Depending on your rank in the I.S.P., you might already know all about what to do when a Red Alert occurs. However, for some of our newer recruits, these Space Station moments might leave you frazzled. Have you been on board when the red lights flicker and Mission Control calls all Blasters to their stations? This is YOUR chance to shine, because the Intergalactic Space Station is under attack and needs your help!
Did you know that September happens to be Fall Hat Month? Fall Hat Month is observed each year to mark the shift from Summer to Fall, referring to the transition of straw hats worn by many to guard from the Summer sun to more Fall-appropriate hats. After all, what’s more Autumnal than a fun and festive top hat, right? Get in the spirit and make a fun, tasty treat with this neat family activity.
- Meltable White Chocolate
- Colored Icing (the kind in tubes works great for this–we used red)
- Large Marshmallows
- Round Crackers (we used Ritz)
- Wax Paper
- Assemble all of your supplies and prepare a cookie tray by covering it with wax paper.
- Melt the white chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl, stirring until smooth.
- Help your child dip a cracker in the melted chocolate, making sure to cover the entire top and sides in chocolate. Place onto cookie tray to cool.
- As chocolate is hardening, place a marshmallow in the middle of the cracker, forming the top hat. Repeat with as many crackers and marshmallows as you’d like.
- After the chocolate is fully cooled and hardened, gently pick up each top hat and pipe rings around the hat. Start with something simple, like three rings and a top on the hat, but feel free to improvise. You can do as many (or as few) as your child would like. Little hands may need help, so this may be a two person job, with one of you holding the top hat, while the other ices it.
- Ta-Da! Stand back and admire your work …then dig in!
Congratulations to Math Masters for leading the pack with 67,439 trophies! With achievements like that, this stellar set of Blasters must have all kinds of out-of-this-world stories to tell! They better look out though, because the Gold Starz aren’t too far behind with 54,018 trophies.
Are YOU part of a Crew? They’re a great, fun way to play with other Blasters and take on challenges as a team! There are two ways to become a member of a Crew: you can either join an existing crew, or start your own and invite fellow Blasters and BFFS to join.
This time of year for families with school aged kids can easily be described as something just short of chaotic. It’s the time of year where you need to prepare the kids to head back into the classroom while you figure out how to facilitate managing lunches, schedules and more! How will you handle it all in the fall? Let us know at the Math Blaster blog and check out our tips for preparing yourself and the kids for the new school year.
Here are our top tips for staying on top of the back to school season:
Pick up the supplies: Your kids will need new gear before hitting the classroom. From clothing or uniform items to classroom supplies and the like, make sure you have a list from the school outlining the necessities. After all, you won’t want to go overboard with the shopping if you have a strict budget to maintain.
Plan out the meals: The key to having healthy meals for each day and kid in your household for that matter is by preparing ahead of time. Cook and pack meals during the weekend. – separating them into container for each day of the week (if you go by this route, make sure not to let anything sit for too long to avoid spoiling).
Create a family schedule: Once the kids are back in school, you’re going to have to coordinate pick up and drop off times. While doing this, it might also be helpful to research extra curricular activities that they might be interested in. That way if they are stuck on campus later in the day, you can plan accordingly or figure out the most efficient way to get then to and from off-site events.
Sharpen their skills: Have them get back into the swing of things in regard to their education by challenging them to play learning games or complete free learning resources like worksheets or activities that will make learning fun, interactive, and most of all effective. Swing by MathBlaster.com to find ones that fit their interests.There are a ton of great finds waiting for you at our Cool Math page!
Our friends at JumpStart have some BIG news for you Blasters – they’re teaming up with the NFL to bring you an unprecedented and never-before-seen series of NFL RUSH games! Report back to Earth because its time to hit the field and Max wants to see if you are ready to be a HERO! Grab your mobile devices and download NFL RUSH GameDay Heroes! The latest mobile game from our friends at JumpStart is now available at the iTunes App and Google Play stores
Gear up to support your favorite NFL team before rallying for that gameday win! This exciting multiplayer game allows you to customize your very own football player before taking the field in a series of exciting and fast-paced mini games! Utilize strategy and game-changing power ups to push ahead as you race through round after round of competitive play.
What are you waiting for, cadet? Connect with your friends and play in real time for a chance to rack up points and become the ultimate gameday hero, securing your team the WIN!
Nature and the world around us are filled with all kinds of amazing phenomena. In fact, scientific study provides parents, researchers, and educators with a means by which your kids can learn to understand it. In the case of bats, has your curiosity for knowledge given you reason to wonder how bats communicate while in flight? Join your kids at the Math Blaster blog to learn more about Echolocation and its role in the happenings of the night sky in areas where bats are common.
What is Echolocation? According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, Echolocation in it’s simplest form is, “a physiological process for locating distant or invisible objects (as prey) by sound waves reflected back to the emitter (as a bat) from the objects.” This is especially useful to creatures like bats as their nocturnal lifestyle makes it important for them to be able to navigate the night sky. Through echolocation, they are able to locate prey and also estimate distance as they fly from “point a” to “point b.”
The sound of the echo reflections are emitted back to the bat’s ears to allow them to process basic spatial information without the use of their eyes and light. Isn’t that neat? Can you imagine flying blindly, depending completely on the use of echolocation to navigate through life? This natural phenomenon gives new meaning to that common saying, “blind as a bat!”
Some say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So there is no better time than those mornings before school to get your kids brains moving and ready for action. Invite your little ones to employ their math skills in the kitchen by helping gyou prepare breakfast. Between calculating quantities, measuring ingredients and more, math plays a vital role in cooking for a full household. Here’s a quick recipe to help get you started -
Kicking off the morning with a fruit-filled smoothie with energy generating ingredients and lean protein options can be a great way to start your day. In addition to your oatmeal, pancakes, cereal or other breakfast foods, try blending up this quick and easy smoothie recipe!
Strawberry Banana Smoothie (serves 2)
1 ripe banana
1 ½ cups frozen strawberries
3 tablespoons almond butter
¼ cup vanilla yogurt
2 cups soy milk
Have the kids calculate the amount of ingredients needed according to the number of people in your home and then have them measure them out accordingly before you blend them together. Its a delicious way of incorporating education into everyday routines! Best of all, this recipe was borrowed from JumpStart.com, so be sure to visit the site for more delicious smoothie and breakfast ideas!