*Feature photo (above) by L. Marie. Math comic by davidd. Both via flickr (CC BY 2.0).*

Hooray for September 25th — it’s Math Storytelling Day!

Celebrate Math Storytelling Day by making up and sharing math stories. Everyone loves a story, so this is a great way to motivate your children to play around with math. What might a math story involve? Patterns, logic, history, puzzles, relationships, fictional characters, … and yes, even numbers.

For inspiration, visit:

- The original Math Storytelling Day post
- Math Storytelling Day at Math Mama Writes
- Stories about The Idea of Counting at Cut the Knot
- Maria’s story about Apple Math Snacks

Have you and your children created any math stories? We’d love to hear! Please share your links in the comments section below.

## Storytelling Activities

Over the years, my own children and my Math Club kids have enjoyed a wide variety of mathematical stories. We may even have done some of them on Storytelling Day, though I wasn’t keeping track.

For instance, once upon a time we:

- Played a story-telling game
- Imagined the secret life of numbers
- Explored historical mathematics
- Made up word problems from literature
- Revisited the story problem challenge
- Read a wide variety of living math books
- Created a fictional math adventure saga
- Wrote about a math lesson that turned into an experiment
- And shared the story of solving a tough math problem

## Don’t Forget the Snacks

Even when it’s fun, math is hard mental work. Make sure your children’s brains have plenty of fuel with these official Math Storytelling Day snacks:

I hope you don’t consider this spam, but I have self-published an entire 32-page comic book with heroes who have math-based powers. In their very first adventure, they have to solve a prime number puzzle to escape a villain’s trap. It’s called Solution Squad, and it’s easily searchable.

It looks like a fun story, Jim!

I added a link to your comment, in case others want to check it out. I’ve been trying to get to your Facebook page, but FB seems to be temporarily broken. 😦

Thanks for all you do in the field of math! I have also created a series of children’s rhyming books that introduce place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division using characters. It’s called Arithmetic Village. I love that there are many people who are committed to ensure math is assessable to all types of learners. 🙂

Hi, Kimberly! Thanks for dropping by. I definitely enjoy your story and all the activities on your website (although I find the new site, with its frames, much harder to navigate than the old one). Which reminds me that I should go update the links in my Arithmetic Village review…

Thanks, Denise. Math Storytelling Day is a great birthday present for me. (One of my students wrote me a math story!)

What fun, Sue! Are you going to post the story?

If I find time, I will!