More Math! Resources

For those of you who can’t wait until the next National Math Festival, we invite you to explore the wonder and beauty of math with these puzzles, games, books, videos, and other mathy treats. Resources are categorized by age level and updated monthly!

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Mathematics & Music

Counting, rhythm, scales, intervals, patterns, symbols, harmonies, time signatures, overtones, tone, pitch. The notations of composers and sounds made by musicians are connected to mathematics. The next time you hear or play any kind of music, think of what mathematics… Learn more →

Mathigon: Mathematical Origami

Mathigon provides a collection of free resources for mathematical origami and papercrafting. You can try simple platonic solids (tetrahedra, cubes, etc.) using origami paper or with the free print-at-home nets for each object. (The “net” of a 3D object is… Learn more →

Joan Taylor’s Mathematical Tiling

Joan Taylor is an amateur mathematician living in Australia who became hooked on the interlocking patterns of mathematical tiling artworks. In her explorations to try to find an aperiodic monotile, she discovered a new kind of tile which was subsequently… Learn more →

Focus on Play

2019 Festival presenter Erikson Institute Early Math Collaborative has developed this collection of resources for parents and educators of young children to start exploration of mathematical ideas through play. 

Building on Young Children’s Mathematical Thinking

It all starts with children’s thinking. 2019 Festival presenter Development and Research in Early Math Education (DREME) has partnered with The Teaching Channel and expert early educators to create videos on a variety of math topics. These six videos demonstrate… Learn more →

Puzzle Booklets and Maze Mats from the Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival

A Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival offers students advanced and thought-provoking mathematics in a social and cooperative atmosphere. Students choose among several tables offering problem sets, games, or puzzles with mathematical themes. They work as long as they wish, while a… Learn more →

Beautiful Math

What do mathematicians think is beautiful about mathematics? The National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) asks this question to some of the country’s most renowned mathematicians working in education and industry – check out these video interviews!

A Math Theory for Why People Hallucinate

When a 1920s psychologist named Heinrich Klüver carefully documented how his visual field changed while hallucinating, he noted recurring patterns that bore a striking resemblance to shapes commonly found in ancient cave drawings and in the paintings of Joan Miró…. Learn more →

I Heart Cardioids

Roll a circle around another circle of the same radius. A marked point on the first circle traces a curve called a cardioid. Mathematician Dave Richeson of Dickinson College, known as @divbyzero on Twitter, shares some fun explorations of this… Learn more →

Crafting Mathematical Objects

The world of math-inspired crafts is vast, and we’ve collected some of our favorite resources for you to explore below! Crocheting Hyperbolic Planes A mathematician, artist, and lecturer at Cornell University, Daina Taimiņa one day picked up a crochet hook… Learn more →

How Poetry and Math Intersect

Artists and poets have long been inspired by the mathematical patterns found in nature—for instance, the remarkable fact that a sunflower’s seeds follow the Fibonacci sequence. But there are myriad other ways that the realms of poetry and mathematics can… Learn more →

Emmy Noether’s Revolutionary Theorem

A century ago, Emmy Noether published a theorem that would change mathematics and physics. Here’s an all-ages guided tour through this groundbreaking idea from the Perimeter Institute, from kindergarteners with fidget spinners through questions about conservation laws and complex ideas… Learn more →

Computer Science Unplugged

CS Unplugged is a collection of free learning activities that teach Computer Science through engaging games and puzzles that use cards, string, crayons and lots of running around. The activities introduce computational thinking through concepts such as binary numbers, algorithms and… Learn more →

Games for Young Minds

Games for Young Minds aims to help parents and children learn to love math through the power of play, using board games, puzzles, and other activities that you can try at home. Each week, math teacher Kent Haines shares a… Learn more →

Fibonacci Lemonade

How would one make mathematical cuisine? Not just food that looks mathematical (like math-themed cookies), but something that you truly have to eat and taste in order to experience its mathematical nature. Surprisingly, using golden ratio relative proportions of lemon… Learn more →