red origami paper


Origami is an activity that strengthens several skills. Two of the most important are spatial reasoning and using a growth mindset to work through difficult challenges. In this video that was featured on the Kuriositas blog, a young man’s grandfather creates a beautiful origami dragon and tasks the grandson with making one of his own.… Continue reading Origami

3-12, Math

Make and Solve Balance Puzzles with Mathigon’s PolyPad

Easily create some winter algebra puzzles with your own fun images!

Art, Creative Thinking, Math

Math Art Challenge

Math Art Challenge caught my eye the other day when I saw a tweet from its organizer, Annie Perkins (@anniek_p), about the most recent challenge, “Mandalas,” authored by Siddhi Desai (@SiddhiDesai311).  Mandala projects used to be a student favorite in my gifted and talented classroom, and we have created them from all sorts of materials,… Continue reading Math Art Challenge

Art, Creative Thinking, Music

Measure This. #2

Day 2 of this year’s standardized testing, so I’m posting a few more amazing feats that defy measurement on any state-mandated tests.  You can see Day 1 here. Miniature Origami Art Walmart Yodeling Kid And I absolutely adore the snow shovel art done by Cindy Chinn.  You can see more images in this article, and… Continue reading Measure This. #2

3-12, Education, Math, Websites

Artful Maths

Yesterday’s post about the new OK Go Sandbox made me think about this blog I bookmarked awhile ago.  There is something about the juxtaposition of art and math that fascinates me, so the title of Artful Maths immediately caught my eye.  Under the “Resources” menu you can find, “Mathematical Art Lessons,” which is where I… Continue reading Artful Maths

Creative Thinking, Critical Thinking, Education, K-12, Uncategorized

Are Leprechauns Real?

My Kinder students have made leprechaun traps for the last few years, and it always amuses me as they get older and sadly reminisce that they didn’t catch any leprechauns.  I’m never quite sure who is fooling who – are they just trying to make me believe that they believe, or are we all just… Continue reading Are Leprechauns Real?