Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I just want to share some math tips with a Thanksgiving theme this morning. I think many dads and moms will find them useful today. The Thanksgiving math tips are from Laura Overdeck. She is a mother of three and founder of the popular Bedtime Math national online community.
Thanksgiving Math Tips
Use cooking time to learn about fractions
Whether you’re making mashed potatoes or a pumpkin pie, cooking and baking are all about fractions — 1/2 cup of sugar, 1/4 tsp of nutmeg, etc. Have your little ones help you prepare the Thanksgiving feast, and teach them about fractions in the process. Using water and measuring cups, have your children count out the number of 1/4 cups that go into 1 cup. [Note: I think you better add a little extra time for food prep today.]
Weigh the turkey
Take kids to the grocery store to pick out a turkey, and use it as an opportunity to introduce them to weight measurements. Show them a small turkey and see how much it weighs, then compare it to a much larger one. You can even make it a guessing game — whoever guesses the right weight wins. And, finally, make sure to find the right-sized turkey for your celebration. [Note: it’s probably too late to look for a turkey today, but perhaps you can have the kids weigh fruits if you need to pick up some last minute items at the grocery store today.]
Make setting the table fun by counting
Whether you’re hosting a big dinner party or just celebrating with a few close friends and family members, have your children help you set the table and practice counting while they’re doing it. Count the number of knives, forks, spoons, etc. that you’ll need for the table, and then count to see how many different pieces are used for each setting.