# Tangrams!

September 4th, 2015

It’s Monday, August 3, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Tangrams

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

A Tangram is an ancient Chinese puzzle made with seven flat pieces called tans. By combining these seven tans, thousands of shapes or pictures can be made that help teach geometric concepts including shape recognition, area, perimeter, symmetry, etc.  Plus, it improves problem-solving skills.
This website offers terrific information about tangrams along with free puzzles and solutions. When you get to the site, view a YouTube video to show you how to make a reversible tangram set. Look at the menu on the right side of the page and use it to explore:
• History – Read about the history of tangram puzzles and how they became so popular.
• Make It – Get instructions to make your own set of tangrams pieces.
• Puzzles – Print out free tangram puzzles along with a set of rules, and use your skill and intuition to find solutions.
• And much more!
Scroll down the page to locate:
• The latest tangrams
• The pattern of the week
• “Play against the clock” videos
Continue to scroll down to find all categories of tangram puzzles, worksheets and much more!

This site provides a great way to engage in some hands-on geometry with tangrams!

# Variety of Math Games & Logic Puzzles!

October 28th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Monday, October 28, 2013 and time for math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

A Kid’s Math

Age Range: All (with parental supervision, non-readers will need assistance.)

This ad-supported website offers a wide variety of free, fun, interactive math games and logic puzzles.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of activities that includes:

*Arithmetic Games – Play games that hone addition, subtraction, multiplication and division skills.

*Memory Match Games – Match words to equivalent numerals.

*Logic Puzzles – Get printable Kakuro and Sudoku puzzles, slider puzzles, tangram puzzles and much more.

Click on any one and a new page opens where you can read the instructions and launch the game.

The games offer a great way to brush up on math skills without the tedium of practice drills. The logic puzzles will challenge players of all ages.

# Challenging Math Puzzles, ‘Numberpedia,’ and More!

December 3rd, 2012

Hi! It’s Monday, December 3, 2012 and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Archimedes’ Laboratory

Age Range: 9 and up (Approximately, with parental supervision. Younger children may enjoy aspects of this site, too.)

This amazing commercial and ad-supported website was developed by fervent European puzzle enthusiasts, G. A. Sarcone and M.J. Waeber who comunicate the wonders of mathematics and science to the public through challenging and entertaining puzzles. You’ll find all kinds of free puzzles and brain teasers that incorporate math, logic, and geometry problems to challenge young minds to think in ways that lead to discovery and greater understanding.

When you get to the site, you’ll land on the “Puzzles & Tests” page that archives a selection of puzzles, tests, math games, brain-teasers, tangram-like manipulatives, and mental tricks. There’s a brief introduction (available in English, French, and Italian), and a menu that includes:

*Monthly Puzzle – Solve it and win a prize.

*Create Your Own – Get instructions and inspiration to build your own puzzles and try hundreds of puzzle activities.

• Numbers in Various Writing Systems
• Numbers’ History
• Prime Numbers
• Fibonacci Numbers
• Magic Star Numbers
• Barcode Numbers
• 80-20 Rule – The Pareto Principle
• Numerical Sculptures
• Memorizing Numbers and Number Facts

Below that, you’ll find newly added activities, visitor favorites, and a way to purchase puzzles, games, and books from the online store. No purchase or registration is necessary to access the many freebies on this site.

But wait, there’s more! Use the tabbed index at the top of the page to investigate other regions of this site that include:

*Illusion & Paradoxes -Check out the “Illusion of the Month.” Stretch your brain by exploring the “Illusion Gallery” and be amazed by the “Hypnoptical Illusion.”

*Mind & Brain – Get a recipe for healthy brain food, play with an anti-stress tool, and test your mental aptitude though games and quizzes.

*Oddities & Curiosities – An assortment of activities that include, puzzles, tests, optical illusions, and “teacher resources” that index some of the activities in other areas of the site.

There are many, many links to activities on this site, and most of the ones I tried were good. I did find a few duds, but not enough to dampen my interest. You’ll want to bookmark this site, as it’ll take more than one visit to see it all.

# Tangrams!

September 26th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Monday, September 26, 2011 and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Tangrams

Age Range: All (Young children and non-readers will need assistance. Parental supervision required.)

A Tangram is an ancient Chinese puzzle made with seven flat pieces called tans. By combining these seven tans, thousands of shapes or pictures can be made that help teach geometric concepts including shape recognition, area, perimeter, symmetry, etc.  Plus, it improves problem-solving skills.

This commercial website sells tangram puzzles, but it also offers terrific information about tangrams along with free puzzles and solutions.

When you get to the site, you can read an introduction and learn about various tangram puzzles made from bone and mother of pearl.

Look for the red icon menu on the left side of the page and use it to explore:

*History – Read about the history of tangram puzzles and how they became so popular.

*Make It – Get instructions to make your own set of tangrams pieces.

*Puzzles – Print out free tangram puzzles along with a set of rules, and use your skill and intuition to find solutions.

Click on “Tan Links,” “Downloads,” and “Play” to find links to other websites that offer information and activities. Note: We did not review the linked sites, so PARENTS MUST PREVIEW the sites to determine suitability of content.

This site provides a great way to engage in some hands-on geometry with tangrams!

# Amazing Online Science Activities for All Ages

September 13th, 2011

Hi! It’s Tuesday, September 13, 2011 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
COSI: Online Activities

Age Range: All (Grades Pre-K-12 and beyond with parental supervision.)

The Center of Science and Industry in Ohio sponsors this website that is an extension of their museum and provides free educational activities in science, industry, health, and history.

When you get to the site, you’ll see an icon menu of online activities that include:

*Virtual Knee Surgery – Take on the role of a surgeon as you conduct knee replacement surgery.

*Open Heart – Learn about the anatomy of the heart, heart disease and heart surgery.

*Bet the Farm – Invest in a farm and try to make it as profitable as possible while dealing with inclement weather, insects, plant disease and market forces that conspire to ruin harvests and kill profits.

*Zoom: Travel To A Star – Travel near the speed of light to other areas of the galaxy and strange things happen to the passage of time!

*Simple Machines – Learn about levers, wedges and pulleys.

*Stop: Practice Stopping A Vehicle at Intersections – Pick a vehicle and practice safely stopping at or crossing busy intersections.

You’ll also find out if you can parachute to safety from the stratosphere, jump over sharks on a water ski, and try your hand at a Tangram challenge!

Bookmark this site to explore all of these fun investigations in science!