Make Math Fun: Your Kids Will Thank You

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So here’s the deal: I had already written up a post with a complete list of the curriculum we’re using for math. Normally, I love these kinds of lists and enjoy reading others’ lists too. This time, however, I managed to bore myself to tears. If I’m bored with our math choices, are my kids bored too?

With that in mind, I switched gears and decided to talk about making math fun! We have all sorts of ways to do this, and now I’m motivated to do so. To gear up for it, I posted yesterday about the activity grid printable we’ll use to help work these kinds of things into our homeschool  day. 
So, what makes math fun? My kids love manipulatives and games, so that’s what we’re going to start with!
Over time, we’ve collected many fun math items at stores, curriculum sales, and through hand-me-downs. Here are pictures of some of our stash. 
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Telling time flashcards, small clock and a gear clock similar to this one


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Money counting treasure box (they’re sold out, but here’s a similar one), play money and check book, money file folder games. 


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Miscellaneous flash cards, sandpaper numbers, and rulers   
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Games and pieces for making our own games! No Stress Chess, Izzi (8 and up), Uno, Lickety Split, Hooked on Math, Hi Ho Cherry-O, Garden Patch Math, and Chutes and Ladders
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Pattern blocks (we have several sets including a great Melissa and Doug one) and foam pieces, Tangoes, Unifix cubes, and counters.
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Counting bears (my kids love those!) and cuisenaire rods.
We still use our Horizons and Singapore math curriculum along with memorizing math facts (using Classical Conversations at home). In the coming year, however, we’ll fill out our activity grid with these fun activities and try to do them at least a few times a week!
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Looking for more ways to make math fun? Me too! Find inspiration right here from some of my favorite homeschool bloggers. All these and more are posted on my Homeschool – Math Pinterest board as well. 

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