Math can be challenging for many kids, so sparking their interest is often difficult. Some see math as a dry, boring collection of numbers they’ll never use. Showcasing math to your children can be fun, though, if you have the right tips and tricks up your sleeve.
Show Them Where Math Is
It’s not enough to say math is everywhere—show your kids where to find it. For example, invite them to help you bake. Explain what each measurement is and how they work together. If your child wants a new toy, ask him or her to calculate how long it would take to save up for based on current allowance.
Your child may hate math but love other academic pursuits. For example, if your kiddo is a bookworm, use that to fuel his or her interests. Say, “How long do you think it’ll take to finish this book if you read a chapter a day? How about three?” If your teenager enjoys working out, say, “If you do 30 miles on a stationary bike this week, how many can you do in a month?”
Play Math Games
Many popular games require math skills. Some include Yahtzee, Scrabble, and cribbage. Teach your children to play these, or focus their attention on math when you play as a family.
Appeal to Curiosity
Math relies heavily on logic and critical thinking, which means it requires kids to solve puzzles, think backwards, and make deductions. All this can be fun for children if done the right way. Find books of logic puzzles or mini-mysteries that test mathematical thinking.