This activity is awesome because you can do it with any kid who can color...your 4-year-old or your 14-year-old. Heck, a 44-year-old will love this activity, too. At it's basic level, your child will need to use some logical thinking to complete the activity. At a deeper level, this activity introduces the Four Color Theorem, … Continue reading Get Your Crayons Out

# Cutting and Pasting Gets Mathy…and Moebiusy

This activity starts out feeling crafty, and then gets a little unexpected. Prep ahead of time by cutting out long strips of paper. Colored construction paper would probably be best in terms of flexibility and fun. I started with some extra pieces of water color paper that I had lying around. They worked, but … Continue reading Cutting and Pasting Gets Mathy…and Moebiusy

# Weaving Patterns

The 7-year-old caught the norovirus the other day. After a rough night and a weak day following, he stayed home from school today "just to be sure." Which means I had a seemingly healthy child sitting around the house wondering how to occupy himself. A few months ago I bought two weaving loom toys in anticipation of … Continue reading Weaving Patterns

# Screens and Exponents

Last night the 7-year-old asked me what 3^7 equals. Seriously??? How does he even know this math language? Did I try to teach him exponents one day, and now I can't remember? (That might actually be the case...) Then he says, "Is it 2,187?" Hmm. This is strange. I check it on my calculator (thank you, ever-present … Continue reading Screens and Exponents

# War!

As a parent, I just didn't understand why that card game had to be called War (you know the one: split the deck in half, then flip cards off the top. Player with the high card takes both cards. If it's a tie, players each lay 3 cards face down, then the 4th determines who … Continue reading War!

# Function Machine Game

The car is a great place to talk to your kids, because they can't get away from you. I have definitely used it for many challenging topics (“So tell me again where you think babies come from?”) Yesterday as we were driving home from school, I decided to try out the idea of mathematical functions … Continue reading Function Machine Game