Math Fun

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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Parents are constantly discovering and inventing new ways to make math fun for their kids. There are few things more disheartening for any child (and adult, for that matter) than staring at pages and pages of practice problems. Savvy parents and teachers are wise to this and have therefore found ways of incorporating math into everyday activities that children do enjoy.

Jigsaw puzzles and tangram blocks are two ways of improving your child's spatial reasoning skills. In the quest for missing pieces, your child will subconsciously draw on his or her capacity for shape-identification and three-dimensional manipulation. Oftentimes, the beginning student must visually rotate the correct piece in order to identify it as the proper fit. These are critical skills not only for future school work, but for many careers such as engineering, medicine, and architecture.

More Ways To Make Math Fun

What better attention-grabber (not just for kids, but for all of us) than money. Issuing your child an allowance, even a nominal one of, say, two dollars and fifty cents a week, is a smart way to weave math lessons into his or her daily routine. Dealing in dollars and cents will force your youngster to make more advanced computations that call for "borrowing." More advanced students might even begin to grasp negative numbers when they long for items they cannot afford. Make them a deal: agree to cover their deficit if they're able to calculate it by hand.

These principles that go into making math fun aren't lost on the makers of children's educational software and board games. If you're feeling creativity stifled or have simply run out of fresh ideas, let someone else make math fun for your child. Home educational companies consistently develop new concepts for making math engaging for young ones. Just be sure to check the box first for age and skill-level recommendations.

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