As Numb3rs illustrates, if you want to understand
the world...study math and logic (and art and literature and geography
and history and physics). The internet has made math more accessible
and a lot more fun. In some ways, math is the puzzle field and provides
an infinite variety of activities and challenges. We have provided
some links to some of the more interesting math sites we have found
online. Not surprising, there is a tremendous amount of overlap with
the section on Science.
We went looking for the coolest math sites we could
find. As with the other creative play subjects, if you know a site
we should include, email us and we'll add it to the collection
General Math Sites
Math for Kids The site self-identifies as an "amusement
park of math, games, and more," and it does a pretty good job
of living up to the description. Even for kids and adults who may
have an aversion towards math (we are prime examples), there The site
not only includes some pretty lesson materials, it also includes some
excellent puzzles and logic games.
Public Broadcasting (PBS). We are PBS fans anyway, but PBS does more
than just television shows. They produce some great sites for kids,
For those of you unfamiliar with Cyberchase, it is a mathematics-based
show (and website) for kids from 8 to 12, including eight seasons
of full episodes. Their project pages and puzzles include all sorts
of materials you can download, print, and use, including a great recipe
for ice cream (measurement is math). This is also a terrific site
for working with kids who are "math adverse."
Mathematics Miscellany and Puzzles. Okay, we admit it.
We are puzzle and game enthusiasts and this site has a terrific collection
of games and puzzles covering most of the major areas of math. Most
of the materials are probably better suited to kids beyond the age
of 13, but you may be able to modify some of them for kids who are
Cats. Our cats are not quite up to the task, even with
this cools site, but if they were equal to the challenge, we would
start them here. Math Cats is a good site for introducing math to
kids and making math accessible even to kids who may have trouble
with math in school. We are personally fond of the math art pages.
Hunt. Brought to you from the folks from Scholastic (the
same company that published Harry Potter). Math hunt doesn't limit
itself to math only, it also includes social studies and science into
some very cool internet-based scavenger hunts. The hunts are based
on math problems and are a terrific way to spend a rainy afternoon.
For example, their math hunt for ancient civilizations involves solving
ancient mathematic riddles, learning about thermal tube worms (which
until I tried one of the scavanger hunts, I had no idea existed) and
exploring Rome, Greece, and Egypt (along with a whole bunch of other
sites). This site is incredibly cool.