Keeping math alive in the summer is always a challenge for me. However, a few of my mom friends and myself were brainstorming. We were coming up with some summer math ideas which enable the kids to have a great time, while doing their math. The best part is, their having such a good time, they don’t even realize that math is a big part of it. Just keep the dreaded “m” word out of the conversations, and you’ll be good to go. Here’s a few fun summer math lessons you might consider using this summer as well.
What’s a more quintessential summertime activity than the beloved lemonade stand? Not only do the kids get to serve up a tasty favorite drink for customers, they likely will be drinking a good bit of it themselves. It’s fun to watch them plan the whole idea step by step from the sign, to the cups and pitchers they’ll be using. They will also have a great math learning opportunity as they count money for their customers.
Pack up the troops for a visit to the mall. I don’t know about your kids, but my girls especially, love the mall anytime. It’s a great opportunity to practice percentages with them. For instance, if an item has a 20% off tag attached to the price, ask your child to figure out what the final price of the item would be. You can have the kids mix and match different discounts and prices to create an outfit they like.
One of my friends takes the kids on errands with her, then has them add and subtract the numbers they find on license plates. This can become competitive if you’d like too. The first child to get all their equations right is rewarded in some small way with a pack of gum, or their choice of a fun snack at the grocery store.
Or, it can be fun to have the kids work at calculating time and mileage. For example, if your destination is 4 miles away, how long will it be before you arrive?
Countdown to a Fun Event
If your child has a fun event coming up which their looking forward to, you can have them do a math exercise by having them countdown the days, hours, and minutes until their fun event is about to begin. I’ve found that the anticipation involved in this exercise not only motivates them to do it, but it helps to support their time telling skills.
Source: Personal Experience