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6 Easy Summer Math Activities Your Kids Will Actually Enjoy

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6 Easy Summer Math Activities Your Kids Will Actually Enjoy

6 Easy Summer Math Activities Your Kids Will Actually Enjoy

Summer vacation is a perfect time for outdoor fun, exploration, and even learning math!

There are many indoor and outdoor activities which your children can undertake to best utilize their summer break. Most children often find Math to be one of the most complicated subjects. As parents, you can make Math easy for them however, by helping them build their math skills during summer vacation.

Here are 6 summer break activities which your children can enjoy doing and at the same time learn math in a fun way:

1.) Gardening

Gardening is a great opportunity to teach your children Math in an interesting way. They can measure the area of your garden. From picking seeds together, to measuring the space between the plants and also calculating the amount of soil required for potted plants. Gardening is like a natural tuition for math which helps children improves their knowledge of the subject and nurtures their connectivity with nature.

2.) Shopping for Value

It’s the best possible way to teach your child the value of money. Begin with sharing the total budget with him or her. Turn the grocery shopping trip into a fun game. Let your child look for offers and then calculate the savings from each shopping trip. Older kids can also help calculate the cost of the food items per pound or ounce.

3.) Sports Time on TV

If your kids love to watch sports on TV, you can easily improve their mathematical skills and make their sports watching sessions more exciting. You can begin with teaching them how to keep score, count innings, strike outs, etc. They can also be taught to fill out the box score of a baseball game. It’s a great way to build their math skill as well as help them understand the game better. You can even buy scorebooks for major sports which guarantee hours of entertainment for your children while they enjoy watching their favorite sport.

4.) Road Trips

Are you planning a road trip to an exotic destination, for your child’s summer vacation? But at the same time, do you also dread a constant stream of questions like ‘how far have we come?’, ‘when will we reach there?’ and so on and so forth? Well, you can turn such boring road-trips into interesting learning opportunities. You can engage your child in a ‘license plate game’, which involves adding, subtracting or dividing the numbers on these plates. You can also teach your children how to measure the distance of your trip or how many miles per gallon does your car average.

5.) Collections

A majority of children love collecting coins, stamps, shells and a whole lot of other things. This simple activity can be made more exciting by adding a Math angle to it. For example, if your child loves collecting shells, he or she can collect a certain number of a single type of shell, or can sort the collection according to size, shape etc. This way, your child learns different mathematical concepts and gets to build an amazing collection as well.

6.) Daily Chores

Daily chores like folding clothes, sorting them for washing, setting the dinner table can seem really boring. But, you can turn such mundane tasks into fun-filled math learning sessions! For instance, you can teach your child measuring, sorting and counting through the simple task of doing laundry. The child can help sort the clothes, measure the amount of detergent that needs to be added and count the clothes before putting them in the machine.

 

By Dana Jandhyala

About the Author: Making education simple and easy to comprehend is Dana Jandhayala's forte. She's had a long career as an educator where she has taught in several different schools and institutes in multiple countries. Today, she helps students with personalized online tutorials by SchoolPage that help make concepts easy to understand, making learning fast and fun. She writes to help students study better, and to coach parents so they can facilitate the success of their children. 

 
 

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5 Gifts That Your Child's Math Teacher Actually Wants

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5 Gifts That Your Child's Math Teacher Actually Wants

Math teachers love gifts!

Yes, it's true that everyone loves presents, but math teachers are notoriously underappreciated and even the smallest gesture fills them with warm fuzziness.

And if your son or daughter was lucky enough to have an awesome math teacher this school year, then you're probably thinking about getting her a gift as a token of your appreciation.

So, what's something that you can buy for your child's math teacher that she would actually want?

First, let me share from experience some things that teachers probably don't want. The list includes school supplies (we have enough already), chocolates and candy (we're all trying to lose weight before the summer), and regifted gift cards to gas stations and convenience stores (they don't excite us either).

If you're struggling to find math teacher gift ideas, the following items will help you show your gratitude and let that special teacher know that she is appreciated and made a difference in your child's development:

1.) Gift Cards (The Good Ones)

Gift cards are great, but they aren't all created equally. Teachers often receive gift cards to retail stores and restaurants that they don't like, and they end up collecting dust in a drawer somewhere. If you are going to get your child's teacher a gift card, be sure that it's for a good or service that he will actually enjoy. 

The best gift card I ever received was for a 90-minute massage!

The best gift card I ever received was for a 90-minute massage!

2.) Cute Tee Shirts & Hoodies

Teachers love cute and funny shirts and hoodies that let them express their quirky side and their passion for teaching math. For a truly unique gift, check out these limited-edition math teacher t-shirt and hoodie designs for men and women from Mashup Math (designed by math teachers for math teachers!): click here to get yours.

Funny shirts make a great gift for math teachers!

Funny shirts make a great gift for math teachers!

3.) Healthy Snacks

If you didn't know, teachers are always on diets and trying to avoid the sweets and baked goods that are constantly available in school faculty rooms, especially right before summer vacation. If you want to give food as a gift, share a gift basket full or healthy snacks or a one-month subscription to a healthfood service like NatureBox.

Healthy snacks are always preferred over candy and junk food.

Healthy snacks are always preferred over candy and junk food.



4.) Something Personalized

For a truly unique and one-of-a-kind gift, get your child's teacher a personalized keepsake to display in her classroom. You can find a ton of inexpensive DIY ideas as well as custom printed or embroidered teacher gifts on sites like Pinterest and Etsy.

This personalized pencil holder is available for $15.00 on Etsy.

This personalized pencil holder is available for $15.00 on Etsy.

5.) A Heartfelt Letter

It may sound cheesy, but the best gifts in life are often the ones that don't cost anything. While material gifts are always nice, they pale in comparison to a thoughtful, heartfelt letter that vividly describes the positive impact your teaching had on a particular student. These are the gifts teachers save for years and return to often for encouragement and inspiration.

Teachers love receiving heartfelt letters of appreciation from parents.

Teachers love receiving heartfelt letters of appreciation from parents.

Have any more ideas for awesome gifts for math teachers? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

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By Anthony Persico

Anthony is the content crafter and head educator for YouTube's MashUp Math and an advisor to Amazon Education's 'With Math I Can' Campaign. You can often find me happily developing animated math lessons to share on my YouTube channel . Or spending way too much time at the gym or playing on my phone.

 
 

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