Does your child love math? Hate it? Tolerate it? Have no opinion? Whether he or she falls on the math appreciation range, any math ideas that differ from the routine at school will most likely be a welcome change of pace.
Cool math ideas for kids can go beyond the worksheets and testing they experience and enjoy, accept, or dislike. Innovative online tutoring programs can shake up their learning, and parents also can introduce activities that incorporate math but don’t feel like school. Here are four ideas that definitely qualify as cool math for kids:
1. How far?
This activity will challenge your child to measure anything and everything’s length, height, or distance. Some ideas include:
2. Math exercise
Some kids, particularly boys, are more apt to practice an educational concept if there is a physical activity involved in it. Therefore, incorporating math into exercise—any exercise—can be beneficial for the mind and body. How many baskets can your child shoot in a minute (and based on those results, how many would she make in 10 minutes)? How fast can a kid run around the block, or how far can he get in 30 seconds? How many strokes are needed to swim across the pool twice? The possibilities are endless, and if you participate with your kids, you will get some exercise, too.
3. Hop counting
Think of this as skip counting meets hopscotch. Use sidewalk chalk to create a series of numbers (for example, in multiples of 5) spread apart, throw a bean bag to a number, and direct your child to skip count up to or from that number. This can be adapted to an indoor activity with a wide open floor (especially one with tiles) and colored tape instead of chalk to make numbers.
4. The Price Is Right
Rarely are children encouraged to watch daytime TV to help their education, but “The Price Is Right” is actually a wonderful outlet for cool math for kids, especially ones who love games. Record an episode on your DVR, and watch it with your children. Viewers love playing along with the pricing games; your kids will too, so pause the show often so they can make guesses and do some math. For example:
What cool math ideas for kids have you tried in your home?
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