I strongly believe math can be quite fun in some aspects of it; yet I also believe that not all of it has to be all fun. It's good for students to learn to work through problems that are just that: work and no fun. That's what real life and real jobs will involve too. Of course most of us try to get an occupation that we are interested in and can enjoy for the most part, but even then, we probably won't like all parts of our "dream job". So in math, as in all education, we need to let our students learn to work, struggle, prowl through it. But we can also let our students have some fun every once in a while. This can make them enjoy math, like math, appreciate it, like learning, and so on. I'm sure it's easy to agree with that. In lower grades you might have more play than work, and then later on it's more work than play. For example, maybe you're studying coins and their values. Your child can play with real coins, do paper-and-pencil problems, a