Fun Math Tricks
By Dana Anderson,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Learn mental math secrets that can boost performance.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn shortcuts and tricks for 25 kinds of math problems mostly related to addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and square numbers. By following the directions and practicing on the three practice problems provided following each trick, kids can learn patterns that work to solve problems that involve specific numbers. For example, Fun Math Tricks gives a shortcut for dividing by 5, 50, 500, and another trick for squaring numbers if you know the square of the previous number. Fun Math Tricks offers tweens and teens good challenges for mental math development.
Ease of Play
All 25 math trick choices are presented on one main screen, along with the option to play one of two challenges.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that kids and teens who already have a solid foundation in math will learn extra helpful tricks with Fun Math Tricks. They will learn 25 mental math secrets here, from how to quickly multiply two-digit numbers to squaring numbers without doing the problems in the typical, longer ways. Once a trick is taught, the app provides a few sample problems for players to try. Then they can take on timed challenges to test their new skills, which is sure to amaze and impress parents, teachers, and fellow math lovers.
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What’s It About?
The main screen on Fun Math Tricks lists the 25 math tricks. Tap on the trick you want to learn, and a new screen opens that contains the lesson in clear steps, with examples, followed by a few practice problems. Kids enter the answer and tap "Check" to find out if they answered correctly. Select "Play Challenge" on the main screen to play one of two timed challenge games. As the time counts down, kids solve problems. If they run out of time, a box with "Wrong!" and the answer pops up along with the option to go back to the trick or onto the next problem.
Is It Any Good?
There aren't any bells and whistles on FUN MATH TRICKS, but it makes it easy for kids to learn some amazing mental math secrets. This app is sure to frustrate kids who don't already know their multiplication table, square roots, and other mid-level math skills. But for tweens and teens who have already mastered those, this app will help boost math confidence, performance, and maybe even test scores, too.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
If your kid is learning a specific skill in math, such as working with square numbers, show them the mental math tricks on this app to offer a new way to approach problems.
Offer this app to teens who are preparing for the SAT or ACT tests. The tricks and timed challenges may help them gain time on the math portions of the test.
- Devices: Android, Kindle Fire
- Subjects: Math: addition, division, multiplication, subtraction, Language & Reading: following directions
- Skills: Self-Direction: effort, initiative, working efficiently
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: January 23, 2013
- Category: Education
- Publisher: RanVic Labs
- Version: 1.15
- Minimum software requirements: Android 1.5 and up
- Last updated: July 13, 2020
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