Recreational Math Activities


Math World: Recreational Mathematics - Offers a list of activities available on the site. Some of the selections include: Cryptograms, dissection, folding, games, illusions and there's MUCH more!

Math.com: Recreational - Puzzles, fractals, Spirograph, Roman Numeral calculator, and other topics.


The Math Factor: A Quick Puzzle From OSCON - Check out the archives of this site located on the right side panel for great information.


Yummy Math.com - Site provides students and teachers with engaging real-world math activities. 
Example page: Big Air Snowboarding

KhanAcademy: Math for fun and glory  - Offers users the opportunity to explore doodling in math and puzzles.


Math Lair Recreational Mathematics - Offers a selection of activities related to recreational mathematics.

Math Overflow: Recreational Mathematics Where To Search - Where to find recreational math activities.


Age of Puzzles: According to the site, it offers 'a colorful journey through endless patterns of quick wits'.

Math Pickle.com: Site is Organized By Grade and offers lots of games and puzzles.

Scientific American: Blog: A Month of Magic & Mystery - Article offers some fun ways to get into a math mood.

Briddles: Maths Riddles - A daily treat for your mind.


David Eppstein's Recreational Mathematics Page - Math Fun offer links to other great math activities.

Earth Measures.com: Native American Geometry DESIGNS - From the site: 'The Design Section is a playground that exercises visual/mental creativity and behavioral precision.'

The Art of Mathematics - Offers a collection of downloadable books for educators to use.

Funschooling & Recreational Learning: Informal Math Activities  - I offer a variety of fun and informal math activities such as: Roman Numerals, geometric art, spirals, strategy games, challenges, and quite a few other things to enjoy.

Wikipedia offers the following topics: 

List of Recreational Number Theory Topics

Journal of Recreational Mathematics


Verbal Arithmetic


Book: Recreational Mathematics

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Recreational Mathematicians


Martin Gardner.org - Martin Gardener is no longer with us, but his incredible work lives on with this site. You can get to know him via the information on this site.

NPR: Martian Gardener A Genius Of Recreational Mathematics - Read or listen to the interview about Martian Gardener. You can listen to the short interview if you click on the arrow in the upper left hand corner of the page.

Age of Puzzles: Boris Kordemsky - Read the biography of a master puzzle maker who specialized in creating nonword puzzle books.

University of Calgary: Charles Trigg - A bit of information about a man who is considered one of the foremost recreational mathematicians of the twentieth century. 

Puzzles.com: Charles Trigg - Hexagon-Circle-Hexagon - Solve one of the  puzzles he created.

Scott Kim.com -  Modern day puzzle creator, computer game designer, and author. Read or follow the blog of Scott Kim.

Peter Winkler: Games People Don't Play - Article PDF Offers a compilation of thinking games.


Wikipedia: Recreational mathematicians and puzzle creators:

Paul Erdős         Ian Stewart           Scott Kim               Ernö Rubik

Sam Loyd          Henry Dudeney      Will Shortz            Lloyd King

    

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Video: Puzzlemaster Spotlight: Scott Kim


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What is Recreational Mathematics?


The really short answer? Its about learning and exploring mathematics via math related games, riddles, and puzzles....but the activities could have you going for hours, days, weeks, or longer!

Wikipedia: Recreational Mathematics - Explains what recreational mathematics is.

Scientific American: A Quarter-Century of Recreational Mathematics - PDF Article written by Martin Gardener about 25 years of amusing puzzles and serious discoveries.

Article by Charles W. Trigg: What is Recreational Mathematics? This a PDF file. This article was written in Mathematics Magazine Vol. 51, No. 1 (Jan., 1978), pp. 18 -21

MathOverflow: Recreational mathematics: where to search? - MathOverflow is a Q & A site for professional mathematicians. This question came up and offers a few responses. 


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Read book reviews of published books on recreational mathematics.

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Check your local book store and online book stores for books that contain math related games, riddles, and puzzles.


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Here's a video about recreational mathematics...


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Recreational Mathematics

April is Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month and I'd like to focus on a fun version of math called, Recreational Mathematics. It's the type of math that not only makes you think creativity and critically, it really gets your brain going in ways that make time fly by, because you're truly engaged in what you're doing, and having a great time.

Over the next few weeks, I'm going to introduce you to Recreational Math in the following ways...

An Introduction to Recreational Mathematics - What is Recreational Mathematics?

Recreational Mathematicians -  This is about people who are a wiz at making up and explaining recreational mathematics and games.

