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5 Fun Free iPad Math Game Apps

by Kelly Walsh on January 4, 2012

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These free apps offer fun ways for elementary/primary grade students to practice their math fundamentals.

We checked out a bunch of free math games for the iPad that can help younger students reinforce their math basics, focusing only on those rated 4 stars or better. There are quite a few of these.

Free iPad Math App logosAs of this morning, there were 92 apps that come up by searching the App Store for “math games” that are free and have ratings of 4 or higher. We ranked them by popularity and then tried a bunch of the popular ones, looking for apps that provide good functionality for free (as opposed to the many ‘free’ apps that are really just teases to buy a full version). Here are five that we liked (some of these do have fuller versions or companion apps that you have to pay for, but the free versions here offer useful gaming without requiring registration or fees).

My Math App Flashcards (link here): This is a great application, providing flash card style testing for multiplication, subtraction, multiplication, and division, with “Starter” and “Advanced” verisons for each function, making it useful across a wide range of grade levels.

Math Puppy (link here): This app has 2 games and a calculator. Math Bingo is a simple bingo style game (complete a row of correct answers and win) and Math Challenge prompts the user through consecutive sets of questions, up multiple levels, with difficulty increasing along the way.

Multiplying Acorns (link here): This is a cute, straightforward game in which you select two digits to multiply together, and then have to select the correct answer from several choices. The multiplication is represented pictorially in the form of acorns, to provide visual learning support. You can select a maximum high number for use in the game (up to 9), to make it more age/grade appropriate.

Motion Math: Hungry Fish (link here): This was fun – you drag bubbles onto each other to add up to a desired total and then the fish eats them! A simple straightforward game that young kids will enjoy. The more advanced version (which you have to pay for) provides subtraction, multiplication, and division.

Factor Samurai (link here): This is better geared towards higher grades than the apps above, as it requires awareness of prime factors, but it was so much fun to play I wanted to include it. There are three levels, and the lowest level is worth trying for students learning multiples of 2 or 3. As numbers fly on to the screen, you tap on those that are not prime, to break them into factors. If a number breaks into a factor that can be broken down further, click on it to break it down again. Give it a try (older students or adults, try the “Apprentice” or “Master” levels!).

Since these are free, and require no registration or special set up, these apps are quick and easy to download and take for a test run (and then simply delete if you find that one is not to your liking). If you have young students that you would like to try these apps, download a few and take ‘em for a spin!

Do you have some favorite free math apps you can share with us? Please comment and tell us about them!

Related Posts (if the above topic is of interest, you might want to check these out):
Using The iPad As A Digital Whiteboard (Plus 4 Cool Free Apps To Try It Out)
Five Fun Free iPad Apps for Elementary School Teachers And Students
The year of the iPad in Education: they’re being distributed in more schools every day.

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Kelly Walsh is Chief Information Officer, and an adjunct faculty member, at The College of Westchester in White Plains, NY and is the founder and author of EmergingEdTech.com. As an education technology advocate, he frequently delivers presentations on a variety of related topics at schools and conferences across the U.S. Walsh is also an author, and online educator, periodically running Flipped Class Workshops online. His latest eBook, the Flipped Class Workshop in a Book was published in September, 2013 and is available here. In his spare time Walsh also writes, records, and performs original (and cover) songs (look for "K. Walsh" on iTunes or Amazon.com or check out his original song videos on here on YouTube ).

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Mike November 19, 2013 at 6:34 am

Love this new math game (for iPad only at the moment.) “TrioMath”
Fun for all ages from 5 yrs and up and you can play with 4 friends too.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/triomath/id684756155?l=en&mt=8

Ana Sá February 14, 2013 at 6:28 am

Here is the link on applestore to an ipad math game for kids

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/piequest/id576401684?ls=1&mt=8

You can train your basic math skills or do puzzles or both at the same time.

Joel Gaspard November 5, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Hello,

Here are math activities for the web browser on ipad, no downloading needed.
http://www.toytheater.com/mobile/index.php

Joel

Liama August 23, 2012 at 12:43 pm

My new found love is Math Pro!!!. Yes, it is a little on the expensive side, but a price worth paying when it comes to giving the best to my kids. Both my kids are glued to solving worksheets on this amazing app. As a parent I can see their progress reports. I think it’s a must-have for some serious and rigorous Math learning.

Link: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/math-pro!!!/id537249122?mt=8

gordon anderson July 6, 2012 at 3:15 am

Nice apps! These tablet devices are really taking off, it seems like a new artistic medium. My 8yo and I are eagerly awaiting the Nexus 7 tab, so we can compare with the iPad offerings.

My son and I made a lot of colored rectangles on grid paper to get the concepts of multiplication. I searched for an app with this approach, but found none.. so I ended up writing a free web app to do this.

Other parents might find this helpful… it runs on ipad and android and new web browsers, free version here – http://treeblurb.com/doctorx

Ill be rolling out a paid version with feature requests from feedback from the free app, so suggest a feature if you think its useful.

enjoy!

Heidi February 2, 2012 at 1:30 pm

Thanks for the ideas! I teach a Basic Skills 8th grade math class and we have ipads for each student so I’m always looking for something new!

My students love Math Ninja HD, which practices addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division as part of a game.

Rick January 7, 2012 at 10:31 pm

Sketchpad Explorer is a terrific free iPad app that helps students explore math concepts more deeply than flash card drill and kill style apps

Rusha Sams January 7, 2012 at 9:58 am

Thanks! Can’t wait to download a couple of these for my granddaughter!!!

Jenny Lussier January 6, 2012 at 12:29 pm

These are great! We love the motion math ones – try Zoom by Motion math which does number lines.

The multiplying acorns is already .99 on Jan. 6. : )

Simon January 6, 2012 at 5:34 am

Always free – check out some of the cheap ones that are actually really good like math bingo or trunky learns numbers.

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