Doing math with your children’s friends or a small math circle? Chances are your students are of mixed ages and levels. How can you have good dynamics?

- Don’t focus on activities that are likely to invite competition, such as problem-solving.
**Use open, collaborative activities**: hands-on maker activities, scavenger hunts for math, games, or puzzles. **Invite parents or adult helpers to be students too**, to participate, and to do activities for themselves. Now the oldest child you have is not the oldest group member anymore – the adults are! Guide adults to share their discoveries with one another, rather than overwhelming the children, unless the kids ask.**Try Notice-Wonder activities**: show a fractal, a math sculpture, a mandala, or any curious object to the group, and invite everyone to ask questions. Younger children ask weird and wonderful questions. Adults and older children can research the wonder.**Have tables children can choose**, as if you are doing a mini-festival. Check out examples from Julia Robinson math fest, Reggio Emilia provocations, or Montessori centers.

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