By Deanna Hurn, Founder and Director of Miracle Math Coaching

You know I’m the coolest Math nerd ever, right?

Well, April is special to me because it’s National Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month.  Okay, not everyone thinks that’s a reason to jump for joy.  But your kids might appreciate my idea for helping them celebrate:

Here’s the rundown on 5 fun, engaging and educational apps:

Kid Mode: Play + Learn – basic numbers, shapes, addition and subtraction (ages 2 to 8)

At this age, most children have embraced some well-known cartoons from Disney, Blues Clues, PBS Kids and other television shows. What better way to teach concepts like numbers, shapes, addition and subtraction than by using their favorite characters?  Hello, Winnie the Pooh and Thomas the Train! Available on Android and Kindle Fire for free.

DragonBox Algebra 5+ – Algebra (ages 5 and up)
Algebra for five-year-olds?  Yep.  It’s an intuitive game where players move cards around to keep the box with a dragon on one side of the board.  In reality, they’re learning to isolate X (the dragon), progressing from cards to numbers to variables – all while having fun.  Available on iPhone or iPad for \$4.99.

Photomath – Camera Calculator (ages 10 to 14)

So simple.  After you download the app to an iPhone or iPad, your child points the camera to an equation on paper, takes a photo, and the app will provide the answer and explain how to solve the problem. What could be easier? Available on iPhone or iPad for free.

Math vs. Zombies – addition, subtraction, multiplication and division (ages 10 and up)

This app cranks up the cool quotient if your kid wants to learn while saving the world.  Children and teens must use math skills to contain the threat of Zombies.  Your kids add, subtract, multiply and divide in their quest to overcome the enemy. Available on Android for free and on iPhone or iPad for \$4.99.

Math Ref Free – Algebra, geometry, trigonometry, probability & statistics (ages 14 and up)

For older and more serious students, this app is a great reference guide to the most important formulas, equations and summaries of math concepts.  It’s handy for quick look ups, with more than 600 helpful equations for Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Statistics and more. Available on Android and Kindle Fire for free.