Math + Play = Joy & Beauty 

Below is a growing collection of math to play with. 

The above playlist is a series of short animated films created for the National Film Board of Canada:

  • Notes on a Triangle (1966), Rene Jodoin
  • Dance Squared (1961), Rene Jodoin
  • Perspectrum (1972), Ishu Patel
  • Lines Vertical (1960), Norman McLaren & Evelyn Lambart
  • Lines Horizontal (1962), Norman McLaren & Evelyn Lambart

In this math-rich 5 part series, legendary animator Norman McLaren & Grant Munro explore the basic principles of animation. 

Five Principles of Extraordinary Math Teaching

by Dan Finkel from Math 4 Love

"Mathematics is not about following rules, it's about playing—and exploring, fighting, looking for clues, and sometimes breaking things. Einstein called play the highest form of research. A math teacher who lets their students play with math gives them the gift of ownership. Playing with math can feel like running through the woods when you were a kid. And even if you were on a path, it felt like it belonged to you... if you want to know how to nurture the mathematical instincts of your [students], play is the answer. What books are to reading, play is to mathematics.

[A class] filled with blocks and puzzles and games and play is a [class] mathematical thinking can flourish. I believe we have the power to help mathematical thinking flourish everywhere. We can't afford to misuse math to create passive rule-followers. Math has the potential to be our greatest asset in teaching the next generation to meet the future with courage, curiosity, and creativity. And if students get a chance to expereince the beauty and power of authentic mathematical thinking, maybe it won't sound so strange when they say, 'Math? I actually love math.'"


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