Math

# 3 Tips to Make Elementary Math FUN

Does math drag down your homeschool day and drive you to despair?

Fear not, here are 3 tips to make math fun for kids and moms alike!

# Make Elementary Math FUN

### Take your math drill outside.

Don’t use worksheets and flashcards to drill your children in math. Instead head outside to the yard.

• Drill math while dribbling a ball and shooting baskets. You and your daughter can chant fact families as you dribble and recite multiplication facts as you shoot.
• Pass the soccer ball while you pass math questions. Yell, “What’s 8 X 7?” as you kick the soccer ball to your son. He responds, “56… what’s 8X8?” as he passes the ball back to you.
• Play hopscotch. On each space write a math fact and as you hop on the square, shout the answer. Fresh air, movement, and recitation all help to make math easy and fun to learn.

### Study math in the kitchen

Cooking is a great way to study fractions.

• What’s the difference between a half cup and a full cup?
• How do we double the recipe?
• We’re taking cookies to the co-op; If there are 60 kids and the recipe makes 24, do we double, triple, or quadruple the recipe?

Play dough pizza gives an awesome visualization for fractions.

• Kids can see the difference between 5/6 of a pizza
• What dividing 1 1/2 pizzas between 5 kids actually means
• Have the kids roll out the pizzas and divide them up.
• Play around with different ways to cut the pizzas and divide them up.
• Use the cookies you baked together to have a tea party in the kitchen with stuffed animals, toys, and cars. Add, subtract, multiply, and divide the cookies as you add and subtract guests.

### Play math games

Don’t forget to use games to drill math facts!

• Uno is a classic game and wonderful to play with preschoolers who are just learning their numbers. Why use endless worksheets when you can curl up with a bowl of popcorn and play Uno with your daughter?
• Monopoly and Monopoly Junior are other classic games that do a wonderful job forcing kids to use math while having fun. They need to add, subtract, and make change. Play Monopoly and let your kids take turns being the banker.
• FREE Printable Math Games for Preschool – 5th grade (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division)