Math Teachers at Play #9 – Game Time!

June 12, 2009

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Game Time!

With a ‘pentad’ of little kids running around my house, math works best as a game in our family.  What do you need to play some interesting math games?  Read on . . .


A Deck of Cards

John Golden presents an article Trig Rummy which includes a link to rules and a nice printable card PDF, posted at Math Hombre.

Don’t forget Denise’s popular article The Game that Is Worth 1,000 Worksheets at Let’s Play Math.  It was the first article I read on her great blog.

And an oldie-but-goodie, the “10-out” math game by Maria at Homeschool Math Blog.



A Few Magic Tricks

You know those illusions on the back of cereal boxes where your eyes trick you into thinking two identical objects aren’t? Well, Pat Ballew has a very interesting post on the subject, including links to video and some java applets that let you play with and manipulate the shapes. Check it out: Fool me once, Fool me Everytime? posted at Pat’sBlog.

And if you really want to confuse your brain and eyes, check out “A Pattern’s Math Magic” and Nick’s review of Tokolo Pattern Magnets and the math behind them at NYTimes Blog:  The Moment.


Oh, yeah, and some Instructions

Meaghan presents 10 Tips to Improve Your Math Skills Everyday posted at

Glowing Face Man gives all of us some encouraging ideas in his post, Five Ways To Be Better At Math posted at Glowing Face Man.

Erin suggests contacting textbook companies and their websites for free quality math practice material. Also, teachers often have resources they are willing to lend, including extra practice books from the textbook companies. Check out the article:Note from the Teacher: Free Tutoring posted at Note from the Teacher.

And if you’ve ever been curious about how many ways people have figured out how to multiply numbers together, you’ll enjoy Ξ (Heather)’s article, The First Bunch of Ways to Multiply posted at 360. Maybe I’ll teach a few to my kids. I can hear them groaning already. . . maybe if I make it into a game of Rummy 🙂


And to make your game a little more interesting:

Some Silver, or Gold

John Cook writes about The silver ratio, the gold ratio and its geometric  interpretation, posted at The Endeavour.

Finally, if you’re into coins and puzzles with them, you’ll find a wealth of brain teasers over at Physically Incorrect, like this “Yet Another Coin Tossing Game”.


I hope you enjoyed the carnival and help spread the word.  If you have an interesting blog post on math for K-12, we’d love to see it in the next carnival coming June 26th at the Homeschool Math Blog.  Submit your article here.


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4 Comments so far

  1. Ila Panik October 12, 2009 9:35 am


    There is a new site that just launched called which has developed the most sophisticated math games yet seen on the Internet, and both students and teachers are likely to enjoy playing Pyramid Panic (geometry) and Flower Power (fractions ordering). This site is even endorsed by well-known UK mathematician Marcus du Sautoy.

    Check it out and let me know how you like it…


  2. Sue VanHattum June 21, 2009 10:57 am

    There’s a cool card game called Eleusis, that’s based on pattern recognition. One person decides the pattern. The others try to figure it out. The quicker version, Eleusis Express, is described here.

  3. Meaghan June 13, 2009 7:25 pm

    Thanks for hosting and including my post!

  4. John June 12, 2009 4:17 pm

    Thanks for hosting. Creative organization.


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