Are you looking for ways to keep math fun for your kids? Here are five awesome ideas that are super easy to incorporate into everyday life.
Keeping math fun is of utmost importance to me as a parent and a homeschool mom. Math is all around us from spiral sea shells, and grocery shopping, to the equations that launch rockets into space. So how can we keep math fun while providing our children with the mathematical education they need?
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How to Keep Math Fun
Our son once said that math was no fun, but in all actuality I don’t believe it. He’s always adding up sums in his head (for fun) and coming up with different ways to get the same math answers (for more fun). I think it was a particular math textbook (yes we tried one of those one time) that he was basing his opinion on, not the beauty of math itself. So I don’t argue with his pronouncements of math indifference. I just offer unique ways to incorporate math into our daily lives. Here are some of the ways I make math fun for our kids. You can also check out my post on our favorite math apps.
Keep Math Fun with Gameschooling
Games are the best! Not only are our kids learning critical thinking, problem solving, strategies, patience, and taking turns…they are also learning counting skills, adding, subtracting and even multiplication and division! We have made board games like Catan, Ticket to Ride, and Castle Panic a regular part of our days because we have seen the positive effects they have on our kids. Some of our favorite math board games include…
Keep Math Fun with Math Read Alouds
Our kids adore read alouds! Snuggling on the couch with an intriguing book is one of their favorite activities…mine too! So, it’s not unheard of for us to become completely immersed in a read aloud that is all about math! Have you ever heard of The Number Devil or The Adventures of Penrose the Cat? Need a little more inspiration? Here are a few of our favorite math books…
 The Sir Cumference Series
 Equal Shmequal
 Math is CATegorical series
 Bedtime Math Series
 Math and Magic in Wonderland
 The Man Who Counted: A Collection of Mathematical Adventures
Keep Math Fun with Kids in the Kitchen
Our kids are obsessed with Master Chef and Master Chef Jr. If you’ve never heard of these television shows they are competitive cooking reality shows open to amateur and home chefs. After watching the first episodes our children wanted to get in the kitchen and cook! Yes, our son made the Citrus & Herb Chicken in the photo below and it was AhMazing!
Guess what kids can learn from a simple recipe? Math skills of course! Kids will learn sequencing, counting, fractions, and measuring! Doubling and tripling a recipe is always fun as is the meal planning and shopping for ingredients! Cooking is math fun because you get to eat your results!
So, if you need to add a little extra math fun, then try adding math in the kitchen!
Keep Math Fun by Playing an Instrument
Did you know that kids get loads of practice counting when they learn how to play an instrument? Music and math intertwine beautifully because to play an instrument one must understand rhythm, beat, and scales. Music is fun plus your child will learn sequencing, and pattern recognition while gaining increased memory skills. Our son takes his guitar lessons through Gentle Guitar but we also incorporate music theory with SQUILT which stands for Super Quiet Uninterrupted Listening Time.
Keep Math Fun by Giving Kids an Allowance
We give both of our children an allowance for extra chores done on the farm. This gives them the opportunity to build a foundation of money management. Have you heard of the concepts of Save, Spend, Share? I really want to get better at modelling this behavior for our children. Here are a couple of ways to incorporate the Save, Spend, Share idea…
Our son also enjoys Smartick, Khan Academy, Beast Academy, and Life of Fred as part of his math “Curriculum.” We incorporate all of these along with games, read alouds, cooking, music, and allowance management to give our kids a strong foundation in math.
How do you keep math fun?
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Megan Lowry says
we have had math woes lately so thanks for this! and guess what? I had my 5th grader try Saxon math too!!! Ugghh. So awful 🙂 There is soooooo much learning with board games and so that is a big part of what we do for math right now. We use Life of Fred a little bit. My kids LOVE Master Chef too! They play Master Chef with play dough mostly and a little timer. Then they explain what they made and whatnot. It’s pretty funny to listen to them judge.
Erin Vincent says
We seem to go through cycles of math woes. And it always seems to be when mom starts to panic that the kids aren’t learning enough and tries to push more than is comfortable for all of those involved. Yep, I panic sometimes… Then there are times that I let loose the reigns and our son manages an entire years worth of Khan Academy in 2 months! I truly think that boards games, math stories, and deciphering or doubling recipes play a big part in that.
Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your experiences!
Bablofil says
Thanks, great article.
Erin Vincent says
Thank you!
Christina says
So many great ideas to help keep math fun. We need to get some more math board games. I have converted our old Chuttes and Ladders into a math facts game…but I know they’d love a few of the ones you mentioned.
Erin Vincent says
Awe, thank you! I may or may not have developed a board game addiction…but in my defense I have seen tremendous growth in our children’s math skills since incorporating board games into our days.
Mother of 3 says
Those are all great ways to keep math fun. Mine are sure having fun in the kitchen! I just wish I could figure out more real life/fun ways to cover algebra and pre algebra.
Erin Vincent says
We haven’t gotten into much algebra yet, but I know the kids enjoy the Dragon Box App on their devices. It reinforces algebraic concepts and formulas. Have you tried it?
Susan Evans says
What a great list of handson activities for math! That’s one subject that is boring for most kids, so it’s great to find so many interesting activities to reenforce math skills.
Erin Vincent says
I’ve found if we can find real world applications that it makes math more enjoyable and helps our son build confidence in his math skills.