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# 5 Apps to Boost Math Skills over the Summer

July 07, 2014
CATEGORIES Out-of-School Learning, Tools

Looking for engaging ways for your students to keep their math skills sharp over the summer? Daily math practice doesn't have to be drill-and-kill. We found five highly engaging math apps that will help kids avoid the "summer slide" in a fun -- and totally painless -- way.

1. Marble Math: In this fantastic app, kids see math problems at the top of the screen, such as "Collect fractions that add up to 2," and then navigate through a maze with a marble to pick up answers to the problem.

Skills: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, Roman numerals, decimals, negative numbers, and more

--> Why We Like It

• The tricky mazes are fun to move through and solve.
• Kids are empowered to customize the experience to their needs by selecting their level of difficulty, the specific skills they want to focus on, and more.
• Users get good feedback and help; the "show me" button lets them see the correct maze pattern and math answer.

2Numbers League: Kids study and review basic math facts while helping superheroes fight evil villains. To do this, they combine superhero head, body, and feet sections, each with a number designation, to make a full superhero worth all the body parts added together. Kids defeat the villain when the total value of the superhero(es) selected is equal to the value of the villain.

Skills: addition, subtraction, multiplication, negative numbers

--> Why We Like It

• It engages players with a story line, fun comic book-style art, and interesting sound effects.
• Kids can play it alone, but it's also a great game for families to play together.
• Since it's a different game each time it's played, it can be played again and again.

3. Sushi Monster: Kids playing Sushi Monster work in reverse to solve addition and multiplication problems. Each round begins with a set of target numbers. The chef puts numbered plates of sushi on the counter, and kids must choose the correct combination of plates to meet the target, thereby feeding the sushi monster.

--> Why We Like It

• With engaging characters and achievable rewards, kids could easily get hooked on this fun math game.
• It puts a spin on the traditional drill-and-practice method of memorizing addition and multiplication tables.
• It's free.

4. Math Evolve: Kids enter a quest as a tiny alien that evolves as its math skills increase to save the planet. To be successful, they'll need to know their addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts and sometimes do mental math computation with regrouping very quickly.

--> Why We Like It

• The fusion of arcade game, math, and beautiful graphics make this an engaging practice app.
• Kids who aren't as familiar with arcade games also enjoy the app in the less-busy practice mode.
• The range of settings and two modes of play make it easy to customize the experience.

5. Motion Math: Hungry Fish: Kids combine two or more number bubbles to create a number a hungry fish wants to eat. The touch, drag, and combine actions are similar to how kids learn with number cubes.

--> Why We Like It

• The game is responsive to kids' performance and advances them to harder levels as they improve.
• Kids get immediate feedback as the fish responds to getting enough correct number bubble combinations.
• It's designed for a wide range of grade levels, and with several games and difficulty levels it can give kids years of practice as their math skills grow.

What are your favorite apps or games for practicing math?

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 Brisa Ayub Eisha Buch Ryan Diyommo Tanner Higgin Jeff Knutson Emily Major Kelly Mendoza Danny Wagner