## Math

Aim To develop critical thinking, problem solving, analytical thinking, quantitative reasoning, ability to manipulate precise and intricate ideas, construct logical arguments and expose illogical arguments, time management, teamwork and independence.

Activities logic puzzles, Obstacle Courses, Find It First.

1. Puzzles

Best suited for children between the ages of 2-12. Puzzles can be fun for the whole family! They are a great way to develop your child’s spatial perception, coordination, problem-solving, cognitive skills and fine motor skills— proving puzzles to be an awesome brain development activity. There are many different kinds of puzzles to choose from: tangrams and board puzzles for younger children, and older children (and adults) can indulge in scrabble, sudoku, crosswords, logic puzzles and even Rubik’s cubes! At any age, puzzles are sure-fire.

• Money Puzzles
• Age Puzzles
• Clock Puzzles
• Speed and Distance Puzzles
• Weight Puzzles
• Digital Puzzles
• Skeleton Puzzles
• Cryptarithm Puzzles
• Miscellaneous Puzzles
• Triangle, Square, and other Polygon Puzzles
• Circle Puzzles
• Dividing-the-Plane Puzzles
• Plane Geometry Puzzles
• Solid Geometry Puzzles
• Dissection Puzzles
• Paper Folding Puzzles
• Moving Counter Puzzles
• Magic Square Puzzles
• Magic Star Puzzles
• Liquid Pouring Puzzles
• Route and Network Puzzles
• Point Alignment Puzzles
• Map Coloring Puzzles
• Miscellaneous Combinatorial Puzzles
• Game puzzles
• Domino puzzles
• Match puzzles
• Obstacle Courses — Jump, skip, run and hop!

Best suited for children between the ages of 2-5. Obstacle courses are easy to set up brain games for kids. You can set one up right in your living room. Create simple obstacle courses using household supplies, increase the complexity with creative obstacles for older kids. Obstacle courses help enhance your child’s gross motor, visual perception, motor planning, coordination, problem-solving, critical thinking and language skills.

There are so many versions of obstacle courses! Here are some items you can use to create an obstacle course indoors: pillows, chairs, tables, cushions, sofa, tables, storage boxes, string, paper, balls, hula hoops. A typical obstacle course would include for you to do the following: something to walk on, crawl under, crawl through, jump, throw, hop, solve a riddle, the possibilities are endless!

• Find It First – Facts

On the board or a piece of card write the answers to the facts to be studied.

e.g. to study multiplication facts write 12, 15, 18, 20, 21, 24, 25, 27, 28, 30, 32.

Write the numbers low enough for the players to reach them. The two players stand beside the numbers.

If playing in teams one person from each team is sent to the board at a time. The caller calls a number fact, e.g. 4×8 and the first person to find the answer and point to it scores a point. If playing in teams the next two players come to the board.

• Fraction Fun

Need – 2 sets of cards one with fractions and one with numbers, See Black Line Masters 3 and 4 for simple sets

Develops the concept of fractions and provides practice at working out fractions of numbers.

Turn cards face down. Each player or team selects one Fraction Card and one Number Card.

Players then work out the amount that they have to the nearest whole number, e.g. 3/8 of 48 is 18.

The player or team with the most is the winner of the round.

Scoring can be done in 2 ways.