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Updated by Katherine Page Burdick on Oct 10, 2017
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Kathy's List of Best Elementary Math Apps for Operations

Here is a list of my favorite iOS Math apps for grades 1-5. These cover basic addition and subtraction.

First Grade Splash Math Learning Practice for Kids

Splash Math – 1st Grade app is a collection of fun and interactive math problems aligned to Common Core Standards. The app reinforces math concepts with self-paced and adaptive practice anytime, anywhere (works on iPhone, iPod, iPad).

Awards & Recognition's for Splash Math Series
Splash Math Program is currently used by over 12 million kids and has bagged several prestigious awards.
• Winner of “Gold Stevie Award” (2013) in “Education and Reference” category
• Winner of “Tabby Awards” (2012) in “Best Education and Training App” category
• Winner of “Best Elementary Student App” (2011) by
• Featured in Apple lists - “Staff Favourite”, “New and Newsworthy”

*** REVIEWS ***
“School may be out, but students looking to brush up on their math skills will be hard pressed to find a better tool than Splash Math. It was charming, instructive, comprehensive and spoke to kids at the perfect level. There’s a reason this is an Apple Staff Favorite.” –

“Parents need to know that 1st Grade Splash Math Game lets kids practice first-grade level Common Core math skills in an entertaining way. You can choose the skills and difficulty levels from categories including place value, count and compare, advanced addition, data and graphs, and more. Kids earn little origami fish for their "aquariums" as they go.”


“This is the only math App I found that links to the standard curriculum. It can save the parents so much time and money in trying to find out if it fits the child’s need. It is also the most thorough and comprehensive math app I’ve ever seen. With the ability to customize the content of the practices, I feel this could be the only math app you will need for the year.” -

Program Info
Content Coverage: 70+ math skills (1st Grade)
Curriculum: Common Core State Standards

Key Features of 1st Grade Splash Math

  • Self-paced math practice program
  • Explanation for wrong answers
  • Scratchpad for rough work
  • Virtual rewards and games
  • Monitor progress with real-time progress dashboard
  • Progress synced across multiple iPhones, iPods, iPads, desktops and laptops.
  • HD graphics and sound effects to give an amazing game play experience.

StudyPad has the best math apps aligned to common core standards with virtually infinite number of questions. This app covers following topics:

  1. Addition - Add numbers within 20 using various methods with the help of pictures and models
  2. Subtraction - Subtract numbers within 20 using various methods with the help of pictures and models
  3. Advanced Addition - Add three numbers within 20 and solve word problems involving addition
  4. Advanced Subtraction - Subtract to compare and solve word problems involving subtraction
  5. Mixed Operations - Fact families and missing numbers in addition and subtraction equation
  6. Place Value - Work with basic concepts of place value involving amounts of tens and ones in two digit numbers
  7. Counting and Comparison - Count to 120 and compare and order numbers two digit numbers based understanding of place value
  8. Time - Read and set time in hours and half-hours using clocks
  9. Measurements - Measure lengths of objects using smaller objects and order three objects based on length
  10. Addition Facts - Add 1, 2, 3...9 to another number
  11. Subtraction Facts - Subtract 1, 2, 3...9 from another number
  12. Data and Graphs - Analyze and organize data in up to three categories using charts and picture graphs
  13. Geometry - Recognize shapes based on defining attributes and partition circle and rectangles into halves and fourths
  14. Money - Identify coins and their values and count money using coins


  • Splash Math - K to 5 App
  • Preschool and Kindergarten Math App
  • 1st Grade Math App
  • 2nd Grade Math App
  • 3rd Grade Math App
  • 4th Grade Math App
  • 5th Grade Math App
Math Doodles

Extremely creative app that everyone, adults included, will play again and again. Uses multiple
operations in multiple math languages. Use tally marks, Spanish, Chinese, dominoes, hands -
you name it, it is here to make math!
BUY $2.99

Motion Math Zoom

All the Motion Math products rock! Use the accelerometer to move the iPad to move an
object to capture the right answer. Keeps kids fully engaged!
BUY $2.99

Numbler Free

Incredibly fun way to sharpen math skills. If you enjoy Scrabble, you will enjoy this math game.

Math Bingo

Can you get BINGO by finding the correct answers to the problems?
BUY .99

Marble Math

Get Marble Math and Marble Math Jr in the App Store. Both use the accelerometer in the iPad.
Move the marble through a maze to capture the correct answers. Fun way to review and develop
BUY $2.99

Operation Math™ for iPad on the iTunes App Store

Become a detective and use your math skills to solve the math problems - extremely engaging.
BUY $2.99

Adding Apples

Graphically stunning, this app helps young learners learn their facts constructively by adding
and subtracting sets of apples.
BUY $2.99

King of Math

Graphically pleasing and in the iTunes game place, students challenge themselves to automaticity as they are asked to solve as many problems as they can in the time allotted. The problems get harder as they advance up the levels. Allows students to work at their own pace.
BUY $1,99

Math Ignition

Solve problems to earn cash to build your own rocket ship. How high will the parts you chose
enable your rocket to fly?
Buy $.99

Column Addition

Teaches students how to do column addition. Look for column subtraction, multiplication and division as well.
BUY $3.99

Numbers League

Choose a very cool number superhero and show your super powers by solving the math problems.
BUY: $3.99

Bugs and Buttons

graphically stunning beginning math app for kindergarteners. Covers 16 beginning math concepts.
BUY $2.99

MyScript Calculator

Description MyScript Calculator wins Mobile App Showdown at CES 2013!! With MyScript© Calculator, perform mathematical operations naturally using your handwriting. The Free handwriting calculator for your iPhone or iPadEasy, simple and intuitive, just write the mathematical expression on the screen then let MyScript technology perform its magic converting symbols and numbers to digital text and delivering the result in real time.

Math Blaster HyperBlast 2 HD

Read reviews, get customer ratings, see screenshots, and learn more about Math Blaster HyperBlast 2 HD on the App Store. Download Math Blaster HyperBlast 2 HD and enjoy it on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
BUY $4.99

Slice It!

Slice the shapes into equal parts. The play gets increasingly harder.