*You can do fun with math with your students. Here are 30 different math activities for preschool, elementary, and middle school.*

On of my very best students was deciding to go into a field that had nothing to do with physics, science, or math. It was at least the third time in three years this had happened. My heart sank toward my stomach.

Jingles? I asked.

You know, like in the car advertisements.

**What disappointed me most wasn't that these bright students were throwing away stable economic futures. It wasn't that the world is full of problems, that these passionate young people might have been able to help solve, although that was also true. It was more personal than that.**

Why would you want to write jingles?!

Because it'sHow had I failed to to help them see thatfun.

**physics is fun**?

She'd rather write jingles about cars? |

### Why isn't math fun?

If you had a child who didn't think reading was fun, would you accept that "he's just not a reader"? Of course not! You'd read to him. You'd find different books that interest him. You'd try a new method. But, what if you have a student who doesn't think math is fun?

### Why math matters

When you allow a child to think that they "don't like math" you are putting him on a path that leads away from the best jobs of the future.

### Fun math is the solution

This list of fun math ideas is organized by age and type. Scroll down to get ideas for elementary students.

### Fun preschool math

#### Math through play

Blocks are a great math tool! |

Playing with DUPLOs

Geometry through play

Playing with Playdough

How to count past ten (measuring tape)

#### Math crafts for preschool

Bead necklaces

Flag craft for preschool

Beads and algebra

Banana counting rhyme |

#### Preschool math work

Preschool magnetic math practice

Toddler counting practice -egg cartons

#### Math through literature

Magic Squares

Learning to count with a Jamaican centipede rhyme

How to teach counting with a Jamaican banana rhyme

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Elementary math activities

#### Math Crafts

Flag craft for elementaryPaper snow flake

Pine cone multiplication

Multiplication |

Christmas subtraction ornament

Beaded snowflake addition and subtraction

#### Hands on math

Equation writing

Decomposing tens

Algebra with leaves

Multiplication with leaves

#### Math Games

Chaos theory |

Christmas tree addition equation puzzle

Money Changing game

#### Math for fun

Binary abacus

Fun size statistics

Cool Minecraft Engineering

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Our students can learn to enjoy doing math just as much as writing jingles. It may take a little extra effort, but I think if you try it, you and and your students will agree that math is fun.

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