As every parent knows, kids love to help cook things, and while they view this process mostly as a chance to play mad scientist with the flour and butter and vanilla, there’s are some great opportunities to introduce useful math concepts whenever you cook together.
For younger kids (2-5), it’ll be more about very simple concepts (counting eggs, identifying shapes of sticks of butter, pepperoni slices, etc.).
But for those 6 and up you can start introducing them to real world fractions, estimating, measuring, and distribution principles.
Try these two recipes that teach math in a practical way:
And here’s one for dessert:
The two recipes above are very easy, kid- (and Dad) tested. I’ve included some principles you can introduce as you think appropriate…the overall goal though is to get your kids used to seeing math functioning around them in important ways, so that from the beginning they see a reason to learn math other than just that they’re “supposed to.”
The idea behind the “Real World Math” series comes from seeing the innate desire in my kids to understand how things work as well as to know why they have to do their math homework (reading is fun, but math?!). I figured if I could make math fun and engaging to the kids that it’d also satisfy their curiosity and point their energy in a positive direction when doing chores, hitting the road, or planning out shopping for back to school clothes.