Magic Number 9 – Multiplying with 9’s

 

“How can I make math fun for my boys” is always an ongoing task for me as it always keeps them engaged and interested in math. They actually look forward to these games and are equally curious to understand and solve the mystery of Math.  How boring it would be if you have to do the same math worksheets every day.  In the next couple of days, I would be sharing all the math tricks and games I use to teach my kids with my blog friends, so stay tuned.

Today I would show you a quick and fail-proof method of multiplying with 9’s. The number 9 is a magical number, any mathematical calculations done with this number would produce some interesting numerical patterns.   Continue reading “Magic Number 9 – Multiplying with 9’s”

Educational Math Apps

Technology and kid’s education are reaching an important crossroad. These days kid’s have access to various technology devices ( smartphones / tablets / laptops). The world of smartphones has also made it possible for kid’s to browse through many choices in terms of available App’s.  However, its important for parents to help their kid’s make prudent choices of which app’s they pick. Here are some of the educational, fun and safe apps which I let my kids to play so that they can learn and revise their Math concepts. Afterall, Math is fun when you learn through play. Continue reading “Educational Math Apps”

Aadu Huli ( Tigers and Goat ) – A Math Game from India

Aadu Huli also popularly known as Tigers and Goat game is an ancient game played mostly in the southern parts of India. In this asymmetric game, one player controls 3 tigers and the other player controls a herd of 15 goats. The tigers “hunt” for the goats while the goats attempt to block the tiger’s movement. This two-player strategy game teaches a very powerful lesson that there is “Strength in Unity ” that even though weak, if united, one can conquer the stronger enemy as a team. Continue reading “Aadu Huli ( Tigers and Goat ) – A Math Game from India”

Shisima – A Math Game from Kenya

Another version of 3 in a row game - Shisima

As a parent raising kids in this digital world, I am always looking for ways to incorporate more face-to-face interactions with my boys. We as a family, make it a point to spend atleast 10 – 15 minutes a day playing together, it can be either playing basketball together, a board game or experimenting and  building something together with Legos.

In one such search for a board game , I came across  a book Math Games and Activities From Around the World by Claudia Zaslavsky in our local library.  As most of us know, there is a popular “Tic Tac Toe” game based on “Three in a row” concept but did you know, there are lot of variations of “Three in a row” concept played around the World. This book features most of these kind of games which are played in different countries and also give a little glimpse to that countries culture. I would highly recommend this book.

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Mixed up Lego Bricks – Part II

12 Red lego bricks, 16 blue lego bricks  and 18 yellow lego bricks are all mixed up in a drawer.  All the bricks are completely alike except for their colors.  The room is in total darkness, and you want two matching bricks.

You start pulling out bricks from the drawer, one at a time. What is the fewest number of bricks that you would need to take out of the drawer in order to be certain that you have a pair that match?

For solution, click below

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Mixed Up Lego Bricks – Part 1

8 red Lego Bricks and 4 blue Lego Bricks are all mixed up in a drawer. The 12 bricks are completely alike except for their colors.  The room is in total darkness, and you want two matching bricks.

You start pulling out bricks from the drawer, one at a time. What is the fewest number of bricks that you would need to take out of the drawer in order to be certain that you have a pair that match?

For solution, click below

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