12 Best Math Apps for Kids

by Teach Thought Stuff

Introducing students to new concepts is both an art and a science.

How do you frame the content? How do you stimulate curiosity, or establish a need to know? Which students are ready for which content, and how do you know?

All of this is true whether you’re introducing students to concepts (eg, the concept of Pi), or skills (eg, dividing fractions). A powerful way to introduce students to new ideas is to let them ‘play’ with these ideas. If a coach wants a baseball player to understand how to swing a bat, he won’t make him watch PowerPoint. Instead, he would hand him a bat, watch him swing and give him feedback.

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Of course, it’s not that simple with everything (it doesn’t make sense to pay a student $1000 to ‘make sense’ of their financial literacy), but the idea is to let students interact with new ideas in their own way. Create ideas. Technology is adept at providing such opportunities. Tablets like the iPad (as well as Microsoft and Android) host countless apps (of varying quality) to support this.

To follow along, we’ve rounded up a collection of the 12 best math apps for kids—specifically, elementary school students. We focused on apps that introduce students to concepts, as well as those that allow students to practice and progress. Even better, many adaptive learning apps adjust the difficulty to meet an individual student at their level. Some (eg, ProdigyGame) track progress over time for both teachers and students in addition to dashboards.

12 Best Math Apps for Kids

Brainpop Jr

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

Image math

Photo Math is one of several apps that allow students to solve math problems–or solve math problems for them, depending on the user’s integrity and intent.

Also see Microsoft Math Solver or Mathway.

Socratic by Google


Prodigy is a game-based math app that takes kids on an adventure while teaching them basic math skills.


IXL provides personalized learning with a real-time math diagnostic test. Diagnostics generates a list of recommendations based on the areas you are struggling with.

Splash Math

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

Khan Academy for Kids

Khan Academy Kids is a free-to-use app designed to teach academics to children between the ages of two and eight.


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

ABC mouse

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


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


12 Best Math Apps for Kids

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