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Buried Treasure in Oobleck

September 15, 2014 8:00 am

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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

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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 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

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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

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‘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

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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:

You Wanna Be An…Avian Caretaker

September 5, 2014 8:00 am

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When people say that a building has “gone to the birds,” they mean that it looks like it’s been taken over by animals. Well, aviaries are built to go to the birds, and they still seem like great places to live. That’s because of the hard work of people like Anthony Alfonso, a Farm-Aid at the Turtle Back Zoo’s aviary. Anthony takes care of small budgerigars, also known as budgies or parakeets, and that’s something worth squawking about!

The Cheesiest Game Ever

September 3, 2014 8:00 am

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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.

Swashbucklin’ Sums Printable

September 1, 2014 8:00 am

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Ahoy, mateys! Mathbeard be me name, and I’m here to clear up a rumor about the favorite letter of me and me pirate crew. I can understand how ye landlubbers would think our favorite letter is R, but it’s actually the C. Squeak ye mouse below to set sail on these three games when you download our Pirate-able printable.

A-mazing Lego Fun

August 29, 2014 9:00 am

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If your kids are like mine, Legos are a huge part of their world. My boys make up games, create worlds for their mini-figures, and build fascinating structures with Legos. Here’s an idea for making a marble maze game using every brick that you can find.

More Math on the Go Road Trip Games

August 27, 2014 9:00 am

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Summer is almost over, but there’s still time for one last day at the beach, one last evening barbecue, or one last getaway before school starts! If you’re planning a summer road trip, don’t forget to download our free Math on the Go Printable for some math games to keep the back seat quiet while you drive.