"Why are you smiling?" asked my 7-year-old girl as she peered over my shoulder. I glanced up from my book - "Let's Play Math" by Denise Gaskins - but before I could answer her question, my daughter disappeared. A minute later, she returned with a piece of paper and a box of sparkly markers. "Can I play too?" I looked at the book on my lap and my smile widened. My daughter had noticed this image on the open page:
We spent the next hour playing with the Fibonacci sequence (using crackers) and making patterns out of Tangrams. That's what I love about "Let's Play Math"; This book not only gives parents ideas for making mathematics fun for children, but it also provides concrete examples that foster a family culture of enthusiasm around math. At our house, playing with math as a family is just part of life.