iPad math apps for a 10-year-old?
June 25, 2013 8:45 AM   Subscribe

My son is 10 years old and going into 5th grade in the fall (but he usually does 6th grade math). He likes Stack the States, and we're looking for a math app with similar appeal. We already have Sushi Monster and his younger sister loves it, but I'd like something more challenging for him.
posted by The corpse in the library to Education (11 answers total) 22 users marked this as a favorite
I wish had "My Script Calculator" when I was that age.
posted by Fortnight Bender at 9:53 AM on June 25, 2013

A math practice website I've been harping to everyone about is IXL.com. It has fun math quizzes aligned with the syllabus for each state and grade. It's also used by schools and notifies the parent or teacher of the kid's progress.

You need to pay for a subscription but it's worth every cent!
posted by Dragonness at 9:54 AM on June 25, 2013 [1 favorite]

Dragon Box is an amazingly sneaky way to introduce Algebra.
posted by Rock Steady at 10:15 AM on June 25, 2013 [1 favorite]

I came in to suggest Dragon Box too!
posted by Joh at 11:12 AM on June 25, 2013

I asked this on Facebook, too, and someone there recommended Math Ninja (for other people looking for the same thing).

We have IXL already, through the school district. I agree it's good, but it isn't as fun as Stack the States.
posted by The corpse in the library at 11:27 AM on June 25, 2013

The same developer who makes Stack the States has a math app called Mathmateer (formerly Rocket Math). It's very fun, intuitive, and really hits the math without being terribly gimmicky. Really customizable, too-- I've worked with kids across the elementary and middle grades who play different levels and skills and love it.

"Build your very own rockets and fly them to the stars! While your rocket is floating weightlessly in space, the real fun begins! Play one of the 56 different math missions. Each mission has touchable objects floating in space, including stars, coins, clocks, 3D shapes and even pizzas! Earn a bronze, silver or gold medal and also try to beat your high score. Missions range in difficulty from even/odd numbers all the way to square roots."
posted by charmcityblues at 11:53 AM on June 25, 2013 [1 favorite]

Algebra Touch is pretty slick. Good at explaining and illustrating core concepts.
posted by xedrik at 2:44 PM on June 25, 2013

Dragon Box and Dragon Box 2.
posted by LiverOdor at 6:37 PM on June 25, 2013

Splash Math has worked really really well for one of my kids. The ability to assign homework by a parent, check what he's done and for him to get immediate feedback in short bursts so he can work on it independently is great. It's not a gamified app, although it has some add-on mini games in it, and it doesn't teach concepts explicitly, but it's the one we've come to use over and over as extra study for math.
posted by viggorlijah at 7:10 PM on June 25, 2013

You might be interested in this article from American Scientist about games for basic math skills

First paragraph:

Search online for video games and apps that claim to help your children (or yourself) learn mathematics, and you will be presented with an impressively large inventory of hundreds of titles. Yet hardly any survive an initial filtering based on seven, very basic pedagogic “no-nos” that any game developer should follow if the goal is to use what is potentially an extremely powerful educational medium to help people learn math.

They recommend a few games including Dragon Box which was mentioned a few times here
posted by laptolain at 7:48 AM on June 26, 2013 [1 favorite]

We tried out Dragon Box last night and it was a big hit. We'll be trying the others out, too. Thanks!
posted by The corpse in the library at 10:43 AM on June 26, 2013

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