Best times tables apps for kids

Best times tables apps for kids
Help your child become a times tables whizz with apps that will build their accuracy, speed and fluency.

Best for a personalised programme

Times Table Rock Stars, £7.20 per year, Apple and Android

Used in many schools, Times Table Rock Stars is designed to help your child master tables in a sequential way. Your child gets to choose their rock star name and avatar, and you – the band manager – set order in which you’d like them to work on their tables (there is a suggested order, if you’re unsure).

There are then four ‘venues’ for your child to play in. In the Garage, your child practises the times tables you’ve set for them. In the Studio, they’re given questions on all times tables up to 12x12. The Arena and Festival are multi-player modes, with Arena restricted to members of their family, and Festival for players around the world.

The app records which questions your child gets wrong and then presents them more frequently, so they get extra practice. Additionally, around 20% of the questions are divisions, helping your child master inverse operations.

Your child collects coins that they can spend on different backgrounds and rock star accessories in the avatar shop; they also improve their rock star status as they answer questions correctly, from Wannabe to Rock Hero.

Best for adaptive learning

DoodleMaths Times Tables, £3.99, Apple and Android

DoodleMaths Times Tables helps your child consolidate their times tables knowledge by presenting them with a variety of types of question. These include word problems, multiple choice and inverse operations.

Choose which times table you’d like to focus on, and the app will then give your child an assortment of question types to solve: great for ensuring a really solid grasp of tables. They can also test themselves on all their times tables up to 12x12 in Challenge mode.

The best feature of DoodleMaths is that it’s an adaptive app. Over time, it learns which times tables your child has mastered and which still need work, testing them on the tables they need more practice with, and recommending which one to move on to next.

Best for minimising distractions

Mr Thorne’s Times Table Terra, 99p, Apple

If you want your child to focus on learning their tables with minimal distractions, this is the app for you. Choose which table you’d like them to practise, and at which level (Beginner, First Class and World Class); they then press one of 12 coloured bars to reveal a multiplication for them to solve.

The space theme is appealing without being distracting, and your child earns planets for their planetarium by getting their times tables right.

There’s also the opportunity to challenge children who know all their basic times tables by practising multiplying larger numbers, including 13, 15, 25 and 100.

Best for daily practice

10 Minutes a Day Times Tables, free, Apple and Android

From esteemed educational publisher DK, 10 Minutes a Day Times Tables works on the theory that children learn best in short bursts. It tests them on their tables from 1x1 to 12x12; you can choose whether to do them in order or out of sequence.

Children race against the clock by answering times tables questions. Their car advances for every sum they get right, with the aim of beating the app to the finishing line. Questions increase in difficulty as children progress: initially, they’re tested on their times tables in order, then randomly, and then through missing number questions (e.g. ? x 12 = 24).

If they get a question wrong, they can attempt it again, and the app also gives them handy hints if they’re stuck on a particular question. They win trophies for every round they complete.

Once children have mastered times tables in order, they can choose to do mixed times tables challenges, where they’re tested on number sentences from three different tables at a time.

Best for simplicity

Maths Loops: Times Tables, 99p, Apple and Android

This simple and intuitive app is a good way to test children on their times tables facts. Choose which table you want your child to practise; number sentences then appear in the middle of the screen, surrounded by a range of multiple choice answers. Your child taps on the correct answer.

Because the app presents times tables questions out of sequence, it’s a good test of whether your child has a good grasp of their tables, rather than simply having memorised them by rote. Children can record how long it takes them to complete each round, and compare their times with other users.

The Lite version of the app is free, but includes ads and only gives you access to the one to six times tables. If you want to test your child on tables up to 12x12, you’ll need to upgrade to the paid-for and ad-free version.

Best for practising word problems

Times Tables Practice Made Easy, 99p, Apple

Word problems – where a maths question is couched in a written problem, rather than being presented as a number sentence – are an important test of your child’s times tables knowledge. They have to unpick the question to work out what problem they’re being asked to solve: a greater test than simply reciting tables by rote.

