11 Ways to Have Fun Learn Math
1) A lemonade stand is the quintessential summertime activity for kids, and math is needed to keep it up and running!
Younger kids can work on their measuring and money-counting by mixing the lemonade and making change for customers. Older kids can be in charge of setting the price by determining the cost per serving and setting a profit margin.
By using these math skills, your kids will have a successful business serving thirsty consumers all summer long!
2) Summertime means baseball. The next time you take your child to a game, incorporate a few math games while you cheer on your favorite team.
Have your child play umpire and ask him to keep count of each batter's balls and strikes. Additionally, he can also keep track of the outs every inning, and how many innings are left before the game is over. Ask him questions, such as what inning marks the halfway point in the game, and how many runs the losing team needs to catch up.
If a certain player on one of the teams is close to breaking a record, such as homeruns, have your child figure out how many more he needs to meet and break the record.
Math games like these will not only sharpen your child's mind, it will make him appreciate the sport even more. Score!
Give your younger child tasks like sorting your ingredients or counting how many eggs you need for a certain recipe. Your older kids can work on number recognition and fractions by helping to measure ingredients, turning the oven to the correct temperature (with adult supervision), and dividing up the servings.
After you've finished your cooking, you'll have a tasty little reward to enjoy together.
4)The next time you take your child with you while you run errands, turn it into a learning activity.
Calculating time and mileage is a fun way for your child to pass the time in the car. For example, if the grocery store is three miles away, how long does he think it will take you to get there?
If you have several errands to run, ask you child how far away he thinks each destination is from the other, and then clock it to see how close his guess is.
Another fun car game is to use the numbers on license plates as an addition and subtraction lesson. Ask your child to add or subtract all the numbers he sees on the license plates you pass.
Not only will he be learning math while you get your errands done, keeping him occupied will help keep any car meltdowns at bay, too.
5) Math problems abound at the mall, and many stores have summertime sales. The next time your teen's favorite store is having a sale, take her shopping. Ask her how much she will be saving on a certain sale item.
For example, if a $25 item is 20 percent off, how much does it cost?
You can mix and match different prices and discounts, add several sale items together, and even have your teen create an outfit with a pre-set budget.
She might be surprised to see how much percentages, fractions, and decimals play into one of her favorite pastimes!
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