Fun At Home Activities

Kids home from school? Some fun activities to try…. There are lots of fun things to do on the Math Fairy website and on other great websites. I’ve been thinking about some ideas since we started to learn that school would be closed so I thought I’d share those ideas here… Try a Fibonacci Walk! Try a Fibonacci Walk! Recall that the Fibonacci sequence is a pattern of numbers identified hundreds of years ago by an Italian mathematician. The pattern is additive and goes like this….1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21,34,55…. Where you add the two previous numbers to derive the next number. Example: 1+1 = 2, 2+1=3, 2+3 = 5, 3 +5 = 8, 5 + 8 = 13 and so on. One of the super cool, mathemagical things about the Fibonacci sequence is that it exists in nature. The spirals of a pinecone expand in a Fibonacci pattern, leaves can grow from a Read More →

Rice Krispie Treats

Ingredients 3 tablespoons butter or margarine1 package (10 oz., about 40) JET-PUFFED Marshmallows — OR — 4 cups JET-PUFFED Miniature Marshmallows6 cups Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies® cereal Directions: In microwave-safe bowl heat butter and marshmallows on HIGH for 3 minutes, stirring after 2 minutes. Stir until smooth. Microwave cooking times may vary.  Add KELLOGG’S RICE KRISPIES cereal. Stir until well coated.  Using buttered spatula or wax paper evenly press mixture into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Cool. Cut into 2-inch squares. Best if served the same day. Sourced:

Homemade Play-Dough

Play-Dough ~ great for kids of all ages! Playdough ingredients: 2 cups all-purpose flour 3/4 cup salt 4 teaspoons cream of tartar 2 cups lukewarm water 2 Tablespoons of vegetable oil (coconut oil works too) Food coloring, optional Quart sized bags Stir together the flour, salt and cream of tartar in a large pot. Next add the water and oil. If you’re only making one color, add in the color now as well. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly. Continue stirring until the dough has thickened and begins to form into a ball. Remove from heat and then place inside a gallon sized bag or onto wax paper. Allow to cool slightly and then knead until smooth. If you’re adding colors after, divide the dough into balls (for how many colors you want) and then add the dough into the quart sized bags. Start with about 5 drops of color and add Read More →


Gack ~ best for older children who will not ingest! Ingredients 4 ounces of school glue½ cup water + ¼ cup hot water½ teaspoon BoraxFood coloring Directions Pour the glue into a container with the ½ cup water. Mix with a spoon. Add the food coloring. Mix well with the spoon. In a separate small bowl, mix ½ teaspoon Borax with the ¼ cup hot water. Make sure to mix gently until the Borax is completely dissolved. Pour the Borax water into the glue water. Begin mixed and watch the Gack form! So cool! Then start mixing with your hands. Have fun! Did you know Gack will bounce? (p.s. Beware of Gack and carpet. I have had it stick to carpet and fabrics before. Great thing to play with in the kitchen or outside.) Sourced from:

A response to Stuart Reges “Why Women Don’t Code”

Today I opened up the Sunday Seattle Times newspaper for a relaxing read with my morning coffee. I noticed a little “letter to the editor” in which a professor from the University of Washington responded to women who had responded to his article about women in the computer sciences fields. As a new computer coding teacher I was immediately intrigued. I googled Mr. Reges’ article and read it. My primary thought as I was reading through his long article was, “huh”. I know, not very intellectual, but I am firmly perplexed by his apparent position that men and women have different brains and so choose different careers. I realize that the nature vs. nurture dialogue rages on and has for the past several thousand years but I was under the impression that the current brain research had debunked the idea that human brains are hardwired for one type of learning Read More →

Math or maths, if you will, is a funny subject. As you know from reading other mathfairy thoughts, I personally find math incredibly magical: The Fibonacci sequence in nature! Ten fingers and a base ten number system! Triangles! And I find that almost everyone I meet has very strong feelings about math. I was speaking with my 84 year old father recently. He’s quite brilliant. My parents are both amazingly smart, very articulate, well educated, you get the idea…my dad and I were discussing some of my latest teaching experiences and ideas about math in general. He was talking about how math is a language for the world. I, of course, had to proclaim my favorite quote, “mathematics is the language with which god has written the universe” from Leonardo da Vinci. And then, surprisingly, my brilliant father said, “yes, a language I don’t understand and never have.” I was Read More →