Time for lunch, I mean math, I mean lunch…

From my first post, most of the comments focused on food! Why wouldn’t it? Everyone likes food, right? Now as a Mom, I often say “Don’t play with your food!” However, I don’t say “Don’t learn with your food!” Many lunches and snacks at our house are turned into math time as well! Patterns, counting, shapes, colors, sorting, the list goes on and on.

Here there is a pattern of cucumbers and carrots. I started off with a cucumber out of place, and my daughter caught that when saying the pattern. She ate that cucumber right up so that the pattern would be complete! Anytime more than one food is involved, try making a pattern on the plate! After my pattern, my daughter takes the food and makes her own pattern with it as well. Or, after she eats some, she fixes the food to be back in a pattern. She doesn’t have any problems eating, but for those of you trying to get your kids to eat instead of play, try bribing them to eat some food in order to make that new pattern!

Look for the shapes! Cheese trianges, (note to self, my daughter does not like sliced sharp cheddar cheese), circle cucumbers, and circular peanut butter swirls. Interested in the peanut butter swirls? I’ll give credit to Fancy Nancy and her Raspberry Swirls. Cut the crust off of bread. and put it between 2 pieces of wax paper. Flatten it with a rolling pin. Spread peanut butter (or any jelly or spread you like). and roll it into a log. Cut the log into slices! Oh wait, do you see another pattern? Bread, peanut butter, bread peanut butter!

Colored goldfish are great for sorting colors! Don’t forget to count how many of each color there is. What happens when you eat some?

Turning 3 was a huge deal in our house! Why not represent that with apples? Simply put them into the number of your choosing, or the shape. As my daughter ate a piece, she kept on making other shapes with the remaining apple slices. Good for the body and and the brain! Of course, don’t limit this idea to apples. Now I can’t even serve her apple slices without her making a 3 out of them!

Count how many eyes, nose, and mouth!

The possibilities don’t stop here! Every meal can incorporate some kind of math if you want it to. Once your child is used to this, they can create their own, and give you ideas as well.

Share your ideas if you have them!

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  1. We do a lot of counting at meal times lately. She is always telling me how many of something she has and when she eats one she counts again. :)

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