Balloon Math

May 12th, 2008 by ClickSchooling Leave a reply »

Recommended Website:
MBD2.com: Homeschool Projects

Age Range: About 9 and up (Students will need coordination to manipulate the balloons. Non-readers will need assistance as well.)

The Magical Balloon-Dude Dale (a master balloonist) recommended that we feature his website that offers free math activities for homeschoolers using the kinds of balloons that are used to make balloon animals and other creations.

When you get to the website you’ll see a menu of 4 math activities using balloons – but only the first 3 have working links that include:

  • Parts/Fraction Curriculum – Use balloons to learn counting, adding, sorting, measuring, calculating the number of parts, fractions and/or decimal conversion.
  • Mathematical Symbols Curriculum – Understand basic geometric shapes and use balloons to create a sphere.
  • Half of a 1/2 of a .50 Curriculum – Improve understanding of fractions such as 1/8, 1/4, and 1/2 while making a balloon flower.

Click on any one, and a new page opens with the complete instructions, accompanied by photographs and a materials list. (The Mathematical Symbols exercise includes a video demonstration too!) There is also an activity sheet with questions that students should be able to discover the answers to by doing the exercise.

If you look on the right side of the screen in each activity you will see a link to a FREE download of the “HomeSchool Curriculum” that includes bonus material. Print it out to use offline.

The projects require certain types of balloons, a ruler, a marker – and one exercise requires calipers. You can purchase a kit that provides all of these materials (as well as an answer key to the questions) at the website for $40. It is not necessary to purchase the kit to do these exercises. You may already have the materials needed, or be able to purchase them less expensively. And just doing the activity is a terrific learning experience – with or without an answer key to the questions.

The projects at this site are designed to develop problem solving skills, mathematics ability, and eye-hand coordination, while teaching kids to make balloon animals.

What fun!

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