What’s more fun than a barrel of monkeys? Wackier than a cat that plays Jenga and crazier than Crazy 8s? Bedtime Math, of course! We joined Instagram and, boy, do we have silly stuff to show you!
As much as I love school supply shopping with my kids, I cringe when the boys come home on the last day of school with a giant mess of used items. The crumbled crayons, half used notebooks, and pencils that have seen better days need a summer vacation themselves. I’m here to share how to reuse those old crayon bits for new summer coloring fun.
At a local festival, we spotted a bee keeper showing off her honey and a hive. We were fascinated by the six-sided, hexagonal shapes of the honeycomb. It got us wondering, do bees know geometry?
When summer heats up, we all seem to spend more time in the car – whether taking a long road trip, or just running between appointments and activities and accordion lessons. Fortunately, we’ve got fun number games on our latest downloadable printable that are sure to keep the backseat bunch happy.
Let’s try something egg-citing for the vernal (spring) equinox! Grab an egg and see if you can balance it on a flat surface.
It’s New Year’s Eve! Break out the party hats, noise makers, and math to celebrate 365 days gone by. New Year’s Eve marks the end of the Earth’s full-circle travel around the sun, so here are some fun ideas to bring your party full circle.
When my boys were young, I started a tradition of doing a family art activity* on New Year’s Eve. Our inaugural project was making a kind of winter count. A winter count isn’t a math competition, rather it’s an activity borrowed from the Lakota tribe in which they record tribal records and significant events from the year. Some winter counts have a single image depicting the most memorable event of that year, though others have more. These images were combined with oral histories to provide a record of the past.
As a child I scoured the night sky on December 24 looking for Santa and his reindeer. My dedication paid off. When I was seven, I saw their dark shadows crossing a moonlit sky. Really! Nearly forty years later I remember the thrill of spotting the sleigh and calling members of my family to the large picture window in our living room so they could see, too.
My kids say their favorite Christmas tradition is decorating our Christmas tree. There’s Christmas music and pretty lights. The whole family pitches in and we enjoy hot cocoa afterwards as a reward–what’s not to like? The kids don’t realize it, but there’s also math all along the way.
Tis the season for wrapping! If your house is anything like mine, the dining room table has been turned into wrap central, with bags, rolls of paper, ribbons, bows and tape scattered all over. It’s easy for adults to see wrapping gifts as yet another chore that needs to be done during the holidays, but kids have an entirely different outlook. Gift wrapping supplies hold endless possibilities for making all kinds of creations. My kids are also fascinated by the idea of wrapping, and they’re convinced that anything can be made special simply by covering it in pretty paper and a bow.