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Thought-Provoking Math Activities for K-12

January 18th, 2016


It’s Monday, January 18, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!


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Age Range: 5-18 (Grades K-12, with parental supervision)


This website, sponsored by Cambridge University, seeks to enrich math curriculum for learners of all ages by providing free, engaging, interactive math activities that provoke mathematical thinking. This isn’t about math lessons and worksheets: it’s about exploring math concepts through unusual problems to provide deeper understanding.

When you get to the website you’ll see a brief introduction and a menu that’s divided into two sections:

Student Homes – This area is divided into sections with activities for students in various grade/ability levels: 

  • Lower Primary – Activities that help children understand the concept of sorting, matching, and numbers
  • Upper Primary – Explore shapes, numbers and operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division), time, logic and more.
  • Lower Secondary – Get useful insights for determining area, perimeter, and volume. Experiment with curves, triangles, and geometric reasoning.
  • Upper Secondary – Use area integrals to solve problems, explore ideas in statistics.

Teacher Homes – This area is divided into three sections with teacher information and activities for: 

  • Early Years – Building the foundational understanding to develop math skills.
  • Primary Years – Activities that encourage students to work systematically to solve math problems.
  • Secondary Years – Exploring area, perimeter, shapes, volume, Pi, and Calculus to solve real world problems.

There’s a lot here. Be prepared to click around to find all of the activities and resources that are available.

Math Mysteries, Maps & More

September 4th, 2015


It’s Monday, August 10, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!


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NAACE: Math Activites (

Age Range: 6-14 (Grades 1-10, with parental supervision)


This website, sponsored by an association of educators, offers an amazing array of free, innovative math activities and resources that engage people of all ages

When you get to the site, don’t be fooled. It may not look like much, but explore the menu to find games, downloadable activities, and terrific resources that will boost your children’s knowledge of math while challenging their logic and reasoning skills. They’ll even reinforce language arts, and learn some history along the way! Here are a few menu items that will help hone math skills:

  • Bounce – This game requires you to flex your problem solving skills while exploring factors and ratios.
  • Find the Pairs – Match fraction symbols with fraction illustrations.
  • Number Board – This game is similar to Bingo, except you have to do math equations on a calculator to find number answers that are on your game card.
  • Sorting Games – Enjoy a delightful assortment of games that teach sorting skills.
  • Where to Site a Nesting Box of Owls – Use your geography skills to study a map and determine the best place to build a nesting box for owls. This activity teaches about owls and the environment too!
  • Whodunnit? (Playing Detective) – Follow the clues to solve crimes.

Click on any one and a new window opens with complete instructions (although some of the games require a little more intuitiveness to navigate). Many of the activities have multiple levels of difficulty making them challenging for a wide age/ability range.

Free Unplugged Computer Science Activities for Kids!

June 2nd, 2015


It’s Tuesday, June 2, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!


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Computer Science Unplugged


Age Range: 5-12 (Grades 1-7, with parental supervision)


This terrific website provides free, downloadable lessons and activities to do offline that teach computer science. It’s a collaborative effort by the University of Canterbury, Carnegie Mellon, and Google.
Designed with classroom use in mind, the activities can be tweaked for the homeschool environment. When you get to the site you’ll see an introduction. Use the menu to access the “Activities” that are available to download in PDF format, with full instructions, worksheets, and solutions that include:
  • Binary Numbers
  • Image Representation
  • Text Compression
  • Searching Algorithms
  • Sorting Networks
  • Programming Languages
  • Graph Coloring
  • Information Hiding
  • Cryptographic Protocols
  • Public Key Encryption
  • Human Interface Design
  • Modems Unplugged
  • and much more!
You’ll also find photos and videos that illustrate the activities as well as links to other useful resources.

Challenging Math & Logic Puzzles – All Ages!

April 13th, 2015


It’s Monday, April 13, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!


