6 Apps that Help Elementary Schoolers Master Math

Elementary school is where the foundation of mathematical knowledge is laid: adding and subtracting, multiplying and dividing, understanding fractions and decimals, and mastering basic geometry.

One of the best ways for students to learn math is to engage with the subject in fun, entertaining ways. Check out the six apps below for games that blend entertainment and education for all elementary school–aged students.

1. Chicken Coop Fraction Games

Chicken Coop Fraction Games are already used in classrooms across America to teach fractions. The app offers a variety of options: Rocket Rooster (adding fractions), Simply-Frying Fractions (simplifying fractions), Bad Egg (finding equivalent fractions), and Chicken Coop Painter (comparing fractions); all are designed to help kids master one of the most difficult areas of early math.

Details: Free. Available on iOS and Android.

2. Deep Sea Duel

Deep Sea Duel is a fun, engaging game for young learners. Students must defeat Okta the Octopus in a showcase of math knowledge. Players are given a number at the beginning of each round. Then, they select number cards from a set, with the goal of getting their cards to add up to that first number…before Okta does! Players can select whole numbers, integers, and/or decimals.

Details: Free. Available on iOS, Android, and online.

3. GeoBoard

GeoBoard is the electronic equivalent of those pegboards you stretch rubber bands over to create various shapes. Students can make a multitude of geometric shapes — and in the process, learn about basic geometry, line segments, polygons, angles, congruence, perimeter, area, and more. The app is open-ended, meaning that it allows students to explore freely as they go along and experiment with creating different shapes.

Details: Free. Available on iOS and Android.

4. Math Monsters

In Math Monsters, numbers are depicted as monstrous (albeit cute) characters. Students can drag and drop to complete mathematical equations properly. Kids work against the clock; for every correct answer they achieve, more time is added. The app tracks high scores and encourages kids to try to outdo themselves every time they play.

Details: $0.99. Available on iOS.

5. Math Vs Zombies

In Math Vs Zombies, math just might help you save the world! Kids must cure a world of infected zombies by solving equations. The app has four separate worlds for kids to explore, as well as 80 different levels. Math Vs Zombies also tracks players’ progress, so they can take note of weaker areas in their math skills. The game covers basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.

Details: $4.99. Available on iOS and Android.

6. Mystery Math Town

Mystery Math Town combines learning math skills with the fun of solving perplexing mysteries. Kids must solve equations and math problems to help a friendly ghost search Math Town for fireflies. Players unlock doors and secret passages that lead to mysterious rooms, all the while having their skills tested in addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and equations.

Details: $2.99. Available on iOS.