Coming Soon! Playful Math Journaling

Are you a parent who wants to help your children learn math?

Or a teacher looking for new activities to try with your students?

Or perhaps you’d like to discover for yourself the playful side of math that school never showed you?

Tune in next week to discover how to help children explore their own ideas about numbers, shapes, and patterns. Or go to the Kickstarter Preview page, where you can sign up to be notified as soon as the project launches.

Are You Reading This in Your Email?

My old email-feed server is closing down. If you’ve been receiving my blog posts in your email inbox, that stops at the end of this month.

You may have thought it stopped already, since my blog has been so slow lately. But no, that’s just me. I’m trying to finish a few books in time for a back-to-school promotion. Whenever I’m working on a book, it seems like everything else falls away. But I promise I will get back to posting new playful math ideas here.

In fact, there’s a HUGE new blog carnival coming soon, with all sorts of great ways to play math with your kids. Watch for it!

For those who want to continue receiving my blog updates, you have two options…

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Historical Future Fantasy Time Travel

My daughter, Teresa Gaskins, has a new story out in Promise in the Gold: A Cave Creek Anthology. If you enjoy cross-genre fiction, the Cave Creek series is a fun mixture of western, science-fiction, and fantasy:

Cave Creek, Nevada—Where the Unexpected Meets the Real World

    Strange, unexplained events long plagued residents of Cave Creek, a former mining town nestled in a hidden canyon north of Las Vegas.

      Promise in the Gold takes the reader into the future, where people who slip through the portals create new timelines—and past, present, and future cross paths in some very weird and sometimes scary ways.

      Teresa’s story is sweet, not scary. And even better, it features a cat. I think you’ll love it!

      Click Here for Details

      Or if you prefer traditional fantasy, check out Teresa’s epic series, The Riddled Stone.

      CREDITS: Feature photo (top) by Glen Rushton via

      Final (?) Lockdown Ebook Sale

      Would anyone have guessed we’d still be under pandemic social restrictions after a year?

      Certainly not me!

      And now that spring is in the air … Well, at least it is in the northern hemisphere. Would that be called “Up Yonder,” as opposed to “Down Under”? … Anyway, whatever you call it, everyone is getting antsy. We’re all ready to be set free, whenever our governments give in.

      To help your family keep busy through the final (we hope!) lockdowns, my publisher is offering a 30% discount coupon on everything at our Tabletop Academy Press online store.

      That includes all my math books and playful activity guides, plus my daughter’s fantasy fiction epic, The Riddled Stone.

      Enter STAYSAFE2021 at checkout.
      (Expires March 31, 2021.)

      Shop Now

      Did You Get Your Playful Math?

      Mary Everest Boole first wrote about string art in 1904.
      Mary Everest Boole first wrote about string art in her 1904 book, The preparation of the child for science.

      My February playful math newsletter went out yesterday morning to all subscribers.

      This month’s issue featured a couple of string art projects for Valentine’s Day, the cardioid curve, make-your-own math art, and the link between string art and calculus.

      If you didn’t see it, check your Updates or Promotions tab (in Gmail) or your Spam folder. And to make sure you get all the future newsletters, add denise (dot) gaskins (at) tabletopacademypress (dotcom) to your contacts or address book.

      Click to View the Newsletter

      Not a subscriber? Don’t miss next month’s playful math activities! Click the link below to sign up today, and we’ll send you our free math and writing booklets, too.

      As a Bonus: You’ll receive my 8-week email series “Playful Math for Families” and be one of the first to hear about any new books, revisions, and sales or other promotions

      Math Game Book Giveaway

      Free ebook of math gamesTo help spread the news about my Math Rebel Kickstarter, I’m hosting a math game book giveaway.

      Three lucky readers will win a paperback copy of my book Let’s Play Math Sampler: 10 Family-Favorite Games for Learning Math Through Play (US shipping only) OR a free copy of any digital book from my publisher’s online store.

      The Sampler contains short excerpts from five of my most popular titles. It’s a wonderful way to get started with playful math.

      And math games are great for journaling, too! You can play pencil-and-paper games right on the journal page. And for any game, you can use the page for keeping score and writing notes about your strategy for winning.

      Check out the Make 100 Math Rebels Kickstarter project to download a beautiful, free 10-page booklet of sample journaling pages.

      Make 100 Math Rebels on Kickstarter

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      The Wisdom of Cats

      My publishing company welcomes our two newest employees. Cimorene and Puck will head up our promotions department. Because cats know the internet, and they know how to make people do whatever they want.

      Or at least, that’s what they tell me.

      Today, Cimorene wants people to back the Make 100 Math Rebels Kickstarter. She thinks everyone should order one of the paperback or hardcover book sets. Because books come in boxes. And boxes are important to cats.

      Puck agrees that boxes are a good thing. But he thinks people should choose any pledge level they like. Puck values curiosity and creative thinking, and the Math Rebel project is all about teaching students to explore ideas and think creatively about math.

      So listen to the wisdom of cats, and back the Make 100 Math Rebels Kickstarter today!

      Make 100 Math Rebels Kickstarter

      Working on the Math Prompts

      I’d love to see children all around the world learning math as a creative, thought-provoking, liberal-arts adventure. Not just school math, but true mathematical thinking.

      If that sounds great to you, too, please visit my Make 100 Math Rebels Kickstarter project and join the Math Rebellion:

      Make 100 Math Rebels on Kickstarter

      So, now that the Kickstarter’s running full-steam — closing in on our third Stretch Goal! — I’ve been working full-time on the reward books.

      At the $5 pledge level and above, backers will get this digital book of 100 Math Journal Prompts.

      Except, I’m thinking now it will really be 104 prompts because I plan to release them on my publisher’s online store as two booklets of printable task cards. At four cards per page, a 50-card booklet will have a half-page blank space. And since I’ve collected plenty of prompts (enough to make five booklets, if the funding hits all our Stretch Goals) it’s easy to add a couple more activities to each book.

      And besides, creating the prompts is so much fun. I’m happy to throw in some extras!

      Kickstarter Loves the Math Rebellion

      Yesterday, I got some wonderful news. The folks at Kickstarter awarded the “Projects We Love” badge to my Make 100 Math Rebels campaign. Woohoo!

      That’s great because it means they’ll help share the idea of the Math Rebellion with more new people.

      Wouldn’t it be great if children could learn math as a liberal art that focuses on creative thinking? Imagine the freedom of no longer worrying about speed and memory. Instead, they can dive head-long into the deeply refreshing waters of reasoning and problem-solving.

      Experience the Math Rebellion for yourself. Visit the Kickstarter page to download the 10-page printable sampler file, and discover how creative true math can be:

      Make 100 Math Rebels Kickstarter

      Joy to the World!

      Did your device hide the video? Find it on YouTube here.

      Psalm 57:7-11

      My heart is steadfast, O God,
      my heart is steadfast;
      I will sing and make music.

      Awake, my soul!
      Awake, harp and lyre!
      I will awaken the dawn.

      I will praise you, O Lord, among the nations;
      I will sing of you among the peoples.

      For great is your love, reaching to the heavens;
      your faithfulness reaches to the skies.

      Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;
      let your glory be over all the earth.

      [Taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version, (c)1973, 1978, 1984 by the International Bible Society, used by permission of Zondervan Bible Publishers.]