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Best Free Math Apps for Kids

Heidi Reina, M.S., Ed, is an educational technology integrator and teacher, reviewing free educational websites and apps.

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Free Math Apps for iPhone, iPad and Android Devices

These free math apps include games that will help your child or student master basic math and algebra skills. Some provide calculator and formula reference tools. They're great for the car, doctor's waiting room, sibling ball games, and homework.

I do my best to ensure this list is current and that the apps are free. Sometimes developers begin charging for an app that was previously free. If you see one listed that is no longer free, please leave a comment at the bottom of this post.

Where to Get the Apps

The Kindle Fire is great for Math apps and games



Let's Do the Math

Let's Do the Math app

Let's Do the Math app

Android, Kindle Fire

Grades K-5

Practice addition, subtraction, multiplication and division with Let's Do the Math app that has the look and feel of a math worksheet. Unlike a worksheet, it's customizable for difficulty level and types of skills practiced. In addition to basic operations, there are comparisons (<,>,=) and simple word problems for which your child writes out a math sentence and solves. To customize, you select the number of problems in each problem type, range of numbers and grade level.



Peter Pig's Money Counter

Peter Pig's Money Counter app

Peter Pig's Money Counter app

Android, Kindle Fire

Grades K-5

In Visa's Peter Pig's Money Counter app you count and sort coins into jars to earn virtual money. Learn some facts about money while you play. The jar concept is a wonderful idea and can be replicated with actual coins and jars at home for hands-on learners - something I urge parents to do for their kinesthetic learners.



Counting Coins and Bills app

Counting Coins and Bills app

Counting Coins and Bills app

iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch

Grades K-5

In K12's Counting Coins and Bills app kids get lots of practice with money skills. In addition to counting money, kids make change as cashiers, and they calculate equivalent amounts, using different valued coins. The difficulty level ranges from the most basic counting up to $20 to more complex problems, making change up to $99. Students can see just the front or the fronts and backs of bills and coins.

Algebra Tutor Android app

Algebra Tutor Android app

Algebra Tutor

Android, Kindle Fire

Grades 6-12

A useful app for prealgebra and algebra students is Algebra Tutor. It provides 10 lessons and 13 practice topics, guiding kids through step-by-step solutions. Lots of practice problems and instant feedback make it easier to learn algebra concepts.

Quick Graph app

Quick Graph app

Quick Graph - Calculus

iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch

Grades 10-12+

The Quick Graph app from KZ Labs is a visual graph calculator. It plots 2D and 3D mathematical expressions for calculus. Rotate, translate, enlarge and shrink your plotted diagrams. Customize colors and shading.

iFormulas app

iFormulas app

iFormulas - Algebra, calculus, geometry, trigonometry

iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch

Grades 8-12+

The iFormulas app by Brendan Winter is a good quick reference. It has over 380 formulas, definitions, laws, and properties for algebra, calculus, chemistry, geometry and trigonometry.

Free Graphing Calculator app

Free Graphing Calculator app

Free Graphing Calculator - Algebra, calculus, geometry, trigonometry

iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch

Grades 9-12+

The Free Graphing Calculator app is a scientific and graphing calculator by William Jockusch. It includes a unit converter and constants for scientific calculations. There's also a reference lookup for formulas in algebra, differential and integral calculus, geometry, trigonometry, vectors, vector calculus, and classical mechanics.

Math Ref Free app

Math Ref Free app

Math Ref Free - Algebra, geometry, trigonometry, probability & statistics

Android, Kindle Fire

Grades 9-12+

The Math Ref Free app, by Happy Maau Studios, has formulas for algebra, geometry, trigonometry, probability and statistics, and financial. There are 600 helpful equations and notes. The app also includes multiple examples, a quadratic equation solver and a z solver.

LearningReviews Math list

LearningReviews Math list

Looking for more free Math games?

