2 apps + 1 magazine + 1 game + 1 puzzle + 1 toy = 6 Ways to Make Math Fun!
Ages: 6 – 9 yrs.
Developer: WeWantToKnow AS
Download Price: $7.99
DragonBox Big Numbers is a compelling, even addictive, opportunity for kids to practice counting, addition, and subtraction of increasingly large numbers. Starting with only a single apple tree bearing three fruits, players collect and exchange items to build up a whole world. They plant more trees and exchange apples for coins and gems that open new areas, then smash rocks, go fishing, and chase bees to collect even more items that can be exchanged for bigger and better places.
Ages: 2 – 8 yrs.
Developer: Pi education
Download Price: $1.99
Math Bakery 1, from Pi Education, is a useful app for children who are just learning addition and subtraction. The game is set in a bakery, where a pair of kids need to work on their math homework, but there are cookies that need to be baked — so the baker (their dad?) suggests they combine the two activities.
Ages: 9 – 13 yrs.
Publisher: Owlkids Publishing
Newsstand Price: $5.25
Subscription Price: $34.95 / 10 Issues
Canada-based OwlKids’ magazines Chirp, chickadee, and OWL tailor smart and entertaining content to audiences as they grow, from pre-K to tweens and young teens. OWL’s emphasis is on STEM subjects-science, technology, engineering, and math-and it delivers with a whiz-bang design chock full of interesting short articles, infographics, puzzles, quizzes, crafts, comic strip action, and humor.
Ages: 3 & Up
Manufacturer: Math for Love
Let’s show math a little love. Tiny Polka Dot is a card deck set of 16 games to teach counting, arithmetic and logic. The set includes 66 cards in 6 suits (suits consist of dots arranged in a ten frame, dots in 2 colors, dots in a classic dice pattern, different sized dots, dots in a circle, and numerals), 8 double sided cards with game directions and a guide for adults to help young players understand each game. Each game’s directions are clear and indicate the best age and number of players. Not only is each game age appropriate, the design of the card (the suit) fits with the development of each stage of learning.
Ages: 8 & Up
Manufacturer: ThinkFun, Inc.
Color Cube Sudoku is a 3×3 matrix of 9 plastic cubes, each cube having 24 individual colored tiles. The object is to play the classic game of Sudoku, but with colors rather than numbers. Players work (and work, and work) to arrange all nine cubes so that no colors repeat—in any row or any column.
Ages: 3 – 6 yrs.
Smart Numbers merges physical and digital play—no Wi-Fi or Bluetooth required. Inspired by the legendary Montessori Method, this charming and effective educational “toy” uses a tablet, smart-touch wooden numbers, three free apps, and multi-touch screen technology to teach numerals, counting to 10 and basic addition and subtraction skills.
For current or aspiring bilingual families, the apps are available in 13 languages: American English, British English, French, German, Dutch, Spanish, Catalan, Italian, Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese, Polish, Swedish, and Danish. Smart Numbers is compatible with all iPads and many Samsung tablets.