Recommended Website: Games That Make You Think


Age Range: All (children with parental supervision)


Don’t let these games from Meyers Labs fool you – they offer fun ways to learn fundamental and challenging concepts that are required for math.
When you  get to the site, you’ll see a menu of puzzles that include Frog Jumpin’, Inch Worm, Galactic Journey, Maze Craze, Ink Blobs, Mosaic Design, and more. Click on any game and a new window opens. Some of the games come with instructions, others are intuitive. Some of the skills these games enhance are: 
  • Recognizing Patterns
  • Sequencing
  • Spatial Relationships
  • Problem Solving
  • Recognizing and Sorting Shapes and Colors
  • Strategy
  • Analysis
  • Memory
  • Performance Under Pressure
  • And More!
It helps to read  the “Parents & Teachers” notes (at the bottom, on the left side of the home page) that explains which skills are addressed by each game.

Fun Arithmetic Practice Games

March 2nd, 2015


It’s Monday, March 2, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!


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Turtle Diary – Math


Age Range: 5-10 (Grades K-5, with parental supervision)


This colorful site has free, animated, interactive games to help young kids learn and practice basic arithmetic.
When you get to the website, you will see a menu of free math games that include:

  • Pre-K: Shapes, Numbers, Counting Dots, Counting Objects, Identify Numbers, Number Writing, Comparing Groups, Size, Positions and Directions, Money
  • Kindergarten: Counting, Skip-counting, Tally Marks, Graph, Probability, Sequencing, Time, Addition, Subtraction, Comparing Groups, Fractions, Positions and Directions, Money, Geometry
  • First Grade: Number Pattern, Addition, Subtraction, Time, Sorting, Ordering, Patterns, Data and Graphs, Probability, Word Problems, Measurement, Money, Geometry
  • Second Grade: Number Pattern, Addition, Subtraction, Time, Sorting, Ordering, Patterns, Data and Graphs, Probability, Word Problems, Measurement, Money, Geometry
  • Third Grade: Perimeter, Area, Mean, Median, Mode, Range, Place Values, Whole Numbers, Even-Odd Numbers, Roman Numerals, Probability, Customary Units, Metric Units, Statistics, Geometry, Angles, Lines, Line Segments, Comparing, Estimation & Rounding, Measurement
  • Fourth Grade: Analog Clock Patterns, Classifying Polygons by the Number of Sides, Classifying quadrilaterals, Digital Clock Patterns, Division Matrix
  • Fifth Grade: Classifying Polygons, What Are Polygons, Regular And Irregular Polygons, Classifying Quadrilaterals, Chameleon Probability, Division Matrix, Rounding Decimal, Digital Clock Pattern, Analog Clock Pattern

Valentine Math Activities

February 9th, 2015


It’s Monday, February 9, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!


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Googol Power: Valentine Math


Age Range: All (children with parental supervision)


Valentine’s Day is coming fast! As our friends at say, this is the time of year “when symmetrical Valentine hearts flourish, Fibonacci flowers are sold by the dozen, sweetheart candies are sorted, and you can count up all the ways you love your Valentine… and math!”
When you get to the site, you’ll find all kinds of free, innovative activities and suggestions for learning and enhancing math skills through things associated with Valentine’s Day such as:

  • Chocolate – Explore fractions with a chocolate bar!
  • Candy – Hone your sorting, grouping, and estimation skills with a box of sweetheart candies. Get free math lessons for grades 1-4. Get instructions for a game of “Valentine Candy Battleship.”
  • Hearts – Learn about symmetry while calculating the area and perimeter of a heart shape. Get instructions for a game of “Broken Heart Math.”
  • Valentines – Try the “Valentine Exchange Lesson.” (Homeschoolers could substitute “support group” for “classroom” in this activity.)
  • Solve Some Tricky Valentine’s Math Problems – Figure out an algorithm to solve a math puzzle, and see if you can answer some Valentine-themed word problems.

There are lots of ingenious ideas here and links to further resources too.