Category Archives: Math

Ace Kids Math Games

Screen Shot 2013-10-06 at 9.53.43 PMThis app gives young children a chance to practice counting, adding, and subtracting.  They are able to visually count the items that appear along with a simple equation.  After tapping one of three answer choices, they receive feedback on their answer.  Each correct answer moves the child one step closer to completing that particular level.  Each level completed earns a prize.

Here are the rules as found in the ‘Setup’ star:

  1. Solve the math question
  2. Touch the correct star answer
  3. Complete levels to unlock secret prizes

The ‘Setup’ star also allows you to turn on/off the background music and sound effects.  You also have options to start on the level completed (rather than the first level).  You can also turn on/off the skills of counting, addition, and subtraction.  Turning on the Advanced option enables the equations to become more challenging.

The ‘Prizes’ star houses the prizes that were earned by completing each level.  Children can touch the prize toys to play with them.  They can also play the game on the page to unlock even more secret prizes.

A free version of this app also exists.


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Zorbit’s Math Adventure – Preschool

Screen Shot 2013-10-01 at 3.36.03 PMThis app presents children with six space-related story adventures centered around the character Zorbit.  For each, they’re required to tap and move objects according to the oral directions given.  Stickers for the sticker book are earned after the successful completion of certain components of each story adventure.

Story Adventures

  • Zorbit is Such a Sleepyhead – Wake up Zorbit for his trip to Planet Earth!
  • I Love Bubblegum – Help Zorbit get gumballs from his crazy gumball machine!
  • Oswald is So Hungry – Help look after Zippy’s pet – Oswald, by feeding him fruit!
  • Awesome Asteroids – Zorbit’s friend – Marty, loves to watch spaceships as they fly through the sky.  Help him count them all!
  • Welcome Cadet – Zorbit’s dad – Sargent Scrambler needs help repairing broken down spaceships.
  • Blastoff – It’s time to build Zorbit’s spaceship.  Choose some wings and paint the ship!

The game-like format of this app does sprinkle in several important early math skills for young children – primarily numeration and basic geometry.  While a young child will certainly enjoy the task of working through the six components, they will be done after that.  In other words, the six story adventures do not change with each interaction with the app.  Nevertheless, it will take a young child plenty of time to work through the six adventure stories.  They will enjoy laughing and learning along with Zorbit and his friends.

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Screen Shot 2013-09-17 at 7.07.46 AMThis is another interactive whiteboard type of app.  It is similar to Show Me and Screen Chomp.  But it is even more closely related to Explain Everything due to its ability to move through more than one slide (or page) during a single recording.  Students can also scroll on the same slide/page if they need more room.

After hitting the record button, everything that is said in close proximity to the device is recorded – along, of course, with everything that is done on the screen.  Students have a choice of 10 ink colors – black, blue, red, green, purple, white, gray, brown, orange, and yellow.  The eraser and undo tools are also readily available.  Text can also be added.  It is quite simple to add an image to a slide/page.  Students can take a picture from the device’s camera or import one from the Camera Roll, DropBox, or the Internet.  Once imported, images can be moved, rotated, and resized.

Sharing is easily done by email, Facebook, or Twitter.  Students can access ‘Featured Lessons’ created by other users from within the app.  The Featured Lessons are grouped into the following categories: Computer Technology, Creative Arts, Health/P.E., Language Arts, Mathematics, Professional Development, Science, Social Studies, Special Education, Vocational Studies, World Languages, and Other.

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Motion Math Zoom

Screen Shot 2013-07-30 at 1.21.23 PMIn this app, students are able to ‘drop’ missing numbers down onto a number line.  The number line has different animals at various points.  The missing number remains stationary, but students are able to use a finger to move the number line.  They then tap the missing number – which is contained in a bubble – to drop it in place.

A star is earned each time a number is ‘popped’ (or dropped) into its correct spot.  If students do so quickly, they earn 2 stars.  For even more of a challenge, students can earn a third star by turning on the needle.  When on, the needle pops the missing number after so many seconds.

The free version unlocks six levels, but the paid version allows access to all 24 levels.  More difficult levels are unlocked as students successfully complete the lower levels.


  • Intro
  • Numbers: 1 – 1,000
  • Zooming
  • Negatives
  • Decimals: Tenths
  • Decimals: Hundredths
  • Decimals: Thousandths
  • Challenge
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Arithmemouse Addition Subtraction Game

Screen Shot 2013-07-29 at 3.04.54 PMIn general, I am not a fan of learning apps that are disguised as arcade 3-D type games.  This app requires students to navigate around meteors and asteroids in order to solve addition or subtraction problems.

I still chose to review this app because the developers included several details that make it more appropriate for use in an educational setting.  First, there isn’t a consequence for an incorrect answer; students simply have the chance to answer the problem again.  Also, it is not actually necessary to navigate the objects that are flying through space.  Finally, the app encourages mental math – even for more complex problems.  It is not possible to stop progress – only speed up or slow down.  Therefore, the use of scratch paper is discouraged.

After selecting from one of three characters, students have to also select the operation (addition or subtraction) and a level (beginning, medium, advanced, or tutorial).  Once the game begins, they must tilt the device forward to speed up or back to slow down.  They will also need to tilt it left or right to steer.  Although it is not necessary, they can tap the screen to fire at the space objects.  As they navigate through ‘space’, they randomly encounter math problems along with a selection of answer choices.

This app is best for kinesthetic learners and for those that prefer arcade-style games.

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Easy Origami

Screen Shot 2013-07-28 at 10.12.54 AMStarting with a square piece of paper, even novice origami artists will be able to follow the clear step-by-step directions to make the array of animals and objects below.  This app is simple and adequately named – it provides an easy way to make origami!

