Crazy 8s Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Crazy 8s Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The Basics

What is Crazy 8s?
What age ranges can attend Crazy 8s?
Where and when can Crazy 8s Clubs be held?
How often does the club meet?
For how long does each session run?
How many kids can join the club?
What kinds of activities are included?
What is the Crazy 8s honor code?

Club Content

Who can coach Crazy 8s? Do you need to be a math teacher?
Does Crazy 8s follow a math curriculum?
Do I need to hold the Crazy 8s sessions in any particular order?
How do the age levels of the club differ?
Does Crazy 8s offer activities for kids across a wide range of abilities?

Cost and Setup

How much does it cost?
Which materials do kids get to take home?
How is all of this funded?
Can we charge kids a fee to participate?


The Basics

What is Crazy 8s?

Crazy 8s is a math club unlike any before it. It’s a collection of novel, high-octane math activities that will appeal to a wide range of kids, not just the future math-contest types. The club is designed for after-school programs, libraries, or anywhere kids come together to learn and have fun.

What age ranges can attend Crazy 8s?

The club includes hands-on activities for two age ranges: grades 3-5 and grades K-2. You’re welcome to host more than one age range of club, as long as they’re held separately.

Where and when can Crazy 8s Clubs be held?

The goal of Crazy 8s is to show that math is fun and recreational, not compulsory, in order to change our culture and get kids to think of math as play. So clubs must always take place outside regular school hours. Clubs can meet at school after dismissal, or can meet at a public library, a town rec center, or any public venue where kids go to have fun.

How often does the club meet?

A major goal of Crazy 8s is to make math a fun, social part of life for kids and their friends. So it’s key to meet weekly with the same kids. Sessions spread out over multiple months dilute that message and weaken the camaraderie; sessions crammed into 1-2 weeks fail to make math an ongoing part of kids’ leisure time. Research on our offerings has shown that the repeat math experience has a much greater impact on kids, so we ask our coaches to commit to a weekly schedule (with the occasional week off for holidays, etc.). All clubs meet for 8 weeks.

For how long does each session run?

All clubs meet for about an hour each week. Each session includes bonus activities if you’d like to run longer!

How many kids can join the club?

Crazy 8s is designed for 12-16 kids per club: enough critical mass to build energy and make it fun, but still manageable by a grown-up. Clubs smaller than 12 won’t work because several activities need enough kids to complete the steps, and larger than 16 won’t have sufficient supplies. No matter how many kids you have, an extra pair of hands from a volunteer always helps.

What kinds of activities are included?

We offer mischief-making activities that kids love, like Bouncy Dice Explosion and Toilet Paper Olympics. We start with the fun, then roll in the math. And if we catch kids sitting at their desks, we’ll track you down and toilet-paper your house. Seriously. =)

What is the Crazy 8s honor code?

We ask that all coaches solemnly vow to follow the three key points mentioned on this page:

  • Host a club with a critical mass of kids (12-16) who attend every week
  • Run the club outside school hours, so kids see math as a recreational, non-compulsory activity
  • Run the club weekly, so kids appreciate math as a regular part of their lives.

Club Content

Who can coach Crazy 8s? Do you need to be a math teacher?

Any adult can coach Crazy 8s! You don’t need to be a math teacher, or hold a doctorate in non-Euclidean geometry, or anything of the sort. It’s much more important that you enjoy kids, can play with them, and can deal with a little mayhem while they explore and learn. Some comfort level with math will help, but any grown-up can confidently follow the simple, easy-to-follow instructions. We also provide marketing materials, sample text for announcements, and so on to make your job easier.

Does Crazy 8s follow a math curriculum?

Crazy 8s is recreation, not “schoolwork,” but our activities do align with the Common Core State Standards.

Do I need to hold the Crazy 8s sessions in any particular order?

Yes, please do! Some math skills are cumulative from week to week.

How do the age levels of the club differ?

We offer the club for two separate age ranges: grades 3-5 and grades K-2. The different levels use the same materials, themes and basic activities, but with more challenging math at the older levels. We also include tougher bonus questions so kids who are racing ahead have plenty to chew on. We ask that clubs stay within the grade ranges for two reasons: 1) a broader age range would have too much variability in skill levels, and 2) the older kids would find the club less “cool” if little kids did it alongside them.

Does Crazy 8s offer activities for kids across a wide range of abilities?

Yes. The club offers a range of material to handle a wide range of abilities, even among kids in the same grade. Each session includes bonus activities so kids ahead of the curve will have plenty to chew on.

Cost and Setup

How much does it cost?

Nearly all materials needed are provided in the free kit, including math gadgets like measuring tapes, protractors and dice for kids to keep. We do ask that coaches supplement with basic school supplies like markers, paper, tape, etc., which cost only about $10 per week for a large club (we provide a checklist). Crazy 8s is funded by the Bedtime Math Foundation, a private nonprofit organization that aims to put the fun and discovery back into learning math. In addition, all royalties from founder Laura Overdeck’s Bedtime Math books go back into the foundation to support Crazy 8s and other programs.

Which materials do kids get to take home?

While some materials are fully “consumed” during the sessions, we also provide some items that the kids can keep for more math fun at home, including math gadgets and prizes for the kids to keep.

How is all of this funded?

Crazy 8s is funded by the Bedtime Math Foundation, a private nonprofit organization dedicated to putting the fun and discovery back into learning math. In addition, all royalties from founder Laura Overdeck’s Bedtime Math books go back into the foundation to support Crazy 8s and our other programs.

Can we charge kids a fee to participate?

As part of our charitable mission, we encourage you to offer Crazy 8s to your participants free of charge. You may also run Crazy 8s as a fundraiser for your elementary school or public library.

We realize that some Crazy 8s clubs may need to charge a fee to purchase the limited additional materials not included with the kit. You can expect these will cost no more than $80 in total for all 8 weeks. Some clubs may also need to pay a coach. We find that the average coach fee is $50 per hour, 2 hours per week.

We’re happy to donate Crazy 8s kits to not-for-profit organizations with charitable missions in line with Bedtime Math Foundation. While we do allow clubs to charge fees to cover expenses, our Crazy 8s kit is in no way intended to be a franchise opportunity or part of a for-profit venture. While reviewing your application, if it’s not clear that your organization is a school, library or 501c(3) charity, we may ask for your IRS Determination Letter and a link to your most recent Form 990.

The kit is also not for use in the classroom. Crazy 8s is designed to show kids that math is a really fun, recreational activity to do with friends during playtime outside of school. Please help us serve our mission with our limited funds by hosting the club entirely outside school hours. If you have any questions regarding this policy, please contact our Crazy 8s Crew Chief at crazy8s@bedtimemath.org or (908) 444-4539.

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