School may be over but that doesn’t mean the learning has to stop! Parents are becoming more conscious of how their kids are spending summer breaks and hanging out all day by the pool isn’t cutting it. If you’re looking to keep the kids entertained without sacrificing an opportunity to teach them a few things, plan a math party.
Yes, you heard me right! A math party. It’s not as boring as you think as long as you’ve got some fun and games that sneak in a little long division in the process.
We found these great math party activities to include in this summer shindig idea that encourages continued learning.
Math and Kid Friendly Party Food
A quick and easy way to incorporate math into your menu is by serving DIY pizzas at your event.
Get the kids to count out their toppings to equally divide throughout their slices. Not only will they get to help you with the food, but they’ll practice their counting and dividing skills at the same time.
Practice Measurments Through Mixing Up a Mocktail
I don't know about you, but the concept of ounces and tablespoons escaped me when I was in the 4th grade. Teach them the difference between all of the measurement sizes as you mix up this delicious mango slush recipe for everyone to cool down with.
They'll learn a thing or two about the US metric system while helping you out in the kitchen!
Math Party Activities
Here’s a few math activities that kids will have fun playing at your summer party and not even notice they’re learning something.
The Traffic Jam Game
This game from Dr. Mike’s Math Games for Kids is a fun way to get some math in this summer. He offers a printable version on his site here.
All you need is a few plastic cars, a game board and the puzzles to help solve the riddles in the game.
Bingo in any kind of way is sure to be a guaranteed fun time. Turn you’re standard game of Bingo and give it a math spin for kids from any grade level. Read this article to find out how you can create you Math Bingo game cards and the types of math problems the kids can try to solve.
Dora’s Math Journey: A Game for the Little Mathletes
Nick Jr. has a great kids game for the young ones at your party based on the popular Dora the Explorer cartoon.
Print out these pages for the kids to get their math skills going with their fave TV character leading the way.
Body Math: Measurement Game
This game from PBS encourages the kids to practice their measuring skills.
Tasks include measuring one’s foot to the distance between their wrist and elbow. They’ll be surprised to learn fun facts like their foot is the same length as their forearm!
A Math Craft You Can Count On!
We love this abacus craft idea from the blog Our Busy Homeschool that uses pony tail beads, a cereal box and some string for a fun and easy math themed craft. Get the kids around to create this fun counting device.
So try our some of these ideas for a fun way to still get some mathematics into your child's summer break. Happy counting!