The Kitchen Pantry Scientist Math for Kids
Fun Math Games and Activities Inspired by Awesome Mathematicians, Past and Present; with 20+ Illustrated Biographies of Amazing Mathematicians from Around the World
by Rebecca Rapoport; Allanna Chung
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Pub Date 27 Sep 2022 | Archive Date 13 Oct 2022
Quarto Publishing Group – Quarry, Quarry Books
Go beyond counting. Solve puzzles, learn a magic trick, and play a ton of games.
This engaging guide offers a series of snapshots of 20+ mathematicians, from ancient history through today, paired with related hands-on projects perfect for a kitchen or a classroom. Each lab tells the story of a mathematician along with some background about the importance of their work, and a description of where it is still being used or reflected in today’s world.
A step-by-step illustrated game or activity paired with each story offers kids an opportunity to engage directly with concepts the mathematicians pursued, or are working on today. Experiments range from very simple projects using materials you probably already have on hand, to more complicated ones that may require a few inexpensive items you can purchase online. Just a few of the incredible people and scientific concepts you’ll explore:
Hypatia (b. ~350–370)
Florence Nightingale (b. 1820)
Pizza Pie Charts
Emmy Noether (b. 1882)
Fabulous Folding Flexagons
Ron Graham (b. 1935)
Fan Chung (b. 1949)
Corners and Edges and Faces! Oh my!
With this fascinating, hands-on exploration of the history of mathematics, inspire the next generation of great mathematicians.
Dig into even more incredible science history from The Kitchen Pantry Scientist series with: Chemistry for Kids, Biology for Kids, Physics for Kids, and Ecology for Kids.
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Average rating from 7 members
Another great book in this series! The book has kid-friendly brief profiles of famous mathematicians, along with experiments or games. The activities have step by step full color photos, and I appreciated that there was some ethnic diversity in the kids shown doing the experiments and a few in the mathematicians profiled. Many of the experiments/games use things I would consider to be office supplies or household items. The book is a nice way to demonstrate math concepts for kids in a fun and relatable way. The book also has a glossary and templates for some book activities (along with a website where they can be downloaded).
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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