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Sweet Strawberry Math

June 18, 2014 1:43 pm

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Strawberries are huge around here–by that I mean they are very popular, not that we grow them any larger than normal. We have strawberries at the farmers’ market, strawberry picking, and, of course, the big strawberry festival where we crown the strawberry queen and eat strawberry shortcake!

Paint and Play with Homemade Sidewalk Chalk Paint

June 16, 2014 8:30 am

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Outside play with chalk is classic summer fun. Kids of all ages love to draw, make up games, and play classics like hopscotch on the sidewalk. Rather than buy more chalk that will crumble and make a mess, let’s to mix up colorful, homemade chalk paint.

Summertime Ice Rescue

June 13, 2014 8:00 am

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As the temperature rises, the search is on for activities to beat the heat. Some days are so hot we can imagine how nice it would be to find ourselves surrounded by a chilly substance like ice. While we’d be miserable after just a minute or two, you can easily freeze some small toys and trinkets in a block of ice. Once they’re frozen, the kids can become ice excavators, freeing the toys, cooling off, and learning some cool math principles along the way!

Picture This: Bedtime Math on Instagram!

June 11, 2014 8:00 am

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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!

Breathe New Life Into Old Crayons

June 9, 2014 8:00 am

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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.

So You Wanna Be A…Stunt Scientist!

June 6, 2014 8:00 am

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Steve Wolf might be the world’s first person to hold the title of “Stunt Scientist.” He’s like a magician who reveals how he pulls off illusions, only he’s not hiding tricks, just good science and smart use of numbers! Steve spoke with us about the explosive math behind movie stunts.

Can Bees Do Math?

June 4, 2014 8:00 am

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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?

Get Ready for Road Trips with Our Math On the Go Printable!

June 2, 2014 8:00 am

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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.

Seeing Circles for the New Year

December 30, 2013 9:00 am

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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.

Count on a Great New Year’s Eve

December 27, 2013 8:00 am

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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.