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How can your child have fun while practicing math outdoors this summer? Check out these ideas!

June 12, 2017

When I was teaching, I tried to take my students outside as much as possible to incorporate math and the outdoors.  Who said that math has to be boring?  Check out the ways that your child/children can practice their math while having fun this summer!

 

*Have a water balloon fight!  Number the water balloons from 1 - 12 (you should have duplicates).  Have the kids pick up two water balloons, bring them to you and tell you the answer to the multiplication problem.  If they get it correct, they can run and throw it at whoever they want (hopefully not you!)  Working on addition?  Have them tell you answers to addition problems!  Not working on 11's and 12's yet?  Draw the numbers your child is working on!

 

*Have a hula hoop competition and count how many times it goes around in one minute!  Practicing skip counting?  Have them count by 2's, 3's, or 5's!

 

*Draw a hopscotch board with chalk in the driveway.  Draw the numbers to help them practice counting by 2's, 3's, or 5's.  Eventually, erase the numbers and see if they can skip count without looking!

 

*Practice measurement in your flower or garden bed.

 

*Have a hula hoop competition - each child can count how many times it goes around in 1 minute - see who has the highest average after three rounds!

 

 

 

*Practice predicting while playing basketball, soccer, or any other outdoor sport! Have them predict home many shots, goals, or other they can score out of ten. Take it a step further and have them change that to the percent they scored!

 

*Practice math facts (adding, subtracting, multiplying, or dividing) - have the kids collect pine cones, rocks, or anything else of interest outside!  Place them at the end of the driveway.  Call out a math fact (i.e. 2 plus 4 or 5 times 7) and have the kids race to the end of the driveway and collect that many items.  If they get it right, they get to keep them - whoever has the most at the end wins!

 

*Going to the swimming pool?  Get two different color dive rings (i.e. red and blue).  Shout out a number and have them pick up a red one if it's even and blue if it's odd.  You can also do this with prime vs. composite!

 

*Do you remember having watermelon seed spiting contests when you were younger?!  That was one of my favorite pastimes at my grandparent's house.  Have a competition and measure the distances to see whose went the farthest!

 

*Does your child love Sudoku?  Bring one to a picnic at the park and work on it together!

 

What is your favorite math activity to do outdoors with your child?!  I'd love to hear about it in the comments!

 

 

 

 

 

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