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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.

Make candy mathematical! Mix melted candy of different colors to help your child understand ratios.

This activity is all about creativity and problem solving, along with a bit of perseverance. With the given materials, have your child engineer a catapult to throw a marshmallow as far as they can. Then, measure the distance!

This game is good practice for comparing fractions. With multiple numerators and denominators to work with, your child can try out a number of different strategies to compare. 

This game can be used both to introduce exponents to your child or to simply practice exponents. The object of the game is to use cards to represent an exponential number and create the largest product.

This is a great game for practicing adding decimals while also thinking about the place values involved. The object of the game is to create whole numbers and decimals in order to get close to or reach 500 without exceeding it.

In this game, one of my favorites, players learn to build equations to reach numerical targets by using different operations to combine given numbers. It is so simple, yet requires good flexible thinking. What I also like about it is that while it can seem really challenging at first, you get better with practice so it encourages perseverance.

Help your child be active and practice math with this activity. Your child will run or bike a one mile route and later determine how many miles they could complete in one hour. It is a great way to learn about speed and rate.

Use codes to motivate your child in practicing arithmetic. This can involve any or all of the operations, and all it requires is some paper and a pencil with just a bit of planning ahead. Your child will solve problems and then use the answers to decipher a code and uncover a secret message…

Norton Juster

Milo is bored with his life until a tollbooth appears in his bedroom from out of nowhere. When he goes through it, he enters another world in which many of his adventures relate to math…

Kathleen Karr

In 1860, at 15 years old, Simon decides to walk 1,000 turkeys from Missouri all the way to Denver, Colorado. He hears that turkeys sell for $5 a piece in Colorado, and so he buys all 1,000 turkeys from Mr. Buffey in Missouri for just $.25 a piece, hoping to make his fortune once he reaches Denver…

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