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The Math Club for all – Crazy 8s!

Who loves math? We love math!

Seriously, if we want kids to be excited about math, to really make math something that isn’t dreaded and can instead be fun, engaging, and educational all at the same time, it is time to start bringing math to life! Which is why I have agreed to be the coach for a local Crazy 8s Math Club, and we have been having so much fun getting this program off the ground. The after school coordinator at our local school was really excited to have me on board, and all it takes is one night a week to have a little fun with math!

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About Crazy 8s Club

Crazy 8s is a nationwide after-school math club designed to get kids fired up about math. Every week they get to build stuff, run and jump, make music, make a mess…and make friendships at the same time. Clubs meet on a weekly basis for 8 weeks (4 for preschool) with mischief-making activities like Bouncy Dice Explosion and Toilet Paper Olympics.  Nearly all materials needed are in the free kit, and it’s easy to coach!

crazy8toiletpaper   crazy8bouncydice

Our mission is to help kids love numbers so they can handle the math in real life.

Start a club!

If you want kids to love math as much as we do around here, you can start a club in your own area too! It is free to do, and materials will be provided for you, plus IT’S FUN! Head over to Bedtime Math to learn how to sign up.


Not a clubber?

BedtimeMath2_coverHey, I get it. Clubs aren’t for everyone. If you still want a great resource that gives your kids an extra dose of math, but is fun at the same time, you definitely need to check out the Bedtime Math books. I have two of the three books, and my kids absolutely love having these as their bedtime story. And why wouldn’t they? With humorous stories tied in with age appropriate math, these books had them begging to do math every night!

In addition to the great books, the Bedtime Math website is an amazing resource all on it’s own. You can find a fun math app, math videos, and even get a daily math problem to try out. With fun stories like, Licking Your Own Eyeball, kids are sure to be engaged, entertained, and lose a little fear of those usually dreaded numbers.

In Licking Your Own Eyeball, a fun story is featured about geckos and their long tongues. Then math questions are asked in three age groups. Younger kids are asked, “If a gecko has 4 sticky, tree-climbing feet and you have 2 not-so sticky feet, who has more feet?” Little kids and Big Kids each have their own set of questions as well. Check it out and see how much your kids love answering!



So tell us…

If you already give your kids a head start with literacy by reading to them at night, wouldn’t adding a fun bedtime math book be something you’d love?!



Thank you to Bedtime Math for providing me with a great set of math books, tools, and compensation for my time. All opinions and the love of this program are my own.

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34 Responses to The Math Club for all – Crazy 8s!

  1. Holly December 3, 2014 at 4:02 pm #

    I love that Crazy 8’s is all about making math fun. Wonder if I can get a club started at our school or with our local home school group.
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    • Jesica H December 4, 2014 at 9:38 am #

      It is really easy, Holly. Just talk to your school or group and see who would be interested. The materials are all provided except for a few household items. The lessons are all planned out for you as well so you don’t even really need to know much about math!
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  2. Pennywise Cook December 3, 2014 at 4:46 pm #

    This is such a great idea. Educational, but fun too! My daughter would love this.
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  3. Natalie December 3, 2014 at 4:52 pm #

    I love when programmes like this make learning fun. The kids enjoy is so much more and WANT to learn.
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  4. Shop with Me Mama (Kim) December 3, 2014 at 6:45 pm #

    Oh man, I do not like math and never have. My son DOES though and not too sure about my daughter yet. I might have to check Crazy 8’s out, sounds interesting enough!
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  5. Kecia December 3, 2014 at 6:57 pm #

    My 4 year old son is showing a lot of interest in math. He would probably love the 4 week club for preschoolers!
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  6. Emily December 3, 2014 at 7:09 pm #

    I will have to look into this when my son is a little bit older. It sounds like a really great program to make learning more fun!
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  7. Liz Mays December 3, 2014 at 8:44 pm #

    I’d for sure try this out! It’s best to associate math with fun early on!
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  8. Penelope December 3, 2014 at 10:01 pm #

    Those kids look like they are having a BLAST while learning! How fun!
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  9. Lee December 3, 2014 at 10:38 pm #

    This is a really neat idea. I love the game interaction you chose to show. But math and reading together scare me. LOL. Maybe Dad could help with this. I’m so awful with math it would probably take 3x longer to get the story across.
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    • Jesica H December 16, 2014 at 1:35 pm #

      The stories are actually just fun so it makes the whole book fun. The problems are really easy and fun too! You can do it. 🙂

  10. Marybeth Hamilton December 3, 2014 at 11:50 pm #

    I love this idea! It’s definitely best to make math fun before it gets really serious and complicated.

