Your own kitchen is one fascinating laboratory for children. Daily, they watch the adults in their lives take food items from a raw state and transform them by measuring, weighing, combining, pouring, mixing, beating, boiling, shaping, baking, freezing plus more. It is like magic and to top it off the end result is shared and consumed. Nothing is more empowering then being given the invitation to create in the kitchen. It is a basic life skill.
In addition, food like marshmallows, raisins, cereals can be very safe manipulative materials as they are edible and with toothpicks can be used to build structures. You can also use Rice Krispie squares as the building material for structures or geometry.
Click here for the PDF version of Julian’s Chocolate Metre Bar
I’m providing a math story about measurement and sharing that I wrote at Highview back in 2009. Today I have changed a couple of the character’s names to two young friends in our neighbourhood, Julian and Lauren. I have worked with both of these great kids on story writing and activities. This PDF can be printed off and made into a oblong booklet, either fold the pages vertically then glue or staple or cut up the vertical centre then paste them on another page. Your child can illustrate the story.
- Make a large batch of Rice Krispie squares then use this to create three-dimensional shapes. You can roll these in sprinkles then after labeling and enjoy them for dessert.
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