Bedtime Math


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Developed by:Bedtime Math Foundation


Overview

Ages 4-6

Parents know to read to their kids at night, but what about math? Our mission is simple: to make math a fun part of kids' everyday lives, as beloved as the bedtime story. Choose the Math Problem of the Day, or explore over 400 additional math problems with various zany topics, ranging from electric eels and chocolate chips to roller coasters and flamingos. Each has three levels of challenge ("Wee Ones," "Little Kids," and "Big Kids"), and many also have harder questions ("The Sky's the Limit") for really big kids, grown-ups, and anyone who's feeling brave!  Bedtime Math gets kids jazzed about numbers. It's nothing like school. Make it a part of your family's routine today! (Bedtime Math Foundation)


Get Ready

Prepare to use this app by using any of the following activities:

Math Around the House!

To help your child understand that math really is everywhere, try this fun activity!  On a large piece of paper, or poster, draw the outline of a house.  Inside of it write down what you and your child would like to count such as: number of windows, lights, books, and so on.  Send your child off to investigate and record his/her findings on the drawing of the house.  

 

Outdoor Math!

Ask your child to gather whatever items they may find outside such as pinecones, acorns, leaves, rocks, and so on.  On the sidewalk or driveway, draw boxes with the numbers 1-20. Then, have your child put the appropriate number of outdoor items in each box.


Dive In

Help your child get the most out this app experience by trying the following activity:

Problem of the Day!

As a family, sit down for the bedtime math problem of the day.  An adult will likely need to read the featured short story, then it’s time to solve the problem!  Try each level “wee ones”, “little kids” and “big kids” and the bonus questions for the fun and challenge of it! As a family,discuss any connections that may seem relevant and most important, have fun!  If your child seems discouraged or finds the questions difficult, help them to work it out and stay positive.  This app is all about instilling a love of math in every child.


Branch Out

Extend your child’s learning by using any of the following activities:

Create Your Own Math Problem of the Day!

After using this app, encourage your child to think about creating their own math problem simply based on their very own daily experiences.  This might be difficult to do after only using the app once or twice.  After using it each night, your child will start to better understand the short stories and scenarios that the problems are based on.  Encourage them to use those as inspiration or to help spark ideas!  Then, have your child share their problem of the day with family and friends.  

 

Addition Bowling!

This is just a fun activity to help kids fall in love with Math.  What kid doesn’t love bowling?  

Materials:paper, scissors, tape, 10 water bottles (or anything that can serve as bowling pins), markers, and a ball  

Directions:

  1. Cut wide bands out of paper for each water bottle and number them with different point values 1-10
  2. Tape to bottles
  3. Arrange the bottles in a triangular shape
  4. Divide a paper into columns to serve as a score card for each player
  5. Players take turns rolling the ball to knock down pins
  6. Players need to count up the numbers on each pin that gets knocked over. Whoever gets the most points wins!

*If you want to make the game a little more challenging, try filling the bottles with a small amount of sand.

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