Let’s Play Math is charming, intelligent, and practical; full of family fun and sound advice.”

—Ian Stewart, author of Professor Stewart’s Casebook of Mathematical Mysteries

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How Families Can Learn Math Together — and Enjoy It


Let’s Play Math offers a practical, activity-filled exploration of what it means to learn math as a family.

A mixture of low-prep game or project ideas and inspirational coffee-chat advice from a veteran homeschooling mother of five.

Bestselling author Denise Gaskins provides helpful tips for all families with children from preschool or high school, whether they are homeschooling, unschooling, or attending a traditional classroom.

Even if you struggled with math in school, you can help your kids practice mental math skills, master the basic facts, and ask the kind of questions that encourage deeper thought.

Sections include:

  • How to Understand Math: Introduce your children to the thrill of conquering a challenge. Build deep understanding by thinking, playing, and asking questions like a mathematician.
  • Playful Problem Solving: Awaken your children’s minds to the beauty and wonder of mathematics. Discover the social side of math, and learn games for players of all ages.
  • Math with Living Books: See how mathematical ideas ebb and flow through the centuries with this brief tour through history. Can your kids solve puzzles from China, India, or Ancient Egypt?
  • Let’s Get Practical: Fit math into your family’s daily life, help your children develop mental calculation skills, and find out what to try when your child struggles.
  • Resources and References: With so many library books and Internet sites, you’ll never run out of ways to play with math.

All parents and teachers have one thing in common: we want our children to understand and be able to use math. Your children will gain a strong foundation when you approach math as a family game, playing with ideas.

Don’t let your children suffer from the epidemic of math anxiety. Grab a copy of Let’s Play Math, and start enjoying math today.

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“With this approach I can teach my kids to think like mathematicians without worrying about leaving gaps … I can’t wait to take my children by the hand and head off to explore the wonderful world of maths.”

—Lucinda Leo, Navigating By Joy

Reviews of Let’s Play Math


“A beautiful book that explains the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of teaching math … well researched, well annotated, and includes loads of activities that you can try with kids K-12 at home … there were so many parts of this book that I highlighted that I really gave my Kindle a workout!”
—Jennifer Bardsley, Teaching My Baby To Read

“Denise has gathered up a treasure trove of living math resources for busy parents. If you’ve ever struggled to see how to make math come alive beyond your math curriculum (or if you’ve ever considered teaching math without a curriculum), you’ll want to check out this book.”
—Kate Snow, Kate’s Homeschool Math Help

“This is the math helper I wish I’d had years ago.”
—Anne White, author of Minds More Awake

Let’s Play Math could be the very introduction a young family needs as they contemplate the first few years of homeschooling. It could be a fantastic book for a family with a child that’s struggling (in homeschool or otherwise) with math. This book would be perfect for a parent who has always struggled with inadequacies in math or for someone like me, who always did just fine in math but never understood the claims of math’s beauty or fascination. I find myself excited to explore some of the resources the author has gathered together for my own growth and new challenges.”
—Kansas Mom, Our Home on the Range

“I cannot recommend Denise’s book highly enough. It is jam-packed with ideas and they are presented in an easy to follow way. You don’t feel overwhelmed at all, and you will have TONS of ideas for games, many of which you only need a deck of cards or a printer. Great bang for your buck.”
—Caitlin Fitzpatrick Curley, author of My Little Poppies

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2 thoughts on “Let’s Play Math

  1. Just heard about Lets Play Math. My question is; Where can I actually see what is in a book, before buying something blind. Have 12-year-old who struggles with all math. How am I to know what book would be best for her. Are the books available in bookstores? Thank you.

    1. Hi, Barbara,

      Thank you for asking! Yes, my books are available in all the major online bookstores. Many of those bookstores offer a preview of the book.

      You can also go to our online store and download a pdf preview if you like. Here is the link for Let’s Play Math. Just click the “Preview” option at the top right-hand corner of the book cover: https://payhip.com/b/uoGv

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