Fun with food - maths for kids
Teaching maths can be a problem in itself but kids will LOVE their favourite foods more when they can count them up and play with it! Anyone can learn maths with this great food maths game for kids. Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, these simple games can incorporate them all!
Number of players:
What you need:
- cereal (Fruit Loops, Cheerios, Nutrigrain)
- a pair of dice
Get your child to roll the dice and write down the two numbers. For example, if a two and a six were rolled, write down the sum 2+6.
Make two piles of the rolled numbers with the cereal (one pile of two and one pile of six) and get your child to count them out loud. So, count 1,2,3,4,5,6 then 7,8. Counting the pieces of cereal helps them add and come up with the correct answer.
Get the child to roll the dice and write down the two numbers, so if a three and a five were rolled, write down the multiplication sum 3x5.
Make two piles of those numbers with the chosen cereal.
For example, when a three and a five were rolled, you would make either three groups of five or five groups of three.
Count out each piece of cereal individually to get the answer.
Roll the dice and write down your numbers again in sum form. So if a six and a two were rolled, you would write 6-2.
Count out the largest number in cereal pieces. So in this case, the six.
Get the child to take the smallest number (the two) of cereal pieces away from the pile of six cereal pieces.
For example: If a six and a two were rolled, place six pieces of cereal in a pile, get the child to remove two of the cereal pieces and count what is left.
Start again by rolling the dice and getting two numbers. For instance, a two and a four.
Take the highest number of cereal pieces and place in a pile.
Make as many groups of the smallest number you can from the highest pile.
For example: If four and two were rolled, you can make two groups of two. This tells us that 4 / 2 = 2.
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