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Apps: Splash Math

Splash Math is an app for the iPhone and iPad that teaches children Math in a fun way. I was introduced to this app by another mother who told me her boys loved it. Since Aristotle has never been fond of Math, I figured it was worth a try. I have to give it my three thumbs up for successfully engaging my Math-aversed son and helping him look forward to Math instead of searching for excuses to avoid it.

What’s Great about Splash Math:

– Easy to use:

The content is highly interactive. Children drag and drop shapes, pop bubbles, rotate clock hands and more to solve problems. The user interface is simple and clear with lots of pictures so that problem solving is fun.

– Learn at your own pace:

Splash Math enables your child to learn various math concepts at his or her own pace. After each question, the app appropriately chooses the next question. Each topic starts with an easy level and based on the child’s progress, the medium and hard levels are gradually unlocked. The practice mode can be used to focus on problem areas.

– Have fun while learning:

Take a break between sessions and enjoy playing with fun creatures in the aquarium. Earn new ones such as angel fish, clown fish, squid, crabs as you earn more points. Aristotle loves playing with the aquarium but in order to play at the aquarium, he has to earn points so he’s motivated to continue practicing his Math.

– Track your child’s progress:

And last but not least, you can also configure the app to send you reports by email to monitor your child’s activity. I thought this was one of the best features because you can see how your child is going without having to watch over his shoulder every time he does his Math.

Here is what they suggest when using Splash Math with your child:

  • Hundred-points-a-day – This is possibly the easiest way to engage your children. Every time you give them Splash Math, set them a target – Earn one hundred points. They can go to either Play or Practice Section and get their hundred points for the day.
  • Lesson-a-day – In the Practice area, select a lesson in a chapter. Set your children the target to clear all the levels – Easy, Medium and Hard in that lesson for the day. Giving them incentive for completing the lesson would be a good idea to keep them motivated.
  • Class Test coming up? Use Splash Math to prepare your children for class tests or quizzes coming up in School. Go to the Play section’s settings and select the chapters that they need to prepare for. As they play these selected chapters, they are on their way to a high score in school.
  • Test what your child learned in school today – This can be a very effective regime for your children if they are not able to get enough practice in math at school. Once the child is back from school, select the chapter that is being taught in school in the Play settings and let your child Play. You can additionally take them to the Practice area and let them practice selected lessons that were taught on the day. Giving your child incentive on scoring every hundred points would also be great idea to go with this.

Content covered in Splash Math Grade 1:

  • Addition concepts
  • Subtraction concepts
  • Place value
  • Numbers and Comparison
  • Addition strategies
  • Subtraction strategies
  • Addition and subtraction
  • Two digit operations
  • Data and graphs
  • Time
  • Money
  • Measurements
  • Geometry
  • Addition refresher
  • Subtraction refresher

Sample Work Sheets from Splash Math Grade 1:

SM 1 SM 1a SM 1b SM 1c

Content covered in Splash Math Grade 2:

  • Place value
  • Number sense
  • Addition strategies
  • Two digit addition
  • Subtraction strategies
  • Two digit subtraction
  • Time
  • Measurements
  • Geometry
  • Data
  • Money
  • Three digit addition
  • Three digit subtraction

Sample Work Sheets from Splash Math Grade 2:

SM 2 SM 2a SM 2b

Content covered in Splash Math Grade 3:

  • Place value
  • Number sense
  • Addition
  • Subtraction
  • Multiplication facts
  • Division facts
  • Time
  • Customary measurements
  • Metric measurements
  • Geometry
  • Data and probability
  • Fractions
  • Decimals
  • Multiplication
  • Division
  • Money

Sample Work Sheets from Splash Math Grade 3:

SM 3 SM 3a SM 3b SM 3c

Splash Math Grade 4:

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Splash Math is available in a free version that lets you try out the program to see how well you child takes to it. You have the option to extend to the full version later. Alternatively, you can purchase the full version out right. Personally I think it’s a fair price for a Math book you can use over and over again for all your kids.

Trial Versions

Splash Math for the iPad:

Splash Math for the iPhone:

Full Versions

Splash Math for the iPad – $9.99:

Splash Math for the iPhone – $3.99:


Published by Shen-Li

SHEN-LI LEE is the author of “Brainchild: Secrets to Unlocking Your Child’s Potential”. She is also the founder of (a website on parenting, education, child development) and (a website on Right Brain Education, cognitive development, and maximising potentials). In her spare time, she blogs on Forty, Fit & Fed, and Back to Basics.

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