Luckily for us, math is everywhere and can easily be incorporated into everyday life, even during the summer!
Strategy games: Many games involve critical thinking skills or strategy play. Any one of these games would be a great addition to Pizza and Game Night.
Checkers, Chinese checkers, or chess
Jenga: as an added feature, you can write math facts or word problems on the bottom of the Jenga pieces, and answering correctly can earn the student extra points.
Cooking: Students can have a hands-on approach to working with fractions, and moms can have dinner ready when they get home from work! It’s a win-win!
Hanging pictures: Measuring the distance between pictures using a ruler or tape measure works with fractions and measurement skills.
Cleaning their rooms: Have children estimate how long it will take them to clean their room (to your satisfaction, of course) and have family races. The winner is the one who comes closest to their estimation and they get to pick the Friday night movie. A little sibling rivalry is always a great motivator.
Help plan a vacation: Learning how to budget, calculate gas mileage, and read a map all involve measurement.
Tangrams: These strategic puzzles help build spatial relationships. If your child has not played with them before, here is a website to help them practice. http://www.abcya.com/tangrams.htm. If they like them, buy them a set of their own. It will help develop their spatial relationships if they are physically moving the pieces versus doing the puzzles online.
Puzzles: Use real puzzles where they have to manipulate the pieces themselves.
Staining the fence or painting a room: These chores involve measuring surface area and determining how many litres of paint/stain are needed.
Number Sense/Money Management:
Grocery Shopping: Show students how to compare unit rates to determine the best price of an item. You can also give them a budget and make them stick to it while shopping.
Run a Lemonade Stand: Students will learn how to determine profit, the art of splitting profits based on participation, multiplication skills, and practice making change.
Neighbourhood chores such as mowing lawns or pet sitting: This will help them budget their time and decide how much they should charge as an hourly rate.
Regardless of your child’s math ability, you can find fun ways to incorporate math into their summer routine. As an added bonus, you are creating more family time!