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Mathematics Puzzles For Kids
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Mathematics Puzzles for Kids

It is important to when choosing mathematics puzzles for kids that you make sure you implement something they can relate to into the process. Usually, something they see adults doing or more importantly what task they take part in with adults. This can be done in many different ways - all you have to do is think outside the box.

For example using a store/mini supermarket as the basis for mathematics puzzles for kids. Most weeks your child will at some point or another end up inside a general store with you, even if it is only for a couple of minutes. They are familiar with shopping in stores and they pick up pretty quickly the fact that items differ in price and cost money.

So for this first mathematics puzzles for kids you are going to create a 'home-store'. Now this is a lot easier than you may think. Go to a food cupboard in the kitchen and pull out various items of food. Line them up on a table in front of you and individually price them and label them with these prices.

Next give the child some money ( use board game money if you feel you are uncomfortable with your child using real money. Allow the child to 'buy certain items' and help them add and subtract from the total they have in their possession.

Instead of creating a virtual store at home another way to introduce mathematics puzzles for kids is to actually play a similar game inside a store. Take them with you for a 'big shop' one week and see how it works out. If you are looking for eggs then go to the egg section and let them discover which is the best deal for you. This will involve adding, subtraction and certain elements of division as different boxes contain different amounts of eggs in some cases.

Actual food can be used to demonstrate mathematics puzzles for kids using fractions. I know when I was younger it took me quite a while to get my head around the concept of fractions and food can be a perfect teaching aid. For example, a cookie is a great tool, the larger the better.

You can cut a cookie in half to demonstrate the half fraction, into four if you want to demonstrate quarters, into eight etc etc. Maths can be a trying time for many children but the use of mathematics puzzles for kids can make the whole process a lot easier for tutors and students.


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Good info Chris...children can learn a lot more at young ages than we sometime don't expect

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