Fun Math Games: How Can You Have Fun With a Math App?

Fun math games seems like like a contradiction in terms. If you are anything like me, then the thought of spending leisure time doing sums is not necessarily appealing. But that is where an iPhone or iPad math app can make the difference. A cool math game has the ability to help you forget that you are actually doing arithmetic, and instead keep you entertained and addictingly glued to the screen.

Aimed at both adults and children who have basic counting skills, fun math games are educational. However, the adults and kids alike will become engrossed in the competitive nature of these games, posting scores to Openfeint or Games Centre to see if they can beat their best score, and will quickly forget that they are using their brain in a way that their math teacher would happily approve of.

A math app can be cunningly disguised as a fun game for young children. Once they become engrossed with the characters or story, the addition, subtraction, spatial awareness or problem solving puzzles become entertaining and engaging and can keep a youngster amused for quite some time and on a recurring basis.

Fun math games aimed at adults include the old faithful games such as Sudoku, the new classic game Tetris, and even the immensely popular Angry Birds which uses a player’s knowledge of angles and velocity, although without you really thinking about it and dreading playing a math game! The addicting quality of any of these games takes over and the player is fully engaged and determined to win. That is the sign of a great game.

Why use an app instead of paper and pencil? Well, I would not argue that paper and pencil make a very entertaining option if that is all you have. But the options with apps are huge and becoming greater every day. Most game apps are free or very inexpensive. Graphics are entertaining and lively for children, and engaging for adults. Different play modes are available allowing you to choose the type of game you feel like playing today, and you have the option of scores being compared with others all over the world. Now why would you choose paper and pencil?

If, like me, you think math is not appealing, then I would suggest you try a math app for iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. It might just surprise you how much you enjoy it, and your brain might like the workout from fun math games!