Algebra games can help even young children make sense of complex ideas about number relationships. I’ve got two games I think you and your kids are going to LOVE…but first we should probably answer an important question: what is algebra, anyway? What is Algebra? Algebra is more than just “math with letters”. Elementary kids are ready to grapple with these important … Read More

## The Best Math Bingo Game Ever

Today I played a new math bingo game with a class of 4th and 5th graders that literally had the kids jumping out of their chairs, they were so excited! I thought to myself, ok, when you see kids yelling “ooh ooh ooh!” with hands in the air so they can share a math problem they’ve just created, you know … Read More

## Tangrams For Kids: Discovering Math Through Art

Tangrams for kids are a brilliant way to connect math and art! There is a ton of math hidden in these colorful shapes, including logic, geometry, spatial awareness, problem solving, fractions, area, and number sense. Kids who struggle with math often shine when they can make art or build with their hands. Tangram activities can give these kids a chance to … Read More

## How Many Donuts In A Giant Krispy Kreme Box? A Sweet Math Challenge

Here’s a math challenge you can really sink your teeth into. In 2014, Krispy Kreme created a giganto donut box for some serious donut lovers. The question, of course is OMG, HOW MANY DONUTS ARE IN THAT BOX?? Ready to take on the challenge? How many donuts are in the box? Here are a couple more clues if you need … Read More

## The 52 Best Math Books For Kids 2017-2018: The Ultimate Resource Guide

If “math books for kids” makes you think of boring classroom textbooks, you’re in for a happy surprise! There is a whole new genre of math children’s books for grades K-5 that are capturing kids’ hearts and imaginations–just as great stories always have done. Some of these don’t seem like math books at all. Stories of magic pots or money … Read More

## Clumsy Thief: A Cartoony Card Game For Adding Big Numbers

Clumsy Thief is a wacky, cartoony math game that kids will beg to play–and also happens to be amazingly effective at teaching kids to mentally add big numbers. There are two versions (both of them awesome) that teach mental addition. The original game teaches kids number pairs that add to 100. The newer game, Clumsy Thief In The Candy Store, … Read More

## Math Music: Surprising Discoveries from a Water Xylophone

This year in Math Quest camp, I decided to teach the kids how to make a xylophone with glasses of water, mixing music and math. It was even more awesome (and easier) than I’d expected! I loved how this activity mixed music, math, science and technology, and was fun and challenging for kids of all ages. You don’t need fancy … Read More

## The Perimeter Game: A Hands-On Geometry Game

This perimeter geometry game was inspired by this short conversation with a 4th grader: Me: What’s perimeter? 4th grader: It’s where when the two sides are the same, then you um, I mean you times them by two. Me: Ok…I see where you’re going with that. But what does perimeter mean? 4th grader: I know, but I can’t really explain it. A … Read More

## Pay The Difference: A Subtraction Game With a Money Twist

This cool subtraction game gets played a lot in my house. It packs in a ton of learning, and it’s a game kids really, really like. (The fact that it uses REAL MONEY probably has something to do with it.) Kids will compare numbers, mentally subtract to find out “how much more”, count coins, and understand the concept of subtraction as difference … Read More

## Pigs In A Pen: A Multiplication Game for Kids

It’s hard to find a good multiplication game for kids that goes beyond times tables memorization and actually teaches the concept of what multiplication means. Pigs In A Pen is my go-to game for introducing to the idea of multiplication as adding equal groups. Kids really like the tactile nature of this game, counting out rubber bands and “gems”. Older kids … Read More

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