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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.

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…

Elinor J. Pinczes

Rhyming text describes a line of 100 ants traveling to reach a picnic. They start in one long line of 100, but to get there faster one ant suggests dividing into two lines of fifty, then four lines of twenty-five, then five lines of twenty, and finally ten lines of ten. The changes in their formation take them so long, though, that the food is gone by the time they arrive…

This is a game that I have seen in a number of classrooms over the years. Not only is the game beautiful and colorful, but it’s also fun and mathematical at the same time! Each player rolls the dice and uses addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division to make their way to the center of the board…

This game for 2-4 players gives your child practice with both multiplication and division facts through 100. Players use their cards to complete fact families on the triangle game board; the first player to use all of his or her cards and call out “tri-FACTA!” wins…

Zupelz is great for using math skills and knowledge, as well as logical thinking and deductive reasoning. There are 100 puzzles in each box, and the answers and a progress chart to keep track of which puzzles your child has completed…

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