Fun And Exciting Ways To Learn Math

mathIn today’s modern technological world, math is all around us, but seldom do we actually sit down and work it out, usually, we use our technology. Here are some fun ways to learn math. Whether you’re a homeschooling parent or a parent of an inquisitive child, you’re sure to have some fun with these innovative ways of learning math.

Make A Quilt Or Sew A Fashion

From fashion design to making a quilt, you’ll have to involve a lot of math skills. Children can learn about patterns and how they relate, how to cut pieces out so that they will fit together properly and how to lay the patterns out in a pleasing way. All of this involves geometry, but don’t tell the kids, they may not enjoy it so much when they discover that you’ve just bested them and had them learn some math skills.

Cooking

Cooking involves measuring and timing. Have the student gather the ingredients (they should be checking to make sure there are plenty of each ingredient on hand as they gather them) and lay them out.

The next step will involve measuring the ingredients into the mixing bowl or container. They should concentrate on measuring with proper measuring equipment such as measuring spoons and cups. To make it a bit more of a challenge, double the recipe and have the student determine how to double each ingredient.

Next comes setting the oven to the right temperature and the timer. Student’s will have to use math skills to do each and every step of the project. Be sure to let them sample the final result.

Budget

Give a student a ‘budget’ and take them shopping. Make sure that there are several items on the list. Teach the student to add things up as they go along. Before going to check out, have the student calculate the tax as well (each state has a slightly different state tax so find out what your state is and have the student do the math). See how close the student can get to the correct answer without going over. Have a small reward for the closest (or right on target) student. This can be done with or without a calculator.

Many students say they never use math. Think about all of the things that are done on a daily basis using math. Now show students how many ways they have used math on any given day.

Fun Science Experiments

children and scienceWhether you’re homeschooling, or trying to come up with a new fun thing to do in your science class, these ideas can be a lot of fun for students, parents and teachers alike.

Egg Float

What you’ll need: One raw egg, a bowl of water and some salt.

Start with a plain bowl of water. Put the egg in. Does it float? No, add some salt, does it float now? Add more salt, how about now? How much salt did it take to get the egg to float? Have students start with one teaspoon and work their way up. Make sure that students take notes and report their findings.

Soap Bloat

What you’ll need: One microwave, one bar of soap like Ivory or the like.

Have student place the soap on a microwave safe plate. Start the microwave. Watch the soap through the window. At what point does the soap bloat up? Make notes and note if it deflates after 2 minutes in the microwave. Soap can be used afterward just as it was prior to the experiment.

Volcano Water Bottle

One two liter water or soda bottle, vinegar and baking soda.

What you’ll need: Save a water bottle or a 2 liter soda bottle. Pour one cup of vinegar into the bottle. Add 1/2 cup of baking soda. Plug the top with a cork. This experiment is best done outside. After plugging the bottle with a cork have one student shake it up and set it down. Stand back and see what happens. Have students record what happened.

Fun Party Trick

What you’ll need: One glass bowl full of clean water, Salt and pepper and some cooking oil or dish soap.

Tell guests that you can separate salt and pepper and you’re going to demonstrate how. Prior to the trick being done put some oil or dish soap on one finger and do not let the guests see this. Sprinkle some salt and pepper into the water. Be sure to sprinkle the pepper evenly so that it’s on top of all of the water not just in one area.

Explain to them that you can separate the two with one finger. Without revealing that you have oil or dish soap (either will work) on your finger, dip the finger into the water. Watch the pepper scatter from the salt. One of the best parts of this trick is that guests will try and try again to make it work, but it won’t, unless you let them in on the secret ingredient.

These science experiments are fun for young and old alike and will be great for parties, special events and even in the classroom.