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Every day we do a short 10 minute math warm-up before diving into our math lessons. Spending a few minutes solving a brain teaser or logic puzzle helps warm-up our brains and gets us ready for the lesson. I think of it like warming up before exercising.

## 10 Minute Math Warm-Ups

**Math warm-ups can help students:**

- Develop a deeper understanding of number sense
- Strengthen math operation skills – addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division
- Develop a growth mindset by trying various solutions
- Strengthen understanding of numbers and operations by explaining their strategy

Psychology Today says “The thinking involved in solving puzzles can thus be characterized as a blend of imaginative association and memory.” **A mix of imagination and memory sounds like a great way to homeschool!** Actually, it sounds like exactly how I want to run my homeschool.

I like to rotate among a few different math warm-up activities so that it doesn’t get boring. This warm-up time is meant to be fun and engaging. There is no stress to solve the puzzle quickly, but it usually only takes a few minutes.

### Favorite Math Warm-ups

These are the math warm-ups that I am currently using with my third and sixth grader.

This game lives in my co-op bag because it is small and easy to pull out to play when we have a few minutes to spare. Each box contains 48 double-sided cards so there are 96 problems to solve. Every card contains 4 numbers. **The player needs to add, subtract, multiply, or divide the digits to arrive at the number 24.** This game is great for roughly 3rd grade and up. There are three levels of difficulty in this pack and there is a double-digit version for older kids.

We do one page of this book at a time. The top of the page has a scale or two. For example, the balanced scale might show a circle and triangle on one side and a triangle on the other. **The kids need to choose 3 equations that are true, based on the scale.** This has been an excellent math warm-up for paying attention to details and verbalizing theories. It also lends itself to thinking about equations algebraically.

Math triangles are a great way to play with numbers. **The goal is to make each of the three sides equal the same number.** This math warm-up is great for thinking about the relationship for numbers. Trying to make the sides equal isn’t as easy as it seems. There are two levels so I will put out the harder version once the easier version is mastered.

This puzzle book contains a variety of brain teasers. There are mazes, math problems, and logic problems. The math warm-ups in this book help practice geometry, number sense, and time in short fun problems. We do just one page a day.

I also try to read a math story each week. Math picture books provide a way to explore a variety of math topics in a stress-free way. Kids can see how characters solve real world math problems.

What are your favorite math warm-ups? I am always looking for new ideas!

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