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Best of Bedtime Math: H-2-Whoa

November 12, 2014 8:00 am

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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...

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Make Your Own Astrolabe

November 10, 2014 8:00 am

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When you give someone directions to your house, you might tell them your relative location first, such as, “We live southwest of the post office.” After that, you’d...

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So You Wanna Be An…Expert Animator

November 7, 2014 8:00 am

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When we watch our favorite animated movies, we’re usually too busy laughing to think about how the movie was made. But animation takes an enormous amount of work, and some serious math skills too. Andy Hendrickson is the Chief Technical Officer at Walt Disney Animation Studios, which means he works to create the wonderful worlds we enjoy on the big screen. Andy sat down to tell us about all the fun he had building Sanfransokyo, the setting of Disney’s new movie Big Hero 6.

Crazy for Cup Stacking

November 5, 2014 8:00 am

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5.280 seconds is the time to beat! William Orrell holds the world record in cycle cup stacking. If you’ve never tried this before, you’re missing out on a fun, popular sport for kids of all ages. Cup stacking incorporates hand and eye coordination with architecture basics in two and three dimensions. Cup stackers create specific cup stacks and artfully collapse them down in seconds.

Don’t Worry, Be Mappy: Geography Math Printable Activity Pages

November 3, 2014 8:00 am

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Any time is a good time to explore our surroundings, but autumn’s crunchy leaves and crisp air make it extra tempting. That’s why we celebrate National Geographic’s Geography Awareness Week every third week in November (the 16th-22nd in 2014). To mark the occasion, we’ve got some marvelous geography math activities – and you won’t need safari gear or heavy winter coats to enjoy them!

So You Wanna Be A…Balloon Sculptor!

October 31, 2014 8:00 am

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You’ve probably seen a balloon sculptures before where 1 or 2 balloons are twisted into the shape of a dog or a hat. But have you ever seen a balloon gorilla that’s as big as the real thing? Ryan Freeman makes incredible balloon sculptures of that scale – and larger! He was nice enough to talk with us about the math behind inflatable art.

Royal Measuring Wand

October 29, 2014 8:00 am

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Long ago, a foot was not 12 inches, but rather the actual length of the king’s foot. Of course, that meant when there was a new king, there would be a new definition of the length of a foot. Over time people realized it made sense to standardize measurements, but wouldn’t it be neat for your child to have a personal measuring system? Make a Royal Measuring Wand for that very purpose.

Folded Paper Banners for Dia de los Muertos

October 27, 2014 8:00 am

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How many times can you fold a sheet of paper? Popular myth has it that you cannot fold a sheet of paper in half more than seven times....

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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!

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!