It’s time for that final bell to ring, releasing kids for the summer. As you encourage them to keep reading these next few months, I also challenge you to extend that excitement to doing math. Remember that doing math can look and feel very different – enjoyable, challenging, and yes, even fun. This post includes some of my favorite resources for any age to get them thinking critically.
First, I love the Puzzle Box series of books (3 volumes). With seventeen different types of puzzles, each ranked in difficulty level (from 2 to 5 stars), these books certainly will keep kids thinking for months to come.
Dan Finkel’s Math4Love is a great site to visit to access many free lessons that support play in math. In addition to these experiences, Dan also has 2 games available for purchase that bring math to the game room (Prime Climb and Tiny Polka Dot).
Sarah Carter’s site, Math Equals Love, is filled with puzzles. Sarah has organized these puzzles so they are easy to print and play. I have shared a few during professional learning sessions.
Finally, Jon Orr is behind Math Before Bed, a site devoted to nighttime numeracy, or anytime numeracy. Visit the site to access a collection of prompts to promote math conversation at home. Or, check out the book, Math Before Bed.
How do you promote math through the lens of play? Puzzles, games, and conversations around authentic, real life math help put a positive spin on the subject of math – a subject worth loving.