Fun Metric Worksheets from Nancy B.

Nancy Balter is our math and science product developer here at Educational Insights. Not only is she brilliant in developing educational toys and games in her area of expertise, but she was also a teacher for 11 years! Today she has graciously shared with us some very helpful worksheets to help your kids learn their metric system.

A word from Nancy:
These two fun worksheets help students to learn the Metric System. The 2-page Optical Illusions worksheet has students using a ruler to practice measuring in metric (using centimeters and millimeters). Kids love optical illusions so it’s fun to do. The Cinderella worksheet has kids converting between metric units. (BTW: the answer to the riddle ‘Why did Cinderella get thrown off the baseball team?’ is: Because she ran away from the ball!) Both worksheets list the skill used on the bottom left corner of the page.

We hope you enjoy them!


Bridge the Gap: Fun Summer Math Ideas

Hi, I’m Nancy Balter. I am the math and science product developer here at Educational Insights. I was a math and science teacher for 11 years, and I’m also the mother of two young children.

Unfortunately, research suggests that kids lose up to two and a half months worth of math skills over the summer. This is probably because math doesn’t slip as easy into summer activities as, say, reading or science exploration. So, we have some ideas for what you can do to help with this problem and even perhaps give your kids a leg up in math over the summer.

1) One thing that you could do is make homemade flashcards. For younger kids, you could make flashcards with say, two circles and the numeral two, so that kids can learn the numbers. For older kids, you can have them work on their addition, their subtraction, their multiplication, and their division.

At Educational Insights, we’ve taken flashcards one step further—after all this is summer and it should be fun—so we have a set of interactive flashcards that actually provide your children with feedback as they work their way through the flashcards.

For the younger kids, we have Ace the talking, teaching dog, and now we also have a cat! The kids use them with the flashcards. They use the pen, they select the answer, they touch it to the dot, and it gives them feedback with flashing lights and interactive phrases to let them know if they’re right or wrong. For older kids, we also have a Hot Dots pen that looks like this. We have interactive flashcards, for example, in addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and kids can even work on word problems. We have a word problem card sets as well.

2) Our electronic games are also a great way to practice key math skills over the summer. For example, Math Slam is great way to practice addition and subtraction. Math Shark you can use to practice addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, decimals, fractions, and percentages. These are a great way to pass the time in the car, on long road trips, and on airplane flights.

3) Games are another a great way to slip math practice into your summer routine. Lots of parents just make up their own. For example, you can grab a ruler and measure things around the house or at the park. I used to have my students actually measure their bedroom and their bed and their desk and then actually create a bedroom blue print. For younger kids, you can trace your foot or trace their foot and then cut it out and measure things by feet.

Of course, Educational Insights has a measurement game. We also have math games focused on fractions and this year we even have a cool Rockin’ Math game which is focused on a variety of key third grade math skills.

I hope you’ve been inspired by these summer math activities, if you have a great idea for a way to practice math with your kids over the summer, I would love to hear about it. You can shoot me an email at

July 18th, 2012 Deal of the Day

Hi, I’m Nancy and today’s Deal of the Day is Check Math. Today is Wednesday July 18th and for 24 hours only you can get Check Math normally at $19.99 for $12.99.

Let me tell you what’s great about Check Math. This is a game about teaching factors and multiples. It’s like Checkers, except that you need to learn your factors and multiples.
To play, you line up the game board like this. For example, orange lines up from 1 to 10 over here and green lines up from 91 to 100 here. When it’s your turn, you can move one checker forward one row, but they can only go on multiples of their number. So, if I want to move the 2 forward, I can put the 2 on space 12 or space 14 because 2 divides evenly into 12 and 14, but I cannot put the 2 on space 13. So if I wanted, I could put the piece here. Then it would be green’s turn and maybe green would move it’s 5. 5 could go on to the 85 because it’s a multiple of 5, or I could move 5 over on to 90.

So here’s where the strategy in Check Math gets interesting. On the board here, we’ve been playing along. I have my 6 on space 54, and orange has it’s 2 on space 34. It’s orange’s turn and orange moves it’s piece onto space 42, because again, 42 is a multiple of 2. But, Orange should not have moved there because 6, which is right here, is also a factor of 42. So 6, the green, can go ahead and capture that 2.

If you manage to move your piece all the way to the end of the board, so imagine this six got all the way to the end of the board right here, then you can crown your piece by turning it over. The piece is allowed to move backwards as well as forward once it’s been crowned.

So that’s Check Math! This deal ends today Wednesday July 18th at midnight.

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