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:

The 5×5 Grid Game or FUN on the day before vacation!

I will just start by saying that I did not create this fun math game. I didn’t even find it! A member of my awesome math team emailed everyone a link to a math teacher’s blog, in which she explained the 5×5 game. I’ll sum it up here, but definitely go check out her blog. She has a lot of great ideas!×5-most-amazing-just-for-fun-game/ Let’s start by discussing the day before vacation in middle school. Ugh. The kids are either excited or anxious or both. And that doesn’t translate into an excellent learning environment. When I taught in the Catholic schools the day before vacation was very ritualized….we would have church, we would have traditional parties organized by the parents, etc. It was still tiring and the kids were still super amped up, but at least there was some structure provided by the nature of the day. In public school, where Read More →