"One, two, buckle my shoe..." If only Mathematical concept could be this much fun! We know what it's like to have sleepless nights before a Maths exam. While we can't stop evil-looking fractions from haunting your kids' dreams, here are three ways to have fun with Maths. If your child loves the subject, use these tricks to join in on the fun. If he hates it, use them to kill some of the fear. Either way, let us know what the experience was like in the comments section. And share any other cool tricks you may have picked up along the way.
After learning this, 11 will be your kid's favourite number. Let your kid know that 11 times any two-digit number is the easiest math problem. How do you do it? Write the two digit number with a space in between them (4 __ 5). Add them up. (4+5=9). Now, place the answer that you got in the blank (495). And, Voila! 11*45=495. But then, if the total is more than 9? Don't fret! Place the second digit of the sum in the blank and add the first numeral to the first digit of the two-digit number. Example: 11*89: 8 __ 9. 8+9=17. So now, you'll place seven in the blank and add one with eight. You'll get 979 which is the answer.
Turn your kid in to a 'Date Magician' in a matter of few calculative steps. Tell her that you will guess her best mate's age through magic. Make her write 0 to 31 in a column, and 0 to 12 in the next column and three years in a random manner in a third column-the year her mate was born in, the year before and the year after. Tell her to do all this without showing you the paper. Then, make her tick the number that her friend was born in and the ones before and after it. Same thing for the second and third column. Make her add up the total of the ticked numbers in each column. Then, tell her to tell you the sum that she has derived. Divide each sum by three and there you get the date, month and the year.
Five times the fun
Take any number in the world and you can multiply it by 5 in a blink. Divide the number by two and if the result is a whole number, add zero in the end. If not, simply discard the decimal. For instance, 1456*5: 1456/2=728. The answer will be 7280. Or then, 1251*5: 1251/2=625.5. The answer is 6255.