# ‘Parent Blog’

##### Don’t Worry, Be Mappy: Geography Math Printable Activity Pages

November 3, 2014 8:00 am

Any time is a good time to explore our surroundings, but autumn’s crunchy leaves and crisp air make it extra tempting. That’s why we celebrate National Geographic’s Geography Awareness Week every third week in November (the 16th-22nd in 2014). To mark the occasion, we’ve got some marvelous geography math activities – and you won’t need safari gear or heavy winter coats to enjoy them!

##### So You Wanna Be A…Balloon Sculptor!

October 31, 2014 8:00 am

You’ve probably seen a balloon sculptures before where 1 or 2 balloons are twisted into the shape of a dog or a hat. But have you ever seen a balloon gorilla that’s as big as the real thing? Ryan Freeman makes incredible balloon sculptures of that scale – and larger! He was nice enough to talk with us about the math behind inflatable art.

##### Royal Measuring Wand

October 29, 2014 8:00 am

Long ago, a foot was not 12 inches, but rather the actual length of the king’s foot. Of course, that meant when there was a new king, there would be a new definition of the length of a foot. Over time people realized it made sense to standardize measurements, but wouldn’t it be neat for your child to have a personal measuring system? Make a Royal Measuring Wand for that very purpose.

##### Folded Paper Banners for Dia de los Muertos

October 27, 2014 8:00 am

How many times can you fold a sheet of paper? Popular myth has it that you cannot fold a sheet of paper in half more than seven times....

##### Dangling Doughnuts

October 24, 2014 8:00 am

We like to get into the swing of fall by enjoying some of our favorite flavors of doughnuts- apple cider and pumpkin spice- with a unique math twist! As much as we love eating those doughnuts as they are, we like to play a fun game with them that gets everyone in a silly mood: the dangling doughnut game!

##### Best of Bedtime Math: Let’s Go LEGO

October 22, 2014 8:00 am

LEGO and math fun fit together like LEGO pieces and…other LEGO pieces. So it’s not surprising that we’ve found tons (literally, tons) of brilliant LEGO creations worth writing home about. Read some of our best LEGO-themed Bedtime Math problems!

##### Boo to You!

October 20, 2014 8:00 am

This Halloween season, ditch the GPS and give your kids the chance to learn about distance, measurement, estimation and other math skills by developing a Boo Your Neighbors attack plan!

##### So You Wanna Be A…Professional Clown

October 17, 2014 8:00 am

Being a clown might look easy, but making people laugh isn’t always so simple. And it’s one of the most important jobs out there, so we were lucky to speak with Adam Gertascov, who’s been running his own clown company for years, and using plenty of math along the way!

##### Math Helps You Dig this Granola Bar

October 13, 2014 8:00 am

As I was “digging” around my calendar, I came across a fun fact: October 18 is International Archaeology Day. Normally, I wouldn’t think twice about it, but as a family we had a unique experience with archaeology this summer and we’ve been interested in it ever since.

##### Math Fun with Pumpkin Seeds

October 10, 2014 8:00 am

Pumpkin carving is one of fall’s most beloved traditions. There’s no surprise on the timing; 80% of the pumpkin supply in the US is available in October. My...