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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.

Laura Overdeck

This book from the founder of Bedtime Math (www.bedtimemath.org) answers math questions covering a multitude of topics. It is quite helpful that the questions are organized by general topics: animals, nature, food, everyday life, Earth and space, and mental math. Some questions answered include: the number of bees needed to make a jar of honey, how fast the fastest growing tree on Earth actually grows…

Lauren Child

Charlie and Lola are getting ready to head to the store with their mom, where they will get to pick out one thing for themselves. As the two of them are getting ready, walking to the store, picking out their special treats, and walking home they encounter math all along the way. Lola is nine minutes late getting ready, the two of them count objects like ladybugs and steps, and Lola gives away her stickers as she heads home…

David A. Adler

This Halloween-themed book helps to teach the concept of a missing mystery number, or variable, and how to solve these algebraic problems. The book starts out simple, giving a foundational understanding of equations and what the equals sign means, as well as defining variables, while supporting all of this through the pictures…

These easy to use manipulatives simplify algebraic concepts for kids. You use the balance along with various game pieces to represent and then solve algebraic equations. Using the balance helps reinforce kids’ understanding of the equals sign meaning “same as”, as well as helps them understand what they are doing on paper to “balance” the equations and solve for the variable…

Use the weekly advertising circulars you get in the mail to help your child practice using decimals in arithmetic. Let them choose their favorite products and identify their prices then challenge them with different tasks using each of the operations.

Use restaurant menus to help your child practice working with money and decimals. Have fun role-playing as waiters and customers!

In Multiplication Top-It, players aim to get the highest product and then collect cards. This is a great game to play for a few minutes of extra practice, or to play all the way through to the end— either way, your child gets more time practicing their multiplication facts.

In Multiplication Fact Feud, players multiply by a common factor in an effort to create the largest product. This game is great for when your child already has an understanding of the concept of multiplication and has gotten some practice learning their facts. It allows you to target your child’s practice on the facts they may be having trouble committing to memory.

In Keep It, Toss It, kids get targeted multiplication practice, focusing on one group of multiplication facts at a time. The object of the game is to “keep” the largest products so that in the end, when the products are totaled, your sum of products is the largest.

In Get to Ten, players draw cards and use their values to create multiplication problems, aiming for the highest product. This is a great game for understanding place value in multiplication, since your child has to think about making the largest possible product.

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