This is not a maths book: A Smart Art Activity Book

April 18, 2020

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Art and maths go hand-in-hand – you just hadn’t realised it!

Maths is possibly Tigger’s favourite subject at school. His logical brain loves working out sums and solving problems. Something he is happy to complete, however, when it comes to more creative subjects such as art he isn’t quite so keen to knuckle down and complete.

This is NOT a maths book

Enter a world of pattern, symmetry and shape and have a go at creating perfect circles and triangles, designing your own tessellations and making marvellous mandalas. Whether you’re a maths whizz or a dating doodler, this book is your graphic guide to smart art!

But remember – this is NOT a maths book!

Or is it?

What’s inside?

Fun drawing challenges with a mathematical basis. Amazing patterns with a mathematical essence will be revealed as you follow the simple activity instructions. Learn incredible maths facts as you draw beautiful designs. From simple geometric patterns to fascinating fractal art to awesome anamorphic art, and cool Celtic knots, discover the beauty in maths, and the maths in beauty. Left-brain and right-brain come together to create fantastic maths art!

Stationery toolbox

  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Colouring pencils – bring the artwork to life with a little colour
  • Protractor
  • Compass
  • Tape – ordinary sticky tape or washi tape
  • Graph paper – available at the back of the book
  • Plain paper – available at the back of the book
  • Tracing paper – or you could utilise a piece of plain paper
  • Scissors

About the author

Anna Weltman is an author and math teacher, with a passion for showing kids how math is present in the world all around us. She is co-founder of Math Munch, an online resource that provides a digest of mathematics for children and parents.

Our thoughts

Whilst this book is aimed at those not necessarily wanting to complete maths. We have been utilising it the other way around. An opportunity to showcase the merit of creative studies with a maths element to encourage Tigger. Plus it ticks two boxes in one on his homeschooling schedule so is finished for the day much quicker than before (always an added bonus for a nine-year-old!).

Each activity included within the book offered Tigger the opportunity to test his problem solving and logic skills, all whilst creating some beautiful artwork.

Packed full of different activities which will have children reaching for the colouring pencils, pencils and rulers.

Where can you buy This is NOT a maths book?

This is NOT a maths book paperback is available to buy from Amazon. With a second book, This is NOT another maths book also available to carry on the smart art fun (and learning).

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This is Not a Maths Book
  • Anthony Harrington April 18, 2020 at 8:16 am

    So far our little Grandson is enjoying all his subjects, he particularly loves Maths. I am sure as he gets older he will start to favour some subjects more than others.

  • Stacey April 18, 2020 at 10:32 am

    This looks great!

  • Ursula Hunt April 18, 2020 at 10:32 am

    I resort to the good old bribe method, if you learn you can play on the x box for an extra half hour for each half hour of learning, last resorts I am afraid

  • GooderDan April 18, 2020 at 10:43 am

    Rewards and incentives are a great method

  • Susie Wilkinson April 18, 2020 at 2:11 pm

    There are usually some elements of the subject that are more interesting, so concentrate on them to start the engagement, and then try to make the rest more fun through different ways of learning like singing, drawing, etc

  • Victoria Jardine April 18, 2020 at 6:54 pm

    My eldest loves reading but really struggles with maths. We do a lot of word maths problems, so that she can feel that she has achieved the reading even if she finds the maths harder. If all else fails we resort to bribery – but I figure that allowing her to spend a little longer reading at night wont do her any harm!

  • Solange April 18, 2020 at 7:00 pm

    Have a positive attitude toward school and learning.Take an interest in how your child is doing at school so he or she will believe that learning is important.

  • Vikki Bowker April 18, 2020 at 10:35 pm

    I find ‘flipped learning’ the best approach – so I let them choose the topic then I set themed tasks based on the outcome I want them to achieve.

  • Julia Kerr April 18, 2020 at 11:31 pm

    They know it can come in useful later in life, and I try to find a way to bring it to life more, like seeing a show, going to a museum, horrible history type books

  • Peter Watson April 19, 2020 at 5:30 pm

    I try to make it relevant to the child’s experience eg Paw Patrol.

