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In between visits to potential new homes, we stopped by our local Panera.  As we had half an hour to kill – and munching on cookies takes mere seconds with my kiddos – we had to draw out the “experience”.  Why not use our cookies and drink as an opportunity to practice fractions!  I was impressed with how fast the kids (especially my youngest preschooler) learned the different values.  In one or two practice runs, they were all able to differentiate between the different sizes of cookie bits.

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All you need to do is get a knife and begin cutting.  If my oldest were just a bit more comfortable with fractions and cutting, I’d let her do the cutting as a way to reinforce her knowledge.  Alas, I did the cutting today.

• Which piece is bigger?
• How many halves make up a whole cookie?
• Would you rather have a sixth?  or a fourth?
• Which size has the most m&ms?  Can you guess without counting?  How did you know it had more?
• If we eat 1/4th of the cookie, how much is left?

Thanks Panera for the yummy cookies and learning fun!  Check out their new pumpkin spice latte – yummy!

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An original "Quirky Momma" blogger and "Mommy" to six kids under six, when Rachel is not wiping crayon off the walls or wading through laundry, she can be found exploring and creating with her kiddos. She hopes to be someone who acts justly, loves kindness and walks humbly before God (Micah 6:8).

From our partners:

1. Love the picture and the idea!

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Have a great week!

2. I forgot how much I love your blog. I needed a excuse to make cookies and you gave it to me

3. I haven’t tried the cookies. The scones are to die for. I could do fractions with a scone.

4. Using yummy cookies to learn math is bribery BTW, that picture is amazing- it looks like it should be in Good Housekeeping.

5. That’s a great way to teach fractions. Once she’s old enough I may have to use pancakes though. Our two year old’s love of I-Hop pancakes knows no limits. Though Panera’s new pumpkin spice latte might sway our selection. Have a great weekend!

6. Love all your edible math posts!

7. I just know I would have a better understanding of math if only my teachers had tried cookies!

8. I love how you “stretched out” the moment into a learning opportunity!!! So great!

9. Who ever knew math could be some yummy? Thanks for the delicious idea!

10. Great article, New Trend innovation for learning!!