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Use the search filters below to return results. Keep an eye out for some of my top favorites-- my "BookSmart Picks"-- that are sure to entertain and educate your kids! And, many activities use common materials you likely have at home already. Look for entries marked with the "Common Items" icon to find activities that shouldn't require any purchase.

Margot Lee Shetterly

This book brings to life the story of four African American female mathematicians working for NASA at the height of the Space Race between the United States and Russia—Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Christine Darden. All talented mathematicians, they had to work under conditions of racism and sexism, but still distinguished themselves through their work and significant contributions to the agency…

E.L. Konigsburg

At 12 years old, Claudia is the oldest child in her family and feels woefully unappreciated at home. She decides to leave, but does not want to simply run away, and instead decides to run to someplace, choosing the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City as her temporary home. She brings along one of her brothers, Jamie, as an accomplice…

Mancala is a game that is thousands of years old and has been played in various ways in countries all around the world. It is a simple enough game to provide extra practice with counting, but offers enough strategy and combinations to keep older kids interested in playing. And, it is quite simple to create your own…

This game gives older students the opportunity to work with negative numbers. Since it is possible for the differences to go into negative numbers, it is best to play this only if that has been introduced to students already. If negative numbers are relatively new for your child…

This card game is fantastic for pushing kids to think flexibly and show perseverance. Challenge kids to focus on number patterns instead of simply the suits of the cards…

This card game offers engaging multi-digit multiplication practice. As an added bonus, it requires some thinking about place value, as players aim to create the largest possible product…

This card game is a great way to practice kids’ understanding of both percents and division. And with a new percent for each round, kids can get varied practice in a single game…

This dice game is good practice for converting from fractions to mixed numbers. Children are often introduced to fractions greater than one (or top-heavy or improper fractions) in third grade…

This card game involving antes and a winner’s pot tests mental math skills and strategic thinking. While this game at first seems a bit complicated, once you play a couple of rounds, it can be fast-paced and fun…

Another great product from MindWare, this logic and strategy toy includes 50 challenges, increasing in difficulty. Choose a puzzle card and place the tiles on the board so that the marbles land at the correct targets at the bottom. As the puzzles become more difficult, the cards include fewer tiles to get you started…

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