This is a quick and easy math activity for young AND old children...mirror books! Go to your local craft store and buy 2 mirrors. I bought two 12" square mirrors from Michael's. Alternatively, you could get them on Amazon. I recommend beveled mirrors so that they are less likely to crunch and crush against each … Continue reading Mirror Mirror
I remember working very intensely in engineering school, and doing well, but thinking if only I had grown up playing with trucks and mechanical things I would have had a more natural understanding of what I was doing. No doubt I'm exaggerating that memory, because I did like playing with my father's Erector Set and … Continue reading Of Engineering, Beyblades, and Exposure – or noticing gender differences in the toys we play with
Summer vacation is over. School is underway. And it's time to get back on schedule. So, what better mathy topic to talk about than time? Actually, this one is about clocks. Time will have to wait for another...uh...time. And if you'd like to save time and cut to the chase, the point of this post … Continue reading It’s About Time
If you haven't already, break into your child's piggy bank. It's a great way to get mathy. Okay. Don't really break the bank. And certainly not without permission. But you can easily fill a few quiet moments with your young child playing with money, and in doing so, set the foundations for understanding many mathy … Continue reading Money Math
It was a quiet rainy morning with the 4-year-old. His brother was at school, he was playing quietly by himself (this is true!), and I was sneaking downstairs to tidy the house. Yes. I was really excited about tidying the house. This is what has become of me. I look forward to quiet moments so … Continue reading Wanna Play Checkers?
A recent 2nd grade homework assignment became the opportunity to delve deeper into math as well as to connect to family (again!). And it all started with the need for a ruler. "Mom, do you have a ruler?" "Oh yes. I'm sure I do...let me go find it..." "Never mind. I'll ask Dad. He'll have … Continue reading Math Rule(r)s!
Over April school vacation, we traveled to visit family. This was special for many reasons, not the least of which is that we have a relatively small family. (Catch the pun there? Ha!) The children no longer have grandparents from my husband's side, and the uncle we were visiting does not have grandchildren. I was thinking about … Continue reading Planting Seeds With Trees
This morning the 4-year-old woke early and asked if we could play cards. What I really wanted to do was put him in front of the computer (Spanish language cartoons...everyone's happy!) so I could stay in my peaceful morning zone, but instead I took a moment to breathe, poured myself a cup of coffee, and … Continue reading More War!
Wall Ball is currently THE game to play at recess if you are a 2nd grade boy. Or maybe just if you're my 2nd grade boy. It is a welcome change from the Pokemon card trading that was popular at the beginning of the school year. Surprisingly, both wall ball and Pokemon trading can connect to … Continue reading Screens and Wall Ball
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