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New to Playful Math? Start Here

Do you want your children to enjoy learning math? Teach them how to play!

After the troubles of recent years, it’s even more important for families to play together. So we’ve made the ebook version of Let’s Play Math Sampler: 10 Family-Favorite Games for Learning Math Through Play permanently free.

What a great way to introduce your child to the joy of learning!

With excerpts taken from five of Denise Gaskins’s most popular books, the Let’s Play Math Sampler features ten kid-tested games covering math concepts from counting to prealgebra.

Pick up a copy today, and make math a playful family adventure.

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… or request a copy from your library or local bookshop.

Black Friday, Cyber Monday Sale Starts Now

Are you looking for new math activities to play with your kids?

Math maven Denise Gaskins just added several new books to our online store — including the exclusive pre-publication ebook edition of her new book Word Problems from Literature: Help Students Master Problem Solving in Elementary to Middle School Math.

And through the end of November, you can get 20% off anything in our store by using the coupon code SALE2022 at checkout.

Be sure to check out our new collections!

You can buy resources for problem-solving in the Word Problems collection, including Denise’s 97-minute audio commentary with special behind-the-scenes tips and tidbits.

Or explore the wealth of resources for creative mathematical investigations in our Math Journaling collection:

But don’t delay! The special discount code SALE2022 expires at the end of November.

Limited Time Book Deals

Do you want to help your children master problem-solving skills?

Check out our temporary BackerKit preorder store for anyone who missed the Kickstarter.

Through the end of September, you can place a preorder for the early-release edition of Word Problems from Literature, along with the Word Problems Student Workbook and exclusive Audio Commentary (or any of Denise Gaskins’s other books or printable math activity guides).

We’ll lock down the preorder store when we’re ready to send the Kickstarter order to my printer.

Books will be delivered with the Kickstarter orders: Digital items in October, physical books by the end of December.

Launch Day! Act Now To Get the Earlybird Bonus

And so it begins: Word Problems from Literature is LIVE on Kickstarter…

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PLUS, for everyone who supports the project today, you get a free bonus book with one of Denise Gaskins’s best-loved playful math activities for all ages: “How Crazy Can You Make It?”

It’s Here! Math Journaling for All Ages

It’s finally here! 312 Things To Do with a Math Journal includes number play prompts, games, math art, story problems, mini-essays, geometry investigations, brainteasers, number patterns, research projects, and much more.

These activities work at any grade level, and most can be enjoyed more than once. It doesn’t matter whether your students are homeschooled or in a classroom, distance-learning, or in person. Everyone can enjoy the experience of playing around with math.

Get It Now in Ebook or Paperback

Buy Ebooks Direct from the Publisher
(Our authors earn 50% more royalties when you eliminate the middleman.)

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And be sure to grab an Adventurous Student Journal or the printable Journaling Pages Bundle to make the writing fun!

Now Available for Preorder: 312 Things To Do with a Math Journal

Are you looking for new ways to help your children learn math?

In a math journal, children explore their own ideas about numbers, shapes, and patterns through drawing or writing in response to a question.

Journaling encourages students to develop a rich mathematical mindset. They begin to see connections and make sense of math concepts. They grow confident in their ability to think through new ideas.

All they need is a piece of paper, a pencil, and a good prompt to launch their mathematical journey.

312 Things To Do with a Math Journal by Denise Gaskins includes number play prompts, games, math art, story problems, mini-essays, geometry investigations, brainteasers, number patterns, research projects, and much more.

These activities work at any grade level, and most can be enjoyed more than once. It doesn’t matter whether your students are homeschooled or in a classroom, distance-learning, or in person. Everyone can enjoy the experience of playing around with math.

Coming March 14th in Ebook and Paperback

Buy Ebooks Direct from the Publisher
(Our authors earn 50% more royalties when you eliminate the middleman.)

Preorder From Your Favorite Online Store

And be sure to grab an Adventurous Student Journal or the printable Journaling Pages Bundle to make the writing fun!

Early Reviews from Our Journaling Beta-Testers

  • “We really enjoyed these!”
  • “I remember doing pages and pages of dull equations with no creativity or puzzle-thinking, but now as a homeschool mom, I’m actually enjoying math for the first time! My daughter’s math skills have skyrocketed and she always asks to start homeschool with math.”
  • “Thank you for a great intro to Playful Math!”
  • “All of the kids were excited about their journals. My oldest kept going without prompting and did several more pages on his own.”
  • “We had a lot of fun doing your math prompts. We had never done any math journaling before, but we will certainly integrate this into our weekly routine from now on.”

