Turn your child into a maths magician?

Maths In The Kitchen - Yummy Learning
Learning about maths in the kitchen is not only reinforcing the basic facts, it is also fun...and you get to eat the homework! Try it with our yummy BANANA CHOC CHIP MUFFIN recipe.
Using tasks and activities such as StayOnTracks daily funsheets, is an essential part to reinforcing basic facts and gaining confidence in maths. However seeing maths in action helps to make sense of the book work for your child and what better place to do this than with food in the kitchen.

Cooking with your maths magician reinforces and shows a bucket load of basic maths and is easy to customise to the age of little Mr or Miss. It is a great way to help little hands and minds understand about proportion (make twice as much!) and conversion (g to kg) as well as practice the language of maths.

Apart from the maths skills, it is also a great way to practice reading skills, taking directions, teamwork and developing curiosity.

Maths skills that you can practice include...

Counting
  • The number of ingredients being used The number of items being made (and subtraction if you gobble one up!)
  • Asking your child to read the recipe and then count the cups or spoons as they are mixed in.

  • Measuring
  • Children can learn how some measures are the same as other such as 250mls = 1cup or 1000g = 1 kg. How to convert one measurement into another.
  • The importance of measuring and estimation

  • Figuring
  • How does the recipe change if you want to increase or decrease the proportion of the recipe
  • Fractions are really easy to see in action with cooking. What does one 1/2 or one 1/3 actually look like. Children can touch, cut and pour the ingredients to find out.
  • Using ingredients gives children a chance to see how 'more than' or 'less than', relate to each other.

  • Time
  • How long do you have to wait or cook the recipe
  • How does the cooking time change if you change the recipe


  • Maths Language
    Counting
  • Enough, not enough, nearly, how many

  • Comparing
  • Same as, bigger, smaller, less, least, fewer, most

  • Addition and subtraction
  • One more, how many left over, how many more than, how many have you eaten!

  • Measuring
  • Too much, too little, close to, thick, thin, heavy, light, empty, half full


  • Cooking with kids is a lot of fun but remember safety first
  • Pan handles away from the edge and the stove is off when not in use
  • Use a sturdy chair to stand on to reduce the risk of falling
  • Wear oven gloves when dealing with the oven
  • Keep little hands away from knives and sharp objects
  • Wash hands before dealing with food


  • Otherwise have fun, expect mess and keep your sense of humour.

    A recipe to try:

    Banana choc chip muffins

    Ingredients
    2 eggs
    2 ripe bananas, peeled and mashed
    1/4 cup Simply Pure Canola, Vegetable or Soya oil
    1 cup low fat milk
    3/4 cup Soft brown sugar
    21/2 cups flour
    4 tsp baking powder
    1 cup chocolate chips


    Method
    Preheat oven to 180 deg C conventional or 160 deg C fan-forced. Grease a standard sized 12 hole muffin tin or line with paper cases.
    In a large bowl beat the eggs, mashed bananas, oil, milk and sugar together. Mix in the flour, baking powder and chocolate chips until just combined.
    Spoon into prepared tin and bake for 15 - 18 minutes until golden brown (they should spring back when gently pressed). Cool for two minutes in the tins, then gently twist and ease the muffins out to cool on a wire rack.
    Tip: Try not to over mix as the muffins will end up dense and tough.

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