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A printable eBook set of ten mathematical paper toys that amuse and delight. Impossible? Improbable you say? Wait and see!

The Toymaker's Mysterious Math Carnival

When I was in first grade, my first math workbook had color pictures of cowboys, candy, puppies and toys. I decided that this arithmetic thing was very cool and I couldn't wait for more. The next math book didn't have pictures at all and I remember feeling pretty much cheated. In second grade I got in trouble for illuminating the margins of my math homework. My love affair with numbers waned after that. 

My first Kickstarter project is to design a way to make learning and reviewing math actually interesting, beautiful and colorful. If I can help even one kid get better at multiplication or discover something new, then I'll be a happy Toymaker.

The Toymaker's Mysterious Math Carnival will be a printable PDF eBook of ten printable paper toys designed to make learning and reviewing simple math a delight. The addition, subtraction, multiplication tables, division and fractions games will reinforce basic skills in a fun and entertaining way. 

Here is a rough list of toy ideas. I can't wait to get started designing these! 

Goal = Ten amusing paper toys that reinforce basic math facts, addition, subtraction multiplication, division and fractions.

1. A full set of multi-pies 1 through 12. (Right now what I have on my website only goes up to 6) These flash cards fold up into triangles. Cover the answer with your thumb and work your way around. = Multiplication and Division

2. A super simple number sorting game match the word three with the picture of three apples and the numeral 3. = Basic numeracy

3. A “shooting gallery” game where you blow over funny monster targets with a straw. Then add up the points. = Addition and possibly fractions

4. A memory concentration game where you have match up a card 9 -3 with a card  that says six. - = Subtraction

5. A “Feed the Carnival Animals” game where you have to put together plates of animal chow. ½, ¾ 5/6, etc. Fractions

6. A numbered fish game using a paper clip hook string and stick fishing pole. Addition and possibly subtraction Your “catch” might be a surprise. Be careful! Some of the fish will be stinky and cause the player to lose points.

7. A bowling arcade game with marbles. Addition and Subtraction.

8. A “Fortune Teller” guess the next number, skip counter game. Can you guess the next number that will appear in the crystal ball? 3,6,9,12,? Skip Counting

9. A Division game = A side show game.

10. A Multiplication Ferris wheel or possibly a bareback rider Fraction game.

Rewards

A special note from the Toymaker...

I will be offering signed 8.5 x 11 laser jet prints suitable for framing as rewards. You pick which one that you would like. 

Once the project funds I will be able to dedicate the time to finish the toys and convert them to printable PDF files. Part of the money will go to pay taxes, pay for editing and fund the gifts. 

Thank you for your support of my big idea. My goal is to help grownups and kids spend time together making things. It is my wish to amuse and delight,

My Dream Team

Dr. Marcia S. Popp is helping me as curriculum advisor. She is the author of three college level textbooks on elementary teaching methods and a master teacher.

Ronn Waters is also advising me on content. Besides being an amazing elementary school teacher with fifteen years of experience and an educational technology specialist, he is a very fine husband.  

Thank you to Kevin MacLeod for the lovely piano music in the video. You can hear more of his work at http://incompetech.com/m/c/royalty-free/

--

"If one advances confidently 
in the direction of his dreams 
and endeavors to live the life 
which he has imagined 
he will meet with a success 
unexpected in common hours."

Henry David Thoreau 

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