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# Summer Break is Almost Here, Palo Alto! Keep Math on the Brain with “Times Attack!”

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Spring is here and school is almost over! Looking for a way to keep your child engaged with math over the summer break? Here’s a quick run-down of our new multiplication math game: Times Attack!

Here at Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park, kids love playing Times Attack! This math game is fun and easy to play anywhere—all you need is a deck of cards! Whether it’s to strengthen your child’s multiplication skills or to just make math more fun, this game is sure to help with both!

Here are the simple instructions:

## How to Play “Times Attack” Multiplication Game:

1. Take out all face-cards from a deck of cards. Aces can count as ones!
2. Put the entire deck face down on the table, and then each player (2-3 people) takes two cards from the deck.
3. Each player multiplies the two cards together. Whoever has the highest product wins, and can take everyone else’s cards!
4. Compete until you run out of cards. The person with the most cards wins the game!
5. In case of a tie, each player turns takes two more cards and finds the product. The player with the higher product takes all the cards from both plays.

I think the best part of Times Attack is its simplicity—it’s an easy-to-learn game and can be played wherever and whenever you want! For younger kids, you can easily mold the game for addition as well; just add the two cards together to find the sum!

~ Mathin’ Catherine 5/2013

# Milkshakes & Math Games at Palo Alto’s Peninsula Creamery!

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We all know and love the famously delicious milkshakes at Peninsula Creamery in Palo Alto. It not only serves great shakes, but is also a great family-friendly place to bring your children! Here at Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park we encourage kids to do math in real-world settings, and what better time to do some math than when enjoying a milkshake? Here is a fun way to incorporate division and multiplication into a fun math game for your 2nd – 5th grader for your next trip to Peninsula Creamery.

## Milkshake Math Game with Division & Multiplication:

One Peninsula Creamery milkshake costs \$5.25 for 20 ounces. Try dividing by the number of people at your table to see how many ounces of milkshake each person gets!

If your child is ready for some more difficult problems, try finding how much the milkshake costs per ounce! How much will each person have to chip in to pay for it? These kind of math questions help show the connection between math and the real world—math is everywhere!

Math games like this are fun to do and easy to play with your child at your favorite restaurant, whether it be Palo Alto’s Peninsula Creamery or otherwise!