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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.

This game is similar to Strategy Number Battle, but it adds in absolute value to the mix. It involves working with all four operations, positive and negative numbers, and encourages perseverance since it may require trying out different ways to get as close to zero as possible.

This game is similar to Strategy Number Battle, but it adds in absolute value to the mix. It involves working with all four operations, positive and negative numbers, and encourages perseverance since it may require trying out different ways to get as close to zero as possible.

This game is a mix of Integer Addition Number Battle and Name That Number. Not only is it good practice for adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing positive and negative numbers, but it is also great for developing flexible thinking.

This game is a mix of Integer Addition Number Battle and Name That Number. Not only is it good practice for adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing positive and negative numbers, but it is also great for developing flexible thinking. The game requires thinking about how to use the numerals in different ways, along with a bit of trial and error.

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.

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.

This is a fun game for flexibility with numbers since you can work with all four of the operations. Toss Up also encourages strategizing, as players have to think about when it’s best to add to their own score or subtract from another player’s score.

This is a fun game for flexibility with numbers since you can work with all four of the operations. Toss Up also encourages strategizing, as players have to think about when it’s best to add to their own score or subtract from another player’s score.

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.

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 while getting the endorphins up and aiming to set a personal record.

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…

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.

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…

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. On pages 110-114, the concept of comparable size is addressed, with thinking about size from different perspectives. On page 171, there is a road sign listing distances; ask your child where is there faulty reasoning between Milo and Humbug? Discuss with your child different measurements and when they might be used (ex: When would you use millimeters? What about kilometers?). In chapter 15, the concept of infinity is explained and discussed, and on page 186 negative numbers are addressed. On page 188, the order of operations is explained; ask your child what other things they can think of that have to be done in a certain order. Averages are described on page 195; ask your child whether they think the partial boy’s explanation on page 196 is reasonable. Then on pages 226-227, collecting data is discussed. Which questions are reasonable and which are not? Why? Take a look together at the U.S. Census data—what questions do they ask? Which answers would it make sense to calculate averages?

In Robert’s dreams he visits a strange land full of number tricks and hosted by the Number Devil. A multitude of number concepts are explored with the devil as guide, including matrices, number sequences, and exponents. The book incorporates a good bit of humor (i.e. the devil calls irrational numbers “unreasonable”), and the illustrations add to the clarity of concepts…

In Robert’s dreams he visits a strange land full of number tricks and hosted by the Number Devil. A multitude of number concepts are explored with the devil as guide, including matrices, number sequences, and exponents. The book incorporates a good bit of humor (i.e. the devil calls irrational numbers “unreasonable”), and the illustrations add to the clarity of concepts. While the math concepts involved are varied and do not directly support a specific grade level’s standards for mathematics, this would be an interesting book simply to spark interest and engage kids in the world of mathematics.

Covering the life of Paul Erdos, a mathematician from Budapest, this is the interesting story of a kid who loved math and grew up to be one of the greatest mathematicians who ever lived. He particularly stands out because he actually loved working with others (as opposed to many mathematicians) and enjoyed matching up like-minded mathematicians with complementary skills to collaborate on projects…

Covering the life of Paul Erdos, a mathematician from Budapest, this is the interesting story of a kid who loved math and grew up to be one of the greatest mathematicians who ever lived. He particularly stands out because he actually loved working with others (as opposed to many mathematicians) and enjoyed matching up like-minded mathematicians with complementary skills to collaborate on projects. He even traveled all over the world staying with other mathematicians. He was a well-loved member of the math community, and this is a fascinating look into his life and personality. The illustrations are not only lively and interesting, but they also help support some of the math described in the book. It is a book for all ages– young ones enjoy the story and pictures, and older kids can explore the math and Erdos’ life even further.

In this story of a cross-country race called “The Great Divide”, the field of competitors is continually being divided by two. Eighty competitors (in ten groups of eight) begin the event on bicycles, but only half of them ford a rocky red canyon to continue on. The group continues to be reduced in the same way as the race goes on…

In this story of a cross-country race called “The Great Divide”, the field of competitors is continually being divided by two. Eighty competitors (in ten groups of eight) begin the event on bicycles, but only half of them ford a rocky red canyon to continue on. The group continues to be reduced in the same way as the race goes on. Dodds uses both rhyming and pictures to show the effects of the obstacles along the race route. Regrouping also occurs as the number of participants dwindles, and both the numerals and the number words are shown throughout the story.

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