# Elementary Math Club Activities

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Math club provides students who are interested in math or talented at the subject to develop and practice their mathematical abilities in an enjoyable, energetic setting. Teachers or math club advisers can lead students in a number of activities that will sharpen math skills, increase learning, be fun and make children excited to learn about math.

## Celebrate Famous Mathematicians

• Pay homage to the people who made significant contributions to the field by celebrating the birthdays of famous mathematicians. Instructors can provide the students in the math club with an interesting talk about the mathematicians. Students will be interested to hear quirky stories and facts about the mathematicians lives, as well as his significant findings and theories. After learning about the mathematician, students can be given fun problems related to the mathematician's theories or area of expertise.

## Make a Math Mobile

• Most students enjoy hands on activities and making crafts. With templates that are provided online, scissors, tape, string, and other supplies to decorate (such as marker, glitters, stencils or paint), the students in math club can make a mobile. In completing the craft, students will learn about the geometric properties of three-dimensional objects. As the students make their mobiles, the instructor can explain more about regular polyhedra, and teach Euler's number and the fact that the number of faces - the number of edges + the number of vertices always equals two.

## Games and Tournaments

• Many games rely on mathematics, so having a game night or tournament is a way to apply mathematics to the real world and have fun doing it. Games like tic tac toe, nim and checkers are good choices for a math related game nights. Other popular games include strategy games, like Risk or chess. While strategy games may not seem completely related to the field of mathematics, they require problem solving skills and game strategies that are necessary to be successful in math.

## Celebrate Pi Day

• What better way to spend March 14 (or 3/14) than celebrating Pi day? Pi day is a perfect time to introduce elementary school children, who may be unfamiliar with the concept, to this important value, which plays a vital role in circle measurement, circumference and area computation. The celebration would not be complete without some pies: the club can order some pizzas. But before the pizzas are eaten, use pi to calculate their circumference and area.

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