This app has three different modes: Practice, where they’re asked to solve times tables questions, selecting from multiple choice answers; Word Problems that test their understanding; and Games, where they can compete against friends or siblings, or against the app.

The app has lots of child appeal, with brightly coloured animations, jaunty music and rewards to collect for correct answers. There’s a free version that gives limited access, but it’s worth paying for the full version to test your child on all their tables up to 12x12.

Best for interactivity

Squeebles Times Tables, £3.99, Apple and Android

The Squeebles are a tribe of friendly monsters, who appear in a range of educational apps. In Squeebles Times Tables, they’ve been taken prisoner by the evil Maths Monster, and it’s your child’s job to rescue them by solving times tables questions. It’s brilliant for building speed and fluency: a key part of learning times tables.

Training mode will help your child commit their times tables up to 12x12 to memory. They can then progress to various different activities that test their knowledge. They can practise their tables out of sequence in Mix It Up, tackle word problems, get to grips with inverse operations in Fill The Gap and race against the clock in Challenge mode.

If your child gets a multiplication wrong, it’s added to the Tricky Tables section; they have to get it right three times in a row to move on. There’s also an Extreme Tables challenge that introduces the 13, 14 and 15 times tables: ideal for kids who are working in greater depth in maths.

Your child collects Squeebles characters for getting their answers right, and also earns credit to play Bubble-Ball, an arcade-style game that rewards them for their efforts.

Best for rote learning

Times Tables Personal Assistant, £1.99, Apple and Android

This app introduces children to the art of learning times tables by rote. In Learning mode, each table is spoken aloud in order, and in a clear English accent, helping familiarise your child with the patterns involved. There are three different voiceovers, including a rhythmic one that’s suited to rote learning.

After practising their chosen table, your child can then choose from a range of different challenges to test their knowledge. These include Drag and Drop, Multiple Choice, Matching Pairs and Grid. The activities help your child practise their tables both ways round (e.g. 3x7 and 7x3), as well as inverse operations.

Multiplayer mode lets your child pit themselves against a sibling, friend or parent, and each player can be challenged on a different table, so you can tailor it to suit children of different ages or stages.

Once they’re feeling confident, your child can take a test in the times tables of their choice. Here, they go up against the clock and try to beat their previous times, which helps them speed up. They earn medals as an incentive to keep challenging themselves.

Best for music lovers

Maths Rockx: Times Tables!, 99p per times table, Apple and Android

Some children learn best through hearing and listening. Maths Rockx taps into that style of learning with its funky music-based app.

Maths Rockx sets times tables from one to 12 to much-loved pop songs, including So What by P!nk, What Makes You Beautiful by One Direction and Pharrell Williams’ Happy. The idea is that your child sings their tables along to the track, and in doing so commits them to memory.

Parents who’ve tried the app comment on how their children spontaneously start singing their times tables when one of the featured songs comes on the radio.

There’s also a quiz feature where your child can test their knowledge.

Best for gamers

The Times Table Adventure, £1.99 for 10 days’ access or £7.99 for unlimited play, Apple and Android

If your child loves video games like Minecraft and Roblox, this immersive games-based app will help them learn their times tables without it feeling like hard work.

Your child is charged with helping Digit the robot defend Planet Calculus from the evil Zeta the Number Cruncher. By playing times tables mini games, they earn gold, which they can spend on fortifications for their kingdom. They also earn diamonds, which are used to build things more quickly, and stars that let them level up. Wrong answers, however, go into Zeta’s cauldron and equip her to destroy the planet.

You can choose which times tables your child practises, or let the app choose for you based on their progress. There are also times tables raps to help your child with rote learning, and a Daily Challenge for extra rewards.

Best for KS1

Times Table Mountain, 99p, Apple and Android

In this app, your child helps a climber scale a mountain by answering times tables sums correctly. He advances a step for every right answer, and slips backwards when they get one wrong.

The app records how many steps it takes to climb the mountain, and how long it took, so your child can try to better their own score.

Your child can either focus on one particular times table or, in the higher levels, choose to be tested on a group of tables, following the order they’re taught in under the National Curriculum, or on all multiplication facts up to 5x, 10x and 12x.