Marble Math

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Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Marble mazes make for fun math practice.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, Roman numerals, decimals, negative numbers, and more with this highly customizable math app. As kids move through the mazes, they use critical thinking skills to bypass obstacles and also keep in mind ways to collect extra points. The tricky mazes combined with math problems require problem-solving and strategy skills. Marble Math gives older elementary school-age kids fantastically varied, customizable, and fun math practice.

Ease of Play

Very easy to play. There are three levels (easy, medium, hard), as well as a number of customization options within each level to adjust for a kid's current learning needs. The Info page includes a chart that explains the various obstacles, as well as step-by-step instructions and a "Parents and Teachers" section with more detailed information about gameplay, levels, troubleshooting, options, and icons.


There's a "More Artgig apps" button at the bottom of the main screen that links kids to the iTunes App Store; however, it does give a warning prior to leaving the app, asking kids if they're sure they want to do that.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Marble Math makes practicing math fun for kids. While it may not seem like they're working on math as they move a marble through various mazes, kids are practicing a multitude of math and critical thinking skills in order to answer the given challenges. Customization options allow multiple kids to save their scores and settings. Designed for ages 9-12, this version moves much more quickly and has more challenging obstacles than the Marble Math Junior  version.

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What's it about?

Kids choose their level (easy, medium, or hard) and how they want to play (drag the marble with their finger or roll it by tilting the device). Kids or parents can also customize questions to focus on specific skills or other currencies. Math problems appear at the top of the screen, such as "Collect fractions that add up to 2," and kids navigate through the maze with their marble to pick up answers to the problem. Kids can tap the "show me" button to see the correct maze pattern and math answer.

Is it any good?

MARBLE MATH is one of the most fun, customizable, and effective math games available for older elementary school-age kids. Moving the marble around the maze while collecting answers and avoiding obstacles is so absorbing that kids easily forget they're practicing math skills like fractions, decimals, and Roman numerals. As kids solve increasingly difficult math problems and move through challenging mazes, they earn points and new marbles to keep them motivated. Marble Math is an engaging, sticky way for kids to practice math skills.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Observe what types of problems kids struggle with in Marble Math and encourage them practice those skills outside of the app. Check out websites like Khan Academy or StudyJams for lessons on specific skills.

  • Encourage your kids to ask questions and not be frustrated by what they don't know.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Kindle Fire
  • Subjects: Math: addition, division, equations, fractions, money, multiplication, numbers, sequences, subtraction
  • Skills: Emotional Development: moving beyond obstacles
    Thinking & Reasoning: solving puzzles, strategy, thinking critically
  • Price: $3.99
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Release date: March 29, 2013
  • Category: Education
  • Size: 80.80 MB
  • Publisher: Artgig Studio
  • Version: 1.4
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later; Android 2.3 and up
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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