# Fairy Tales and Math

09/06/2014, 10:48

The advantage and popularity of fairy tales is that they can explain difficult things to children.

For this reason, the formation of mathematical image by means of a fairy tale is an effective and widespread method of training.

We will see how the link between mathematics and literature can be used in practice.

Read and tell fairy tales with heroes from the country of numbers. You can buy your child a book where real mathematical adventures are described. Mathematical characters, fractions, shapes, and many other things become clear and fascinating. Perhaps, thanks to such books, an unprecedented interest in mathematics will arise in your child. You can also make up a mathematical fairy tale, explaining a difficult subject. For example, if addition and subtraction with zero troubles him, you can tell a story about a magic city where a Zero and other numbers lived, but as soon as Zero got on Addition or Subtraction Street or, it became invisible. The subject of even and odd numbers can be presented in a townscape where the even numbers live on one side, and odd numbers live on the other. And if the even numbers always walked in couples, the odd ones didn't like to be friendly or to share with others, didn't love guests, and always kept one by one.

Turn the usual fairy tale into a mathematical exercise. In many fairy tales, the mathematical beginning lies on the surface ("Three pigs", "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs", etc.). But you can add more numbers to the fairy tale. It can be the age of the heroes, the quantity of the mentioned subjects, etc. Ask the child questions about the quantity. It will be a fine training of attentiveness (the child needs to allocate numerical information from the text) and a memory development exercise.

Fairy tales-math problems. Use the love of your child’s fairy tale and animated film heroes and think of problems with their participation. The child will solve these fantastic math problems with pleasure.

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