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Spotted on Halloween

October 24, 2014 3:00 pm

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With Halloween just a week away, lots of us have decorated our homes for the big day. And if you’re a little creeped out by all those giant spiders and webs on people’s bushes — even though you know 3-foot-wide spiders probably aren’t real — you can try glowsticks for something a little less yucky and a little more colorful. No matter what you use to decorate, though, there’s sure to be lots of math!

Dangling Doughnuts

October 24, 2014 8:00 am

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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!

When Zoo Animals Jump

October 23, 2014 3:00 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. You’d be amazed at just how high some of those animals can jump – and how high those fences have to be!

100-Year-Old Math Teacher

October 22, 2014 3:00 pm

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100 is a great number, and it’s even better if it’s your age — and you’re a math teacher. Madeline Scotto just turned 100 years old last week, and is still working 3 days a week as a math-team coach. It just goes to show that it’s fun to play with numbers at any age.

Best of Bedtime Math: Let’s Go LEGO

October 22, 2014 8:00 am

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LEGO and math fun fit together like LEGO pieces and…other LEGO pieces. So it’s not surprising that we’ve found tons (literally, tons) of brilliant LEGO creations worth writing home about. Read some of our best LEGO-themed Bedtime Math problems!

Eye-Popping Puzzling Paper-Play

October 21, 2014 4:00 pm

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We’re loving the site Papermatrix, where super-talented people show us how to weave strips of colored paper into wild-patterned boxes, balls, and other shapes. And these cool crafts have a ton of math in them.

Licking Your Own Eyeball

October 20, 2014 4:00 pm

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Of all the animals who blend into what’s around them using shape and color, the leaf-tailed gecko might be one of the coolest. It lives on the island of Madagascar, and looks just like the way it sounds: with a tail that looks like a leaf. And that’s not the only cool thing about it.

Boo to You!

October 20, 2014 8:00 am

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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!

Facing the Soccer Ball

October 19, 2014 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. It’s one sphere that’s full of surprises.

Top Pick

October 18, 2014 4:00 pm

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If you’ve ever played with a calculator, you might have seen that some screens make the numbers using all straight lines, and those numbers look like letters when turned upside down. But even when they stay right side up, numbers made of sticks give you all kinds of games to play.