10 Apps for Foundational Math Skills

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This post contains two resources:

  1. TCEA
  2. SmartBrief

TCEA (Texas Computer Education Association) and showcases FREE apps for the iPad for math. This comes from their PDF called “Free Must Have Apps for Elementary Math”

  • Arithmetic Invaders Express: Grade K-2 Math Facts – Defend the solar system by solving counting, addition, subtraction, and multiplication problems.
  • Cloud Math Free – With animation and great sound effects, Cloud Math presents a set of problems to the player. For each of the problems, several “avatars” with possible answers bounce into view. The player’s goal is, of course, to choose a correct answer. Difficulty level is easily controlled by a choice of operations, number ranges, number of answers to choose from, the number of problems in a set, and an option for a Fail-Safe mode. In this free version, there are problems with addition and subtraction operations on numbers up to 50.
  • Counting Bills & Coins – Count, match, and make change with coins up to quarters and bills up to $20. Practice money skills in five unique activities.
  • Counting Money – In practice mode, the user must answer the question correctly in order to proceed to the next question. The user presses the check button after each attempt to check the answer. In quiz mode, the user has one opportunity to answer the question correctly. There are two difficulty types, beginner and normal.
  • Dial-a-Fraction – As you move the two dials, denominator and numerator, the picture adjusts instantly to show the fraction you have created.
    Dominoes Easy Match – The player simply matches numerals to corresponding sets of dots. Built-in instructional audio supports the learner with both identification of numerals and counting.
  • Fill the Cup – Four math games allow children to experience math concepts through manipulation.
  • Interactive Telling Time Lite – Learn to set the time via Interactive clocks with movable hour and minute hand! Learn the concept of day and night. Learn how to use AM/PM, 12-hour, and 24-hour clock notation.
  • Kids Learning – My First Numbers Counting Game – An introduction to numbers 1 to 20. Add your own voice and photos.
  • Lobster Diver HD – This app, designed for grades 3-8, is great for reading numbers, understanding fractions, reading a number line, and comparing and ordering fractions.
    Math Flash Cards – This app allows the user to practice simple basic multiplication facts or extend the user’s ability to work out complex multiplication problems up to three digit numbers. Users can control the number of digits used to generate the problems. Users can also control the number of questions given during one session. If a wrong answer is given by the user, the correct answer is shown before the next problem is given. Sound feedback is provided to the user for correct and incorrect answers.
  • Mathical – Mathical was developed by teachers for practice of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts; fractions of shapes and place value. The games within the app have adjustable difficulty to suit differing abilities for ages 5 – 10.
  • Math Puppy – This app features both Bingo and Challenge modes. Its animated math calculator and subtraction module are included in the free app; other modules may be purchased.
  • A Montessori Approach to Math – Hundred Board Lite – Students must drag numbers from 1 to 100 into their correct order on the board. Even numbers and odd numbers are also available.
  • Multiplication Genius x19 Free – Encourage your students to master 9, 12, and 19 Times Tables!
  • Number Frames – This app helps students structure numbers to five, ten, twenty, and one hundred. Students use the frames to count, represent, compare, and compute with numbers in a particular range.
    Pick-a-Path – Help Okta the octopus reach the target (maximum, minimum, or a specific value) by choosing a path from the top of the maze to the bottom. Seven levels with seven puzzles will test your skills with powers of ten, negative numbers, fractions, decimals, and more. How many starfish can you earn?
    Pizza Fractions 1 – In a chef’s pizzeria, your child masters the concept of naming simple fractions using pizza picture examples. Designed for grade levels 2-6, Pizza Fractions provides introductory practice with fractions in an approachable, game-like environment.
  • Teaching Number Lines – Little Monkey Apps Number Lines aims to students to visualize numbers for rote counting and ordering and to see the physical position of a number linking patterns and relationships. Unlike counters, which model counting, a number line also models measurement, which is why the number line begins with zero as you would see on a ruler. Students are also exposed to different vocabulary for addition and subtraction, such as step forward or jump back to physically suggest the movement of the frog along the number line. This free version includes ads.
  • Telling Time Free – Instead of giving the user multiple choices, Telling Time Free lets the user input the time by the hour, ten minute, and minute. The user inputs the digital time based on the analog time. There are two game modes, Practice and Quiz.
    Tell Time – Little Matchups Game – Little Matchups is an exciting interactive matching game that helps your child rapidly learn how to tell time by matching analog and digital clocks.
  • Virtual Manipulatives! – Excellent app for introducing fractions.

this SmartBrief source and covers 10 applications in detail all about math skills.

Below is a link to these apps. For even more apps, relating to general teaching and classroom management, head over to our Tech Resources page.

