We listened to a lot of Tom Chapin music when my boys were young. From “Big Rock Candy Mountain” (I just saw the real one in Utah and sadly it’s all rock, no candy) to songs about crazy cousins whipping through and destroying the house on a quick visit, his music captivated us. One song in particular moved us to action. After listening to, “What is a Didgeridoo?” we decided to make some of our own.
It’s the most bo-tiful time of the year with fun parties and tasty treats. However, there’s no need to leave math fun behind as you embark on Halloween hijinks. It’s easy to incorporate your love of math into this crazy holiday. Want some help? Here are some exciting ideas for Halloween costumes and goodies:
Before there was Google, there was googol. And, no, a googol is not another incredibly popular search engine. A googol is a number—a really, really big number. Don’t ever expect to count to it or ask your child to do so. Why not? For starters, it would take forever to get there. It’s typically expressed as 10100, but to write it out on paper, you would start with 10 and then write another 100 zeros! Here’s what it looks like: 10000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000.
No doubt you’ve counted your child’s fingers and toes more times than you can remember. Here’s a fun spin on basic “body math” that teaches the concept of ratios in a fun way using the human body as your guide. All you need is a tape measure, some string or rope, a piece of paper, a pen or pencil, and, of course a few bodies!
If you hang around the under 5 crowd, you know they don’t have a great grasp of time. Whether it’s rising at 5:30 AM ready to roll for the day or whining in the car, “Are we there yet?” it’s clear their understanding of time is lacking. The Two-Minute Olympics, clocked by a sand-timer, provides a fun way to literally watch the minutes go by and help little ones build an understanding of time.
Practice and memorization play a role in learning math, but there’s nothing wrong with having a few tricks up your sleeve too. Provide your kids with simple tips and tricks they can apply when multiplying to make the process easy and fun. Here are 5 great tips:
String art combines geometry and the creative process to form complex-looking designs that are fairly simple to make. It’s a math craft with staying power. Bonus: making string art also boosts vocabulary, hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.
Origami, the ancient Japanese art of folding papers into shapes and artful forms, continues to evolve and attract new artists into the, ahem, fold. Origami requires spatial reasoning skills, thinking in three dimensions. It builds an understanding of geometric shapes and geometric concepts. It’s also creative and fun.
You don’t have to spend money to create a math board game for your children. With a few basic materials, you can make something fun at home. Depending on your children’s ages and artistic interests, they can even help you develop one! To get started, you just need…
Hold on to your happy meals, because math is about to take lunchtime to a new level. Tanwiches–tangram sandwiches–are a hot new trend sweeping the globe. According to a blog on The Guardian “edible mathematics” is all the rage. Edible math goes beyond the basic ingredient measuring activity common to all baking.