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Invasion of the Nanodots
December 5th, 2022

You would never guess that a bunch of tiny little metal balls could turn into mindblowing art. But with Nanodots, you can make all kinds of cool 3D shapes. Read on to discover the big math fun in these little magnets!

Play with Your Food
November 22nd, 2022

Grown-ups say you’re not supposed to play with your food. But what if there’s art and math involved with it? Read on to play with the math in playing with your food!

The Wild Side of Watermelon
October 15th, 2022

All watermelons are long and round, right? Well, not these wacky watermelons! Read on to find out how farmers grow these cubed wonders – and do the math to see why it’s hip to be a square when you’re these fruits.

From Dinosaur to French Fry
October 11th, 2022

Bedtime Math fans Parker and Kenley M. grow thousands of potatoes – some in really cool shapes like hearts, hands, ducks and dinosaurs – on their family farm. All those potatoes got them thinking, and they asked us, how many potatoes would it take to feed the world? Read on to find out and see how the math shapes up in the sums of spuds!

When Triangles Make You Dizzy
January 7th, 2022

One of our favorite kinds of patterns are fractals, where each shape is made of tiny versions of itself, and then those new big shapes become the tiny shapes in an even bigger pattern. Snowflakes and clouds are fractals. Read on to find out about another kind of fractal – and see how you can get in on the fun fractal action!

Spotlight on 11/11 11:11
November 11th, 2021

We are loving the geometry in the Anthem Veterans Memorial sculpture in Arizona. What makes this sculpture so mathematically special? Read on to find out – and see how math can meet nature to create memorable and honoring tributes.

How to Get a Bigger Brownie
November 6th, 2021

Cake tastes delicious no matter what shape it’s in. But we’re loving this cake-cutter made by Matthias Wandel that cuts the cake into hexagons. Read on to find out why this hexagon knife is so cool – and bite into the cake math!

Potato Chips That Rock ‘n Roll
October 5th, 2021

We always love a good mathy excuse to play with our food – and this one is really cool! One of our favorite online experimenters, Crazy Russian Hacker, shows us how to stack Pringles potato chips in such a way that they make a circle. Read on to do the math on stacking and snacking.

Eye-Popping Puzzling Paper-Play
September 29th, 2021

We’re loving the site Papermatrix, where super-talented people show us how to weave strips of colored paper into wild-patterned boxes, balls, and other shapes. And these cool crafts have a ton of math in them. Read on to get crafty with the math!

Crazy Circle
September 27th, 2021

An optical illusion is a picture that looks different from what is really happening on paper. Pictures where straight lines look bent, or where totally still shapes look like they’re moving, are playing tricks on you. There are lots of optical illusions, but this circle illusion is one of our favorites. Read on to see why – and roll with the math in optical illusions!

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