# Category: math fun

There are many different ways that math can be made fun and learning how to do this isn’t necessarily all that hard.

Here’s an article that will give you some ideas that you can take and run with – literally!  🙂

Making Math Fun For Kids

As adults, we use math for everything. Buying gas, figuring out a budget, cooking, painting a room. In pretty much everything we do, we use some form of math.

As children, math can be simple and come easy or it can be extremely frustrating. Therefore, start young and make math fun and a part of their everyday life. When children see math as useful knowledge, they will be more likely to embrace the challenges as the situations arise.

Math is all around your house. It is in the everyday duties you perform and also in the creative activities you offer your family. You can easily make math an everyday activity for your children without any additional requirements of you, or, you can get creative. Either way, you can make math fun for your kids.

Many websites offer printable math activities. Used as a quiet time activity, children enjoy sitting down and tracing, counting, seeking or analyzing the colorful worksheets offered. These worksheets are designed to make math fun for kids. Why re-invent the wheel?

If you are in the mood to be creative, your options are limitless but truly, very little prep time is needed. Depending of course on the age of your child, some easy math games for kids are:

• Give your child cotton balls. Offer them a plastic jar to fill up. Once it is full, everyone can guess how many are in the jar. Your child can dump them out, count them and see who was closest.
• Set your child on a washable floor. With a pan of water, a big spoon and a jar, let them fill it up, counting the spoonfuls as they go.
• Save sheets of paper that you intend to recycle. Let your child wad it up and throw it in recycle bin. If they hit the target, they get 3 points. If they miss, take away 2 points.
• Have they earned a treat? Who can get the most bites out of the treat?

When you are overburdened with your workload, triple dip! Do your work, get help from the kids and make math games for kids to play.

• Do you need to cook or bake something? Show your child how to do the measuring.
• In need of a simple home repair? Ask your child to get you what you need and how many you need.
• Vacuuming? Ask your child to count how many swipes it takes to get all the way across the room. They can either watch you or do the vacuuming themselves.
• Time to pick up clutter? How many things are misplaced? The person who finds the most gets to get out of doing dishes.

There are so many math games for kids. Some may require you to search for them on the internet, others may just be a necessity to help getting a job done and others can simply be creative and fun. With any case, you have helped create games for kids to play while they learned.

Pretty smart of you!

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Chris Lowrey Author/Editor of Family Time Charm A truly unique family magazine. Family Time Charm is designed for the entire family. For more parenting articles, fun games for kids and educational activities for all, visit: www.familytimecharm.com

So there you have your prescription for having fun with mathematics. Hope you have some fun with it!

Have a great day!

## Interesting Math Patterns

When you deal with numbers, there are many different patterns that can be used for “math tricks”.
I always find it interesting when I find a video that deals with these tricks. So here is one I found that deals with the number 9 and its multiplication table.
Check it out:

So what do you think? Interesting how the patterns work, right?

Hope you have a great day!

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## Does Math really Exist?

Here’s an interesting idea – is math really real or a creation of our human brain?

Check out this video about math as we know it – the relevant part goes up to the six minute mark.

Is Math a Feature of the Universe or a Feature of Human Creation? | Idea Channel | PBS
Math is invisible. Unlike physics, chemistry, and biology we can´t see it, smell it, or even directly observe it in the universe. And so that has made a lot …

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## Math Trick – Your Birthday

I found a cute video that shows you a trick with math and a calculator on how to get your birthday.

Try following along with the steps and see if it works for you. It worked for me!

Easy Math Magic Tricks – Birthday Date Calculations
http://www.WorstJokeEver.Com Here comes a math trick to play upon calcualting your birthday date. Suprise your friends and family with this magic calculation…

So did it work?

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## Can Learning Math Really Be Fun?

Quite often, when you mention the word “math”, you’ll get response like “ugh”, “I hate math”, “I’ve never been good at math” and many other negative responses!

It doesn’t have to be that way for most people though. In fact, learning math can be a fun process! (You know Mathnasium’s motto is “we make learning math fun” right?) You may be skeptical about that, so here’s an article where someone else believes that learning math can be a fun process!

Learning Basic Math Facts Can Be Fun … Really

I know what you are thinking, there’s no way learning basic math facts can be fun. It’s a matter of memorization mostly, but still, it doesn’t have to be boring for you or your child. Utilizing some memory games and incorporating props can be very helpful for children who are initially learning math. Try some of these ideas yourself and you might just be surprised.

