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Frabjous Puzzle Sculpture from the Museum of Mathematics. MOMath, the Museum of Mathematics, sent me their new puzzle Frabjous – a design by George W.

Frabjous Puzzle Sculpture from the Museum of Mathematics

Hart. I had to wait for Daughter to be in bed before digging in – the box states, “Recommended for ages 16+.” I was pretty sure that a precocious 10 year old could handle it but I was unwilling to risk a 2 year old eating my cool puzzle. My “solution” to the puzzle… Oh, my… all the pieces are exactly the same! No biggie, though – I’m pretty smart. I thought. After a while, I felt like maybe I was doing it right, and maybe not. Guess what – the instructions clearly state “check that no parts are touching in the interior.” Everything in mine is touching!

I’m (maybe) throwing in the towel! I keep looking at the mostly-built thing. So for now, I have the wad of blue looking at me everyday. Sometimes I tell it to hush. Sometimes I google it. Windell Oskay, an Evil Mad Scientist, has some great images on his writeup of making your own Frabjous. K12 Math Must-Have Games. Do you have any Pre-K and/or K12 kids in your family?

K12 Math Must-Have Games

I spend the day at Teacher Heaven on the Southwest Freeway in Houston, Texas yesterday and found some great math games! I was there for the day to demonstrate math games and manipulatives and generally help parents and teachers of K12 kiddos with math goodies. Meagan, Shantrelle and the crew had chosen a couple of math games to start me off.

I also went and browsed the rest of the math section for others. By the end of the day, my table was jam-packed with math games! Product Review: Brainetics Disc 1. Mike Byster and his crew were kind enough to send me a copy of their program Brainetics a few months ago.

Product Review: Brainetics Disc 1

Because it’s not on the iPhone, it’s taken me a little while to focus on it. But it was worth it! Brainetics Number Fun gave me some cool party tricks. I was hoping to jump right in and supercharge my brain and this first DVD is only the warm ups. I was very excited to learn two of the three things on it, though. Curiously, my sister quickly figured out how the card trick worked. I watched and then quickly dismissed the “Cool Calendar Challenge.” The first DVD is exactly what is claims – Number Fun. Brainetics notes that there are three reasons it works. Teaches how to MASTER all the vitally important learning SKILLS. I have to say that they’re totally right on the third point. Use the first DVD for entertainment.

Your children can learn from DVD#1, Brainetics Number Fun, no doubt. It seemed that #2 might also be full of nifty tricks, but not the key to supercharging my brain. Rush Hour Traffic Jam Game. My sister-in-law showed me the Rush Hour Traffic Jam Game by Think Fun this weekend.

Rush Hour Traffic Jam Game

She “assigned” one of the harder cards in the deck to me (sometimes it sucks to be known as the math mom) and assured me that I could do it. The Set-up You set up the 6×6 game board with the plastic vehicles just like the game card shows. Here’s where the math starts. The skills children develop doing this support graphing on the Cartesian coordinate plane later on. Even if your child isn’t ready for the actual game play, this step supports them in math! SatDef. Count 10 Read 10: Random Number Game. Learning math isn’t just about being taught math.

Count 10 Read 10: Random Number Game

It’s about fun, discovery and experimentation. In the Count 10, Read 10! Program, parents get to spend 10 minutes a night playing math with their children. Like many games you’ll find here, this is a version of Calvinball (from Bill Watterson’s Calving & Hobbes cartoon). You and your children make up the rules as you go along or as you see fit. This is merely a guideline or starting point. Random Adding Objective: Have fun with numbers, counting and quantities. Breakable rules: The leader starts by saying a number. Example Leader: Five! Player 2: Plus three is eight! Leader: Plus one is nine!

Player 2: Plus two is eleven! Leader: WINNER! End game, and how to choose a winner. The round ends when the youngest child reaches their limit of counting or adding. Possible winning rules: Topology and Geometry. Mathematics with an iPad. Brain Game: Math Square #97.