Little Learning Labs: Math Games for Kids—an abridged paperback edition of Math Games Lab for Kids—presents 25+ hands-on activities that include coloring, art, puzzles, and more that make learning about math fun.
- Explore geometry and topology by building, drawing, and transforming shapes.
- Discover how to color maps like a mathematician by using the fewest colors possible.
- Draw graphs to learn the language of connections.
- Create mind-bending fractals with straight lines and repeat shapes.
About the Author
Rebecca Rapoport holds degrees in mathematics from Harvard University and Michigan State. From her first job out of college, as one of the pioneers of Harvard’s Internet education offerings, she has been passionate about encouraging her love for math in others. As an early contributor to both retail giant Amazon.com and Akamai Technologies, the number one firm in cloud computing, Rapoport played a key role in several elements of the Internet revolution. She then returned to her first love, education, as an innovator of new methods to introduce children and adults to the critically important world of STEAM education as COO of an enrichment center dedicated to helping kids explore the creative side of science, technology, engineering, art, and math, and is currently developing and teaching innovative math curricula in the Boston area. Rapoport is also the co-author of Math Games Lab for Kids (published by Quarry Books), a book of fun, hands-on math activities designed to introduce elementary and middle-school students to several areas of higher math; and the calendars Mathematics: Your Daily Epsilon of Math 2021,- Mathematics: Your Daily Epsilon of Math 2020, Mathematics 2019: Your Daily Epsilon of Math, and The Mathematics Calendar 2018, all published by Rock Point. She has an Erdös number of 2.
J.A. Yoder is an educator and engineer who has a lifetime love of puzzles and patterns. Her educational philosophy is that hands-on creative work is both the most fun and the most effective way to learn. She developed and taught the original hands-on-math lessons for an after-school program that eventually inspired this book. Some of her happiest memories come from "eureka moments"—either from learning something that makes a dozen other things suddenly make sense, or the sense of accomplishment that comes from solving a clever puzzle. The only thing better is sharing this joy with others.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
When my children were in school, a wise teacher said to always encourage girls to do math and to let them know that they can do every bit as well in math as in English. While this book is for all children, I was reminded of how important it is to introduce math as a fun subject and one that can lead to experimentation and knowledge. Math is not just supposed to be learning the basic four functions as this book so ably proves. Geared toward children ages six to ten (though I think older children too), the book is divided into sections on topics like geometry and fractals. The experiments and activities are very hands on and photos help to show kids what to do. Wise adults will encourage children to explore and not focus on perfection, but rather on the learning process as they do the activities that they find appealing. Filled with things that can be done at home or school, this book is an excellent resource. Many thanks to NetGalley and Quarto for this book in exchange for an honest review.
This is a great book to help children understand the concepts of geography and other areas of math. Using basic items, the labs allow kids to make things that will make the concepts real. From the beginning, the book provides amazing projects. Who knew you could build a prism with toothpicks and gum drops? Some of the labs build on previous ones and others are independent. This helps to reinforce facts from earlier lessons. It covers old standby labs like using tape and string to make a perfect circle. However, it also shows more in-depth things such as topology and the Eulerian circuit. A fun, stitching section is also included. This is a great book to show concepts that many people shy away from. By teaching children, the ideas found in geometry earlier in their schooling the concepts will not be as frightening later in school. I received an ARC from Quarto Publishing through NetGalley. This in no way affects my opinion or rating of this book. I am voluntarily submitting this review.