Friday, November 11, 2016

Baseball Fun

Baseball & Math

Baseball and math have always been closely tied. Whether you are counting runs, calculating batting averages, or figuring out a pitcher’s earned run average, you are doing math. Spend some time talking about baseball or other sport statistics with your little fan.

Another way for baseball fans to play with numbers and play some virtual baseball is to visit and play Math Baseball. Your child can choose to practice addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division. They can select from 4 different difficulty levels: easy, medium, hard, or super brain. If they answer a question correctly their team will earn a single, double, triple, and home run. The correct answers will move the players around the bases and score runs.

Have fun!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Make Ten Card Game

Make Ten Card Game

This is a great way to help your 1st grader (or older) improve their speed at finding number combinations that add up to 10 (or higher in the advanced variations). Carry a set of the cards with you, because this is a great game to play in restaurants, doctor's offices, and other places where kids get bored.

Target Age:  1st grade for the basic version, 2nd grade and up for the variations

Materials:  Deck of cards with face cards and tens removed.

How to Play:
  1. Deal a 3 x 3 grid of cards face up.
  2. Have your child look for a combination of 2 cards that add up to ten.
  3. The child can then remove the cards and the missing spots should have new cards placed face up from the remaining deck.
  4. Whenever there are no combinations of 10, pick up all the cards, reshuffle, and deal out 9 new cards face up.

Variations (from easiest to most advanced):

  1. Add the tens back into the deck and have your child find combinations that add up to 11.
  2. Add the face cards into the deck and assign them values (jack = 11, queen = 12, king = 13) and have the child find combinations to 12, 13, or 14.
  3. Tell the child they can use more than 2 cards to add up to the target number.
  4. You can even turn it into a multiplication game. Be creative!