Math can be a rather cut and dry subject.
The facts can get boring, and the daily work mundane.
Since math is so important, let’s think of some ways that we can get our kids excited.
Here are 5 out of the box ideas to keep kids engaged in math:
#1 Play the Square Game (Multiplication)
We are working hard on multiplication in our home.
One day we took a break and had some fun with multiplication.
We played this Multiplication Square Game from Games 4 Gains.com.
Grab the free printable, two dice, markers, and get to playing.
The main idea: roll, multiply the numbers rolled, draw a line by the product, and try to complete a square!
#2: Use an Abacus (History of Math)
This month the kids and I explored Ancient China with our Surprise Ride Box.
Our favorite part was exploring the use of an Abacus.
I have some boys who love history, so this was the perfect math activity!
My favorite part of Surprise Ride is that all of the activities are screen-free.
Each month all of the materials are provided for a unit study for our family of 7 to do together.
It is the perfect fit. And if you have not checked it out yet, your first box is FREE!
Want to know more about Surprise Ride? Want to see the activities in action?
#3: Use Post-It Notes (Addition)
My second grader has been working with the fact families this year.
As a cumulative review, we did this post-it note activity from Mr. Elementary Math.
We completed the fact families and filled in the missing addend.
#4: Teaching Math with Coupons (Real Life Math)
The two biggest lessons with this real life math concept are multiplying with decimals and percentages.
Teaching to Inspire has a free printable to use for teaching math with coupons.
We walked through each scenario to find out which option would be the best deal.
#5: Tackle Fractions (Fraction Lessons)
If you have a visual learner like I do, these fraction lessons are going to be so helpful.
Fractions have been a concept that my second grader has found difficult.
Got to Teach! has 5 fraction ideas that are out of the box.
Our favorite: the Pipe Cleaner Number Lines
Now it is your turn…
Tell me your favorite out of the box math idea by commenting below.
The kids and I are waiting for your ideas!