LearningReviews lists more than 300 free math games, apps, and websites for kids. They are organized by topic areas which include Number operations (add, subtract, multiply, divide), fractions, decimals, percentages, geometry, measurements, pre-algebra & algebra, pre-calculus & calculus, telling time, data handling, patterns, symmetry, money & finances and business accounting.

6 More Free Math Apps

Fractoid | Amazon Appstore for Android

Grades 6-12, Create amazing fractal images using multiple equations and renders Mandelbrot and Julia Set fractals, Escape-time, Triangle Inequality Average, and Curvature Estimation algorithms.

Geometrics | Amazon Appstore for Android

Grades 3-12, Create beautiful geometric patterns using polar graphing, angles, circles, trigonometric functions, and color fades. The geometric patterns are controlled by three parameters.

Fun Math Tricks Lite: Amazon Appstore for Android

Grades 4-12, Learn 10 clever math tricks for adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing.

Awesome Arithmetic Free | Amazon Appstore for Android

Grades 1-5, This app can replace those decks of flash cards for practicing basic number operation skills in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Pick how many digits you want to work with.

Kids Numbers and Math Lite | Android Apps on Google Play

A fun way for kids to learn numbers and build basic math skills, addition and subtraction. This app is now optimized for both phones and tablets.

Mathmatiz - Android Apps on Google Play

Scientific graphing calculator, including complex numbers, trigonometry functions, matrices, and more.

Do your kids use math apps?

Heidi Reina (author) from USA on October 01, 2015:

Hi Jeff, always helpful to hear about new free math apps. Visually, the app is appealing. The game covers basic math addition skills using numbers 0-9. I see some games are locked, as are subtraction, multiplication and division, which, I assume, are features to be purchased. The biggest drawback I see to the games are the worded instructions and prompts. They are beyond the reading level of children learning beginning math facts. So the game requires the assistance of an older person to read the instructions. Also, I think the box dropping game needs to be somehow connected the questions the child answers correctly.

Heidi Reina (author) from USA on August 28, 2015:

Thanks for the tip, James, and for the link. Looks like a very useful math app!

James on August 27, 2015:

Hi,

I am a senior high school student and I just finished this iOS app named "Triangle." This is an app that teaches students about the four centers of a triangle. Students can watch how the centers move around on the screen by dragging the vertices. I once had a hard time learning this chapter when I was in 9th grade. It was difficult to imagine the centers in so many different positions, especially those outside the triangle area. So I was thinking that maybe you could try it and include it in your blog, or maybe even recommend it to other teachers so that students who have the same problem as I did can learn about this topic faster. They might find out that math isn't as hard as they thought it was! Thanks in advance!

Best regards, James

Heidi Reina (author) from USA on August 10, 2015:

I played this with my daughter and found it to be interesting and challenging. It would certainly be useful in a classroom math center rotation for children learning addition fact families in grades 1, 2 and 3. Thank you for sharing it, David.

David on August 06, 2015:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XrzEJGWYgk

I am curious if you would try it out and share on your blog?

The basics for the game of TicToku was initially developed around 2005 by Dr. Richard Shuntich. He developed TicToku(originally called 7-to-11) primarily with the intent of teaching his grandchildren basic math and strategy skills in a competitive, quick-play game.

Dr. Shuntich was a psychology professor at Eastern Kentucky University and had a real passion for education, kids, and challenging puzzles. He published Richard’s Riddles word puzzles for many years in his local newspaper, The Richmond (KY) Register, and he was always searching for new ways to engage, educate, and challenge people’s minds.

Around the time of the development of TicToku, Sudoku was the Shuntich family’s game of choice. Since Sudoku doesn’t allow play against one another and some of his younger grandchildren had difficulty with Sudoku, Dr. Shuntich developed a two-player game that used similar concepts to Sudoku but could be played competitively by kids and adults alike similar to Tic Tac Toe. Within a short period of time, the game of TicToku was born. One of Dr. Shuntich’s sons, Douglas Shuntich, put together a game board with magnetic pieces for each player’s numbers. The grandchildren loved playing the game and were learning math and strategy skills at the same time.

