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Crazy Circle

September 26, 2017 4:00 pm

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An optical illusion is a picture that looks different from what is really happening on paper. Pictures where straight lines look bent, or where totally still shapes look like they’re moving, are playing tricks on you. There are lots of optical illusions, but this circle illusion is one of our favorites. Read on to see why – and roll with the math in optical illusions!

How to Jump out of the Zoo

September 25, 2017 4:00 pm

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Running a zoo is a lot of work: feeding all the animals, scooping their poop, and keeping critters from chasing (and eating) each other. For that last one, building the zoo is an even bigger project. Read on to jump through the math in creating a zoo!

Facing the Soccer Ball

September 24, 2017 4:00 pm

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Soccer balls are fun to kick around and do cool tricks with. There’s lots of math in soccer balls, too, like the different shapes on them. Read on to find out more about this sphere full of number surprises – and have a ball with the math!

Crayon Parade

September 23, 2017 4:00 pm

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We’re loving this map of Crayola crayon colors, showing how Crayola has added more and more shades over the years. Back when the company started, there were just 8 crayon shades. Since then, the number of colors has grown a lot, making the coloring (and math!) more fun.

When Cat Meets Deer

September 22, 2017 4:00 pm

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We’re loving this video of a very confused-looking cat meeting up with some equally confused-looking deer, maybe for the first time for all of them. It makes sense that the little cat would be nervous, but if you do the math, the deer shouldn’t be so scared, right?

Alligators, Windmills, and One Small Ball

September 21, 2017 4:00 pm

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Mini golf is a crazy version of golf with wacky obstacles – like spinning windmills, twisty bridges, and alligators (not real, of course!) that open and close their mouths – which you have to try to hit your ball through, over, and around to make it in the hole. And today is Miniature Golf Day, so read on to celebrate it with some hole-in-one math!

Build Your Own Big Bad Bed!

September 20, 2017 4:00 pm

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When is a kid bed more than a kid bed? When a dad builds one with a slide, hidden bookcase-door, top-secret room, ball ramp, and pulley system out of Ikea furniture! Read on to see how the hours of fun add up with this awesome bed.

Who Runs Faster, a Person or a Horse?

September 19, 2017 4:00 pm

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Can you run faster than a horse? Not if the horse is running its fastest. But you might be able to run fast for longer than a horse. And in one race, you have the chance to try it. Read on to find out about the Man vs. Horse race, and run the numbers!

Dog Train

September 18, 2017 4:00 pm

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Lots of dogs love car rides, where they can stick their heads out the window and feel the breeze in their faces. But what about train rides? One man decided to make a special train for stray dogs near his home, and he gives them rides every week! Read on to do the math and see how this train has gone to the dogs!

Hang Out Inside My Piano!

September 17, 2017 4:00 pm

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Buildings don’t have to be shaped like plain squares or rectangles. They can be fun shapes, like the piano and violin buildings in this picture. And the funkier the shape, the more math there is. Read on to do the math behind these cool buildings!