Math Playground Apps

Our school district has a wonderful Math Problem Solving resource which teachers are encouraged to sign out for their schools. It consists of a couple of rolling 8-drawer storage bins filled with various problem-solving activities for students to complete. It is wonderfully organized and self-contained. It also has many different levels for each activity. All students can be successful and challenged at the same time with this engaging resource. It’s wonderful. Our district calls this resource Math Playground.

iPhone AppsLast week, we had our Administrator Study Group meeting at a colleagues school. It’s always great to have our meetings in the schools, instead of in a restaurant, because then we get to see what is actually happening in other schools.  Before our meeting began, a few of use talked with a teacher about some of the apps their school has on their iPads.

So, before our meeting, in our discussions about apps, one of the teachers told us about a couple of the folders on their school iPads that relate to Problem Solving. There were some that were new to me which I was excited to be introduced to (and vice-versa, I think).  These Problem Solving apps are in folders on their iPads, titled, Playground.

I love the name Playground and the connection it made to the Math Playground that our district offers, so I changed the name of our Problem Solving folders to Playground folders.

Here are the apps we have in our Playground folders:

StickerSudoku                     JellyPopFree

Narrow Ways                      TinkerBox

:hmm: box                            UNO Free

iBloxx                                    Cut the Rope

Where’s My Water?           RushHrFree

Kunundrum                         Brain Games 2

ChocFixFree                        Blue Block 2

Doodle Fit                            Holes&Balls

TheLineHD                           Aces Traffic

Finger Block                         Mancala FS5

Blue Block                            Paper Toss HD

Yapa Lite                              Foozle

Unblock Me                         Cross Fingers

Bananas VS Worm

I am looking forward to hearing what the kids think of these Playground apps: which are their favourites and why.

Do you know of other wonderful Problem Solving apps?

If so, I’d love to hear about them!

Photo by Daniel Y. Go from Flickr (Creative Commons)

About Tia M. Dawson

There are many things that define who I am as a person. First of all, I am a mother of 3 wonderful children! I can not express how fortunate we are to have our children in our life! Secondly, I am a Principal of an elementary school Langley, BC. Lastly, I am a person who loves photography. I gain so much enjoyment and satisfaction taking photos. I have learned a great deal about photography since I purchased my first dSLR in 2008. There is so much more to learn though! All three of these things help to describe who I am as a person, but also demonstrate my love of learning - nothing is ever stagnant with any of these. I love to learn!
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6 Responses to Math Playground Apps

  1. What a great list of apps. And I love the idea of calling it a “playground” – would be enticing to the kids. I look forward to hearing what the kids think of them as I will be putting some of them on our iPads at West Langley. Will let you know what our guys think.

    • T. Henriksen says:

      Hey Shawn,
      I’m glad you liked the list. The other school I mentioned in my blog post had a great set as well. It would be great just to sit down with others to see what apps they are using and which they like the best. There is just so much to choose from and it’s constantly changing, making it difficult. Yes, I’d love to hear how the kids like them at West Langley!

  2. This is a fantastic list — I appreciate you sharing! Here are a few suggestions…

    1. Sudoku School
    2. Nada Clue
    3. Number Bubbles
    4. Mathlands
    5. Gravity HD
    6. Math Gems
    7. Math Balloons Lite

  3. 6th Grade Teacher says:

    Thanks for this great list of educational apps. I am a teacher that is using apps and iPads with my students, and I have found that the best “Fun” math games on the App store are Math Evolve, Motion Math, and Rocket Math.

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