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My Mystic Tomato Attacks Your Sangan, and You Lose 400 Life Points

July 15, 2013 9:00 am

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Modern trading card games (TCGs) like Yu-Gi-Oh!, Pokemon and Magic: The Gathering create opportunities for practicing basic math skills along with building logic and strategy skills that lead to hours, sometimes years, of math fun in a peer-centered environment.

Edible Math: A Reason to Let Kids Play With Their Food

July 11, 2013 9:00 am

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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.

Firefly Math

July 9, 2013 8:00 am

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Have you noticed the fireflies lighting up the summer night sky? Fireflies, also called lightning bugs, are beetles and are one of the few insects parents actually allow their children to bring inside the house. There are about 2,000 different species of fireflies. Here’s a fun firefly craft that can spark Bedtime Math fun!

My Sons Had Fun at Math and Science Camps

July 3, 2013 8:00 am

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STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) camps are not only great fun, they’re the preferred type of camp for some kids. In fact, in my family, they’re all the rage. But some people are under the impression that kids only attend math and science when their parents push them to do so.

How Parents Can Make Math Fun

July 2, 2013 8:00 am

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You know that our favorite way to make math fun is to cuddle and snuggle while sharing a math problem with our little ones at the end of the day, but as part of last week’s book launch celebration, we chatted with parents on Twitter via The Maker Mom’s #STEMchat about other ways to playfully engage youngsters in math.

My Ace-in-the-Hole

June 27, 2013 8:00 am

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School testing in the early elementary years revealed that my son had profound strengths in math and spatial reasoning. As a writer, I was prepared to raise a budding wordsmith, but math? How could I nurture his gifts while, at the same time, camouflage my own math inadequacies?

Bedtime Math Book Launches Today

June 25, 2013 8:15 am

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It’s a very exciting week here with the launch of the Bedtime Math book. The Bedtime Math team and I are thrilled to have the support of our loyal friends who’ve been cuddling and doing math with their little ones for more than a year. At the same time, we’re humbled by the number of new families embracing the concept of Bedtime Math. Who knew the Math Revolution would begin with a book about flamingos and skydivers?

Welcome to Add It Up

June 20, 2013 8:41 am

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Welcome to Add It Up, our new math blog for parents and educators! Having shared an exciting year of kid-appealing math for parents and their children, we’re expanding our horizons. As much as parents enjoy adding up octopus legs and doughnut holes, we realize you all might want something a little more grown-up for yourselves.

Toe Tapping Math

June 18, 2013 7:00 am

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Everyone, young and old, loves music. Music can help us communicate, music gets us moving, and music can change our moods.

Happy Birthday, iTunes!

April 28, 2013 3:00 pm

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Today is the 10th birthday of iTunes, the online store that lets you buy songs, movies, apps for your smartphone, videos…all kinds of stuff that you can enjoy on your phone or computer. Before iTunes, the only way we old-timers could buy songs was on something you could hold in your hand, like a CD, a tape cassette or a vinyl record. Or you could get songs electronically from various illegal websites, which was exciting but felt icky. So the idea that you could get onto your computer, buy any song you wanted (legally), and get it within seconds was mindblowing. iTunes opened with just 200,000 songs on it, all priced at 99 cents, and within just one week they had 1 million song downloads. As of today, iTunes has sold over 15 billion song downloads from a collection of 26 million different songs. Let’s just say, it takes far more than one person to listen to it all.