Here is a brand new card game I designed, helping you (and your kids) to practice your arithmetic skills. Math monsters is easy to play but challenging, and great fun. At the moment, I am having Math Monsters professionally printed as a high quality, glossy 55-cards deck. Currently, there is a pre-order phase with a 50% […]
Practice multiplication tables
These 20-sided dice show the numbers 1 to 10 (each two times). By using two, you can easily have your kids practice multiplication tables from 1 to 100. Make two dice, roll them, and calculate the product. Or, if you use three dice, you can practice divisions as well: Roll two for the two digits […]
Kid-friendly papercraft: Spaceship
Many papercraft printables are not accessible to younger children – they require motor skills that only come with age. At the same time, papercrafts are a perfect pastime for young children: They teach important construction and manual skills in a playful way, let children learn about shapes and geometry, and they provide a lot of space […]
The groceries game
Here is something for kids learning basic math: The groceries game is about going to the supermarket and shopping for everyday groceries. So how does it work? First of all, this is not a competitive game. There is no winner or loser. You just buy and sell items to your co-players. However, I found that […]
Learn to tie your shoelaces
Even in this day and age of velcro, kids should learn how to tie their shoelaces. You can use a real shoe for that, but depending to what extent that shoe was in use before, this can get a bit messy. I have created a little learning tool for my kids: It’s basically a flat […]
Here is a set of very educational paper toys: The numbers from 1 to 10. Not just simple numbers, though – these come with a trick: Each number has a length proportional to it’s numeric value. So two is double the length of one, three is 1.5 times longer than two, and so on.
That means that it’s very easy to do math with these numbers, in particular subtractions and additions. It’s so easy, in fact, that my 3 year old son (who knows what the numbers look like, but can’t actually add or subtract) spontaneously started doing math with them.
A machine made from paper which multiplies any two numbers between 1 and 10, using marbles. The path of the marbles throught the machine is a little Rube Goldberg-esque but great fun to watch, and the machine is very helpful in conveying the concept of multiplication to young students.