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Best maths apps and games for children

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TinaMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 08-Apr-20 15:58:42

With schools off for the foreseeable future, you might be looking for ways to get your children learning.

We’ve scoured the internet and past Mumsnetter recommendations to start off a list of great maths apps and online games and we’d love you to add your recommendations.

What online maths games or apps do you and your children rate? Post them on the thread and we’ll add them to the list.

1. Mathseeds
Designed by the makers of Reading Eggs, Mathseeds combines easy-to-digest lessons with fun games to practice new skills.

"Mathseeds (by Reading Eggs) is good up to about year 3 level. Every session has a fun little lesson explaining new concepts, then some practice - in the form of various minigames - then some practice of previous topics. Good if you're looking for 'teaching', but not quite enough practice included (for most children)."

Age: 3-9
Cost: £6.99 p/m, includes subscription to Reading Eggs. (App is for IOS only but the program can be accessed from the website too)
Mumsnet users get a four-week free trial with access to all Reading Eggs and Mathseeds games.
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2. Karate Cats, BBC Bitesize (FREE)

Not an app, but a great game all the same and it's free! Join the mission to find more fancy dress costumes for the wacky Karate Cats to wear, by solving problems and answering maths questions.

Age: 5-7
Cost: Free
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3. Solve Shoot Score (FREE)

An official Premier League game featuring the beautiful game's biggest stars. It’s good fun for football-lovers - and suitable for a range of ages. There are several difficulties and levels to choose from - answer the maths question correctly to have a go at scoring a penalty.

Age 5-11
Cost: Free
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4. Squeebles

Squeebles Maths Race is a fun one-player (or two-player) game, which makes practising addition, subtraction, multiplication and division actually quite enjoyable.

"Squeebles apps (there are several) are good for practice of the four main operations, and for memorising times tables. Doing enough practice unlocks elements for the games that form the incentive."

Age: 5 - 11
Cost: £2.99 for app download (Available on iOS and Android)
Download game for iOS
Download game for Android

5. Time Tables Rock Stars

Times Tables Rock Stars is a program of daily times tables practice. Each week concentrates on a different times table, with a recommended consolidation week for rehearsing the tables that have recently been practised every third week or so.

"Times Tables Rock Stars has transformed our children's attitude towards learning times tables"

"Another vote for Times Tables Rock Stars here - it’s got my very reluctant DD keen to see if she can keep beating her score and practising without realising"

Price: 60-day free trial (£6 per year)
Age: 5-11
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6. Mathletics

A popular choice with teachers, you may already be able to access it through your school. The program includes a 'Full Curriculum' section where you can practice hundreds of maths topics in 10-question lessons and a 'Live Mathletics' section where students race to do maths problems against other students around the world in real-time.

Age: 4 to 14
Cost: 48-hour free trial £59 for a 12-month subscription
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7. Maths Factor
More lesson based than some of the games on this list, but good fun anyway. Short lessons are hosted by Carol Vorderman, with lots of opportunities to practice and play games that test knowledge.

”I'm a big fan of Maths Factor, and have tried many many other sites. My DD has gone from bottom of the class to top set, and now it's her favourite subject. I like the way Carol V explains things very simply and clearly, who knew she'd be such a good teacher? I cannot recommend it highly enough.”

Price: Currently free (usually £2 per week)
Age: 4-12
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What are the maths games and apps your children like to play? Share them in the thread below and we’ll add them to the list.

dyscalculicgal96 Wed 08-Apr-20 18:29:12

Thanks! This is good.

PurpleCrazyHorse Wed 08-Apr-20 19:19:07

Prodigy Maths It's a free online maths game where you solve maths problems to cast spells and win battles. You can pay for extra premium goodies but you don't have to. My daughter loved it for ages but has pretty much got as far as she can now. It also really improved her reading! It is American so we did have to look up the odd term where a different word was used than DD was used to.

IXL another subscription maths and English questions site. You can track progress, print certificates etc and it goes right through from Reception to Y13. We've used this to supplement work set by school. DD wasn't sure what a relative pronoun was so we looked it up online (Twinkl) and then I found the curriculum link on IXL and she did a load of questions on them to cement the learning. Obviously brilliant because it tells her if she's got the answer right or wrong so I don't have to mark endless worksheets (or indeed do lots of printing).

PurpleCrazyHorse Wed 08-Apr-20 19:21:29

Hit The Button They use this loads in DD's school on the white boards with the tappy pen thingy, but you can do it on a tablet/phone/laptop at home. Quick fire against the clock. Free via the website but you have to pay if you want the app.

Malmontar Fri 10-Apr-20 16:22:58

Doodle Maths, it's been great for a dyscalculic DD. She's y7 but her maths us at y2-y3 standard. We've been using it 2 weeks so far and she's been working on y3 key stage tasks and she has no idea as it doesn't tell the child what year group the task is for, unlike most work sheets. There's also a cool robot she likes buying stuff for.

NumetryGame Sun 12-Apr-20 17:51:26

Hello everyone,

We are developing a math game and we would love to hear your takes on it after playing a demo for five minutes.

Send me a message here or DM if you think this sounds interesting.

Thank yousmile

dyscalculicgal96 Tue 14-Apr-20 11:47:34

I love www.mymaths.co.uk.

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BeeCee42 Mon 11-May-20 00:27:33

Not sure if I should mention, think my daughter Kitty or a parent suggesting joining MN but Sarah (she's the boss) has some free downloads on her site to keep children occupied, she's a Patoss assessor and she publishes SEN and maths workbooks sarahcowell.co.uk/homophone-quiz/

robertB Mon 11-May-20 09:01:24

EquationLab is an iPad app that helps teens learn to do formula calculations in maths and physics and lets them solve calculations really quickly and easily. Makes learning and doing homework much easier. Its free to download and has a low cost upgrade to get all the content.

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