How to use daily activities to support your child’s learning #7
Cooking with math.
I love baking and cooking, and sometimes I enjoy letting my children join in! It always seems like a good idea at the time then I am left with twice as much mess as I would have if I’d done it on my own. But at the end of the day the mess can be cleaned up and it’s a great experience for my children. While cooking I always try to make the most of the learning opportunities at hand. Here are a few examples…
- Fractions- when using cup measurements talk about fractions and show the smaller measurements in comparison with the 1 cup. For example- ½ means half of one cup, can you see how it is half the size of our 1 cup measurement.
- Weight- we use grams and kilograms to measure weight. Allow your children to hold the 1kg or 500g bag of flour (or other ingredient) so they can gain an understanding of how that amount of weight feels.
- Numbers- as you are reading through the instructions, ask your child to read the numbers to you. This will help with their numeral recognition. It’s great to make the most of opportunities to have your child read numerals out of their normal order to see how well they really know them.
- Counting- ask your child to do all of the counting. 2 cups of flour, 3 tablespoons of butter, etc.
- Timing- when you put your goodies in the oven to cook, use an analogue clock to time how long they will bake for. Tell your child what the time is. Talk about how long your goodies need to bake for, then help them work out what time it will be when the goodies are done! Where will the big hand be when we need to take our goodies out of the oven?
Have fun cooking!!