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Thursday, July 28, 2011

4 Free Fun Math Activities for Summer

Summer is coming to end, and it is important that your children didn’t lose the math skills they learned during the school year. Math facts (adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing, percentages, etc.) slip away with no reinforcement. How about spending sometime focusing on and practicing math skills with your children?

Below are 4 free, fun and enjoyable activities you can do with your kids this summer to reinforce and support their math skills.
1.      Bake
Project:  Bake a batch of chocolate chip cookies. Be sure your child measures all the ingredients and counts all the chocolate chips. Change the measuring spoons and cups around to different equivalents. Use M&M’s instead of chocolate chips. Count the colors, calculate the percentage of each color.
Math Skills Reinforced: measurement, counting, percentages, adding
Skills Reinforced:  Art, Science, Environment
2.      Follow the weather
Project:  Follow the weather for a week or two, online or through the news or your newspaper. Calculate the average weather temperature (high and low) and design a graphing depicting the changing weather temperatures.
Math Skills Reinforced:  Graphing, Multiplication, Percentages
3.      Start a garden.
Project:  Start a garden from seeds. Count the seeds, measure the different sizes and spacing for each plant, create a graph and draw out your garden.
Math Skills Reinforced:  Counting, Measurement, Graphing and Charting
4.      Start a business.
Project:  Start a lemonade stand or recycling business with your children. Calculate the projected profit from the business
Math Skills Reinforced:  Financial Literacy, Subtraction, Addition

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