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When you're ready to replace your flooring, get your kids in on the act because it's absolutely true: You can teach your children a wealth of unexpected knowledge through this surprisingly comprehensive home improvement project.

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Indeed, math is just the beginning of the educational subjects you can cover when selecting the covering for your floors. For a bit more on the learning process you and your kids can go through where flooring is concerned, consider the following.

Methodical Materials

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Whether hardwoods, tile, laminate or carpet is your material of choice, there are tons of ways to work in teachable opportunities throughout the selection, ordering and installation process of replacing your flooring.

Show and Tell
The first most obvious skill you can impart through flooring is the ability to read a tape measure. Not only can you teach your kids about the various overall measurements (inch, foot, yard, etc.) and all of the corresponding subparts (1/16, 1/8, ¼, ½, 5/8, 3/4, etc.) but you can take the lesson from concept to reality.

In other words, on top of being to explain elusive theories of measurement increments, you can show them what they look like by pointing out all of the little tiny marks on the tape measure.

This is perhaps the most powerful teaching tool in the flooring teachability tool bag: Showing as well as telling. Children learn by doing and if you can explain a concept to them while putting something tangible in their hands, it is much easier for them to compute and understand the notion.

Once you've covered the basics of a tape measure, it's time to put the knowledge into practice in an even deeper way!

Mini Mathletes

In the realm of math alone, flooring can help teach:

What are some of the other unexpected ways you can use flooring to teach kids valuable skills or concepts?

Chris Long is a store associate at a Home Depot in the Chicago suburbs since 2000. Chris is a frequent contributor on flooring for Home Depot's website. He provides advice to homeowners on hardwood flooring, tiles, laminate flooring, and other flooring options from Home Depot.

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