More Math! Resources

For those of you who can’t wait until the next National Math Festival, we invite you to explore the wonder and beauty of math with these puzzles, games, books, videos, and other mathy treats. Resources are categorized by age level and updated monthly!

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3Blue1Brown

The very popular YouTube channel 3Blue1Brown, by Grant Sanderson, is a combination of math and…

52 Master Pieces

An armchair treasure hunt puzzle website overflowing with classic and original brainteasers, games, ciphers, puzzles,…

A Dozen Hat Problems

In each of these problems, hats of specified colors are placed on players’ heads. Each…

Adalogical AEnigmas

From The Guardian‘s Alex Bellos: Try your hand at these logic puzzles inspired by Ada Lovelace…

Bedtime Math App & Books

In the spirit of making math as beloved as the bedtime story, Bedtime Math founder…

Bees & Bombs: Animated Math Art

Theoretical physicist-turned-mathematical artist Dave Whyte is known on Twitter and Tumblr as @beesandbombs. Get inspired to…

Brilliant: Math & Science Courses

Brilliant teaches learn math and science concepts through interactive, problem-solving based courses for both desktop…

Chevron STEM Zone

Lots of great PDF resources that can change the way you play sports or enjoy…

Contest: Biographies of Contemporary Women in Mathematics

Each year, the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) sponsors an essay contest that is…

Counting from Infinity: Yitang Zhang and the Twin Prime Conjecture

In April 2013, a lecturer at the University of New Hampshire submitted a paper to…

Dots & Boxes

Two players take turns drawing lines to connect dots, and whoever closes a square gets…

Easy Origami

This low-cost book (under $5) is a great way to start learning origami skills! Try 32…

Estimation 180

Teacher Andrew Statel has created these visual exercises to help his students build their number…

Euclidea Geometric Constructions

This free mobile app and website bills itself as “The Largest Collection of Interactive Geometric…

expii solve

Solve is a weekly set of five thought-provoking and interactive math challenges produced by the…

Featured Short Films from Sloan Science & Film

Sloan Science & Film is an online publication presented by Museum of the Moving Image, and…

Find Your Pi Day

To celebrate Pi Day, Wolfram Alpha created this generator – enter your birth date, or any…

Games and Activities to Promote Early Math Learning

Parents can give pre-K children a boost in learning mathematics by noticing, exploring and talking…

Gracie and Friends Early Math Apps

2017 Festival presenter First 8 Studios™ at WGBH creates free Gracie and Friends series of mobile apps with…

Happy Folding: Origami Resources

For over 10 years, Sara Adams has been creating video and photo tutorials for origami…

Hidden Figures

Before John Glenn orbited the earth, or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group…

How to Find Good Math Storybooks and Read Them with Your Children

Early childhood mathematics researcher Dr. Herbert Ginsburg (Columbia University) presented this talk at the 2017 National Math…

How to Make Tessellations

This easy guide for elementary school students teaches how to design your own tessellation patterns using…

How to Solve a Rubik’s Cube

This Think Maths guide to solving a Rubik’s Cube will take you through a simple…

Imbalance Problems

These puzzles are made of squares, triangles, and circles suspended by bars and wires from a…

International Mathematics of Planet Earth (MPE) Competition

How can mathematics be useful in explaining things happening on a global scale? From biodiversity…

John Edmark’s Mathematical Sculptures

John Edmark is a mathematical artist who creates sculptures that seem to move and “bloom”…

Large Birds, Hungry Tigers, and Other Logic Puzzles

Raymond M. Smullyan, a mathematician, often met people who said they hated math, and yet…

Lathisms (Latin@s and Hispanics in Mathematical Sciences)

Lathisms highlights the wide spectrum of research and mentoring contributions of Latin@s and Hispanics in…

Make Your Own Snowflakes

Snowflakes are fun decorations for homes and classrooms. Many people like to make their own…

Manual of Mathematical Magic

Mathematics and magic may seem a strange combination, but many of the most powerful magical…

Match the Women Mathematicians

The Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) created this game – can you match these…

Math and Logic Puzzles by Martin Gardner

Martin Gardner (1914-2010) was an American popular mathematics and science writer, who shared his love…

Math Book Magic

Kelly Darke, a writer, teacher, mother, lover of mathematics, writes this blog about math picture…

Math for Love Games

You may have tried these games with Math for Love at the 2017 National Math Festival, but…

MathDice Daily Challenge

This mentally challenging and fun online dice game by ThinkFun helps players sharpen math skills…

Mathematical Association of America (MAA) Resources

The Mathematical Association of America (MAA) is the world’s largest community of mathematicians, students, and enthusiasts. MAA…

Mathematical Balloon Twisting

This booklet created by Vi Hart for the Celebration of Mind festival is for anyone…

Mathematical Imagery

The connection between mathematics and art goes back thousands of years. Mathematicians and artists continue…

