The 5 Best Math Apps by Dr. Levy

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You’ve tried it all, from endless flash card drills to multi-chapter workbooks, but nothing seems to be captivating your child’s interest and skills when it comes to math. Finding the right apps that are engaging, fun, and colorful can do the trick and maybe even turn your child into a math whiz! Here are some of my favorites:

Math Doodles

This app integrates beautiful illustrations ‎and engages students in activities that make math fun. Games such as Sums Stacker, Connect Sums, Unknown Square, and SplatGoRound teach students basic math concepts such as merging objects to form sums, identifying missing values, and choosing the correct time. The options for choosing numeric values are unique and interesting, including choices such as fingers, coins, Roman numerals, and even Hebrew and Chinese letters! The whimsical artwork is stellar.‎ This app is a great one for building fluency with math facts and for giving students repetition with basic math concepts.

*designed for ages 7 and up

This app is $2.99 and available on iTunes –> Click Here

Let’s Do Mental Maths

These apps, which are grouped by age (5-6, 6-7, 7-8, 9-10, and 10-11), help students practice basic math skills and improve their mental math abilities. Basic math concepts are covered in the form of quizzes, including addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, time, measurement, and shapes. Students can select quizzes to take on a given topic and can take progress tests along the way. For students who need repetition and extra reinforcement of their math facts, this app is a great one!

*designed for ages 5-11, depending on the level

This app is $2.99 and available on iTunes –> Click Here

Hungry Fish

This is a useful app for helping children develop basic addition and subtraction skills and boost their mental ‎math abilities. In one of the games, a fish swims into the “ocean” with a number displayed on its belly. Bubbles pop out, each containing different numbers. Players must combine the numbers to meet the sum on the fish. The same type of game is played with subtraction and negative numbers, and the difficulty level of each game can be adjusted.

*designed for ages 4-8, depending on the level

This app is $1.99 and available on iTunes –> Click Here

Keep the Change Kids

This is a great app for teaching students how to identify and count coins. Lessons on individual coin names and values are included, followed by games where students learn to count change to add up to a given value. It helps students develop fluency with money and a fundamental understanding of how coins work.  It’s simple but effective!

*‎great for students ages 5-10

This app is $1.99 and available on iTunes –> Click Here

Tick Tock

Learning to tell time is much more fun with a colorful app than with old fashion plastic yellow clocks. ‎This app contains four components: Learn, Explore, Practice, and Take a Test. In the “Learn” segment, students learn about the different hands on a clock and how they each function. In the “Explore” section, students practice moving the hour and minute hands to learn how the hands of a clock function. In the “Practice” section students can convert digital time to analog or words, or vice versa. Finally, students can “Take a Test” to practice their skills.

*great for students ages 6-10

This app is $0.99 and available on iTunes –> Click Here


Click here for Dr. Levy’s post on the 5 Best Reading Apps for Kids.



Dr. Emily Levy is the founder of EBL Coaching, a tutoring program that specializes in one-on-one home and on-site instruction for students in grades preK-12 in NYC and NJ. She is also the author of Strategies for Study Success, a study skills workbooks series emphasizing test taking, note taking, reading comprehension, writing, and summarizing strategies, and the Flags and Stars Orton Gillingham student workbook series. These workbooks are currently used at schools nationwide.

Dr. Levy studied at Brown University and later received her Masters Degree in Special Education and her Doctorate Degree in Education. She has spoken at national and international conferences on research-based methods for teaching students with and without learning disabilities. Dr. Levy is currently the Director of EBL Coaching’s NYC and NJ learning centers.

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Mira Park has been blogging since 2009, when she started a site called Her blog provided useful tips, local insights, reviews, and ways to save moms time and money. Since January 2014, she has served as Editorial Director and co-owner of and somehow enjoys the crazy, sleep-deprived life of a blogger. With three kids aged 4 to 9, she finds plenty of inspiration for articles and topics from them and loves to experience new attractions, travel spots, and shows in the NY/NJ area with them.

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