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Make Maths Fun For Kids – Fun Comet Puzzle

Make Maths Fun For Kids – Fun Comet Puzzle

Not every child likes maths. Many even struggle with it!

But what if there was a way we could incorporate maths into something your child loves? Like puzzles. Do you think they would be more likely to open their minds and learn? I think so because I believe that play based learning is the best way for a child to be taught. They don’t see it as learning because they are having fun.

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Kids don’t like maths – can this really change?

As a result of children being bored, frustrated and not wanting to learn how to count or even try basic maths, Australian based company Fun Comet took learning based play to the next level and created a puzzle with a twist.

Happy Calc is a unique maths based puzzle designed to teach kids their numbers – 1 to 10. The space themed puzzle is highly engaging for both boys and girls thanks to its fun subject, what child doesn’t love space, rockets and astronauts!

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How does a puzzle help with maths

The Happy Calc jigsaw puzzle encourages children to think critically about a sum instead of drilling numbers into their little minds. To complete the section of puzzle, they must work out the simple maths equation. For example: to get 5 they need 3 + 1 + 1.

The puzzle consists of 138 pieces but before you write it off, they are not small annoying pieces that will get lost the first time they are used. They are a great size for small hands and are extremely durable which makes it the perfect puzzle for children.

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While it is recommended for children aged 4+, my 3 year old loves the design of the puzzle; she can recognise some number but not all yet. My 7 year old son, while he is slightly too old, he enjoys putting the puzzle together and works together with his little sister. It is beautiful to see him explaining why they are putting which piece there and him asking her to locate certain numbers.

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Who would have thought learning maths could be fun!

The Happy Calc puzzle is currently on sale for $39US down from $49. 

You can purchase it here.

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  1. Sarah
    19/10/2016 / 11:38 pm

    Making games, a competition out of who can find the most items, there’s many ways to incorporate enjoyable ways of learning into every day life. Even getting the kids to count out change at the shops. They feel grown up and are learning maths.

  2. Samara McRae
    20/10/2016 / 10:04 am

    I like to play games with my son with his maths, and reward him when he gets the correct answer. We also make up songs with maths.

  3. Anne
    20/10/2016 / 2:25 pm

    I use a multiplication app called Maths Rocks that teaches multiplication sums sung with rock song music.

  4. Ern
    20/10/2016 / 4:54 pm

    We have a bright, bold, wooden beaded abacus, and an enormous chest filled with buttons in all shapes and sizes, that the kids love laying out on the floor counting them as they go.

  5. DIANA
    20/10/2016 / 8:52 pm

    Numbers easily, in a sing song way that kids latch onto, enjoy and find amusing and fun.
    But maths with great difficulty, as for me I struggled with math in my younger years, honestly still hating it to this day, the repetition (with times tables) trying to drill it in but not any sense at all. Mathematics confused me back then, sort of still does now, and you don’t find apples under an orange tree, my little monkeys are the same as their Mum, much to their Daddies dismay.

  6. Maree Wood
    23/10/2016 / 3:20 pm

    I love anything that is fun & helps my children learn

  7. Tina Elvins
    24/10/2016 / 2:28 pm

    This would be a very handy learning tool for kids with learning difficulties. I would love to try this with my children.

  8. Dean Davis
    24/10/2016 / 8:54 pm

    My daughter is reaching five in December and is learning lots from books.

  9. Michelle V
    25/10/2016 / 6:32 am

    We play games like ‘supermarket’ where we have a toy cash register and the kids have to buy an item (or more), then work out the total and pay for the items with the right play money.
    I also bought my kids a white board each and we use them to work out adding, subtracting, and for the older ones, multiplication.
    When walking around the neighbourhood, I get my younger daughter to call out the numbers on the letterboxes. It is a great way for her to recognise the numbers!

  10. Gary Wood
    25/10/2016 / 10:14 am

    I enjoy playing anything that’s fun with my kids – If they’re having fun & enjoying the activity they learn more

  11. Natalie Murnane
    25/10/2016 / 5:06 pm

    I always make sure I’M having fun with numbers and the kids just join in. I pretend to not know many answers and the kids love to help me get my maths right. We write in the sand with sticks at the bus stop and they love to correct my work, it’s a bit like making them the teacher.

  12. 26/10/2016 / 6:48 pm

    This would be a great learning start for my child, I know how hard maths was for me but to make it fun and interesting the whole family can join in, to open there mind to make maths fun,

  13. Tracy Wedding
    27/10/2016 / 8:34 pm

    just by playing with them makes it fun

  14. Brooke Charters
    28/10/2016 / 1:03 am

    Make the learning interactive and something they love.
    If they love sport, incorporate counting eg skip to ten. Hop 5 times.
    Make a scavenger hunt to search for clues and then solve puzzles. Much more fun than a worksheet.
    When they forget about learning, they learn more 🙂

  15. Amanda
    01/11/2016 / 4:48 pm

    Kids Bingo!
    Clubs regularly run it as a holiday activity and because it is a fun social gathering they don’t even realize they are learning!

