By Vicki Little
One of the best ways to get your child to increase their proficiency in math is to get them to do a bit of math every day. Let’s face it though, the thought of “doing math” is not very enticing — for either of you. However, if you frame that math as a game — particularly a game on a screen — it suddenly becomes a lot more interesting. Here are 10 fun apps for two- to five-year-olds that will help them get a firm foundation in math:
1) Counting Caterpillar: A cute game for little kids that teaches the basics of counting through silly games. You can customize how your child learns to count by setting it to 1’s, 2’s, 5’s or 10’s. Available in the App Store for $1.99.
2) Endless Numbers: Kids will have a great time learning number recognition, sequences, quantity, numerical patterns, and simple addition with the adorable Endless Monsters. The game provides small lessons that teach how the numbers relate to one another, and it leaves out high scores to keep learning fun and stress-free. Available in Google Play or App Store for FREE!
3) Team UmiZoomi Zoom Into Numbers: If your little one loves the UmiZoomi crew, they are sure to love this game. The game has five levels that increase in complexity from number recognition to simple arithmetic and number patterns. Available in Google Play or App Store for $4.99.
4) Pocoyo Games: Pocoyo and his friends Plato, Elly, and Loula guide kids through very basic learning skills with 8 fun games that teach colors, numbers, first words, addition, and subtraction. There are also 5 additional music sections to teach your children different sounds and how to create music videos, and another section where Pocoyo tells stories to them. Available in Google Play and App Store for FREE!
5) Bugs and Numbers: Kids will have fun with these cute little bugs as they explore fun places like a restaurant or circus while learning matching, counting, sorting, sequencing, basic arithmetic and more. There are three sections that have six games in each section. Available in the App Store for $2.99.
6) Quick Math Jr.: This game takes the traditional basics of counting, addition, and subtraction lessons for preschoolers and steps it up by teaching your child how to recognize numbers in their written form as well. Available in the App Store for $2.99.
7) Moose Math: This popular moose may be recognized from lessons on farm animals and construction equipment, and now he is helping his friends learn how to do geometry, sorting, and counting with 5 fun games. Available in Google Play and App Store for $1.99.
8) Preschool Math Games for Kids: These games get progressively harder for kids ages 2-8 as they start to master reading, counting, and tracing numbers. They will then get into patterns, addition, subtraction, and even minimum and maximum. Available in Google Play for FREE!
9) Math Kids: This app has three main sections that focus on improving your child’s recognition and speed. The first part is to determine where your child is currently at, the second focuses on finding sums, and the final portion helps with memory. Available in Google Play for FREE!
10) Bedtime Math: Each day your child will enjoy a fun short story followed by some math questions. There are three different levels of math problems. Available in Google Play and the App Store for FREE!
Vicki Little is a preschool teacher with two children. A Colorado native, she spends her time writing, sitting in the bleachers for her daughter’s gymnastics, and engaging in spirited debates with her son. In her free time…well, she is still waiting for some of that.
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