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Cool Summer Fun with Sponge Balls

July 14, 2014 8:00 am


Water balloon battles are great fun, but I like to “green” our family whenever I can. That’s where sponge balls come in. They provide cool splashtastic fun, just like water balloons, but can be re-used and won’t leave bits of latex all over the grass. And they’re easy to make!

Make a Splash at the Pool with Math

July 11, 2014 8:00 am


Who can make the biggest splash at the pool this summer? Math can help us figure it out!

Messy Math-Magical Mud Pies and More

July 9, 2014 8:00 am


Summer storms may drive your family inside, but when the clouds clear, don’t be shy about heading back out. Where there’s mud, there’s also math! Don’t believe us? Check out these fun muddy activities and see how they go hand-in-hand with messy math.

Splashtastic Water Balloon Fun

July 7, 2014 8:00 am


A water balloon battle is a great way to cool off on a hot summer day. Sometimes you want to prolong the refreshing splashes a bit longer. That’s where water balloon games come in handy. Grab your garden hose and a package of water balloons because it’s time to get started!

So You Wanna Be An…American Legend!

July 4, 2014 8:00 am


July 4th is also known as Independence Day in America. It’s when we celebrate the birthday of the United States. But it took those first Americans a while to decide on a new flag. They tried out one with a snake on it – yuck – and another that looked so much like England’s flag that it confused everyone. Fortunately, Betsy Ross got us all under the same starry banner, and today, we’re going to the numbers behind her story – starting with 1776, of course!

Summer Boredom Busters

July 1, 2014 8:00 am


July is National Anti-Boredom Month, which makes us wonder if August will be Twiddle Your Thumbs and Yawn Month. Luckily, we won’t have to worry about that for another 31 days, and we’ve got 3 activities in our latest downloadable printable that will destroy boredom any month of the year!

Crazy Dogs for Mealtime Math Fun

June 30, 2014 8:00 am


You know we’re always looking for good reasons to play with our food, so here’s an easy way to add zing, and math, to a simple summer meal. All you need to get going is a pot of hot water, 20 or so strands of spaghetti, and a package of hot dogs or brats!

Homemade Ice Cream- It’s in The Bag

June 27, 2014 8:00 am


I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream – especially during National Dairy Month! Although we can easily get our own ice cream in a store or ice cream shop, it’s very easy to make your own. You don’t even need a machine – you just need a few plastic bags and some cool moves!

Make Summer Nights Shine with Glow Sticks

June 25, 2014 8:00 am


Glow sticks magically light up summer nights. I love watching my kids spin and twirl while smiling, laughing and leaving a luminescent trail. Grab your stash of glow sticks and bracelets, and try these activities for a glowing good time!

A Carnival of Math

June 23, 2014 8:00 am


My kids just love carnivals–the rare opportunity to scarf down junk food, the thrilling rides, and the fun games. There’s a lot of math involved, too!