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Undercover calculation

Seven fun ways to work math into your kids' everyday routine.

By Rob Baedeker

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Seize the math moment

Have you ever snuck vegetables into your kids' meal? Toss some greens into the blender, and presto! They never even knew they ate a quarter pound of kale in your (wink, wink) "cheese and meat" lasagna.

Take a similar stealth approach with math, which all too often — like those poor maligned veggies — gets a bad rap. Whether you're at the grocery store or a ball game, filling up at a gas station, or at home, numbers and math puzzlers are everywhere. So seize the math moment with these seven simple and amusing ways to sneak numbers into your children's educational diet. (They'll be having so much fun, they won't even know it's good for them.)

Rob Baedeker is a writer living in Berkeley, Calif. He is the coauthor, with the Kasper Hauser comedy group, of SkyMaul: Weddings of the Times and Obama's BlackBerry.

Comments from readers

"I play Uno quite a bit with my 5 year-old which has been an excellent way to help her learn to read numbers by matching the symbols on the card."