20 Apps and Sites for Kids Who Hate Math

Worksheets. Problems on the board. Showing your work. Some common math problems don't even involve numbers -- just frustration. Though many classrooms are trying new, exciting approaches to mathematical thinking and arithmetic, it still doesn't compute for some kids. Thankfully, there are some truly fun tech tools that can bolster kids' skills as they play a game. Since the best apps offer experiences that can only exist on-screen, some on this list let kids apply math concepts in fantastical settings or to real-world problems. Others give kids a new way to see numbers and how they relate to each other. Sometimes kids just need outside help, and there's an app for that, too. Choose an app that works for your kid's age and skill level, and watch the success multiply.

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Bedtime Math

age 3+

Daily problem can help kids make math a habit.

URL: http://bedtimemath.org/ (2012)
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Tiggly Chef: Preschool Math Cooking Game

age 4+

Wild recipes add up to math fun, with hybrid toys or not.

Devices: iPad, Kindle Fire (2015)
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Kahoot! Algebra by DragonBox

age 5+

Kids learn concepts of algebra in stellar game app.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2021)
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Kahoot! Big Numbers: DragonBox

age 6+

Clever math resource-management game requires some patience.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2021)
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Jump Numbers

age 6+

Save the Snortles! Learn multiplication along the way.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2016)
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MathTango

age 6+

Monsters dance their way through kids' math practice.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2018)
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Odd Squad: Blob Chase

age 6+

Capture blobs and problem-solve in fun, leveled games.

Devices: iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2015)
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Prodigy: Kids Math Game

age 7+

Fantasy game helps kids become math wizards.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Chromebook (2019)
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Montessori Math: Multiplication

age 7+

Well-rounded app helps kids master multiplication.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2014)
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Mystery Math Town

age 7+

Great math practice with fun story, entertaining characters.

Devices: iPad (2013)
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Slice Fractions

age 8+

Super-fun slicing app presents key concepts in engaging way.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2014)
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BrainPOP

age 9+

Videos and activities are fun, accurate, and valuable.

URL: https://www.brainpop.com (2012)
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Wuzzit Trouble

age 9+

Fun, engaging gear puzzler boosts problem-solving skills.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2014)
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Math Snacks

age 10+

Bite-size but meaty collection of entertaining math games.

URL: http://www.mathsnacks.com/ (2013)
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Kahoot! Algebra 2 by DragonBox

age 12+

Fantastic approach to learning algebra through gameplay.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2021)
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Mathemagics -- Mental Math Tricks

age 12+

Terrific tool for learning speedy math tricks.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2012)
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Math 42

age 13+

Incredible step-by-step solving and quizzing tool.

Devices: Android (2016)
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Yup - Math Tutoring App

age 13+

Live tutors give in-depth help to tweens and teens.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2016)
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