Math can evoke extreme reactions, but it can actually be quite fun! Check out these enjoyable Math Crafts and Activities for kids to try this World Maths Day.
The very word ‘Maths’ evokes mixed feelings in most people – me included! For some, it’s just a way to get through school and the annoying parts of adult life. For others, however, opinions can be a little more extreme!
Don’t get me wrong, I admit there’s a certain beauty to the way numbers come together. But I also belong to the group of individuals who are yet to use differential calculus in a real life situation! Then there are those who have had traumatic experiences related to the subject and would like to stay as far away from it as they can!
However, Math can actually be quite fun – it all depends upon the attitude! So this World Maths Day, let’s try to look at Maths a little differently. Let’s put aside all our prejudices and get the kids together for some enjoyable Math crafts and activities. Hopefully, we’ll create a generation that enjoys Math for the wonder that it really is!
10 Math Crafts and Activities for World Maths Day
Let’s start at the top of the alphabet, with A for Alligator! This is a fun activity for kids to learn about comparing numbers, one of the most basic Math skills. A friendly alligator helps kids compare all kinds of objects to see if they are less than, greater than or equal to each other.
Many kids struggle with fractions, but Teach Beside Me has a genius method to help kids overcome this hurdle. These printable fraction flowers explain flowers in a very clear and simple manner. You can start with basic fractions of 1/2 and 1/4 before moving on to the 1/6 or 1/8.
Addition fact families help kids learn about the commutative property of addition, and hones their basic addition and subtraction skills. This fun activity from Planning Play Time creates little bursts of ‘sunshine’ with numbers and the rays as the facts. Very innovative way, we think!
Who doesn’t love playing and learning at the same time? This Math car racing game does just that, by teaching kids about measurement using toy cars and washi tape. The activity requires basic addition skills and also touches upon concepts like Standard Measurement, Addition, Right angles, Conversion & Distance measurement.
One of the most important skills any human should learn is the ability to tell time correctly! With the advent of digital clocks, people are fast losing this skill! Happiness is Crafting makes it easier to teach kids how to tell time with a cool, double faced clock that makes it simple to learn the hours and minutes.
Legos are among the most helpful things when learning Math concepts that are a little more advanced. One example is this Lego multiplication tower from Navigating by Joy. The use of different colors clearly displays the number of times each number is multiplied and is very useful for early to middle school goers!
This activity is for the little ones among us. Use your child’s help to make the umbrellas and once everything is set up, start counting! Using different objects like buttons and pipe cleaners make the activity more interesting, and the bright colors also help!
Now this is one Math activity that truly takes the cake! Planning Play Time uses lipped and stackable Styrofoam cups to create a custom spinner with numbers and Math signs to make equations. Just spin the cup to get different numbers and facts! The best part is that you can add more cups to make two digit or three digit number equations – cool!
Using marshmallows and toothpicks for making sculptures is a popular STEAM project, but Teach Beside Me takes it a level further with these geometry cards. The cards are a little more advanced and should be good for middle school to high school.
Fibonacci and the golden ratio can feel very complex, but not when you look at the art hidden in it! Check out this collection of story books, art projects and fun facts about Fibonacci, which will help kids look at it with renewed interest.
Polish mathematician Stefan Banach said, “Mathematics is the most beautiful and most powerful creation of the human spirit.”. Well, you may or may not agree with him, but after trying out these Math Crafts and Activities, you’ll have to admit that Math can be quite fun indeed!