‘Math Fun’

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How to Use Toy Cars to Build Math (and Physics) Skills

September 17, 2013 8:00 am

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With some toy cars and a few simple, inexpensive materials, you can build ramps and incline tunnels with your kids to study the effects of incline on velocity.
Ramps can be constructed with rain gutters (which you can pick up from any home supply store for about $5), cardboard mailing tubes, or paper towel tube rolls that have been cut in half length-wise. Pool noodles can also work with the smallest toy cars or, if they are too narrow, you can use marbles, instead of cars. Create at least two ramps of the same length. First, give your child some time to set up the ramps and race cars down. Then ask, “What do you think will happen if one of the ramps is higher?”

Using Household Objects for Easy Hands-On Math Fun

September 3, 2013 8:00 am

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Exposing your children to math concepts at home is a lot of fun and quite easy to do. Math is everywhere! Therefore, it’s easy to find things that are a part of your daily life at home and expand on the math fun and learning opportunities. Check out these three easy ideas for using household objects for hands-on math fun.

How to Make String Art

August 29, 2013 8:00 am

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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.

Be an Origami Mommy (or Daddy)

August 22, 2013 8:00 am

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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.

How to Incorporate Math into Creative Play

August 16, 2013 8:00 am

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We’re delighted to welcome Amy Hengerer, founder of Creative Kid Mission, where she shares budget-friendly crafts, games activities, science projects, books, music, field trip and even snack ideas based on weekly themes. Amy not only shares her learning philosophy but two fun math activities she developed just for Add It Up readers.

Math in a Snap Photo Challenge: Can You Find Shapes in Nature?

August 9, 2013 4:14 pm

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We’re launching Math in a Snap, our first photo challenge! This month’s theme is Find Cool Shapes in Nature. We’re asking our Bedtime Math fans, even our littlest ones, to head outside with a camera (and some adult help) to photograph math shapes in nature. This weekend or in the waning days of summer, we’re challenging you to spot geometric shapes out in the world. Circles, spirals, squares – they’re all out there.

Pizza Math Makes for Delicious Learning

August 1, 2013 8:48 am

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Around my house, “Can we order pizza?” is a common request. If your kids enjoy pizza, they’ll devour pizza math. When it comes to building math vocabulary and an understanding of fractions, this activity is quite filling.

How to Make a Math Board Game with Your Children

July 30, 2013 8:30 am

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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…

Bedtime Math Book: Lessons Learned

July 26, 2013 8:37 am

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It’s been one month since the Bedtime Math book came out, and the overwhelming response to it has shown that all of us together – me, you, other parents and grandparents and teachers – are part of a movement. A major one. There are lots of adults out there who don’t like math, and it’s turned math into a not-so-beloved thing in our culture. With Bedtime Math we hope to overhaul that by showing the next generation of kids that math is a blast, a treat just like playtime or dessert. And you all, by getting the book and sharing it with the little people in your life, have helped this movement grow. Thank you for helping spread the word!

As the book rolled out – and sold out twice on Amazon – we noticed some really interesting things about this movement we’re all a part of, including:

Backyard Treasure Hunt

July 23, 2013 9:00 am

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Backyard treasure hunts were one of my favorite summer math activities when my kids were young. They’re pretty simple to carry out, but do require a bit of advance planning on your part, especially if you want to create clues geared to the interests and abilities specific to each child (like the daily Bedtime Math problems Wee Ones, Little Kids and Big Kids). A good treasure hunt leads to hours of engaging play not to mention early training in spatial skills and a lot of laughs.