Here are a few selections for young children from the "Fun for Kids" section in the Recreations category of the Resource Types area of the Forum Internet Mathematics
Library, where you'll find a more complete, annotated list.
Internet Mathematics Library:
- Dragonfly Web Pages
- Dragonfly is an inquiry-driven magazine published bimonthly during the school
year, inspiring children to join with their peers and with scientists in national and
international investigations. Dragonfly also publishes poetry, autobiographies,
natural history essays, humor, artwork, and other creative expressions by
children and by scientists. Such interdisciplinary explorations as Small and Tall
(watch Danielle grow from 5 to 17 in 5 seconds) link math and science in ways
children will enjoy.
- Math Cats - Wendy Petti
- A site for children that promotes open-ended and playful explorations of important
math concepts. Start with the magic chalkboard, then enter Math Cats MicroWorlds
(interactive projects); explore the world of polygons, polyhedra, large numbers,
magic squares, lissajous, and more; view and submit artwork for the Math Cats
art gallery; or enter the Math Cats' Attic (an archive of past questions and answers
from the magic chalkboard). Children are invited to e-mail the site drawings,
story problems, questions, or ideas.
- The Counting Game - Chris Malumphy
- A game for children starting to count, showing a number of objects and asking
you to click on the correct number button. A thermometer graphic tells you when
you have correctly answered ten questions.
- Thinking Fountain Shape Cluster - Science Museum of Minnesota
- Activities, images, and experiments relating science, math, and language arts.
The shapes and math cluster features shape walk, I C shapes (finding circles,
squares, and triangles in everyday objects), soap bubble geometry, pyramids and
cubes (building straw structures), and tans (tangrams). Other clusters include
tropical rainforests, students as designers, and air.
- To see all recreational elementary sites, simply press the SEARCH button.
Looking for something specific? Type in a keyword and press the SEARCH button.
Museums and Field Trips
Here are a few field trips that might interest you if you like math.
There are much longer lists of sites with descriptions in the
Field Trips categories
in the Resource Types area of the Forum Internet Mathematics Library.
- The Exploratorium
- Home page of San Francisco's museum of science, art and human perception.
Online exhibits, cool sites, archives, sport and science, and the digital library
(the Exploratorium A-to-Z).
- Franklin Institute Science Museum
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- The online entry point for the Philadelphia science museum, featuring in-depth
multimedia virtual exhibits and explorations, resources for teachers, and guides
to the real-life museum and its programs.
- Symmetry and Pattern: The Art of Oriental Carpets
- In this online exhibit, the study of symmetry is used to analyze patterns in
Oriental carpets. A joint venture of the National Textile Museum and the Math Forum.
- Smithsonian Institution
- An independent trust instrumentality of the United States holding some 140 million
artifacts and specimens in its trust for "the increase and diffusion of knowledge," and
a center for research dedicated to public education, national service, and scholarship
in the arts, sciences, and history.