The Best Math Apps for the iPad, iPhone & iPod Touch

Try these great math apps the next time you are looking for a new way to challenge your children with their number work. These apps are tried and tested classroom tools and would be a great addition to your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.
They are aimed at kids between 5 and 12 years old, but grown-ups can have just as much fun testing their brains with one of these innovative games. Links for each app are below their picture.

1. Motion Math
This perennial best-seller is a great way to practice those pesky fractions, decimals and percentages. It makes great use of your iOS device's accelerometer as you tilt your iPod or iPad left and right to bounce a falling star on the correct part of a number line. Leveling up and good game variation keeps kids hooked, as does the motivating sound effects, stars and rewards. All this makes Motion Math one of the best math apps you can buy. It sells for 99c on the iPhone and iPod Touch, and $2.99 on the iPad.

2. Mathstronaut
This quick fire skill drill app is filled with equal measures of math and humor. Essentially it is a collection of mini games that have amusing cartoon sequences for answering a series of math adding, subtracting, multiplying or division problems, and although the humor can be a little gross at time, it is exactly that feature that keeps kids coming back to this app for more. The difficulty increases the more you play it and there are two game modes to help ensure a bit of longevity. The animations get a little repetitive after a while, but the math problems are always changing to keep children engaged.

3. Pop Math
The premise of Pop Math is simple, but the execution takes some practice. When you start the game, your aim is to pop pairs of balloons that match up a math problem with the correct answer. Popping them is as simple as touching the screen as the balloons bounce around in front of your eyes. The game can be set to practice either multiplication, division, addition or subtraction problems, but you can also opt to have random operations assigned to your balloons for a more demanding experience. The math problems start out easy, but soon increase in difficulty as you battle to master your math skills and your hand-eye coordination skills all at the same time.

4. Rocket Math
I'm not sure what it is about the upper atmosphere and math apps, but there is definitely some kind of attraction! In Rocket Math, children build their own rocket ship to send off to outer space on a math mission. The missions revolve around a huge variety of math skills that include money, time, patterns, shapes, counting, fractions, decimals, and a whole lot more besides. There are also six difficulty levels to test you as you steer your rocket towards the right answers by tilting your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. Correct answers win you cash to buy upgrades for your next rocket mission.

5. Math Ninja
Math Ninja is another great combination of math and entertainment. Players take on the role of the Math Ninja and attempt to hold off an army of marauding robots. Answer a variety of math problems and you will earn more cash with which to buy a variety of objects that you can use to repel the robots. Smoke bombs, throwing stars, and ninja magic are available to add to your arsenal, but only if you answer enough correct math problems to earn the chance to purchase them. It’s a clever take on exactly the kind of game that kids like to play, but with some math thrown in for good measure. What more could you ask for?

6. TanZen Lite
Find your Zen, with this updated version of the classic tangram puzzle game! Nearly 50 puzzles for free!

Choose a puzzle to solve, and try to fit all seven game pieces within the shaded puzzle area without overlapping. Help our students foster an awareness of shape with this neat tangram app

7. Number Lines
Little Monkey Apps Number Lines helps to introduce the concept of number lines to young students through the use of cute little frogs that make steps and leaps. When introducing basic mathematical skills such as counting, ordering, addition and subtraction, it is important to use a variety of models such as a counters, drawings and number lines to explain and physically model problems.

8. Math Drills Lite
Graphically rich and fun environment allows a single student to learn basic math skills in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Explore solutions to problems using number lines, wooden blocks, facts and hints. Solve nine-times problems using your fingers!

9. Math Tutor Lite!!!
Whether you want your students to brush up on addition, multiplication, subtraction, or division you will find that all the skills are covered here. There are six levels of difficulty for each skill, and students are given instant feedback on how well they have done. The games can be played with a timer for an extra challenge.

** information above is from NCTM, Teaching Children Mathematics, April 2013