If getting your kids to practice math is like getting them to eat peas, then try Math Evolve. A little like hiding the peas in the mashed potatoes, the popular app that launched earlier this year — available now for the first time for Mac OSX, Windows and most Android phones and tablets — gets kids to do math problems in a video game environment.
The popular educational app engaged my fourth-grader, who is learning his multiplication tables in earnest, with mesmerizing graphics and music. He enjoyed figuring out problems on his feet as he — playing as a creature sent on a mission to Earth — shoots down members of a hostile alien force.
Players can choose what kind of math they want to do, from simple addition to more advanced division, as well as the level of difficulty. Aimed at youths ages 6 to 14, the app also allows parents to track a child's progress.
The app is $1.99 across all platforms, except for Mac OSX, where it is 99 cents.