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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. While Thinking Blocks Addition may be used with any elementary math program, it is ideal for children who are learning model drawing strategies found in math books from Singapore. Thinking Blocks Addition is best suited for children, ages 6 to 9.

What's New

Version 1.2

A drawing tool appears during the final problem solving step making it possible to label blocks and write out calculations.

Progress is saved when app is closed and reloaded.

Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5

43 Ratings

43 Ratings

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Losing Access

Absolutely love your thinking blocks apps for all levels. They are fantastic for scaffolding modeling a problem with bar models. I love how kids cannot make a mistake and are forced to rethink how to set up the problem. All the tools needed are built right into the app. You just can’t go wrong. Are you planning to update your apps so they are compatible with the latest iOS system upgrade? Since I upgraded my iPads my students have lost access to using these amazing tools. What a great loss!

More intriguing than a movie


My 8 year old had a movie reward waiting upon completion of her homework. Her homework had similar block models. I opened the app. to show the similarity. She proceeded to work problems on both the app and her homework, then switched fully to the app when her homework was done. She opted to play the math game 10 minutes longer rather than watch the movie!

Great app


My students are struggling with problem solving. This app scaffolds the problem solving process and makes it tactile and visual. The only complaint I have is that I can't create multiple student accounts to track progress. Love it!


Colleen King
12.6 MB
Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPad.
English, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, Traditional Chinese, Turkish
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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