10 Math Books & Tools: Learning Measurement

10 Math Books & Tools: Learning Measurement

Explore measurement with these fun math books & tools for kids!

One of the most popular book requests I receive comes in the form of "Do you know of any good books that can help my child enjoy math?"

This request is not at all foreign to me as I've shared before that my child-who-can't-read-books-fast-enough is also the same kid that does not gravitate toward math.

However, put a math concept in the pages of a great book and presto!

So let's just say that my newest 'talent' is finding wonderfully engaging books that also highlight math concepts :)

And the second trick I've learned when it comes to math -- "It's all about the gear!" 

Kids LOVE using math tools and are more likely to ask questions and want to explore various concepts if they can do something other than just pencil & paper math.

Today's book list will focus specifically on stories & fun math manipulatives (tools) that explore different types of measurement plus some great hands-on activities and challenges your kids can try too!

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30 Christmas Science Experiments & STEM Activities

30 Christmas Science Experiments & STEM Activities

Inspire some holiday learning with these awesome Christmas science experiments & STEM activities!

Christmas is my favorite time of year!  

Time to relax with family, enjoy some Christmas games & even squeeze in some holiday learning too.

There are so many beautiful materials and great opportunities to add STEM to decorating and learning! I'm excited to bring you a great list of Christmas science experiments & activities that are perfect for some holiday learning at home or in the classroom. 

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A Global STEM Activity & Family Service Project

A Global STEM Activity & Family Service Project

 This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #40Pounds #CollectiveBias

 

I'm sure the last month at your home has been a whirlwind like ours -- all the craziness that comes with starting a new school year. But in the midst of all that happens during our school year, it's important to remember that not all children have the luxury of attending school.

If you remember one of our recent book lists, we shared stories that inspire a love of learning.  Today we're going to revisit that topic with an AWESOME activity that combines learning about world cultures, a great DIY math & engineering activity and an easy way families can serve children who aren't able to attend school.

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Using Math to Create the Star Wars Galaxy {with free printable!}

Using Math to Create the Star Wars Galaxy {with free printable!}

With May the Fourth (be with you!) coming next week, we're teaming up with some geeky blogging friends to share Star Wars activities for everyone!

In addition to being Star Wars fans, we also love cool STEM activities that are related to our favorite movies .

And that's exactly what I told my daughter --

Me:  "Hey, do you want to do a cool Star Wars activity?"

Kid:  "YES!"  She's a fan girl.

Me:  "Ok, grab the calculator and meet me outside."

Kid:  "Yea!  Hey wait, does that mean you're trying to trick me into doing some math?"

Ah, the force is strong in this one :)

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Plotting Points at the Park: A Fun Math Game for Kids

I'm super excited about today's activity!

Why?  It's a fun way to get the kids outside PLUS there's some math involved AND there's also an element of surprise! 

So the kids don't even notice the math & learning that's involved ;)

And it's super easy to do in your own yard or neighborhood.

Today we're going to go on a Graphing Adventure -- it's just like a treasure hunt but the kids will be learning to read a plot graph and scouting out the 'secret' locations!

I know that it can be challenging for some kids to understand that math can be fun (I have a kid like that at home too!) so this is a great activity to inspire them to have a good time with numbers.  It's also a perfect hands-on activity that highlights how math can easily be applied to every day life.

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Fun Hands-on Math Activities: Get Creative with Clothespins

Math is one of those topics that many kids find easier to learn if they can DO something with it. 

Instead of just working problems on a worksheet, learning becomes hands-on when you sort coins, pull out the tape measure or build items that will teach kids about shapes.

There are a TON of things that kids can use to make math fun (our 100 Items to Use to Count to 100 post shares a very large variety) -- and that's our goal:  to make learning fun!

So this month we are teaming up with a wonderful group of bloggers to introduce some super cool items from around the house that can be used in math activities.

What's the super cool item we are using today?

Clothespins!

And we've got 20 fun ways that your kids can practice counting, adding, geometry, fractions and more!

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Free Printable Halloween Calendar for Kids

Enjoy this Free Printable Halloween Countdown Calendar so kids can keep track of how many days until trick or treats!

I looked at the calendar today and realized that October begins next week.

Yikes!

Because as soon as the calendar switches over to October, kids begin to plan for their biggest Fall holiday -- Halloween.

They plan their costumes.

They plan who to "Boo!"

They plan their trick or treat route.

They ask me for fun Halloween activities they can do while we count down to the big day.

They start to bug me about whether I'll be handing out candy this year or pretzels AGAIN (really, I only did that one year and they were pumpkin shaped pretzels that I thought were adorable :)

And I will very frequently hear "How many more days until I can wear my costume?"

Can you relate?

So, I thought a little pre-emptive planning on my part would be a good thing (cue the spooky music and creepy, squeaking door...)

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12 Learning Activities using Cars, Boats & Trains

 

One of the best ways for kids to learn is through play!  And you can easily introduce some formal learning (such as math and science) by using everyday play things.

In our house, the kids are always more likely to practice math or enjoy spelling practice if we connect the activity with a fun game or one of their favorite toys.

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9 Colorful Ways to Learn Math

I remember the first time my daughter had to do a math worksheet at school -- she's a rainbow kind of girl so a black-and-white worksheet full of numbers was just not her style.

Sooo... she decided to use a different color crayon for each of the problems on the worksheet :)  "When life hands you lemons, make it colorful" is her motto!

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Marvelous Math Books for Kids

 

Ok, so here's the issue in our house -- we've got one child who is a math whiz and another who wouldn't mind if math was wiped off the face of the earth. The one thing they both have in common is neither enjoys any math homework: 

"It's boring, Mom!"

"Yes, I know.  Worksheets aren't always the best way to enjoy math." 

But you still need to do your homework. 

This is how it goes for so many things in life, right.  Practice isn't always as much fun as 'the real thing'!

So since math is important in life, I try to introduce them to non-school, non-worksheet ways to gain a better understanding of math concepts. 

As a parent, I have to find ways for them to practice, enjoy it and find it relevant to their life.  Otherwise, I will be forever helping them to figure out if they have enought allowance money to buy the souvenir they want when we're on vacation!

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Count to 100: Estimation Jars & Teaching Kids to Count

Many kids around the country are celebrating their 100th day of school this month and we are having some math fun along with them!

Teaching kids to count to 100 is a big milestone and one that parents and teachers work on for a few years. 

It's a long journey fraught with numbers like "fifteen-ten" and other assorted creative ways to count.  And along the way, kids are also learning to count by 2's, 5's, 10's and categorize numeric values.

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