  11. Summer Davis December 4, 2014 at 12:49 am #

    I have a confession: Math is NOT my thing. I hate math. That said, I don’t want my kids, especially my daughter, to hate math. i really do need to push it more and help her learn to love math before she learns to dislike it so much.
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    • Jesica H December 4, 2014 at 1:53 pm #

      I never really loved loved it either, but this makes it so easy. And my son (2nd grade) already hates math – it is a fight every night, however, when we read the books he is actually excited and is always the first to want to solve the problem. It is such a joy to see, now if they could only make it as fun in the classroom, lol.
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  12. Denine Anderson-Regan December 4, 2014 at 9:31 am #

    Our kids read every night before bed – it’s part of our good night routine. I’m not sure how they would feel about math before bedtime, but it’s a very interesting concept.
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  13. Avry December 4, 2014 at 9:48 am #

    Great idea especially when so many kids really struggle with Math! It is such a tough little subject.
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  14. Andrea Kruse December 4, 2014 at 9:49 am #

    How cute! I haven’t heard of this before but would love it if it was available in my area. My son adores being part of a club and any excuse to make a mess!
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  15. Jennifer H December 4, 2014 at 9:51 am #

    What a fun idea! My lil guy is ahead on both reading and math. This sounds perfect.
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  16. Ashley - Embracing Homemaking December 4, 2014 at 10:11 am #

    What a fabulous idea! I’m doing my best to instill in my daughter that learning is fun. Math, reading, experimenting, everything! This sounds like a great way to help reinforce that!
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  17. Sara P. (@SensiblySara) December 4, 2014 at 10:52 am #

    My kids get their love of math from their dad. They would have a BLAST at a club like that!
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  18. Robin Gagnon December 4, 2014 at 12:12 pm #

    I love how this makes math fun for girls. I’ll have to check out the website.
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  19. Melinda December 4, 2014 at 12:59 pm #

    never thought of bedtime math. We do lots of reading but maybe i;ll add an educational element to it
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  20. Kimberly Grabinski December 4, 2014 at 1:21 pm #

    Oh this wounds like something my daughter would love. She is “high ability” but doesn’t like a traditional learning environment as much as her brother does.
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  21. Audrey at Barking Mad! December 4, 2014 at 1:32 pm #

    This is awesome! It sounds like so much fun. We are avid readers around here and my daughter loves math, but I’m wondering if this is something I could get the kids at her school, interested in?

  22. Crystal December 4, 2014 at 3:01 pm #

    OK, you lost me on who likes math. Seriously, though, kids these days really do need a club like this. Math is so important yet it’s usually a child’s, or adult’s for that matter, least favorite subject I’ve found.

  23. Raijean December 4, 2014 at 4:01 pm #

    Thanks so much, my son loves Math! I’m always looking for new ways to challenge him.
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  24. Stephanie Keeping December 4, 2014 at 4:54 pm #

    I have never heard of Crazy 8’s before. It sounds like a fun and educational club.

  25. Digna D. December 4, 2014 at 5:58 pm #

    Sounds so cool. Loved crazy 8’s growing up. Time to share it with my boy. Thank you for sharing.
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  26. Melissa December 4, 2014 at 10:02 pm #

    This is really awesome. I hate math and I don’t want to pass that on to my son! I need to look into this.
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  27. Heather December 5, 2014 at 10:30 am #

    My youngest would LOVE this club… of course I’d send my 8 y/o with him (she does NOT like math). Maybe his excitement would wear off on her a bit!
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  28. Valerie Remy-Milora December 5, 2014 at 4:58 pm #

    That looks like so much fun! I was never fond of math but I think I would have liked it that way 🙂 I am going to look into starting one of these here 🙂
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  29. Cara December 8, 2014 at 1:03 pm #

    Such a great program, it looks like tons of fun! My kids love math but I see friend’s children struggling so hard.
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