When you give someone directions to your house, you might tell them your relative location first, such as, “We live southwest of the post office.” After that, you’d...
We like to get into the swing of fall by enjoying some of our favorite flavors of doughnuts- apple cider and pumpkin spice- with a unique math twist! As much as we love eating those doughnuts as they are, we like to play a fun game with them that gets everyone in a silly mood: the dangling doughnut game!
As I was “digging” around my calendar, I came across a fun fact: October 18 is International Archaeology Day. Normally, I wouldn’t think twice about it, but as a family we had a unique experience with archaeology this summer and we’ve been interested in it ever since.
There’s a reason the cardboard box is in the National Toy Hall of Fame. You’d be hard pressed to find a more open-ended toy. We recently turned an upcycled box into a math target game. A math target game combines two things kids universally love: a chance to throw things and a game to play. Add to that my love of upcycling items destined for the trash and a chance to build math skills and we’re right on target for a perfect project!
Are you nuts about math? You will be this fall after trying these nutty fun activities. Sort, measure, and estimate acorns. Best of all an easy acorn craft!
Geoboards are great for hands-on geometry. I’ve been wanting to try some geoboard activities at home, but I also knew that simply placing a geoboard and some rubber bands out on the table might not elicit the most exciting response from my kids. It would be more fun, not to mention more mathy, if we made our own board.
There are days when we’re up for elaborate adventures and then there are days when we just need an excuse to be silly. I find that as summer winds down our need to be goofy is inversely proportional to the number of days left before our fall routine begins. It’s days like these when a game of Cheese Puff Toss is just what the doctor ordered.
As much as we love sitting around a bonfire with friends and neighbors, we all know the real reason for these gatherings… s’mores! We ate up many bags of marshmallows this summer. Sure, they’re an inexpensive purchase, but did you know they’re easy to make at home?
The kids in our lives must wonder why we adults spend so much time and money trying to keep insects away. My son loves to capture insects of all kinds. They’re such fascinating creatures. He can spend hours observing them, and before we know it, he’s named them and declared them his “pets!” Of all the creeping and crawling insects, he’s partial to moths and butterflies. Tell any bug-loving kid that you have a recipe for something that will attract all kinds of moths to your yard and he getst to stay up past dark to observe the results, and you have sure-fire hit on your hands!
As we approach the halfway point of summer, we can certainly feel one effect of the sun’s energy: its warmth. Did you know there’s another fun and beautiful way to see the effects of the sun’s energy? We’re going to use the sun as a big photo developer in the sky by making sun prints!