The research has been done and the numbers crunched: It turns out that the majority of kids would rather eat broccoli than do math.
If your school-age kids fall into Camp Cruciferous, however, there may still be hope: Three new math apps for elementary students not only make learning and reinforcing math fun, but they also give numbers exceptional (and exciting) real-world applications.
Motion Math: Cupcake! $4.99
One of our all time favorite math apps, Motion Math: Pizza, now has a sweet partner, Motion Math: Cupcake! Like the pepperoni version, this app requires elementary students to run all aspects of a food-service business, from solving word problems to filling orders, comparing ingredients and deciding which vendor to use. It has highly realistic game play, with speed incorporated into it when demand for cupcakes is high.
Numbers for Osmo: Free (but requires purchase of Osmo Box)
Here’s an awesome app that interacts with physical objects (in this case a series of game pieces with numbers and dots on them that must be purchased in order to use the “free” app). By attaching Osmo’s mirror to the iPad, the app sees the pieces, and then elementary students can play by using number squares that add up to the sum seen on-screen. As they progress through the game, kids go from counting the dots to working out multiplication challenges.
Learn & Earn: $4.99 monthly subscription
This super cool app also comes with a huge caveat: It ties time on it practicing math skills needed for elementary students grades 1-4 to rewards. And by rewards, we mean goods that can be purchased through Amazon. Yep, that’s the concept here: The app lets parents link it to their Amazon account and then motivate kids by connecting learning goals with rewards. Parents select how much they are willing to spend and children select a prize within that price range. Children work toward the goal and the app keeps track of use. More than 500,000 math challenges are available, and parents can select skills kids practice.
These resources can help you battle the broccoli fever and win back the hearts and minds of your elementary school students. Math on!