Category Archives: Fun Math Challenges

How many PEEPS does it take to make a 7 foot dragon?

This Easter, I spent a sweet afternoon admiring art. But not just any art. This was Carroll County’s annual PEEP show. Yes, an entire community center filled with sculptures made from those ooey-gooey candy confections: PEEPS. As I admired PEEP-created … Continue reading

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Pizza Puzzler

To solve this oh-so-delicious logic problem, please, I beg you: PLAY WITH YOUR FOOD! Add a little pizzazz to dinner tonight with a easy to assemble pizza puzzler. Not only will you enjoy a tasty dinner or snack, you will … Continue reading

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Musings on Kids and Math

I’ve been thinking a lot about kids and math these days. Certainly, there’s been a lot of work to promote Eat Your Math Homework and with it, I’ve met lots of people who either, a) Love math and love the … Continue reading

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Triangular Number Christmas Tree

Okay, okay, so it’s a little early… Well, a lot early. Still, before we know it, it WILL be the season! Here’s something to try in a few weeks… Triangular Number Christmas Tree 1, 3, 6, 10… What’s the pattern? … Continue reading

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Estimation Cookies

How many? How much? It’s a practical, necessary skill that we use every day. How many minutes left before we have to go? How much spaghetti to cook for dinner tonight? Estimation is important for children, too. What better way … Continue reading

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Kitchen Symmetry

Symmetry has to do with being equal. Sort of like 3/4  and 6/8? Nope, symmetry is not quite like that. It does mean equal, but in a different way. Do you mean something like 3 + 4 EQUALS 7? No, … Continue reading

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A Fibonacci Summer

Is it just me, or have the days of summer added up like… the Fibonacci sequence? You know, the first day is day 1 of summer break, and the second day still feels like day 1. There’s all the time … Continue reading

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Mayan Number Cookies

1, 2, 3’s are not the same all over the world! Yes, so we all need to count– and ‘two’ always means one and one more. But… number symbols themselves are not always the same wherever you go. Have you … Continue reading

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PBS Parents Posts article for EAT YOUR MATH HOMEWORK

I’m so excited that PBS Parents posted this article in their Kitchen Explorers! Thank you Aviva Goldfarb for the wonderful review and photo of Tessellating Two Color Brownies. I am honored! Please check out the article here: PBS Kitchen Explorers (and enter to … Continue reading

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Summer Reading the Kids are Craving!

“Eat Your Math Homework: Recipes for Hungry Minds” (Charlesbridge, July 1, 2011), written by Ann McCallum and illustrated by Leeza Hernandez, is a delicious book sure to please everyone. Continue reading

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Book Giveaway from ChopChop Magazine!

ChopChop Magazine has great things to say about EAT YOUR MATH HOMEWORK: RECIPES FOR HUNGRY MINDS!!  (See below). They are also doing a book giveaway to the first ten readers who come up with a recipe that explains a mathematical … Continue reading

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Chocolate Pretzel Counting Rods

Imagine a day with NO numbers! Sure, math class might be cancelled, but how could you take the schoolbus five miles to your house, or eat a double cheeseburger? Nope, any way you figure it, people everywhere count on numbers… … Continue reading

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Getting Around with Perimeter…

Perimeter means the distance around something- like the fence around a garden to keep the deer from pilfering your plants. Or, the boards around a sandbox that keep the sand from seeping. Or a picture that frames your family. Okay, enough … Continue reading

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Triangular Number Know-How…

Triangular Number Know-How What is a triangular number? It is easy to see what a triangular number looks like, but isn’t there some way of figuring them out without drawing a picture? Actually, triangular numbers are created by adding consecutive … Continue reading

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