Math and Cooking
This week the children made gingerbread cookies! They measured ingredients and learned new math skills along the way.
The children discovered the cookies ran away! All that was left was a clue. Together with big buddies they followed the clues all over the school. They finally found the cookies hiding in the office.
Enjoying Cookies and Books
They enjoyed eating gingerbread cookies with their big buddies while reading books together.
Try This at Home
When you are in the kitchen, invite your child to help you. There is so much math to learn. (information below is from: Mathematics in the Kitchen with your Kids: https://www.3plearning.com/blog/math-in-the-kitchen/)
Set the table. The simple task of setting the table offers myriad opportunities to strengthen math concepts. Ask your child to count out the appropriate number of plates, glasses, and cups. Demonstrate how to set a service – where to put the silverware and glasses. Then ask your child to set the table just as you did, which is an excellent exercise in patterning and visual discrimination. Set the table with cups of varying sizes and ask your child to use a measuring cup to pour the drinks. Point out that one cup of water is always one cup of water, but it looks different, depending on the size and shape of the container.
Organize the pantry. Your pantry offers a treasure trove of learning opportunities. Ask your child to help you put groceries away. Compare different types of cereal, grains or pasta. How are they the same? How are they different? Point out quantities of items. Which containers have more? Which have less?
Get cooking. Children of all ages love to help in the kitchen. Cooking with children not only encourages healthy food habits and valuable life skills, but they learn basic math concepts such as measurements, fractions, and counting. While making a salad, ask your child to count 10 cherry tomatoes. Add 10 pepper slices, olives, or cucumbers. Point out fractions in cooking – ½ cup, ¼ cup, 1 cup. Cut sandwiches, pizza, and cheese slices into fourths, thirds, and halves. If you have a kitchen scale, let your child help you measure dry ingredients.