2014-02-27

In keeping with the multiplication theme

Does anybody remember Schoolhouse Rock?



2014-02-24

Fun multiplication games

If you have a youngster learning mulitplication, you may be looking for a fun and engaging way to help them with the rote learning of number facts.

The thing I like about these five in particular, is that they don't have a timed component to them.

Enjoy!




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IXL
- 20 question a day limit
- facts up to 10
- can sign up for an account to get unlimited questions (I have not done this)

Buzzy's Times Table Challenge
- whole times table review up to 10 x 10

Fridge magnet multiplication game
- choose “Level A - make the answer”
- choose “no clock”

The Amblesweb Tables tester
- choose “harder” to go up to 11 x 11

Multiplication Math Games For Kids
- includes “flash card” games for specific number series, cheese capers game and bus math multiplication


2014-02-07

Heart crayons

 
 

I've been wanting to try this artsy Valentine's craft from Parent Hacks for a while now.  (I'm not ambitious enough to melt them down as per the instructions from the post Recycle Old Crayons Into New Shapes.)

Then one day I looked around the house and saw this:
 
 


Later in the week at the store I saw this:
 
 



So we put the crayons in a bucket with warm water, and peeled the labels off:

 


And chopped them up.  (Turns out I cut the pieces too small.  Next time I'll make them 1.5 - 2 cm, or about 1/2 inch,  in length.)

 


The bits go in a silicone baking pan:

 


Pop it in the oven at 230 F for about 15 min (you can see some aren't quite melted yet).  Tip:  put the kitchen exhaust fan on and / or open a window to get fresh air into the room.

 


Let the whole thing cool and then pop them out!

 

Any rough edges can be smoothed down by rubbing across a piece of paper.

Just make sure that kids don't eat them!


[Cross-posted at Craft Day.]