Scientist/Mathematician Activities & Resources: Ages 8-10

Feb 01, 2013



Parents and daughter (8-10) shopping in supermarket, girl standing on trolley

Feb 01, 2013


Many traditional ways of teaching and learning are easily accessed by the Scientist/Mathematician child.  Even so, you can extend what your child is doing at school, and support your child to branch into less favored areas with these activities & resources.

  • Shopping savvy:  Make shopping a math puzzle by asking your child to find groceries on your list that will amount to $15 or $20.  Let your child ring them up and see how close to her target they were.
  • Coupon clipping:  Have your child find coupons for items you typically buy, but not the brand you get.  Have her compare: which is less expensive—the item with the coupon or your typical brand?  Have them calculate your savings over a number of different items.  How much money will you save through her calculations?
  • How much in the cart: Have your child estimate how much the items in your cart will cost.  Use rounding to work with manageable numbers.  With your child, graph your weekly costs over a month.  Or chart the costs of healthy foods and unhealthy foods.  Which are you paying more for? What trends do you see?   On average, how much are you paying for each kind?
  • Make spelling more fun:  Use Scrabble® tiles to put together spelling words.  Add up the points each word is worth.  
  • While math is often relatively easy for your Mathematician/Scientist, you can foster their learning by emphasizing the logic behind the math, as opposed to having them simply memorize formulas.
  • Introduce your child to puzzles and games, such as crosswords or Sudoku or anagrams.
  • Enhance her interest in art through patterning activities or paint-by-number types of experiences.
  • Online resources:
  • Let your child explore her interest with Scholastic Study Jams, which incorporate multimedia tools to extend and enhance interest around topics of math and science:  Click on “see all topics” under both math and science to get topic heading, which will then have a wealth of subtopics to choose from.  Awesome!
  • Another great site to let your child explore on her own is the Lawrence Hall of Science kids site.  Scroll down, click around, and be amazed!
  • Have fun with these brainteasers and logic riddles:  and
  • If your child is interested in animals, check this out! Not only can you easily research any number of different animals, your child can actually contribute to the database of knowledge!
  • Check out these cool science experiments!
  • Your science lover may also like the experiments and ideas on Science Bob:
  • Kinetic City:  A great collection of science experiments, activities, games, etc.
  • Mathematician/Scientists often think mathematically, even when they are not doing formal math. Apply these skills to engineering activities!
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