Recreational Math Activities - Games, puzzles, and other fun ways to do math.

The Benefits of Using Recreational Mathematics - There are a lot of benefits to using recreational mathematics and this post will tell you what they are.

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Ancient Egyptian Resources


Smithsonian: The World’s Oldest Papyrus and What It Can Tell Us About the Great Pyramids - Article about the great pyramids.

Discovering Egypt: Egyptian Mummification - Article about the mummification process and ways to embalm.

Egyptian Hieroglyphic Writing - Champollion & Egyptian Hieroglyphic Writing
Egyptian Mathematics Numbers Hieroglyphs - Egyptian Mathematics Numbers Hieroglyphs and Math problems for kids - Learn about Hieroglyphic Numbers.

BBC: History: Egyptians - Includes the following topics: Overview, pyramids and monuments, mummification, Gods and beliefs, pharaohs and dynasties, daily life, and hieroglyphs. Each area connects to one or more articles.

Encyclopedia of Visual Arts: Ancient Egyptian Art - Egyptian Art (3100 BCE - 395 CE)

Metropolitan Museum of Arts: Egyptian Art - What's on view, history of the department, and if you scroll down, you can view highlights and all the featured art and view the videos provided. Not all the 27,000+ pictures are available for viewing online. The videos provided are lecture based.

Ducksters Education Site: Ancient Egypt for Kids - Overview, Monuments and Geography, Culture, People and Other.

Wikipedia: Egyptian hieroglyphs & Ancient Egypt 

History: Ancient Egypt - Article contains information about the Egyptian civilization. Videos are available as well.

History for Kids: Egyptian Food - Learn how food is grown in the desert. Coloring pages can be found on the right-hand side of the page.

Nature: Mummy DNA Unravels Ancient Egyptians’ Ancestry - Article: Genetic analysis reveals a close relationship with Middle Easterners, not central Africans.

History On The Net: The Egyptians – Food - Article includes - How the Egyptians grew food, made bread, beer, the meats and veggies they ate too in their desert environment.


Crafts & Hands-On Activities

DLTK: Egyptian Activities for Children - Benu Poster, Camel coloring page, Egypt Coloring pages, crafts, and other activities.

HomeschoolShare - Ancient Egypt - Downloadable Lapbook about Ancient Egypt.

YouTube: Ancient Egypt Playlist - Documents about Ancient Egypt, Egyptian music, and crafts.
Here's one of the videos in the list...


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Words Within Words Game - Printable Game

The Words Within Words Game is now available as a instant download in my Etsy Store: Funschooling Press

Words Within Words is an open-ended game, that encourages players to observe, think, and create words with the letters offered in a single word, or a group of words.

This is a fun game that you can never outgrow because you can find a bunch of ways to make it more challenging each time you play! 

This two file publication includes...

File 1: Words Within Words 14 page booklet includes: Simple instructions for play, extra challenges, tips for making your own puzzles, suggested ways to play, benefits of the game if using it for learning purposes, and puzzles to try.

File 2: Printable Templates: Includes: Upper and lower case letters, lined paper/word keeper, and game tokens.

This instant download is great for: Anyone who likes to play word games, homeschoolers, families, and educators.

For this weekend only, you can get this publication for 50% off its regular price.


Sample Pages



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St. Patrick's Day Activities

Funschooling Resources to help you celebrate St. Patrick's Day all week long!

Ireland - Resources for Ireland include: Links to Geographical, historical, and cultural information. Videos have been included as well.

St Patrick's Day Activities - St. Patrick's Day Activities includes: Crafts, Lesson Plans and videos.

Irish & Celtic Folktales: Fairies - Sites about Irish & Celtic Folktales, with a focus on fairies.

Shamrocks - Cultural and botanical information about shamrocks and lots of links for crafts for kids.

Make Your Own: Fun Putty - How to make fun putty and fun things to do with it.

Cabbage - Cabbage experiment suggestions, recipe for homemade coleslaw, links to cabbage information.



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Dictionaries - Day #5 Words Within Words


Looking for a fun game that uses a dictionary? Try this one out!

How many words can you find in the word...



Grab a piece of lined paper, write the word DICTIONARIES on the top of the page, and then find, and write, as many words as you can using the letters provided. Each letter can only be used once, unless there is more than one of that letter. Use a dictionary/spell checker to challenge words or to make sure a word is ‘real’!

When playing the game with multiple players, have players take turns writing down words. Use a timer to give each player between 30 seconds and 1 minute to say a word. If a usable word can not be given, the player can pass his turn to the next player.