After Dr. Shuntich passed away in 2011, another son, Dan Shuntich, became committed to developing and launching an App for TicToku. Now in App form, the mission of TicToku remains the same as Dr. Shuntich’s original vision, to help educate and challenge minds. The App is free to download, profits earned from TicToku’s in-game advertising donated to causes Dr. Shuntich supported (e.g., education).

I am curious if you would try it out and share on your blog?

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id982909445

ZhangEr on February 22, 2015:

The next time your kid(s) asks to borrow your phone or tablet for a game of this or that, let him try out this free and colorful 2 Mins Math for Kids! app instead (or as a precondition to his game of this or that).

2 Mins Math for Kids! is a simple, straightforward, quick and engaging math exercise session that gives your child an opportunity to practice with all the four essential math operations i.e. addition, subtraction, multiplication and division for a turbocharged and educational 2 minutes.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com....

ShvagerFM on October 07, 2014:

Try this game to Math for kids https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com....

amy-marinkovic on February 09, 2014:

Yea my son uses one maths app on his android tablet. It is a fun game like app to learn how to do Long division, quite frankly when he asked me to help I felt the floor open up on me lol. I said its been 25 years since i last thought about Long Division. So i went about searching the Google Apps store for guidance. The one that jumped out at first, mainly due to its colours and cartoon like characters can be found on this website longdivisionmadeeasy.com only took a few minutes for him to master the formula then he was away. Saved me getting all stressy :-)

nicolap21 on November 26, 2013:

Yes my kids do, the best so far was an app called Gurgle Numbers for iPad.

Can't remember the address but the website is Gurgleapps.com

LearnKidstoRead on November 17, 2013:

Great lens thanks for the info. Will check out these games out with my son who is struggling with math. Sue

perscorp on November 07, 2013:

Hi All, Our educational kids' app: "Ice Math Ninja" It will be free from Nov5 until Nov7 at: http://www.pers.com/a/pr/pookie_tushka_imn_app.htm...

Please check it out!

klbhokie on October 28, 2013:

Great lens. My daughter likes Squeebles. She is very motivated to collect the cute fury monsters.

simply-accounting on September 16, 2013:

great post, these apps are very useful for kids, it will make them love maths not forced to learn it.

Jeremy from Tokyo, Japan on August 17, 2013:

My 6-year-old just started using beluga math today. He's totally into it. The app is challenging him beyond what he has already learned in school. The cookie-monstery voice annoys me, but the little guy doesn't mind it.

drmattshepard on August 11, 2013:

great lens, I can tell you put work into it.

trinimatt on July 11, 2013:

Great lens, very informative

tahirmahmood on June 30, 2013:

good information

anonymous on June 26, 2013:

That's a nice list of apps. Another game worth looking into is "Number Up: The cool math game". It's a really fun game that is based on connecting numbers to reach a target sum.

anonymous on April 26, 2013:

Great list. My daughter uses who is in 8th grade uses EduGain Math practice app on Android and it is really useful.

360technosoft on March 11, 2013:

you have shared very nice math apps for kids. Thanks for these great collection...

LaunchMath on February 20, 2013:

Great addition to facilitate learning in the highest regard. May incorporate this into our own education curriculum.

iMANDY from Melbourne, Australia on February 20, 2013:

Excellent lens! My children love using the all of learning apps on their iPods, I will definitely download these apps that we don't already have. :)

jillian22 on February 04, 2013:

I absolutely love this lens! So useful - I cannot wait to share with colleagues.

RoadMonkey on January 05, 2013:

Yes, I bought my granddaughter a tablet (Android) for Christmas and she has only educational apps on there - not that she realises that of course!

normal lm on November 18, 2012:

These Application seems to be great. Today only i will download the application.

Thanks for the information.

anonymous on November 16, 2012:

Try NaN Geometry Solver (Google Play). You can use fractions, roots and Pi number.

anonymous on November 12, 2012:

There's a new app - Little Professor. It's an emulation of the famous TI toy.