Objects to Make

  • Lion’s face
  • Polar bear
  • Tiger’s face
  • Monkey
  • Turtle
  • Monkey’s face
  • Rabbit’s face
  • Mouse’s face
  • Rocket
  • Owl
  • Sea otter
  • Frog
  • Panda’s face
  • Patrol car
  • Shop
  • House on a corner
  • Pencil
  • Snake
  • Koala’s face
  • Penguin
  • Tadpole
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Counting Bear

Screen Shot 2013-07-05 at 5.49.59 PMThis is a very basic counting app.  (Although, it also exposes students to a variety of vocabulary words.) Students tap up to 20 random objects (see list below).  The number for each object appears on the screen when it’s tapped.  The app moves on to the next set of items to count after the last object has been tapped.  In other words, the student does not input the correct number of objects shown on the screen.

In the Settings menu, you can select the minimum and maximum number of items to display (1 – 20) and choose to have the number of items be progressive or appear in random order.  You can also turn on or off the device’s ability to state the number once it is tapped.  But perhaps the most beneficial Settings modification is the ability to customize the items.  You can add your own items or delete ones that initially came with the app.  You can even record your own voice as the one that states the name of the items and the numbers!  Finally, you can customize the Success Sounds (feedback) or turn that option off entirely.

This app is not free because of the ability to customize audio and add your own items to count.  However, just make a note that this app is probably best for toddlers and preschoolers due to its extreme simplicity.

Items to Count: alligator, apple, ball, banana, bear, bird, carrot, cat, chair, clock, coin, cow, deer, dinosaur, dog, doll, dolphin, donkey, drum, duck, elephant, flower, fork, giraffe, goat, heart, horse, kiwi, koala, lamp, lion, monkey, orange, panda, pen, pig, pillow, pizza, plane, plant, pumpkin, rabbit, rectangle, robot, rooster, sheep, snake, sofa, spoon, square, squirrel, strawberry, stroller, teddy bear, tiger, tomato, toy, train, tree, triangle, truck, turtle, whale, and zebra

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Adding Apples

Screen Shot 2013-06-02 at 12.21.39 PMYoung students will enjoy counting and adding simple problems with this app.  Students begin by selecting two numbers (1 – 9) to add (along with tapping the plus then equal signs). After selecting the numbers, apples appear on the screen along with three answer choices.  Students can then either compute the mental math or tap the apples to count them.  The apples first appear as red and green/yellow.  They turn to a weird purple color once students tap them (or once the equals sign is tapped).  Students then have to select an answer from one of the three choices.

Students earn coins and apples for correct answers.  The app also tracks progress for more than one student: Correct answers, Incorrect answers, and Accuracy.  The Settings tab allows for simple customization options such as turning off/on background music, selecting the highest numbers (up to 9), and checking and locking the correct answers.

I’d recommend this app if it were free.  I think only young students would appreciate adding the apples.  But there are more apps out there that do much more.

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123 Animals Counting

Screen Shot 2013-05-14 at 11.07.21 AMThis app was designed with only one objective in mind – to provide practice for a young student who is learning how to count.  A question appears on the bright and colorful screen, “How many animals do you see?”.  Three stars float along the bottom of the screen with answer choices.  After counting the animals, the student will select the star with the correct answer.  Feedback is given once an answer is chosen; however, the student does not have the opportunity to redo a question if an incorrect answer is given.  There isn’t a time limit during which to choose an answer.  If the student taps on each animal, s/he will see and hear the app counting each sequentially for them.

The Settings menu provides a few choices for customization.  However, none of the choices drastically impacts the activity.  You can turn on/off the Background Music, Sound Effects, and Voice Guidance.  You can also start from the beginning (Level 1) or at the level completed each time the app is opened.  It also has an ‘Advanced’ option where questions are more challenging.  However, I did not see a difference in the difficulty of questions when this option was turned on.

A prize – in the form of a virtual toy animal – is earned after each level is complete.  (Each level has 10 questions.)  In the Prizes section of the app, students are able to touch each earned toy animal and play with it by moving it across the screen.  I don’t think the ability to ‘play’ with the toy animals is something that would interest students for too long.

In general, I’m not a fan of apps that only address one skill.  At this price point, there are other apps that allow your student to practice counting and explore other mathematical tasks.  A free version does exist; check that out first to see if this app would make a good fit for your student.

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Math Drills

Screen Shot 2013-04-26 at 12.10.53 PMThis math app allows students to practice basic facts in all four operations – addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.  Three modes are available: Review, Practice (timed problems), and Test  (timed problems).  For each mode, the user can choose a single operation, a combination of addition and subtraction, a combination of multiplication and division, or ‘mixed’ (all four operations).

This app would make an excellent addition to mobile devices in a traditional education setting because data can be stored for up to 50 students!  I’m impressed with the amount of information produced and reports created for each registered student.  This feature alone is well worth the cost of the app.  However, try out the free ‘Lite’ version to preview it.

I also strongly recommend this app because of the opportunities for customization found under ‘Settings’:

  • Problem Counts – Allows you to set the amount of problems presented in each of the three modes.  The app is defaulted to have 10 problems in the Review and Practice modes and 100 in the Test mode.
  • Answers – Choose what answer type students should select.  Options are Numbers (Given 5 + 4, have to input 9), Operators (Given 5   4 = 9, have to input +), or Comparators (Given 5 + 4    9, have to input =).
  • Appearance – Customize the Theme, Arrangement (of equations), Keypad, and Colors.
  • Reviews and assistants – Adjust how much assistance is given to students as they are working within the various modes
  • Sounds – Adjust settings for the Keypad, Congratulations (feedback), Pit stop (pauses), Traffic light, Mistakes, and Alerts

This app is packed with features that make it an excellent choice for use when practice of basic facts is appropriate!

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