5 Great Apps for Arithmetic Practice

Arithmetic is the area of mathematics that is concerned with properties of numbers and fractions and the number operations including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

The word ‘arithmetic’ comes from the Greek word ‘arithmos’ which means ‘number’ and also from from the Indo-European root ‘ar’ which means to 'fit together' so - put simply - arithmetic is related to sorting out and fitting numbers together in a logical way.

Apps provide a great tool and resource for children to practise arithmetic and to manipulate number, gaining confidence and understanding in the process! Here are 5 of our best:

Number+Sense Home Edition

1. Number+Sense Home Edition

(Android, iPhone, iPad)

Number Sense app helps children to develop fluency, speed and accuracy in arithmetic and mathematical reasoning. It does this by using an innovative method whereby players are constantly challenged to improve their skills and are motivated to practice more for continuous progress.

This app's innovative approach lifts it above many other arithmetic practice apps. It has a broad coverage of topics and offers a mental challenge like no other arithmetic app.  Teachers and parents alike will find this a great way to help their children practice their number work.

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Sharpen your mental maths skills on this selection of learning games. You can practise over and over again as the questions change. Many mental maths tests such are time limited so the arithmetic games against the clock can help you to work out answers quickly.

Quick Maths

3. Quick Maths

(iPhone, iPad)

This app allows children to select from five modes and practice basic arithmetic calculations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, or a mix of operations. Normally children will type in their answer, but with this app kids can write the number anywhere on the screen to show the correct response. This is a useful tool for kids to practice the arithmetic skills they've already learned in the classroom. Designed for ages 6-12, it is the perfect app for their mental calculation skills. In addition to simple problems, the app also includes more difficult ones where the kids need to calculate unknown values by performing inverse operations.

Number Bonds 1-10

4. Number Bonds 1-10

(iPhone, iPad)

This is a great app for kids who are in Early Primary to gain familiarity with numbers and to begin to build associations between whole numbers and addition. One of the main reasons we really liked using this game is that it leaves a lot of the thinking and learning up to the user. This is a game that develops skills of logic and hones the skill by mode of repetition. It is exciting and continuously builds on concepts as the game progresses. 

Let's Do Mental Maths

5. Let's Do Mental Maths

(iPhone, iPad)

This bundle of apps covers the entire primary school age range and concentrates on developing children’s mental arithmetic skills through practice.  Each can track multiple users to make it ideal for teachers and parents. With an increased focus on arithmetic in primary schools, and this being an area of maths that only practice can develop, apps such as those in this bundle grant a way to build it in to children’s maths tuition and also to monitor this skill without adding any extra administrative burden to teachers.  With its clear presentation and its well-judged age targeted content, this bundle of apps makes an excellent addition to teacher’s and parent’s efforts to support their children.

In this app, children can earn as they learn.   It is built around offering children a real reward, in the form of new apps, for their efforts in developing their fluency and accuracy in arithmetic. The value of the app can be reflected in the effort required to earn it as parents can set how many questions a child needs to answer correctly to win the app.  There are three tiers to this mechanism reflecting free apps and then two pricing levels. The difficulty of the maths can also be set by deactivating certain question types. This all works very well and is both an original and well-executed idea. 

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