Monday’s Apps For Kids: Fun With Numbers
Welcome to Monday’s Apps For Kids, a new Cult of Android feature where we take a look at kid-centric apps. Many of us are parents with kids who seem to know their way around our mobile devices better than we do. With the Google Play Store having over 400,000 apps, it can be quite a daunting task trying to find apps appropriate for our young tech enthusiasts. With Monday’s Apps For Kids, we hope to make that task easier by suggesting an array of topics and apps that have been kid tested and parent approved. So grab whatever crayon is lying around and get ready to write down a few apps worth checking out.
This week we’re going to show you that numbers can be fun. Whether you have a young child learning to count or a grade schooler working on their multiplication tables, these next few apps are a fun and engaging way to teach them the essentials.
Today we’re going to take a look at five examples of number/math apps and the developers that make them. As always, I’ll be recommending paid apps to avoid unwanted ads from popping up in your child’s hands.
Kids Number Snap (TripleJumpInc) – This fun math game teaches kids basic number and counting skills by incorporating them into the classic card game Snap. It’s a toddler app which focuses on early numbers 1-10. Cards feature various methods of teaching numbers such as images for counting or numerals. It’s a great learning tool that helps children associate and comprehend numbers in a fun and imaginative way.
Just like the real Snap, slap/tap the cards when two cards match (mean the same number in this case). Tap the not-a-snap button when two cards mean a different number.
Kids Number Snap cost just over a dollar and can be downloaded by following the link below.
Android Market Link | Kids Number Snap ($1.15)
Kids Learning Numbers (Fun4Kids) – This toddler app uses multiple games and methods to teach young children basic counting and number recognition. With colorful images and fun activities, Kids Learning Numbers features:
- COUNT: This activity teaches counting by showing colorful objects and interactive voices.
- TRACE: This activity teaches how to write numbers step by step guide.
- GROUP: Group activity exercises counting objects in groups.
- PATTERN : This activity helps kids learn the sequence of numbers.
- MATCH: This activity helps kids identify numbers, count the objects and associate numbers with the objects.
- COMPARE: This activity teaches the quantity concepts such as fewer, more, the most or the least.
- DOTS: Connect the dots activity counts or pronounces the numbers.
- CHALLENGE: Challenge activity randomly presents questions from each of the above activities to help practicing these concepts.
To get Kids Learning Numbers, simply follow the link below.
Google Play Store Link | Kids Learning Numbers ($1.99)
Kids Numbers and Math (intellijoy) – This preschooler app extends on early number learning and introduces basic math. Ease your child into the world of addition and subtraction with user definable number ranges. You decide when your child is ready to move up to larger numbers, and with a maximum range of 20, you can ensure your child won’t be overwhelmed as they build the skills needed to advance to a more challenging math level.
This app is the most expensive of the bunch at $2.99 but is a nice transitional app for preschoolers. If you wish to learn more about Kids Numbers and Math, follow the link below.
Google Play Store Link | Kids Numbers and Math ($2.99)
Math Practice – MathFun! (mSurf Lab.) – Up next is an app for children who already grasp the basic concepts of early math and have progressed into elementary multiplication and division. There are three difficulty levels with customizable problem sets. Other features include:
- Scribble on the screen for complicated calculation
- Quick mode and shuffle
- Horizon and vertical problem display
- Record time and score for each practice run
- Revisit wrong answers
- Screen backgrounds
- Problem set icons
- Correct/wrong sounds
Math Practice – MathFun! is a colorful and fun way to continue the lessons of elementary math for children of all ages.
Google Play Store | Math Practice – MathFun! ($1.49)
Math Attack Pro (Chilis Apps) – Math Attack continues polishing the elementary math skills of your child and pushes them to become proficient and fast while competing not only against themselves but other kids using the app which has built-in OpenFeint integration. Various game modes include:
- Practice – Choose the question types and practice.
- Timed – Answer as many questions as you can in the time limit.
- Survival – Same as timed mode but correct answers add to time left.
- Race – Get the best time by answering 25 or 50 questions as fast as you can!
- Rounds – User is asked 10 questions per round. You can only get one wrong each round so be careful.
The app uses a basic blackboard theme to give the feeling of a good old classroom math challenge. Math Attach Pro is actually the least expensive of the bunch and costs less than a candy bar. Money well spent if you ask me. For more information on Math Attack Pro, follow the link below.
Google Play Store | Math Attack Pro ($.99)
That does it for our number-centric Monday’s Apps For Kids. We hope these apps help your child have fun while improving their comprehension of numbers and early mathematics. They’re fun and educational apps that will save you from having to sharpen any number 2 pencils. Enjoy, and be sure to check back next Monday for more apps for kids.