Decide how long the game will run or how many words need to be found before starting the game.

If you would like to find some ways to make this game more challenging, please visit my post Words Within Words where you will find some interesting ways to play and links that will reveal the 'hidden words'.

FYI: More than 1500 words can be made from DICTIONARIES!

🐞 If you have someone who is not spelling words on their own yet, play around with the letters together. Talk about vowels and consonants and ask them to pick out a vowel and two consonants and put the letters together in some way and read the word. Sometimes it will sound like and be a "real" word, sometimes it won't. There are a bunch of 2 and 3 letter words that can be made with these letters.

You can also play with the letters that may be more familiar to them, like their name. The game: What's In A Name? uses the person's name and easy to manipulate letters to make learning more fun. 

Have a fun!


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Dictionaries - Day #4 Types of Dictionaries


There are all different kinds of dictionaries in the world today. Some offer a lot of pictures and are called picture dictionaries, others offer words for a specific topic or subject. Check your local library for various dictionaries and see if there is one on your favorite topic.

There are visual dictionaries available on line, here is a small sampling...


http://www.visualdictionaryonline.com/ - Click on a picture or type what you are looking for in the search box. This site offers both words and pictures.


https://visuwords.com/dictionary - Put a word in the search bar on the top of the page and the site will show the word in the middle and branch off into other related words. It is similar to a mind map.When you move over a word with your mouse, its meaning will pop-up.


http://www.ikonet.com/en/visualdictionary/ -  Click on any picture to begin exploring one of the 17 themes the site has to offer. You can search for topics too. Click on the icon that looks like a speaker to hear how it's said. Meanings for words are also provided in that area.


https://infovisual.info/en - Click on any topic offered or put your own word in the search bar. You'll get a labeled picture with an explanation for each labeled part of the picture.


https://7esl.com/ - This is a visual dictionary of terms for people learning English. Scroll down the page for the meanings of each picture offered.


Regular online dictionaries...

For these sites, you can type a word in the search area to find out what it means.

https://www.merriam-webster.com/


http://www.dictionary.com/

https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/


https://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/


http://www.thesaurus.com/ - This site offers both a dictionary and a thesaurus.


Look for specialized dictionaries too:

https://www.dailywritingtips.com/5-types-of-specialized-dictionaries/

Here's an activity Everyone can do...little ones may need some help.


Make your own specialized dictionary based on a favorite topic: Use copy, graph, lined, or construction paper to make your dictionary, and staple or sew the booklet together. Write a letter on each page in ABC order, then choose a topic for your dictionary. Write a word on each page that begins with that letter. Next, add pictures or draw something that relates to your chosen topic if possible, and/or write its meaning, a little bit about it, a sentence, an observation, or something else.


Here's a video about how to make a simple book, and while recommended for early learners, older kids and adults can use this concept to make their own books with better quality materials if desired.



This video shows how to bind your own books with a Saddle Stitch...



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Dictionaries - Day #3 Dictionary Creators



I personally think a dictionary is a very useful tool and was curious to know who was the first to take the time to create one. I also wondered if any other cultures had and used a similar idea. As it turns out, dictionaries go WAY back to ancient times in one form or another!

The modern English dictionary was invented by Samuel Johnson and published in 1755. 
This is a documentary about Samuel Johnson: The Dictionary Man


If you would rather read a little about him: 

Noah Webster wrote the first American dictionary in 1806. This video:
Noah Webster: Biography, Education, Facts, History, Dictionary, Quotes has information about him.


If you would rather read about Webster:

Information about various cultures who had and used dictionaries can be found here:

Wikipedia: Dictionary - Offers a history of cultural dictionaries from ancient to modern times.
Also: Oxford English Dictionary, Chinese Dictionary, Japanese Dictionary, and others such as specialized dictionaries.

Here's some information about the The first dictionaries of English, you'll need a membership to access all the information, but it's a good jumping off point if you want to study more about the topics included in the article on your own.
Other Things of Interest

Read an interview with a lexicographer Erin McKean:

https://www.visualthesaurus.com/cm/dictionary/writing-dictionaries/

YouTube Dictionary Playlist - These videos and others can be found in the playlist created for this topic.


🐞 For the Little Ones 🐞

If you have a little one, go to the library and find some picture books and a child's dictionary and check a few out.
If you have a few of your own on hand already... Find words via the pictures included in the publication and read or talk about their meanings. Act out pictures and have fun with them. Make up a sentence using the actions you created while reading though the books together.

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