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### Math Study Help

Build Animal Piggy Banks!

Learn about coins and their value by making an animal piggy bank. Here's how to make a lion, pig, or sheep bank - or you can use your imagination to create others.

Play Subtraction "War"

"War" is one of those card games that can go on and on and on...and with a few creative twists, guess what? It can teach math skills for hours, too. Here's how.

The Game of Nim

Check out this simple version of a pairs game that's played all over the world. It's a great way to practice estimating and predicting mathematical outcomes.

Come to Collect

Find a deck of cards and get ready to practice your addition and subtraction. Battle for points by flipping over cards and finding their differences. Add up your total earnings to see who wins!

Close Call: An Addition Card Game

Give this fun addition game a try! Challenge your child to create sums as close to 100 as he can. This requires him to evaluate all possible sums, based on the numbers he is given. He'll learn common patterns in addition as he works out the best plays.

Pretty Patterns

This activity is a craft project and a math workshop all in one! Use found objects to encourage your child to imitate, extend, and create patterns.

Countries all around the world have been using the abacus for thousands of years to make math easier. Have your kid make his own abacus to practice arithmetic.

Measurement Scavenger Hunt

Give your second grader a chance to get his feet wet with measurement before he moves onto the more complicated stuff, by trying this activity with him at home.

Make a Maze with Drinking Straws!

Recycle old materials to create a fun, brain-teasing maze toy that also strengthens your child's math reasoning skills.

Learning about money and working with various monetary values is not only an important part of growing up for your child, but it's also a great way for her to hone her math skills. Try playing this game with your second grader the next time you've got some change lying around.

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