Pick up a copy of 312 Things To Do with a Math Journal and begin your family’s math journaling adventure today.

For More Information

Check out Denise’s The Creative Way To Help Your Kids Learn Math series on her Let’s Play Math blog.

Black Friday, Cyber Monday Discount

Are you’re looking for new math activities to play with your kids?

Math maven Denise Gaskins just added several new printable activity guides and discount bundles to our online store — including a huge variety of math journaling resources.

And for the next week or so, you can get 15% off anything in our store by using the coupon code TABLETOP15 at checkout.

Including:

But act fast! The discount code expires December 5th.

Playful Math Journaling: Preorder on Kickstarter

Are you looking for new ways to explore math with your kids?

Would you like an easy, no-prep resource for creative problem-solving, number play, math art, word problems, mini-essays, math poetry, geometry investigations, research projects, and much more?

We just recently launched a Kickstarter project for people to preorder Denise Gaskins’s new book, 312 Things To Do with a Math Journal. It just might transform your child’s experience of math.

In a math journal, children explore their own ideas about numbers, shapes, and patterns through drawing or writing in response to a question. Journaling teaches them to see with mathematical eyes. Not just to remember what we adults tell them, but to create their own math.

Scroll down the Kickstarter project page to download the free 16-page printable “Math Journaling Sampler” file. It includes one of Denise’s all-time favorite math activities.

Give it a try and launch your family’s math journaling adventure today.

Have fun playing math with your kids!

Visit the Playful Math Journaling Kickstarter page

Lockdown Ebook Sale

Who would have guessed we’d still be under pandemic social restrictions after a year?

To help your family keep busy through the final (we hope!) lockdowns, Tabletop Academy Press is offering a 30% discount coupon on all ebooks and activity guides at our online store.

Enter STAYSAFE2021 at checkout. (Expires March 31, 2021.)

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Math Games for Middle School

It’s Here!!

Denise Gaskins’s newest book, Prealgebra & Geometry: Math Games for Middle School, hits the online bookstores today.

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Early-Reader Reviews

“The games are easy to put into practice (even for a mom of 4 with 2 toddlers) and something my daughter would participate in willingly or even enjoy (which is saying a lot for a teen who doesn’t always appreciate a challenge). Clever, helpful, and creative in ways I’d never come up with.”

—Casey Baldwin, homeschooling parent

“The directions are clear, it is easy for parents to pick up and use, yet it gets to the heart of mathematical thinking in a fun, engaging way.”

—Casey Maupin, homeschooling parent

“I love everything about this book – seriously! I feel challenged and encouraged to improve my teaching methods, as well as my own understanding of math concepts. If I could go back in time, I would play a lot more games and spend a lot more time on the understanding and why behind math than on workbooks.”

—Carla Roesler, homeschooling parent

What’s in the Book?

Prepare students for high school math by playing with positive and negative integers, number properties, mixed operations, algebraic functions, coordinate geometry, and more. Prealgebra & Geometry features 41 kid-tested games, offering a variety of challenges for students in 4–9th grades and beyond.

A true understanding of mathematics requires more than the ability to memorize procedures. This 250-page book helps your children learn to think mathematically, giving them a strong foundation for future learning.

Chapters include:

  • Number Properties: Master factors, multiples, prime numbers, and logical deduction.
  • Integers: Explore the workings of positive and negative numbers.
  • Operations and Functions: Stretch your mental muscles with games that require algebraic thinking.
  • Geometry: Play around with area, perimeter, coordinate graphing, and more.

And don’t worry if you’ve forgotten all the math you learned in school. Denise included plenty of definitions and explanations throughout the book. It’s like having a painless math refresher course as you play!

Math You Can Play

Prealgebra & Geometry is the final book in our Math You Can Play series, which features plenty of great games to play with students from preschool to middle school. And beyond — even adults can enjoy the games in these books.

Learn More about Math You Can Play

Math games pump up mental muscle, reduce the fear of failure, and generate a positive attitude toward mathematics. Through playful interaction, games strengthen a child’s intuitive understanding of numbers and build problem-solving strategies. Mastering a math game can be hard work, but kids do it willingly because it is fun.

So what are you waiting for? Clear off a table, grab a deck of cards, and let’s play some math!