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Math Lab for Kids_ Fun, Hands-On Activities for Learning with Shapes, Puzzles, and Games

Math Lab for Kids_ Fun, Hands-On Activities for Learning with Shapes, Puzzles, and Games

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  1. Introduction 7
  2. How to Use This Book 8

Geometry: Learn About Shapes 11

  • Prisms and pyramids and Platonic solids, oh my!
    • Lab 1: Prisms 12
    • Lab 2: Pyramids 14
    • Lab 3: Antiprisms 16
    • Lab 4: Platonic Solids 18
    • Lab 5: Perfect Circles 24
    • Lab 6: Try a Triangle 26
    • Lab 7: Exact Ellipses 28
    • Lab 8: Draw Giant Circles and Ellipses 30

Topology: Mind-Bending Shapes 35

  • Learn about squeezable, squishable shapes and surfaces
    • Lab 9: Compare and Classify Shapes 36
    • Lab 10: Möbius Strips 38
    • Lab 11: Möbius Surprise 42

Color Maps Like a Mathematician 45

  • Using the fewest number of colors possible, fill in a map so adjacent shapes are different
    • Lab 12: Map Coloring Basics 46
    • Lab 13: Efficient Map Coloring 50
    • Lab 14: Squiggle Maps 54

Stitching Curves 57

  • Learn to create curves using only straight lines
    • Lab 15: Drawing Parabolas 58
    • Lab 16: Stitching Stars 62
    • Lab 17: Creative Curves 64

Fantastic Fractals 67

  • A fractal is a shape that is similar to itself no matter how far you zoom in on one particular part
    • Lab 18: Draw a Sierpinski Triangle 68
    • Lab 19: Build a Sierpinski Triangle 70
    • Lab 20: Draw a Koch Snowflake 74
    • Lab 21: Draw a Square Fractal Snowflake 78
    • Lab 22: Explore the Koch Snowflake’s Perimeter 80

Terrific Tangrams 83

  • Solve ancient Chinese puzzles by making different shapes from the same seven pieces
    • Lab 23: Tangram Basics 84
    • Lab 24: Teaser Tangrams 86
    • Lab 25: Tougher Tangrams 88

Toothpick Puzzles 91

  • Create and solve brainteasers using patterns of toothpicks
    • Lab 26: Starter Toothpick Puzzles 92
    • Lab 27: Toothpick Puzzles: The Next Level 94
    • Lab 28: Challenging Toothpick Puzzles 96

The Game of Nim 99

  • Learn the game of Nim and develop a strategy to win every time
    • Lab 29: Learn to Play Nim 100
    • Lab 30: Win Nim: The Copycat Strategy 104
    • Lab 31: Copycat Nim as Player 1 106
    • Lab 32: Win Nim: 1 + 2 = 3 Strategy 108

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