As a homeschooling family, we love to incorporate learning into our daily activities, even math fractions. Today, that meant we got to learn about fractions at lunch time. Kids Activities Blog hopes that you and your child can have some fun learning with food too.
It is confusing for kids to understand that 1/3rd is larger than 1/4th. The number 4 is greater than 3. It makes sense why this would be really hard for them to “get”. So after an especially frustrating math lesson with our first grader, we decided to take a break for lunch – the menu was sandwiches and apples. It is a perfect lunch for fractions.
We made their favorite sandwiches: Banana Splits (peanut butter, sliced banana & chocolate chips). I wanted the kids to eat more than normal – This was a special occasion We cut the sandwiches into a variety of fractions. Here are just a few of the ways we learned with our sandwiches:
- Match the sandwich pieces to the fraction cards (I had 1/3, 2/4, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8th written on cards for the kids).
- Sort the sandwich pieces by size, smallest piece to the largest piece.
- Mix up the fraction cards and randomly draw a card. Put that sandwich piece on “your” plate.
- Count the number of pieces, then try and recreate a whole sandwich from your parts.
- Eat and enjoy!
After the sandwiches were finished we enjoyed repeating our lesson with apples. I think they enjoyed lunch as much as I did!
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What better way to learn about math fractions than with a yummy sandwich. What ideas do you have for learning at lunch time? For a few more ideas on learning with food, check out these posts: