# Tag: Fun

## Math Fun At Christmastime

It’s always nice to have some new activities for children around the holidays to help continue on their quest to learn math. Christmas is no exception. So I went looking for an article that would help parents and teachers alike to have their children have some fun while learning math. I found a nice article by Teresa Evans that I will share with you.

#### Christmas Math Activities

Christmas math activities are an ideal classroom treat during the time leading up to Christmas. However there are many Christmas math activities that are also ideal for home. These Christmas activities with a focus on math are an ideal way to make math practice fun and to get kids really enthusiastic about math.

Try these Christmas math activities with the kids and you are sure to have them begging for more.

Christmas Counting
This is a version of the counting game Buzz. For the Christmas version, you just need to replace the word ‘buzz’ with a Christmas word. You could use the word ‘Santa’ or the word ‘reindeer’ instead of ‘buzz’. To play the game, the children count around the group with each person taking a turn to say a number. When they get to the number 7, any multiple of 7 or any number containing a digit 7, they simply say ‘Santa’ instead of saying the number. If a player says the number instead of saying ‘Santa’ they are out. The counting will go like this, ‘1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, Santa, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, Santa.

The aim of the game is to count as far as possible with no one making a mistake or it can be played as an elimination game with the last person left in the game being the winner. It can also be played using a different number as the ‘Santa’ number. Try it with the number 5 for an easier version of the game or try it with 8 or 9 for a more difficult version.

Santa’s Sleigh
This Christmas math activity is ideal for practicing any basic math skills that you choose. You will need a picture of a sleigh and pictures of 8 reindeer for each player or team. The children can be involved in drawing the reindeer pictures and might like to name each reindeer also. The object of the game is to be the first player or team to add the 8 reindeer in front of Santa’s sleigh.

Two players or teams compete to be the first to answer the question. You could use basic addition facts for the game or more complex calculations involving decimal numbers or percentages. The first player to answer correctly wins a reindeer to add in front of their sleigh. The reindeer can be taped or pinned onto the sleigh. The first player or team with eight reindeer is the winner.

There are many, many different ways to give your math practice a Christmas flavor. Use the Christmas math activities above to make math more interesting but also consider some other educational Christmas activities. Try some Christmas word puzzles like a Christmas ‘Word Find’ or play a game of Christmas hangman with Christmas words. You could also try a game of Christmas bingo using Christmas words. Hope these ideas help to make Christmas more fun for the kids. Merry Christmas!

Teresa Evans is a teacher and parent who has created a set of printable Christmas games and activities. Visit www.kids-christmas-activities.com to get your set of free printable Christmas games and activities.

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That’s two different ideas that will definitely make learning math at Christmas-time more fun for the children. Hope you enjoyed it and will give them a try.

Have a Merry Christmas if you celebrate it, otherwise we wish you a Happy Holiday!

Cheers.

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## Fun Santa Video

This doesn’t really have anything to do with helping your child learn math, but it is cute and I thought you might enjoy it for a change!

Have a great day!

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## More Ways To Have Fun While Learning Math

If you can find a way to bring fun to learning math, half of the battle is over. I’ve tried many different ideas and have looked at different resources to help children have fun while they learn math. So I wanted to share a good article that I thought might help YOU help your child have fun while learning math

#### 5 Simple Ways To Make Math Fun For Kids

1. Flash cards

Flash Cards are set of cards bearing information, on either one or both sides, and can be used effectively in classrooms or at home. Learning math through flash cards is a lot of fun, because of –

Simplicity – The simplicity of math flash cards has proved it to be one of the most effective ways of learning math facts.

Portability- Be it travelling, or waiting for school bus, or at doctor’s clinic, flash cards can be taken everywhere. It helps kids to utilize their spare time efficiently.

Motivation and Challenge – Flash Cards are a lot of fun. Parents and teachers, disguise study time as play time, by setting up flash card competitions and motivating them with rewards.

For e.g. Numbers Flash Card by Playskool

2. Puzzles

A puzzle is a problem that tests the ingenuity of the solver. It’s observed that kids, who start solving puzzles between 2 to 4, develop better ability to understand problems involving physical spaces, shapes, or forms.

Kids, who enjoy solving these puzzles, develop analytical skills and hence bear a positive attitude towards learning math skills.

They no longer fear math or shows resonance towards math practice. Puzzles teach them to be creative and persistent.

For e.g. Eeboo puzzles on numbers

3. Games

We all know that kids enjoy playing games and our experience tells us that Math is always more fun when it’s a game.

Benefits of Using Games

No resistance – kids freely choose to participate and enjoy playing

Increased learning – games provide increased interaction between children, opportunities to test intuitive ideas and problem solving strategies

Keeps challenging – Games can allow children to operate at different levels of thinking and motivates them to learn advanced concepts too.

For e.g. interesting math games by ThinkFun

4. Online learning resources (Websites)

Availability of plethora of content at a click encourages kids to adopt online learning. Some of the attractive features of online learning are:

Interactive Content – encourage involvement of kids.

Colourful Visualization – rich pictorial content makes it fun for kids.

24X7 Access – Increases study time as kids can always access the content online, anytime.

Monitor performance – Parents can access comprehensive reports on their child’s progress. This gives parents an important feedback on their kid’s progress.

