Have you noticed that we live in a wonderful era of mathematical innovation? Not only at the “it’s all over my head” level — which is growing faster than anyone can keep up with — but also at the Cool Math For Kids level.
For instance, our children can enjoy Patterns of the Universe, and Prime Climb, and This is Not a Maths Book, and Which One Doesn’t Belong?, and Tiny Polka Dot, and Math & Magic in Wonderland, and Spiraling Pentagons, and …
So many things! I’m sure I forgot one (or several) of your favorite modern-classic math books or toys. I’d love to hear about them in the comments.
And here are a few bits of new playful math. Click, support, and share!
In alternating chapters, Rodi Steinig tells stories about her math circle and exactly what happens there, while her daughter Rachel discusses why so many kids hate math, documents the ways math is taught in the classroom — and ways that can be improved.
- Support Math Renaissance on Kickstarter
- Math Renaissance home page
- “The Unicorn Problem” sample chapter
I first discovered Rodi’s work through her chapter in Sue VanHattum’s wonderful collection Playing with Math: Stories from Math Circles, Homeschoolers, and Passionate Teachers. I’ve been a fan of Rodi’s math circle blog for years, and I can’t wait to get my hands on her new book.
When 9-year-old Emmy and her 5-year-old brother Leo go down an abandoned dilapidated slide, they are magically transported into Funville — a land inhabited by ordinary-looking beings, each with a unique power to transform objects.
- Back Funville Adventures on Kickstarter
- Funville Adventures home page
- “A Leveled Playing Field” sample chapter
I had the fun of previewing this book. It’s a cute little fairy tale that should help launch family conversations about math.
Trouble with Monkeys
A boy wants to surprise his dad, but meddlesome monkeys keep getting in the way. The boy is interviewed by the local news, and the story escalates to involve pirates, ballerinas, ninjas — and the magic of our place value number system.
This story reminds me of the Cookie Factory Model for long division. Place Value is a key to understanding many things in math.
GregTangMath Home Kit
I haven’t seen these games in person, but they sure look like fun.
- Back the Tang Math Home Pack on Kickstarter.
- A peek at the games on GregTangMath.com
- Family Math Night PDF
- Game Instructions PDF
If you know a project we should all check out, please share in the Comments section below.