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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 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.

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.

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…

Hans Magnus Enzenberger

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…

Deborah Heiligman

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…

Dayle Ann Dodds

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…

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