Math is one of those subjects that has been known to make me cringe a bit when I think about teaching my children. Not necessarily because it’s too hard or because I don’t understand it, but for the simple fact that I may learn and understand it differently than they do.
Think about it, a specific math concept could easily be understood by 10 different people, but they each may have their own unique way of dissecting the problem, examining it, and figuring it out. What works for one, may not work for another, even though they are looking at the same problem.
Right now, my kids are still young enough that our current math concepts to this point have included things like number recognition counting, and making patterns. As they get older however, we’re adding in more and more concepts and if the way I’ve learned and understood them doesn’t work for my kids, we might find ourselves with a bit of a problem.
Fortunately for us though, living in the age of the internet and other various forms of technology means that we’ll have access to a whole host of items, apps, and ideas that we may not have had otherwise.
Now, when it comes to screen time for kids, we know that moderation is key. Technology can be a powerful educational tool when used correctly and is just one of the many that we like to include in our school time each day to enhance our own homeschool.
To say that it can be a bit frustrating however, is a bit of an understatement.
Let me ask you this, have you ever tried to download some free educational apps and games for your child only to get 5 minutes into using them and find out that only a small portion of the features are free or that doing anything requires an in-app purchase of some sort? Yeah, so have we.
While I don’t mind paying for apps that my kids love and that we use over and over again throughout our school year, I don’t want to be racking up a new bill every single time we try out a new app.
Fortunately, with Amazon Underground, I don’t have to worry about it anymore.
When we reach the math portion of our homeschool day, we can break away from the manipulatives and worksheets and pull out a fun game that will not only work on various math skills including counting, patterns, and addition, but will allow your child to play independently because you no longer have to worry about them hitting the wrong button and accidentally opening up an ad or buying something through the app’s in-game store.
Basically, anytime you see the “Actually Free” placed over the top corner of an app, it means that you won’t be paying for a thing. No hidden fees, no in-app purchase, and there are no annoying ads or popups for your child to gravitate to.
Not sure where to start? Well, there are 300+ premium education apps available for download in Amazon Underground and believe me, we have tried out more than our fair share.
If your child is just starting to work on, or is needing a quick refresher of some of their early math skills, these 7 free math apps for kids will get you going quickly and will have your kids excited about math in no time!
Free Math Apps for Kids
Monkey MathSchool Sunshine
Our current favorite! Work on everything from counting and number sequencing to patterns and basic addition and subtraction. I was bit skeptical at first over whether or not the 5 year old would even like this one, but it turns out that with all of the various options and games, he could play it for hours.
Vic the Viking Play and Learn
With various difficulty levels offered in multiple languages, this app is a fun engaging way to get your kids excited about learning and working on those math concepts while getting them involved in a funny, animated story about Vic the Viking.
Kids Telling Time
This app is a fantastic practice app for kids that are learning to tell time. They’ll practice with both analog and digital clocks all while playing a fun game of feeding Ticky the mouse.
Paint by Numbers – Animals PRO
Just like the classic color by number pictures that I’m sure you tried out when you were a kid, these include more than basic numbers (addition and subtraction facts) and the best part? No mess to clean up afterwards!
3D Smart Puzzles
This one in particular does have a large focus on phonics, but is a great way to work in a little puzzle solving as well. Counting pictures, solving puzzles, and figuring out where the pieces go will have your child entertained all afternoon.
Connect the Dots for Kids
Perfect for even the littlest of learners! If they’re working on number order, these connect the dot pictures are a great way to practice and have a little fun at the same time.
Dinosaur Math Tower Defense
Have your kids ever tried playing a tower defense game? If they’re fans of dinosaurs, they may just love this one.
While definitely for older children who are, at this point, just practicing those basic math facts, this fast paced game is a great way to work in a little addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division practice into your day.
So whether your kids are just learning to count or you’re looking for a fun way for them to brush up on their math facts as we start out this new school year, you’ll be able to find something completely free for every age group with a quick search.
Just head on over to Amazon Underground to learn more about their extensive catalog of 100% free games and apps that you can access using your Android Smartphone or Amazon Fire Tablet.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.