Look for Little Professor in the google play store.

qualityweb on November 11, 2012:

This lens is really great but my personal knowledge in maths is very low but then also I still love doing it.

latishaalford on November 04, 2012:

Thanks for the great tips.

travelerme on November 03, 2012:

I just made a lens about Addition, Subtraction, Mutiplication, Division and I wanted opinions about it.

http://www.squidoo.com/fun-math-problems

anonymous on November 01, 2012:

@kpp2385: their re very nice apps discovered for maths for kids and it is definitely help for to salve Math problems for kids.

anonymous on October 18, 2012:

am being inspired by you guyz to come up with math apps

anonymous on August 21, 2012:

try math for kids made by 360Sages - very nice app!!

Linda Pogue from Missouri on August 19, 2012:

These are great for home school kiddos, too!

zoomincalculus on July 23, 2012:

Always looking for math apps. Thanks!

kimark421 on July 12, 2012:

No, but my youngest one should! Great lens!

KayeSI on July 12, 2012:

What a great site for a geeky grandma to find some new and useful apps to help my grandkids with their math. Thank you! :) I'm off to add some to my iPhone!

anonymous on June 23, 2012:

No, but I do! A grampa that wants to stay sharp!

kpp2385 on May 17, 2012:

In such a less time Android is catching up fast, apps for almost everything. very nice collection

Buchamar on May 05, 2012:

I didn't know there was so much for Android! Great! I have only worked with iPad reviewing kids apps with video, educational apps - Come visit!

mayankjain20 on March 21, 2012:

You should also look at "Splash math" on the Apple App Store. Splash Math apps are available for Grade 1 to Grade 4. They follow common core standards curriculum and covers math from addition, subtraction all the way up to fractions and algebra.

Great way to practice math!

Michey LM on February 26, 2012:

All those are great as long as make the kids think vs. giving them a direct solution.

About the idea that learning must be "a funny game" it is true at early age, but not a universal solution on learning, as in life not everything is a game, and definitely not everything we must do is funny. I make this comment under the impression I get visiting a friend who has a kid who finished college last year and is doing nothing.

I ask gentry "what you like to do", the answer was "I don't know, I am not prepare for a 8 hour job"... so maybe she discovered that a job is not a fun game...

You make a great lens putting together all the apps and describing them.

Thanks

JennySui on February 25, 2012:

Great lens! Kids would love these math apps.

dahlia369 on February 24, 2012:

I know there's an app for just about anything but never knew about these math ones before. Well presented, thank you! :)

Shorebirdie from San Diego, CA on February 21, 2012:

I don't have kids, but would love to play with those advanced math apps.

Pangionedevelopers on February 18, 2012:

great info source

Pangionedevelopers on February 18, 2012:

great info source

anonymous on February 14, 2012:

I sure wish these math apps had been available when I was homeschooling my kids but I'm glad they are here now to make learning math fun and you have presented them so very invitingly! Blessed.

Coopstar on February 13, 2012:

I used to love math games when I was a kid! Great lens

anonymous on February 09, 2012:

Hi,

You should also look at "maths bug" on the Android. Covers basic maths all the way up to fractions, shapes and algebra - many modes of play with built in help, tips and tricks. Great way to improve mental maths ability. Includes full stats and world wide high score tables. Works well on phones and tablets.

EducationInfo4U1 on February 08, 2012:

WOW so many cool apps. Great lens for reference, especially since kids nowadays are always on computers. Thanks!

APackageAtTheDoor on February 06, 2012:

Wish we had these when we were kids. Thanks!

anonymous on February 06, 2012:

Educational material is great ... *blessed*!

emmaklarkins on February 06, 2012:

Great topic! This may pin me as a geek, but I looooooooved math games as a kid!

JoshK47 on February 06, 2012:

Excellent information here - I'll have to tell some of my friends with kids about these! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

Blackspaniel1 on February 06, 2012:

Nice lens.

WriterJanis2 on February 06, 2012:

Yes. Great lens. Love all the choices.

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