A big part of the geek culture is STEM- that is science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Most every geek is obsessed with one or more STEM topics. So it is important to us geeks to raise children who are well-versed in and passionate about STEM subjects. That means finding hands-on ways for them to practice and learn.
Here is a fun way for children to practice hands-on mathematics and all you need is a pipe cleaner and some beads.
Just thread some beads onto the pipe cleaner, then twist the pipe cleaner ends together so that it is a continuous ring. Push all the beads together and you have one whole.
Challenge your children to divide the beads equally by 2s, 3s, 4s, etc.. Discuss what each amount is called. 1/2, 1/3, 1/4, etc..
Challenge your children to add various amounts. For example, when the ring is divided by thirds or fourths, have them push the beads from one section to another and figure out what fraction of the beads they have now.
This post has been part of The ABCs of Raising Well-Rounded Geeklings series.
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