When my kids are bouncing off the walls on a rainy day, I break out the emergency craft supplies. Duct tape is one of my go-to items. You can make you can make just about everything with it! One indoor crafting day we made woven duct tape bracelets.
We love to visit the carnival for the rides, but those $5 games for a chance to get a dollar store piece of junk that will break before you leave the parking lot hold way too much sway over my kids We try to skip the carnival games at the fair and make our own fun at home while learning why those big stuffed animals are so difficult to win!
Summer brings lots of creepy crawlies and buzzing bugs. Many kids are naturally curious about our six-legged friends, but learn to fear them based on adult reactions. Take a positive approach to these multi-legged invaders and catch (and release) them for observation and math!
Who can make the biggest splash at the pool this summer? Math can help us figure it out!
My kids just love carnivals–the rare opportunity to scarf down junk food, the thrilling rides, and the fun games. There’s a lot of math involved, too!
Strawberries are huge around here–by that I mean they are very popular, not that we grow them any larger than normal. We have strawberries at the farmers’ market, strawberry picking, and, of course, the big strawberry festival where we crown the strawberry queen and eat strawberry shortcake!
At a local festival, we spotted a bee keeper showing off her honey and a hive. We were fascinated by the six-sided, hexagonal shapes of the honeycomb. It got us wondering, do bees know geometry?
My kids say their favorite Christmas tradition is decorating our Christmas tree. There’s Christmas music and pretty lights. The whole family pitches in and we enjoy hot cocoa afterwards as a reward–what’s not to like? The kids don’t realize it, but there’s also math all along the way.
My kids love to make forts out of anything they can find around the house–pillows, boxes, chairs, tables, and bed sheets. It causes a bit of mess as they grab materials and move around the furniture but I don’t mind! They’re having a great time and even learning about math as they play.
We are big “Halloweenies” and love to go trick-or-treating around the neighborhood, but here’s the trick: I’m not a big fan of the treats! After allowing the kids to bargain to keep some of the less offensive sweets, I hide, donate, trade-in, and perform kooky science experiments on the rest of it.
You can also take a bite out of math on Halloween, counting that candy, dividing it into piles and figuring out your average haul per house. Bigger bats and ghouls can explore exponential growth, too!