If a student allows here is a long lasting way to teach math 1. Play chess - to teach focused thinking 2. Practice calligraphy - for being present 3. Practice synonyms - for intelligence 4. Paint long chains with links - to understand derivations 5. Read fiction - to know why do this at all (abstraction) Play is a good thing. So is Math. Neither needs a reason. So on with both. Deep immersive introspection. Hearth of creativity.