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Building Bridges Among Generations

November 26, 2014 8:00 am


School may be out, but math doesn’t have to take a break for the Thanksgiving holidays! Measurement, estimation, patterns, and geometry come in handy when decorating your home for the holidays. I like to keep guests entertained with a friendly competition while the turkey is roasting in the oven.

Thanksgiving Dinner with a Side of Math

November 18, 2014 8:00 am


Invite math to the table this Thanksgiving with these five easy Thanksgiving centerpieces made with pumpkins. After all, October may be over, but pumpkin season is still going strong! These ideas are simple enough to do with your kids, and they’re a great way to introduce your children to important concepts in geometry and math.

Folded Paper Banners for Dia de los Muertos

October 27, 2014 8:00 am


How many times can you fold a sheet of paper? Popular myth has it that you cannot fold a sheet of paper in half more than seven times....

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Boo to You!

October 20, 2014 8:00 am


This Halloween season, ditch the GPS and give your kids the chance to learn about distance, measurement, estimation and other math skills by developing a Boo Your Neighbors attack plan!

Math Fun with Pumpkin Seeds

October 10, 2014 8:00 am


Pumpkin carving is one of fall’s most beloved traditions. There’s no surprise on the timing; 80% of the pumpkin supply in the US is available in October. My...

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Paper Plate Weaving

September 26, 2014 8:00 am


Thanks to fairy tales like Sleeping Beauty and Rapunzel, most kids know that cotton is spun into thread, and thread is woven into cloth, but most kids these days have never seen a spindle or a loom in action, let alone know how to spin or weave. Most of the looms available in craft stores are the rainbow kind, but if you want to give your child a basic idea of how to weave thread into cloth, all you need is some yarn and a paper plate. Here’s a fun weaving craft that will keep kids of any age busy for hours:

Symmetry Drawing

September 22, 2014 8:00 am


I love to draw, and it seems my children have inherited that love. All three of them can spend hours doodling and recreating whatever fantasy worlds they’ve spun in their imaginations. They also love to copy their favorite characters and objects, but often end up frustrated because their drawing looks nothing like the original. The key is lots of practice, and a knowledge of concepts such as perspective, light, proportion, and symmetry.

Fibonacci Flowers and Other Math Scavenger Hunt Ideas

September 8, 2014 8:00 am


One of our favorite fall activities is going for hikes and walks. Summer is too hot, winter is too cold, and spring is too wet — but fall has just the right mix of sunny, dry skies and crisp, cool temperatures to inspire me to gather the clan and spend family time in the great outdoors. It can be a challenge to keep the kids happy, especially on longer hikes. One way we keep our kids occupied during hikes is to challenge them to scavenger hunts. They’re also great ways to explore basic concepts in literacy, science, and math. Here are four ideas for math-oriented nature scavenger hunts:

More Math on the Go Road Trip Games

August 27, 2014 9:00 am


Summer is almost over, but there’s still time for one last day at the beach, one last evening barbecue, or one last getaway before school starts! If you’re planning a summer road trip, don’t forget to download our free Math on the Go Printable for some math games to keep the back seat quiet while you drive.

How to Build a House of Cards

August 25, 2014 8:00 am


Everyone loves card games, but it can be difficult to find a card game that everyone wants to play. However, most people are intrigued by the concept of a house of cards. Building a house of cards is challenging and fun, and the resulting structure — no matter how big or small — is a thing of beauty.