Learning Maths With Fun Activities In The Kitchen - Real World Application of Maths Concepts

Learning Maths With Fun Activities – Exciting Kitchen Activities Edition

Cooking means family time! It is an activity that helps in developing an emotional connection between the child and parents. Eating together as a family brings them closer to each other. Cooking generates a happy and adventurous sail to delicious food with a pinch of valuable life skills. With practice and adventure, your child can cook you a great meal as well as gather knowledge that would help him in academics. Are you still wondering how? Let’s take you to a land of cupcakes. We know you got a sweet tooth for cupcakes. Reading Eggs presents the fun recipe of Crocodile Birthday-Cupcake Cake. So, cook and learn!

The ingredients required for this activity are: 

  1. 6 large eggs
  2. 3 teaspoon vanilla extract
  3. 375 grams butter
  4. 375 grams of self-raising flour
  5. 375 grams of sugar

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For the icing, you need the following items:

  1. 250 grams of butter
  2. 350 grams icing sugar
  3. 2 tablespoon milk
  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  5. Leaf green food colouring
  6. White icing
  7. Black icing

Mathematics is in our lives. Everything around us has a mathematical concept in it. Be it time or money or knowing what proportion of sugar will go into the milk, mathematical concepts are running along with us in this daily hassle. Now, young children during the time of their sensory and cognitive development should have a basic knowledge of maths. For this, there is no better place than the kitchen. Cooking can teach them computation, interpretation and problem-solving simultaneously. From buying groceries to teaching cooking and organising the items, your child can learn faster with better visualization of concepts. A child can learn the following concepts through some simple and fun kitchen activities.

Understanding of shapes

Children love shapes. The cupcake activity is a better opportunity to introduce them to shapes like rectangles, triangles, circles etc. in a way that they would memorise the concept in the long run as well. The activity indulges them in the process of mixing the cupcake dough and then arranging it in a mould. Lastly, to make it look like a crocodile, they will be cutting circles for his body parts and putting the cupcakes that would give the look and feel of a crocodile. It is an engaging way to help them remember the different shapes that they made. The learning process is smooth and playful.

Numbers and digits

When the child puts ingredients in an appropriate measurement, they will get an understanding of numbers and digits. For instance, the act of making two eyes and four legs of the crocodile will help them get acquainted with digits. With effective interaction about the recipe and ingredients, the child will get a glimpse of life and interpersonal communication skills.

Calculation of time

Preparing food has time restrictions. For instance, there is a time limit as to when a cake should stay inside the microwave. A time is set with the temperature to maintain the delicacy of the cake. So, this activity introduces the child to the concept of time. In school, looking at the clock and telling time becomes difficult for the children. This activity ensures a clear understanding of time concepts and intervals.

Thus, it is never too late to invite your children to the kitchen and teach them application of concepts from lessons enthusiastically. It is important to make it a great learning experience for them. Needless to say, it needs time, patience, and some extra effort to clean up, but the benefits are to be utilised for the rest of your child’s life and is perhaps the most obvious skill gained. 

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