Somehow I had never seen these great mathematics apps before I happened upon one while browsing the App Store. So I was thrilled when I realized there were actually eight of them, and they're all COMPLETELY free, with no in-app purchases! There are also no ads, and the apps are perfect for use at school. It probably reveals a bit of my character to admit that I spent far longer than needed for evaluative purposes playing *Dare to Share Fairly*. It's a great visual strategy for understanding the concept of division.

All four of the *Thinking Blocks* apps are also amazing for providing visual strategies. These present word problems and walk the user through using a model to solve a problem. This is so much of the current math education in schools, and the app helps students truly understand what the problems are asking. The app descriptions mention the tie-in to the Singapore Math curriculum — I used this with my son when he was young, and it was amazing how much it helped ME understand even basic math more. But don't worry, the apps can be used alongside any math curriculum.

Since they are completely free, I recommend everyone just download them all. Even if you don't think you need them right now, you may someday. Get them now just in case they someday aren't free.

*iPad only *

Thinking Blocks Addition teaches children how to model and solve word problems involving addition and subtraction. In this interactive tutorial, children are introduced to 6 problem solving models. The models help children organize information and visualize number relationships. Thinking Blocks Addition is best suited for children, ages 6 to 9.

**Thinking Blocks Multiplication**

*iPad only *

Thinking Blocks Multiplication teaches children how to model and solve word problems involving multiplication and division. In this interactive tutorial, children are introduced to 6 problem solving models. The models help children organize information and visualize number relationships. Thinking Blocks Multiplication is best suited for children, ages 7 to 10.

**Thinking Blocks Ratios**

*iPad only*

Thinking Blocks Ratios teaches children how to model and solve word problems involving proportional reasoning. In this interactive tutorial, children are introduced to 6 problem solving models. The models help children organize information and visualize number relationships. Thinking Blocks Ratios is best suited for children, ages 10+.

*iPad only*

Thinking Blocks Fractions teaches children how to model and solve word problems involving fractions and whole numbers. In this interactive tutorial, children are introduced to 6 problem solving models. The models help children organize information and visualize number relationships. Thinking Blocks Fractions is best suited for children, ages 10+.

*iPad only *

Dare to Share Fairly is a visual math tool for children who are learning how to divide larger numbers. Children use place value blocks to demonstrate fair sharing. The standard division algorithm is presented for comparison.

*iPad only*

Shuttle Mission Math is a mathematical puzzle game that makes algebraic thinking both visual and interactive. The goal is to find the weight of each space creature and assemble a team for the next shuttle mission. Intended for ages 10+. Please visit our support page for a video introduction and walk through of some of the beginning levels.

*iPad only *

Create your own algebra puzzles then try to solve them! This easy to use, educational tool was designed to work together with Shuttle Mission Math, an algebraic reasoning game in the app store. Puzzles can be solved with at least one of the following visual strategies: Scale Up, Scale Down (multiply or divide), Combine Teams (add or subtract), and Subtract Knowns.

*iPad only *

Equation Creations invites children of all ages to explore the fun side of math equations. While the math behind drawing and animation is advanced, no math skills are needed to enjoy this app. Everyone can play with the variables in the equations and see the results. The goal of Equation Creations is to show that math has a playful side.

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*Heather H feels sad for people who say they never use algebra, because algebra makes her feel happy.*

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