For e.g. Cool Math, Splash Math and for more options go through with these Google organic search results http://bit.ly/15yytvU

5. Apps

There apps are not only fun but are educational and can actually benefit the kids’ math learning.

Interactivity – Because apps are interactive, they are much preferred to any passive activity

Improves hand-eye coordination – Several math apps involve tracing lines, shapes and numbers or involve games that challenge kids’ hand-eye coordination, all important skills for healthy development.

Apps are portable – Road trips or long haul flights provide perfect opportunity to whip out smartphone or tablet to little minds busy and entertained with educational math lessons.

For e.g. Moose Math

Gabhan Reed has been an educator for more than 10 years, and enjoys writing on topics related to parenting and early childhood education. Academically, he holds a MA (psychology) combined with PG diploma in Business Management.

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## Multiplication Tables – Are They Helpful?

Multiplication Tables – Are They Helpful?

Young math learners often struggle with learning the multiplication tables. Often they will question their parents and teachers as to the validity and importance of learning them. So if you’re looking for a good comeback for this question, I think this article will help you! And it should also help you to get a few new ideas for assisting your child in learning their multiplication tables.

The Importance Of Memorising Multiplication Tables

Learning multiplication tables is an inevitable step into the world of maths. Children begin learning their times tables in 2nd and 3rd grade. Often, some children will have a natural flare for learning their multiplication tables while others might find it difficult.

Usually, teachers depend on parents to assist their struggling children at home. Sadly this can lead to a frustrating learning experience with a child who is finding multiplication tables particularly challenging. It can end up causing parents to question the necessity of times tables altogether.

Is it?

YES! VERY!

Why?

Memorising the multiplication tables prepares children for the future stages of maths. These future stages involve more challenging calculations that bring in division – both short and long – as well as more complicated mathematics.

To skip the fundamental learning stage of times tables would be like teaching a child to run before they have learned to walk.

Consequently they will crawl through more complicated maths – such as two-digit multiplication and long division – with great difficulty.

Bearing this in mind, we can confidently conclude that the times tables are essential to learning. Without them a child’s confidence and capability will be lost.

The important of times tables must also be taken in its broader context to fully appreciate how necessary it is. It is not exclusive to schools or learning environments, but also in our everyday lives! We often use multiplication for something as simple as calculating prices in the shops, planning parties and in domestic activities such as cooking, calculating bills etc.

All of these necessary and everyday tasks are made easier and achieved faster when one knows their times tables.Now, while these are valid points to any adult, it’s another thing trying to encourage a child who is struggling with their times tables.

It’s important to note that in some situations a child’s struggle can be chalked up to a learning difficulty – especially if they are receiving consistent help from parents and teachers. If this is the case then a child will need to be given alternative methods for learning their multiplication tables.

A child must always be supported and encouraged.It is vital that parents do NOT reprimand or criticize their children. The child is struggling enough as it is! Negative emotions and pressure will sabotage a child’s learning capability – in some cases it is severe enough to completely prevent the learning of new information.

Multiplication tables can be learned in a variety of new and innovative methods. These new learning styles allow for a child to find the best method to suit the way they process information.

Some of these new methods include taking a more visual approach to learning. Games, flash cards, interactive software, the use of animals and cartoon characters to encourage children. An almost holistic approach to maths that makes facts FUN to learn.

When the method of learning these multiplication facts is made engaging and entertaining for children, then they are far more likely to retain the information learned. Memorising the multiplication tables through these new methods makes a necessary and educational experience both fun and MEMORABLE!

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One other resource I’ve found is on Youtube.com. Check on there for multiplication table videos – there are some very good ones that I’m sure your child will like!

Have a great day!

## Babies and Children Can Learn Math

I thought you might be interested in this article I just read by Vidal Aponte and published at GoArticles.com.  It is titled: “Teach Your Baby Math – Ya Gatta Help Em!”

Here’s the article.

If you want to teach your baby math you have to help them. This is not something that they can learn on their own, especially since you are teaching them at a very young age. Below, you will get more information on this so continue reading.

* If you want to teach your baby math you are going to be happy that you did invest in this later in life. It is not as difficult as you may think to teach this to your baby either. With just a few minutes a day you can be helping your baby learn math.

* Have people told you that it is impossible to teach your baby math? There are many people that will try to “burst your bubble” but you should never allow them to do this since it really is possible for you to start helping your baby learn math. You can even start as soon as 1 month after the baby is born.

* Within the first six years you child has the ability to learn quickly and absorb what they are learning quite quickly. This knowledge will be deeply rooted in them and will not leave as easily as some things that will be learned later in life. Make sure you take advantage of this time in their life so that you will be able to enjoy the benefits of what they have learned later in life.

* When you allow yourself and your baby to work on math together you are allowing you and your baby to bond as well as your baby to learn a very beneficial skill of mathematics. Bonding with your child is important and when you are doing it in a way such as this you will be “killing two birds with one stone”.

* One of the best things that you can do when helping your baby learn math is to have a great attitude. When you have a great attitude and allow your baby to see that learning is fun. When babies and children see that things are fun they are going to be able to learn much quicker. You can add some more fun into the mix by singing and playing games while trying to teach your baby math.