Basic number concepts

  • Quick Math Jr. (iOS) by Shiny Things is a game for students beginning to grasp counting and number recognition.  It allows for multiple student accounts. Perfect for children aged 3 – 7, Quick Math Jr learns as kids play and adjusts the difficulty of the questions to make sure each individual player is always at a level that is just right for them! From the creators of the award-winning Quick Math series, Quick Math Jr. is a fun way to develop mathematics skills and confidence
  • 10 Fingers + (iOS $1.99) by Marbotic is a customizable app for teacher-led lessons and center activities.  Students use their fingers and objects on the screen to practice one-to-one correspondence, number recognition, and basic addition concepts. 10 fingers offers children an intuitive game so they can become familiar with numbers and numerals. Children can also begin having fun with addition. This innovative app uses the multi-touch feature on the iPad screen. When the child puts 3 fingers onto the screen, the digit “3” displays, and the word “three” is pronounced. This app is designed for children from 3 to 6 years old. Younger children may enjoy 10 fingers once they start counting “1, 2, 3”.
  • Montessori Numberland (iOS $3.99) by Edoki  Academy  applies Maria Montessori’s teachings to number mastery. Students practice one-to-one correspondence and number recognition in a straightforward yet entertaining way. Looking for a learning method that really works ? Numberland is a number learning and tracing app based on a 100 year old proven pedagogy. The key is to make sure that children understand the concept of quantity and link it to a number. Numberland introduces numbers and quantities from 0 to 9 to pre-K and K children in an interactive environment.

Addition and subtraction with regrouping

  • Montessori Add and Subtract Large Numbers (iOS $4.99) by Edoki Academy demonstrates how and why regrouping works – and does it in a way that students grasp and understand. Be on the lookout for “aha” moments—there will be plenty. Designed by teachers and Award winning app developers, Montessori Math: Add & Subtract Large Numbers presents an in-depth, step-by-step approach to these two essential operations. It also presents fundamental Montessori materials: the stamp game and the bead frame. More importantly, this app makes the concepts of “exchanging” (carrying/borrowing) so obvious that even adults will be surprised.
  • MegaPro Calculator 5000 (iOS) by Chris Ternoey lets students watch as the physical representations of numbers change as they are added or subtracted. MegaPro is transforming the way children learn arithmetic. Prior to mastering hand calculation on paper, children can use MegaPro Calculator 5000 to get familiar with the steps involved in addition and subtraction of very large numbers. Detailed visualizations make even the most complicated calculation intuitive and fun. Gratuitous visual effects and sounds are included at no extra charge.


  • Llama Drama: Lumio Multiplication (iOS) by Lighthouse Learning uses llamas to conceptualize multiplication arrays. Students love this fun app! Help kids understand the tricky topic of multiplication by solving visual problems. Kids build number fluency, develop strategies for multiplication, and learn properties of operations as they sort rowdy animals into arrays of different sizes. Arrays (grids with equal rows and columns) are a classic thinking tool used to model, investigate, and build multiplication facts. They are also a key part of 3rd grade math.
  • Montessori Multiplication (iOS) by Edoki Academy uses Montessori tools to guide students step-by-step through the concepts of multiplication. Designed by teachers and Award winning app developers, Montessori Math: Multiplication presents an in-depth, step-by-step approach to multiplication with fundamental Montessori materials: the multiplication board, the stamp game and the bead frame with an added fun monster lab for motivation! “With four different activities, a toolbox of resources, and three multiplication games, this may be one of the strongest multiplication apps available. Its unique approach to multiplication makes it ideal for parents and teachers who have children who struggle with multiplication and may need to look at it in a new way.” Best Apps for Kids
  • Understanding Math Times Table (iOS $3.99) by app media UG is a versatile app that covers every concept of multiplication and covers it well—arrays, repeated addition, and even division.  If your students need conceptual practice, then this is the app for you! “From a educational standpoint, Understanding Math- Times Tables exceeds expectations. As a matter of fact, this is one of the best apps I’ve found to explain the process of multiplication and division. Another plus is that Understanding Math- Times Tables is aligned with Common Core State Standards.” FunEducationalApps.com


  • Dynamic Division (iOS $2.99) by MontessoriTech lets students learn about division using virtual beads. Students divide the beads into the assigned number of groups to help solve the problem. The genius and simplicity of Montessori division in a fun, intuitive and play again form.
    What is division? When do we divide? How? These questions just disappear when you start dividing coins among pirates, shoes between caterpillars, and bananas among monkeys. And tidying up is even better – can you imagine
  • Division Board (iOS $1.99) by Edoki Academy allows students have fun as they divide gold greedy pirates (with funny accents).  Laughter is guaranteed! A wonderful way for students to learn division by distributing objects (virtual beads) and develop a visual and kinesthetic understanding of division. Division Board app is a virtual rendition of the Montessori Division Board that demonstrates sharing of the dividend beads, across the divisor skittles to discover the quotient – the “share of one”