, mean, median, mode and range problems using numbers 1 to 10. Accurate work is rewarded with a kid-safe video! The app costs $4.99.

Thinking Blocks Addition

iOS App Store

Young children will learn about six styles of problem solving for addition and subtraction in this tutorial app. It’s designed for use with Singapore Math programs, but will be helpful to any child who needs to learn to use modeling strategies to solve story problems.

Modeling is an important skill that allows students to create a visual representation of the information presented in the problem. From the model, kids can devise the equation, and then can solve the math problem. Going from word problem to model to number representation takes a lot of practice and higher order thinking skills, and this app gets the job done. There is also a companion version for older students working on multiplication/division skills. The app is free to download and play.

Develop Other Math Skills

Pattern Blocks Manipulative

iOS App Store

Help kids learn about fractions, patterns and tessellations with this geometric wonderland designed for iPads. Each shape is a different color, and the app features a handy triangular grid where shapes easily snap into place. It’s fun just to experiment with the shapes to make cool pictures and designs, but the app can do so much more!

Help students explore concepts such as similarity and congruence, lines of symmetry, and operations with fractions using like and unlike denominators (even division!). The app also allows work with ratios and proportions, and aligns with Common Core math standards and includes some handy teaching ideas and tips. The app costs $1.99.

Math Lands

iOS App Store

Math Lands builds place value skills. Each level features some great artwork and challenging problems to try, following directions such as “Place 4 in the 100s place.” Kids will get some great practice with understanding our base ten number system as they play.

Place value concepts are foundational to many other critical math skills, like long division, column addition and subtraction with regrouping, and more. Kids also need to have a good understanding of whole number place value before they begin to learn about decimal fractions place value in or around grade 5. This app will help them get the background they need. The app is free to download and play.

DoodleMath: Elementary Math

iOS App Store / Google Play Store

This math app is designed for children from ages 4-14. It covers all the basics in a fun way and kids will enjoy the practice. Unlike many apps, this one covers the full math curriculum, not just computation or other single skill set.

The app is free to download, but to take full advantage of it, you’ll want a subscription. One month is $8.49, a year is $78.99 and lifetime is $169.99. These prices are for single students.

 

Elephant Learning Math Academy

iOS App Store / Google Play Store

This is another full-curriculum app that will help your child progress through elementary math concepts as well as computation. In fact, developers boast that children who work with the app for 30 minutes weekly will gain one to one and a half grade levels in math in about 3 months. It’s adaptive, and will focus on areas where the most work is needed.

The app is completely free to download and use, so check it out!