Operation Math: Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, and Division

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Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Media
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Secret missions engage and challenge while building fluency.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn to become fluent in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. The addition and subtraction problems include facts for numbers 0 through 20, and the multiplication and division problems cover facts for numbers 0 through 12. Kids practice their skills by completing missions that require speed and accuracy. The games are not instructional, and there's no feedback for incorrect answers, so kids should have prior experience in arithmetic. This app offers kids engaging math practice with an interesting spy-themed twist.

Ease of Play

Clear graphics and audio prompts guide kids, making the app easy to use. 

Violence & Scariness

Missions include a very mild element of "getting the bad guy."

Sexy Stuff

A small app icon appears on the home screen. Tapping the icon takes you to a screen filled with ads for the developer's other apps. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Operation Math: Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, and Division Speed Drills & Practice Test – Arithmetic Games for Kids helps kids build fluency in any of the four main mathematical operations. By completing the missions and earning uniforms and watches, kids help stop Dr. Odd from eliminating all of the world's even numbers. Kids can choose to work on problems with one operation, two operations, or all four operations. They also can use the practice mode, which tracks consecutive correct answers and helps prepare kids for the missions. The timed missions and practice sessions are an excellent way for kids to practice and build fluency. They will enjoy the unique spy-themed games, which are a refreshing change from typical flash card drills.

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Adult Written byimagineeducation January 27, 2016


Operation Math is an amazingly immersive app for gaining math fluency without using boring flash cards. My child is dyslexic and challenged with memorization;... Continue reading

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What's it about?

Kids start OPERATION MATH by either training or attempting a mission. Training is a practice mode to help kids prepare for the missions. There are three difficulty levels, and consecutive correct answers are tracked. When kids choose a new mission, they select an operation to work with, listen to a description of the mission, and solve equations with speed and accuracy. Kids unlock new missions as they play and earn rewards for best training runs.

Is it any good?

Operation Math: Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, and Division Speed Drills & Practice Test – Arithmetic Games for Kids puts a clever twist on arithmetic drills. There are more than 100 missions that address three skill levels, so the games work well for a range of abilities. Kids can select missions by operation and by skill level, so practice can be customized. Although they're a necessary part of building fluency, math drills are typically boring and monotonous. However, the spy-themed missions and rewards are fun and will help engage kids. Since there's no instruction or detailed feedback, the games are best for practicing skills kids have already learned.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how math is a part of daily life. Look for real-world ways to practice the arithmetic skills kids practice in the games. 

  • Have kids write their own missions that include a real-world scenario and a set of math problems to solve. 

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook HD
  • Subjects: Math: addition, arithmetic, division, multiplication, subtraction
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: memorization
    Self-Direction: achieving goals, goal-setting
  • Price: $.99-$2.99
  • Pricing structure: Paid (Versions of the app are available for Android and iPad for $2.99. An iPhone-compatible version is also available for $.99.)
  • Release date: August 7, 2014
  • Category: Education
  • Size: 51.10 MB
  • Publisher: Spinlight Studio
  • Version: 1.9
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 6.0 or later; Android 2.2 and up
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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