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Weekend Fun: Numeral Face Off!

Weekend Fun: Numeral Face Off!

There was an unusual day this week: On Tuesday, February 22, the numerals for the date were mostly 2s! It was the 22nd day of the second month in the year 2022 (the 22nd year of this century).
Written in the American style, it was 2/22/2022, but in the European style, which puts the numeral for the day first rather than the month, it looks like this:
It’s the same backwards and forwards! Try it!
Not only were the numerals unusual, it happened to be a Tuesday – so many people called it “TWOs-day.”

Math is practical yet numbers can be fun, as this unusual date shows us. The library has some unique math books that play with numbers. Find them in the children’s area with the Dewey Decimal numbers 510 through 516, but search for “numbers” in the library catalog to find books about numbers in sports, in nature, in picture books, and more.

Let’s make art with numbers! These faces are made with the numerals that stand for a number of things!

What you need:

  • 1 sheet of paper per face, any color
  • Assorted scrap papers in a variety of colors
  • Pencil, marker, and/or crayons
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Craft stick or straw or cardboard strip (optional)

What you do:

  1. Cut a large oval (or zero) shape from the sheet of paper. It can be any size or color.
  2. Draw some numerals on the scrap paper. See the photo below for an easy way to draw them.
  3. Cut out the numbers.
  4. Arrange the cut-out numbers as facial features on the oval. Which ones look best as eyes, as a nose, or as a mouth?
  5. Add ears, earrings, hair, and more by gluing the numerals to the appropriate places on the face. Turn them upside down and sideways to see what works best.
  6. When you’re ready, glue the numerals in place on the face.
  7. Optional: Glue or tape a craft stick or straw or cardboard strip to the back for a handle.
  8. Do it again using different numerals for different facial features! Give them names like Nine-a (Nina) and Ten-ly and make up stories about them!
Draw a large numeral and then draw a second one next to it, connecting them with a line at each end. Note that numeral 4 can be made two different ways!

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