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Best of Bedtime Math: Strange Days Ahead

December 30, 2014 8:00 am


Well, we’ve made it (somehow) to the end of another year. While many great things happened this year, including the publishing of our second book, Bedtime Math: This...

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Make a LEGO Gift Box

December 22, 2014 8:00 am


The holidays are coming! My kids like to think outside of the box (no pun intended) and use their LEGO items in different ways, so we decided to make LEGO gift boxes for some of our presents. I knew it would take more than ingenuity to pull this off. My boys would also need math to do the job right.

So You Wanna Be A…Tightrope Walker

December 18, 2014 8:00 am


Nik Wallenda has been walking on tightropes and setting world records for pretty much his entire life. His most recent record setting stunt was for the highest blindfolded...

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It’s Hip to Be Square

December 11, 2014 8:00 am


My 7-year-old is a big fan of trivia books, and she is apt to randomly bring up interesting facts that stick with her. Just the other day she shared a couple of nifty little facts with me. For example, we are about one cm taller in the morning than we are in the evening, and that astronauts grow a whopping two inches taller while in space. An odd turn in the conversation led us to two hours of outside play in pursuit of the burning question, are people rectangles or squares?

So You Wanna Be a…Percussive Dance Instructor

December 4, 2014 9:00 am


It’s a classic conundrum for creative kids: should you dance or play the drums? Well, why not do both at once? Percussive dancers use their feet to beat...

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Building Bridges Among Generations

November 26, 2014 8:00 am


School may be out, but math doesn’t have to take a break for the Thanksgiving holidays! Measurement, estimation, patterns, and geometry come in handy when decorating your home for the holidays. I like to keep guests entertained with a friendly competition while the turkey is roasting in the oven.

Fly Your Way Across the USA (Without Leaving Home)

November 24, 2014 8:00 am


My husband and I make a point to raising our daughter with a passion for learning about other countries and cultures. At eight-years-old, she’s already a seasoned traveler, even though she doesn’t enjoy flying. Still, she braves the planes every year for her favorite route – from San Francisco to New York, so we can visit my parents in New Jersey. In honor of Geography Awareness Week, we flew that route in our backyard. I’m going to show how we flew across the country in our own backyard, so you can do the same in your yard or at a local park with this fun map scale activity.

Fibonacci Day LEGO Garden

November 20, 2014 8:00 am


Did you know that November 23 is a Fibonacci Day? Why? Because 11-23* (1, 1, 2, 3) are the first numbers in the famous Fibonacci sequence. Fibonacci sequence starts with 0 and 1, and then every next number is the sum of two previous numbers (0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13…). We celebrated by making a Fibonacci LEGO Build together.

Thanksgiving Dinner with a Side of Math

November 18, 2014 8:00 am


Invite math to the table this Thanksgiving with these five easy Thanksgiving centerpieces made with pumpkins. After all, October may be over, but pumpkin season is still going strong! These ideas are simple enough to do with your kids, and they’re a great way to introduce your children to important concepts in geometry and math.

So You Wanna Be A…Geographer!

November 14, 2014 8:00 am


Lots of people think that geography means memorizing state capitals, but it’s so much more exciting than that (no offense to Bismarck or Carson City). Emily White leads the South Dakota Geographic Alliance as part of National Geographic’s efforts to help kids have fun with geography, and she spoke with us about all the cool places she’s been, and what she’s found there.