Mathematically Gifted and Black

This site by four young, gifted, and black mathematicians was created to share the accomplishments…

MathFeed News App (iOS and Twitter)

Mathematician and educator Francis Su (Harvey Mudd College) created the free MathFeed News App to bring…

Mathworks Math Modeling (M3) Challenge

Mathworks Math Modeling (M3) Challenge is a mathematical modeling contest for U.S. high school juniors and…

MIT Mystery Hunt

The MIT Mystery Hunt is a puzzlehunt competition that takes place on the MIT campus…

Musings of a Mathematical Mom

Alexandra Fradkin blogs about the educational adventures she has with her daughters and her students…

NASA’s Modern Figures

The blockbuster film Hidden Figures, based on the book by Margot Lee Shetterly, focuses on the stories…

National Association of Math Circles

Math Circles bring K-12 students together to explore mathematical ideas, facilitated by professional mathematicians. Activities…

Natural Math Activity Sparks

Natural Math has made these one-page activity guides for parents and kids to try activities that…

Natural Math Books

2017 Festival presenter Natural Math offers several books that engage kids in math exploration, including Moebius Noodles, Socks Are…

Navajo Math Circles

This inspiring documentary film by Zala Films, airing on PBS starting in September 2016, is…

Numberphile

Numberphile is YouTube’s most popular informal mathematics channel, with over 2.5 million subscribers. These conversations with…

Numberplay

This New York Times column by Gary Antonick and friends shared weekly math challenges on topics from…

Origami and Math

How do origami and math relate to each other? Start by unfolding an origami model…

Patterns of the Universe: A Coloring Adventure in Math and Beauty

Alex Bellos and Edmund Harriss have created a unique coloring and activity book showcasing the…

PBS Infinite Series

Mathematicians Tai-Danae Bradley and Kelsey Houston-Edwards and physicist Gabe Perez-Giz offer ambitious content for viewers that are…

PBS Kids Math Activities & Games

PBS Kids offers ideas for fun and simple math activities that adults and kids can…

Personal Polynomial

The Mathematical Sciences Research Institute and the Global Math Project invite you to get your…

Pixel Spreadsheet

When you take a digital photo, your camera measures the amount of red, green and…

Powers of Ten

This classic video created by Charles and Ray Eames takes us on an adventure in…

Print & Play Resources

These projects can be printed at home and assembled to create mathematical objects! All About…

Programming for the Puzzled

This book (under $25) and free MIT OpenCourseware video lecture series by Dr. Srini Devadas…

Project Euler

Project Euler is a series of challenging mathematical/computer programming problems that will require more than…

Puzzle Making Workshop Materials from Scott Kim

At the 2017 Festival, Scott Kim hosted a hands-on workshop showing kids of all ages (that includes…

SciStarter

SciStarter is the place to find, join, and contribute to science through more than 1,600…

Sesame Street Math is Everywhere

Look around: Exciting math opportunities abound! Sesame Street Math Is Everywhere aims to help parents,…

Six Bricks, from the LEGO Foundation

If you know children who love to play with building blocks, check out the LEGO…

Solvemoji

Solvemoji puzzles are inspired by emoji characters, using multiple pictures to represent groups of numbers….

Tadashi’s Toys

Professor Tadashi Tokieda loves to share his toys: in this case, objects you can often…

Tessellations.org

Tessellations are symmetrical designs which can fit together in repetitive patterns like simple jigsaw puzzles. These fill…

The Connectory Portal

Spark your child’s curiosity: connect to a STEM opportunity for your child. The Connectory is…

The KnotPlot Site

Here you will find a collection of knots and links to explore, viewed from a…

The Math Inside the U.S. Highway System

Have you ever thought about why certain numbers are assigned to certain highway systems when…

The Mathematics of Juggling

Juggling has advanced enormously in recent decades, thanks in part to the mathematical study of…

The Parable of the Polygons

This game, created by Vi Hart and Nicky Case, is a simulation that shows how…

The Scale of the Universe

Zoom from the edge of the universe to the quantum foam of spacetime and learn…

ThinkFun Games

ThinkFun specializes in games that offer both fun and STEM development to engage kids and families in…

Varsity Math

Varsity Math is the weekly math puzzle column by the National Museum of Mathematics featured…

Vi Hart: Doodling in Math

Recreational mathematics and inspirational videos by Vi Hart, hosted by the free Khan Academy. [button…

Visual Patterns

Click on any pattern to see a larger image and the answer to step 43….

Volumes: the MoMath Book Club

Love mathematics and books? This reading group (which meets in New York City at the…

What’s the Difference between Mathematics and Statistics?

“Statistics has a sort of funny and peculiar relationship with mathematics. In a lot of…

Why Do Math

Mathematical and computational analyses have proved to be uniquely insightful for solving problems in science,…

Wild Maths

Mathematics is a creative subject, involving spotting patterns, making connections, finding new ways of looking…