‘Math Fun’

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Best of Bedtime Math: Like a Broken Record

September 25, 2014 8:00 am


Breaking things will normally get you in trouble, but world records are made to be smashed. Figuring out how to set a world record takes some creative (and sometimes ridiculous) math, which is why we’ve written so many Bedtime Math problems about these stunts of super-sized scale and skill. And there’s even a Bedtime Math problem about how to land yourself in the record book.

Marvelous Marble Run

September 24, 2014 8:00 am


Ever feel like you lost your marbles? Find them so you can do this fun activity! With a few simple items, your family can make a marble run wall!

Symmetry Drawing

September 22, 2014 8:00 am


I love to draw, and it seems my children have inherited that love. All three of them can spend hours doodling and recreating whatever fantasy worlds they’ve spun in their imaginations. They also love to copy their favorite characters and objects, but often end up frustrated because their drawing looks nothing like the original. The key is lots of practice, and a knowledge of concepts such as perspective, light, proportion, and symmetry.

How Crazy is the Crazy 8s Club?

September 16, 2014 10:51 am


In celebration of our new Crazy 8s Club, we asked our Facebook fans to caption a photo from one of our Crazy 8s Club activities. We were amazed by the creative captions and couldn’t wait to share a few of our favorites.

Buried Treasure in Oobleck

September 15, 2014 8:00 am


Ahoy, Buccaneers! Are ye ready for the big day? Talk Like a Pirate Day is just around the corner, September 19. Our Pirate Printable is full o’ fun fer yer crew. Avast me hearties, I uncovered a bit more o’ the good stuff fer ye. By that I mean ye lads and lasses are going to uncover treasure buried in oobleck, which is muckier than the quicksand I got me leg stuck in on that last treasure hunt.

A Glimpse into the Food-ture

September 12, 2014 8:00 am


We know that it can be hard to commit to doing something every day, no matter how much you love it. That doesn’t mean you should miss out on our favorite Bedtime Math problems! So we’re pleased to bring you another monthly round-up of some of our favorite Bedtime Math problems! Here are 5 Fun Math Problems from the Menu of Tomorrow!

DIY Geoboard for Geometry Fun

September 11, 2014 8:00 am


Geoboards are great for hands-on geometry. I’ve been wanting to try some geoboard activities at home, but I also knew that simply placing a geoboard and some rubber bands out on the table might not elicit the most exciting response from my kids. It would be more fun, not to mention more mathy, if we made our own board.

Sweet Apple Towers

September 10, 2014 8:00 am


‘Tis the season for lots and lots of apples. Whether you go apple picking with your family, or just grab a few at the store, you likely celebrate the fall harvest in your home. My kids love helping us bake them into treats, but sometimes we just want to enjoy the wonderful qualities of a fresh, crisp, and juicy apple. You can use apples in many crafts. We found a fun way to build and snack with apples!

Fibonacci Flowers and Other Math Scavenger Hunt Ideas

September 8, 2014 8:00 am


One of our favorite fall activities is going for hikes and walks. Summer is too hot, winter is too cold, and spring is too wet — but fall has just the right mix of sunny, dry skies and crisp, cool temperatures to inspire me to gather the clan and spend family time in the great outdoors. It can be a challenge to keep the kids happy, especially on longer hikes. One way we keep our kids occupied during hikes is to challenge them to scavenger hunts. They’re also great ways to explore basic concepts in literacy, science, and math. Here are four ideas for math-oriented nature scavenger hunts:

The Cheesiest Game Ever

September 3, 2014 8:00 am


There are days when we’re up for elaborate adventures and then there are days when we just need an excuse to be silly. I find that as summer winds down our need to be goofy is inversely proportional to the number of days left before our fall routine begins. It’s days like these when a game of Cheese Puff Toss is just what the doctor ordered.