Flash cards are a tried and true technique, but how can you make them more fun? Stickers are a great way to show progress. If your child can provide the answer to a given flash card within three seconds, they get to put a sticker on the card. It’s surprising how motivating this is for a child who is struggling with their basic math facts.

Playing games online is another fun way to sharpen one’s skills. There are thousands of sites dedicated to math and many of them are free. Simply find a few that your child likes and rotate through them so your child doesn’t get bored or the site doesn’t become too easy. Some even have timed sections to help your child get faster at answering questions.

Another great option is to play a math memory game. Write the questions and answers on separate index cards and turn them over. You and your child will flip over different cards until you find the match. Your child will enjoy the game and the attention you are giving them and they will learn in the process.

Modifying games is simple and affordable for all parents. All it requires is a little time on your part. Create a shoe box full of homemade math games that your child can pick from on a daily basis. Spend at least 15 minutes a day practicing through these fun techniques and your child will be more confident in math in addition to being able to pass those timed tests.

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Jocelyn Lewiston is a teacher and writer on various educational topics including learning basic math facts and fun ways to practice spelling words. She is dedicated to making education fun and interesting for all children.

So as you can see, there are others who believe that it can be a fun process to learn math, you just have to think outside the “normal” boundaries.

How about you? Are you now a believer?

Have a great day!

## Fun Math Trick

I found this video and it didn’t seem to work for me.

It’s a short video so check it out and see if it works for you?

FREAKY MATH TRICK!!!!!!!
THIS IS THE WEIRDEST THING YOU WILL EVER SEE.  IT IS RIGHT 98.5 PERCENT OF THE TIME. BE AMAZED!

So did you get the image they said? I didn’t!

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## Can Learning Math Be Fun?

If you like something, you’ll usually be good at it, right?

So if you want to learn math, you’ll probably want to get a math teacher or tutor that likes math!

Check out this professor’s perspective on learning math and teaching math with fun. I think you’ll like it.

Making Math Fun
Math teachers need ”to know more than the text book,”says Alfred Posamentier, Professor Emeritus of City College. There are mathematical wonders beyond the curriculum that can make the subject come alive.

So what is your opinion? I think he’s right on!

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## Kids Can Learn Math With Fun

What does it take to get a child’s interest?

It has been my experience that having some fun while presenting a challenge seems to pique a child’s interest!

I read this article on the subject of helping a child to learn math which I wanted to share with you.

Getting Kids Interested In Math Is About Fun And Games

When students complain about math homework with comments like, “I hate it!” “It’s too hard,” “I can’t!” It usually means that the child has math anxiety that keeps the negative attitude going due to frustration with the subject matter.

But don’t worry; there’s a way that parents can help their students learn to like math through fun and games. Action games with plenty of cool characters will make math homework and learning complicated formulas fun. Games will also allow better recall of what he/she learned because game characters will be remembered along with the concept illustrated. Puzzles are great for cognitive and memory instruction. They come in many different themes for just about every type of mathematical problem and type. Using a theme, such as rockets, space, animals, and cartoon characters, will let the student learn through relationships between the theme and math problems.

Math trivia will not only help the student learn math concepts but also learn amazing, little known facts. The search results are in…and the best news is brain teasers are beneficial for the mind. Look upon a brain puzzler as a mind gymnasium, by extending and examining the brain, learning ability greatly increases. The more you practice, the more adept you will become. Brain teasers are not merely mindless child’s period of play. They are significant informative instruments to direct your child through the basic principles of math. Kids study better once they can have more fun from the instruction.

Several kinds of brain teases for every kind of learner are available. Irrespective of what grade your youngster is, there are all different types of teasers with varied stages of difficulty to aid in stimulating their mind and help the studying method. Children love to have fun. Therefore, why not allow them to experience merriment with some cool interactional mathematics games? There’s nothing improper with stimulating play and discovery simultaneously.

Play solitarily or with other people; and for a greater challenge they could role play with the computer. Interactive mathematics games are self-paced and they allow for prompt feedback. Zero waiting time to get an exam paper marked to check how good they recognize a math theory. Likewise, you can apply comparable worksheets and solution keys for further exercise. These games are absolutely habit-forming due to having your child desiring to practice on the computer to practice additional math problems.

Apply them within your whole family to do and go over all kinds of mathematics skills they will remember. “By giving a child a three-dimensional interactive learning game, you are incorporating the primary levels of learning: tactile, visual, auditory, and neurological,” says Kathleen Halloran, a retired educator of 34 years.

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John Ashley is a mathematical educator who developed the mathematickle line of educational math games and books to help children have more fun with mathematics.

So now you know how to get your child interested in learning math!

What do you think?