Simple Counting Game to Teach Subtraction Skills

Counting game to teach backwards counting in preparation for subtraction.

We are kicking off the first week of Camp Mathematics with a simple, quick and fun counting game. This math game looks deceptively simple but it exercises kids’ logic and reasoning skills. It’s a good early math activity in preparation for addition and subtraction but I played a few rounds with my soon-to-be 5th grader and…
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15 Engaging First Grade Read Alouds

First grade read aloud books. Chapter books to read to 6-8 year olds.

When you’ve curated over 100 book lists, there is bound to be some overlap. Although some of these books may appear on other lists, I have purposefully not included books on my two most popular lists, Read Aloud books for 4-6 year olds and Chapter Books for 3 year olds and Preschoolers. If you are looking for…
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Summer Must-Do: Ice Cream in a Bag

How to make ice cream in a bag

It’s the fourth week of S.T.E.A.M. summer camp and this week the theme is our sense of taste. Well, duh. Of course we are going to make ice cream! Can you believe I have never made ice cream in a bag? It’s such an old school project! Just like last week’s milk carton candles! When…
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Brain Teaser for Kids: Math Cube Riddle

Math cuber riddle puzzler for kids.

Puzzles and riddles are terrific mind-stretching activities to help you raise kids with growth mindsets and good executive function skills. Put together this math cube riddle, a challenging DIY puzzle. As you know, we love a good creative math activity. Whether it’s turning cookies into fractions, playing a rousing game of Sumoku or making curves out of…
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14 Books to Inspire Kids to Follow Their Dreams

14 picture book biographies that will inspire kids to follow their dreams and passions.

We all want to know the secret to helping our children realize their dreams. While I can’t pretend to have the key to help you with that, I can offer you a list of books which may inspire your kids to follow their dreams and passions. These are all picture book biographies about people who…
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Sanity Saving Indoor Magnet Game

Indoor magnet wand game

One morning when we were stuck indoors my attempt to redirect the kids’ boundless energy away from chaos and towards constructive creativity resulted in a pillow-hopping game with my 6 year old. It evolved into a simple magnet wand activity for which I made up rules as we went along. As our indoor magnet game grew, I continued to…
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Geometry Magic: Turn 2 Circles into 1 Square

Wow your kids with a geometry magic trick.

It’s been a while since my son and I made math art magic with Möbius strips and it was time for some more math fun, this time we explored the geometry magic and accomplished the impossible! (Melodramatic, much?) We turned two circles into one square. “Inconceivable!” you shout. “No one can turn two closed curves into a…
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