Moving Patterns Game on Kickstarter

We all know kids like to move. But did you know you can harness all of that innate energy into developing a conceptual understanding of mathematics?

The Moving Patterns Game is an active, self-directed game featuring patterns, footwork, friends, and math. Dancing makes life fun, and math makes the dancing more interesting!”

—Malke Rosenfeld

What kind of math? As children play and dance, they will practice…

  • patterns and variation
  • communicating ideas through symbols
  • algorithms (step-by-step procedures)
  • many types of symmetry
  • combinations and permutations
  • teamwork with a partner
  • geometry and spatial visualization
  • transformations
  • creative problem-solving

You have less than a week left to help fund the game that will get your children moving with whole-body math. Don’t miss out!

Go to Moving Patterns Game

Here’s How It Works

The blue Pattern cards function as little footwork “maps” that show the player how and when to move their feet.

The orange Challenge cards provide mathematical prompts for changing each pattern in some way, leading to the creation of new dance moves.

Paired together they allow children to play around with both math and dance at the same time.

“Children think and learn through their bodies, so teaching math topics and practices in concert with a choreographic process creates a setting where children are free to play with and discover new things about math.”

—Malke Rosenfeld

I can’t wait to try it out with my students!

Back it on Kickstarter

Math Game: What Two Numbers?

Here’s a simple, conversational game you can play anywhere — no equipment necessary.

It’s great for helping your children develop number fluency and algebraic thinking.

Excerpted from Prealgebra & Geometry: Math Games for Middle School. Click here to visit the Kickstarter page, where you’ll find four more sample games you can play with your kids today.

What Two Numbers?

Math Concepts: addition, multiplication, inverse operations, positive and negative numbers.

Players: two or more.

Equipment: no equipment needed.

How to Play

The leader chooses any two numbers and mentally figures their product and sum. Then the leader asks, “What two numbers multiply to make ___ and add up to ___?”

The leader may choose any two operations to ask. For example:

  • What two numbers add up to 15 and multiply to make 50? (5 and 10)
  • What two numbers have a difference of 2 and a sum of zero? (−1 and 1)
  • What two numbers have a product of 1/6 and also have a difference of 1/6? (−1/3 and −1/2) or (1/3 and 1/2)

The other players race to find the numbers. The first player to name them correctly gets to lead the next round. Or with two players, just take turns trying to stump each other.

Remember to consider both positive and negative numbers when creating your puzzle. Or make it extra tricky with fractions or decimal numbers.

Words to Know

In case you need a reminder of the answer words: The sum is what you get when you add two numbers. The difference is when you subtract. You multiply to find the product, and divide to get the quotient.

History

An anonymous teacher left this game in a comment on my blog and added, “I love playing math games in the car with a ‘captive audience.’”

The What Two Numbers? game was designed to prepare students for factoring quadratic equations, where one knows a sum and product and must deduce the original numbers. When we offer players a wider choice of operation clues, it becomes a more creative problem-solving game.

Do You Play Math with Your Kids?

I’d love to hear about your favorite math games! Please share in the Comments section below.

CREDITS: “Friends in hammock” photo by 🇸🇮 Janko Ferlič via Unsplash.

Math You Can Play Kickstarter

Build skills!

Develop confidence!

Crush math anxiety!

The Math You Can Play books help families learn while having fun together. You’ll love this natural, no-stress way to strengthen your child’s understanding and confidence.

My Kickstarter project offers you the chance to pick up a variety of playful math books at a discount — plus some nifty bonuses.

Best of all, you can get an early copy of my newest book, Prealgebra & Geometry: Math Games for Middle School, months before it hits the regular bookstores.

Check It Out

As a special treat, the Kickstarter page includes four free sample games to enjoy with your kids today. Clear off a table, find a deck of cards, and you’re ready to play some math.

If you like the games and activity ideas I share on this blog, please tell your friends about the Kickstarter.

I’d love to spread everywhere the news that learning math can be fun.

Math Game: War with Special Decks

The all-time most-visited page on this site is my post about Math War: The Game That Is Worth 1,000 Worksheets. It’s easy to adapt to almost any math topic, simple to learn, and quick to play. My homeschool co-op students love it.

But Math War isn’t just for elementary kids. Several teachers have shared special card decks to help middle and high school students practice math by playing games.

Take a look at the links below for algebra, geometry, and trig games. And try the Math War Trumps variation at the end of the post to boost your children’s strategic-thinking potential.

Have fun playing math with your kids!

Continue reading Math Game: War with Special Decks

Math for Star Wars Day

May the Fourth be with you!

Here is a math problem in honor of one of our family’s favorite movies…

Han Solo was doing much-needed maintenance on the Millennium Falcon. He spent 3/5 of his money upgrading the hyperspace motivator. He spent 3/4 of the remainder to install a new blaster cannon. If he spent 450 credits altogether, how much money did he have left?

Stop and think about how you would solve it before reading further.

Continue reading Math for Star Wars Day

Homeschooling Tip #1: Start with Play

For children, learning always begins with play. This is how they wrap their minds around new ideas and make them their own.

“There should be no element of slavery in learning. Enforced exercise does no harm to the body, but enforced learning will not stay in the mind. So avoid compulsion, and let your children’s lessons take the form of play.”

—Plato, The Republic

If we want our children to learn math, our first job is to establish an attitude of playfulness.

This is especially important for anyone working with a discouraged child or a child who is afraid of math. The best way to help a discouraged child is to put away the workbook. Try something different, fun, and challenging.

Play Math Games

Free ebook of math games
Download my free ebook of math games at your favorite online store.
Games meet children each at their own level, helping them understand that hard mental effort can be fun.

  • My Favorite Math Games: All the free games here on my Let’s Play Math blog, sorted by age/grade levels.
  • Math for Love Games: Collected by the creator of Tiny Polka Dot and Prime Climb.
  • Games for Young Minds: Kent Haines’s posts teach not only how to play the games, but also how to help your children think about the math.
  • Acing Math: A huge collection of topical worksheet-replacement games to play with a deck of cards.
  • Math Hombre Games: The motherlode of math games for all ages. It’s easy to get lost on this page, so bookmark it and explore a bit at a time.
  • For older students: Games and Math at Math Munch blog.

Play Math Art

Download my free 42-page printable coloring book, with links to additional activities.
Math art lets children experiment with geometric shapes and symmetries. Through art, students can explore a wide range of mathematical structures and relationships.

Join the Conversation

The next post in this How to Homeschool Math series will be all about the joy of reading math.

In the meantime, I’d love to hear from you!

  • What are your most pressing questions about helping your children with math?
  • Or what tips would you share with other parents?

Please add your ideas in the Comments section below.

CREDITS: Photo (top) generously supplied via Unsplash.com by National Cancer Institute.