Math Music: Surprising Discoveries from a Water Xylophone

how to make a xylophone with water glasses

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

the geometry game for learning area and perimeter

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

counting money game & subtraction game

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

free 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

Money Bags Game: A Kid Favorite for Counting Money

Money Bags game review

The Money Bags game by Learning Resources is a teacher’s and a parent’s dream: it helps kids learn counting money and other math skills, is quick and easy to play, it works with mixed ages, and kids seriously love this game. Read my review of Money Bags (after 3 years of playing it with kids), learn how to play it, and … Read More

Fibonacci In Nature: A Math Exploration For Kids

Fibonacci for kids

One of the coolest ways to show kids math in the real world is to introduce them to Fibonacci in nature! Fibo-whaaat? you might ask. The Fibonacci sequence is a series of numbers that follows a math pattern so simple that even a first grader can follow it. Here’s how it works… Nature’s Secret Number Code Take a look at … Read More

101 Awesome Math Activities For Kids To Do At Home

101 math activities for kids

The best math activities for kids are the ones that don’t actually feel like math! 🙂 Kids love to explore: to find out how big, how heavy, what shape, how much, how many…so why not use play and discovery to help kids learn (and love) math? Here are 101 awesome math activities for kids that feel like play, are great for holidays or … Read More

Top 10 Best Math Apps For Kids in 2016

best elementary math apps

How does one pick the top 10 best math apps for kids in grades K-5, with all those zillions of apps to choose from? You set the bar HIGH. After much searching and testing (and playing), I found ten great math apps that met all or most of my pretty stringent requirements: –It’s fun and kids love it. –It does a … Read More