  16. Peta Butler
    04/11/2016 / 2:39 pm

    We use real life situations to help with maths – going shopping they count the apples/onions we put in the bags. We count the steps to the door, and work out eating sultanas subtraction

  17. Sharon Markwell
    06/11/2016 / 8:34 am

    I need Happycalc because I don’t really have any happy little campers when it comes to Maths. At least we get a good laugh I guess.

  18. Kate Slack
    06/11/2016 / 2:24 pm

    I use apps with my kids they make it so much more fun and memorable.

  19. claire simmons
    06/11/2016 / 3:37 pm

    we use maths in cooking, so when we make cupcakes its a maths lesson too

  20. Malini Marimuthu
    08/11/2016 / 5:40 pm

    I taught my son numbers by racing around the house finding for a certain number and also by doing crafts. Now he is 4yrs old and we play games like Monopoly, Ladder and Chutes and some kindergarten games associated with numbers. I love to teach him through play so he loves maths and not be like me.

  21. sacha pech
    09/11/2016 / 9:01 am

    Kids love rhyming and playing with coins so we let the kids stack our spare change and count as they go.

  22. Rachel K-N
    09/11/2016 / 5:29 pm

    We’ve just spend a 6 month stint in America and during that time I home schooled the kids. Apart from the standard worksheets that the school provided I delved into other ideas to help our 5 year old learn. Being in her Kindergarten year I needed to make things fun for her so she wanted to learn.

    I made up simple sums like 1 + 2 = ? The answer box was coloured in a particular colour. She worked out the sum counting pencils and then she’d colour in a corresponding picture marked ‘3’ with the corresponding colour.

    I also made up big number cards and gave her a sum like 2 – 1 = ? . She’d have to jump on the correct number on the cards on the floor.

    We drew our numbers with chalk on the pavement outside our apartment and she played lots of computer maths based games on websites like : studyladder, education.com

    And it’s amazing when you google what inspiration you can find with worksheets available to the public.

  23. Michelle
    10/11/2016 / 11:04 pm

    We integrate maths talk into conversations. At the moment we are practicing our numbers by tracing over letter box numbers and saying them as we walk to school.

  24. samantha thompson
    12/11/2016 / 2:31 am

    we play fun games where she thinks its not learning board games card games

  25. Lauren Ibbotson
    12/11/2016 / 4:07 pm

    For miss 4 we use our dog shaped counters and we do simple additions and subtractions with them.

  26. Maria P
    12/11/2016 / 4:24 pm

    I used to keep the empty boxes of food and other little items and we would play shop. It was lots of fun and my daughter loved it. 🙂

  27. Amanda S
    13/11/2016 / 12:10 am

    Well we are a family of maths nerds. We all love maths. I’ve found duplo bricks to be a fantastic way to introduce adding, subtracting, times tables and even fractions. ‘How many red blocks are in your tower? How many blue? Make a tower that’s half yellow and half green…..

  28. Monica S.
    13/11/2016 / 12:31 pm

    When ever there is an opportunity to talk numbers…i will do it. When driving or walking you can count anything you want and kids love to pick the ‘game’ we are going to play/count/add.

  29. Elisabeth Martins
    13/11/2016 / 3:43 pm

    Math’s games on the iPad or sometimes I create my own,
    the kids love it and they don’t feel like their learning cause they’re having fun.

  30. Shannon Wotton
    13/11/2016 / 4:51 pm

    We often use food to sneakily teach our kids Maths. Pizza and sandwiches are great for teaching fractions and lollies are great for addition, subtraction and sorting. If there are five lollies and I eat three, how many are left…we do that one a lot!

  31. Tamara Lamb
    13/11/2016 / 5:34 pm

    By making important learning a game. If the kids are having fun they don’t realise they’re learning!

  32. Eva Kiraly
    13/11/2016 / 5:36 pm

    Singing is always a great way of learning, it’s fun, sing your way to 10!

  33. Adele Smith
    13/11/2016 / 6:16 pm

    I have found most board games incorporate something mathematical whether it’s counting your marker around the board or simply counting the amount of words you can create in Boggle. Finding the sneaky maths in games and not letting is a definite bonus.

  34. Renee Ballantyne
    13/11/2016 / 8:44 pm

    I don’t have to make it fun as my kids find it fun already

  35. Karla Oleinikoff
    13/11/2016 / 9:35 pm

    Counting while going up and down steps is always fun, and using a colourful cereal like Froot Loops for addition and subtraction makes it less like learning and a lot more enjoyable.

  36. Jess
    14/11/2016 / 12:03 am

    Through cooking and day to day activities

  37. Leah Shumack
    14/11/2016 / 1:48 pm

    We like to do songs and my daughter seems to do the best when we make a game out of it with flash cards!

  38. sarah fairley
    14/11/2016 / 9:15 pm

    Rhyme, rhythm and repetition. Make it fun, make it a game, and everyone will benefit from positive gains

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