  • ashleigh allan April 19, 2020 at 5:35 pm

    We try and make it into a game!

  • PAULINE HILL April 19, 2020 at 7:15 pm

    try to make light of the matter

  • Denise Wilden April 19, 2020 at 7:31 pm

    I try and make it a little more fun

  • Susan Willshee April 19, 2020 at 7:57 pm

    I absolutely love maths so luckily Daisy gets some of that from me. She does take some encouragement to get going with maths but once she starts, she is great. My bigger concern, rather than getting her enthusiastic, is to get her to accept that she really is good at maths. Her teacher at parents evening said that she got annoyed with herself because she got 2 multiplication questions wrong out of 30. He told he instead of feeling bad about that, remember that he would be thrilled if he could get that many right in the same timescale.

  • Eileen Hindley April 19, 2020 at 8:23 pm

    I always try to make learning things fun 🙂

  • Helen Tovell April 19, 2020 at 8:25 pm

    We try to make things as visual and as hands on as possible, we learn spellings using magnetic letters for example.

  • Fiona jk42 April 19, 2020 at 8:44 pm

    When my son was a child he did not enjoy reading. I bought him some graphic novels and scince fiction, both of which he enjoyed.

  • Marion April 19, 2020 at 9:46 pm

    There’s usually a way to disguise the learning by relating to something they’re interested in. Also guilty of the odd bribe.

  • ellie spider April 19, 2020 at 10:15 pm

    we play games – for maths we might play a target gaming with nerf guns – so to win you have to score a certain amount by hitting and adding up the targets

  • Rich Tyler April 19, 2020 at 10:36 pm

    By making it fun

  • Jodie Green April 19, 2020 at 10:59 pm

    We make it fun, turn it into a game, do crafts related to the subject where possible

  • YOLANDA DAVIS April 19, 2020 at 11:09 pm

    Good, old fashioned bribery usually works. My son is dyslexic so struggles with English, or anything that involves reading or writing. When he wants to give up I promise him a treat if he can just hang on in there a bit longer.

  • ADEINNE TONNER April 20, 2020 at 3:45 pm

    I try to make it fun and exciting for them so normally reward them at the end when they complete the task

  • Ellen Stafford April 20, 2020 at 4:30 pm

    I always try to make the subject more fun!

  • bex Allum April 20, 2020 at 6:15 pm

    This would be great for my daughter who is ‘not’ a lover of maths.

  • Naomi Smith April 20, 2020 at 9:32 pm

    Make it fun and have more breaks.

  • Claire Nutman April 26, 2020 at 11:05 am

    I try to make everything a bit of a game, put some fun into it….. Many thanks

  • A.E. ADKINS April 26, 2020 at 1:31 pm

    When disguises or bribery have been exhausted, they are offered the the choice; chores or shorter school work

  • Karen Radford April 28, 2020 at 5:45 pm

    I try and relate it to something they are interested in (e.g. use slices of pizza or cake to explain fractions)

  • lynn neal May 1, 2020 at 1:54 pm

    I try to distract my grandson with jokes or family stories that relate to what we are learning!

  • Rachel Craig May 1, 2020 at 6:34 pm

    If possible making the subject relevant to real life situations / circumstances / interests. ” Bringing the subject to life ” :- Arithmetic / Maths, can ask child to count toys, divide the number of toys for sharing with on a future play date / day, etc.

  • Jessica Low May 2, 2020 at 9:40 am

    I find getting involved and learning with them sometimes helps – setting a challenge for us to find the answer to together. Or creating a quiz so their competitiveness takes over and they want to know the answers.

  • Margaret Gallagher May 2, 2020 at 10:20 am

    Find a fun way to encourage their interest

  • lorraine May 3, 2020 at 4:28 pm

    Trickery and distraction!

  • Cathryn Crawshaw May 3, 2020 at 6:40 pm

    we like to use rewards incentives

  • kim neville May 3, 2020 at 6:51 pm

    Try and make it easier to understand and a reward for being good at trying

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