It can be easy for kids to get caught up in the holiday cheer and forget about their math studies. To make sure that they can have the best of both worlds, holidays and math, we have four ways you can include math in your holiday cheer.
Shop for Holiday Deals
Let your kids assist in finding gifts for their siblings, friends, and family members. Give them a shopping budget and they can subtract decimals for hours! If old enough, have them calculate percentages to determine exactly how much they'll pay and how much they'll save. You can use catalogs to compare prices as well.
Cooking involves measurement and fractions, two skills students struggle with. Real-life practice of these skills is essential in helping students understand them! Don't want to bake anything? Search for "no bake" cookie recipes. There are a lot of recipes that you don't need an oven for!
Do Some Crafting
Crafting involves following directions and can also include math! Have you ever made salt-dough ornaments? All you need is a few cheap ingredients and students can practice measurement during their holiday crafting!
Salt Dough Ornaments (Makes 8-10)
4 cups flour
1.5 cups water
1 cup salt
parchment paper & paper plates
cookie cutters and rolling pins
Mix in a large bowl. Have students knead and roll out with a rolling pin onto parchment paper. Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes and straws to cut the hole for the ornament.
Bake multiple ornaments on the parchment paper on a cookie sheet at 200 degrees for 2-3 hours (depending on size of ornament). Pain with acrylic paint the next day (on plates).
There are also a lot of paper crafts involving using a ruler to measure pieces. You can find quite a few of these online!
Plan a Party
A lot of math goes into planning a party! Have your kids use a specific budget and give them tasks and guidelines on what they need to plan. They can help budget for groceries and decor so they can practice the decimal and percent skills even more!
The best thing about the holidays is that you can have FUN with your kids and by incorporating math, you can show them that learning can be fun too!